The Rams head to Peterborough on Wednesday evening for a clash with the Trent Excalibur before traveling to Kingston for weekend matchups with the RMC Paladins and Queen's Gaels.
Ryerson currently sits third in the OUA east standings with their 4-1-3 record. The two teams ahead of the Rams have played more games so Ryerson has plenty of opportunities to make up the difference. This week opens the door for the Rams as both the Trent Excalibur (1-7-1) and the RMC Paladins (0-7-1) are well out of the playoff race and are teams the Rams should be able to capitalize on.
The Rams won a 3-0 decision over Trent earlier this year and have not lost to the Excalibur since the 2008 season. Trent's Patryk Ryska (Peterborough, Ont.) leads the team with two goals but the Excalibur have struggled defensively, allowing a division-high 22 goals against. Ryerson will look to take advantage of that and leave Peterborough with another victory.
On Saturday afternoon Ryerson will take on the RMC Paladins in Kingston. The Rams won the earlier matchup against the Paladins by a score of 2-0. RMC has scored just four goals this season and Ryerson's strong goalkeeping should give the Rams the edge.
As the end of the season looms, Ryerson has started to battle the injury bug. Two key players in Michael Jan (Mississauga, Ont.) and Alex Braletic (Thornhill, Ont.) were forced to sit out last weekend due to injury and will not play on Wednesday. The Rams hope to have their two captains return to the field for an important matchup against Queen's.
The Rams' toughest test this week will come Sunday as they battle the current first place and No. 7 nationally ranked Queen's Gaels. Queen's goalkeeper Dylan Maxwell (Vancouver, B.C.) has emerged as one of the top keepers in the OUA this year as he has registered six of the Gaels' seven wins and has helped the Gaels post a league-best four goals against.
The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in their first meeting this season. Queen's got an early goal just six minutes into the contest but Ryerson controlled much of the game after that. The Rams are still looking for a break out game from their offence against a top ranked team and look to put all the pieces together against the Gaels.
The Rams begin their busy week on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. against Trent before heading to Kingston for a 3:15 p.m. game against RMC on Saturday. Ryerson wraps up the weekend with a 3:15 p.m. matchup with Queen's on Sunday.