Senior night spoiled by Lions' third period comeback
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team wrapped up their regular season falling to the York Lions 4-3.
The game ends Ryerson’s season with 43 points and they sit in third place. Head coach Lisa Haley spoke about the game, “Overall, we had some positive moments, but the way this game ended up today is a great reminder of how hard it is to win in this league.”
Although Ryerson’s season has ended, their playoff seed, or matchup isn’t known as other teams in the OUA still have games to play. The Rams will now have to watch the scoreboard to find out if they will get home ice advantage in the first round.
Haley said, “Last year we thought home ice in the first round was a big factor with all the travel we had to do. Our goal this year was to finish in the top four, we’ve now taken that out of our hands and we’ll have to wait and see what happens. But either way, whether we’re playing game one at the MAC or on the road we’ll be ready to play.”
After struggling for most of the season the Rams power play unit has come to life as the season has gotten closer to playoff time. And it was that unit that opened the scoring in this game when Brooklyn Gemmill found the back of the net in the first period.
The indication after 20 minutes was that this was going to be a low scoring affair between the Rams and Lions, but that was flipped on its head just six minutes into the second period with both teams adding two goals to their totals.
The Lions added two goals in the third period and were able to hold off the Rams, ending the Rams regular season in a loss.
Kryshanda Green picked up one of Ryerson’s goals, she finishes the year with 10 goals and 21 points. Green, playing her final regular season game as a Ram has spent three years with the team and after being an assistant captain for the 2017-18 season was named captain for this year.
Green was asked about her tenure with the Rams after the game, she said “I came in as a somewhat immature younger kid, after these years I’ve grown a lot, have more confidence, more self-esteem. There was a lot of grown.”
Green, who called wearing the C for this team an “absolute privilege” also spoke about the 2018-19 regular season as a whole. “We had our speed bumps, but I’m very proud of what these girls were able to do and now we’re just focused on the playoffs.”
Now that the 24-game season is the behind the Rams all that matters is the post season, and Green won’t be stressing over who the team matches up with in the opening round.
“We’re ready for anybody, we play all year to prepare to beat any team in the league because to make it to the finals that’s what you have to do. Nobody is special, except for us.”