The Rams [1-1-0] got behind early and couldn't find a way to swing the momentum against the Gaels [1-0-1], one of the OUA's top teams.
"To give up three goals on the first seven shots is not what we envisioned in terms of the start we wanted," head coach Lisa Haley said. "We expected that (Queen's) would be able to bring a lot of offence and they certainly didn't disappoint."
Taryn Pilon led the Gaels with a four-point (3G, 1A) game, scoring the first, third and fourth goals. The most impressive of Pilon's goals was the fourth, a one-on-four shorthanded effort before roofing the puck over backup goalie Dana Carson.
Alana Smith, Alisha Sealey, and Courtenay Jacklin rounded out the scoring for the Gaels.
After putting 37 shots on goal against Toronto on Friday night, the Rams were held to just 17 this afternoon. Half way through the game, the Rams were outshot 18-7 and only managed two shots in the second period.
"We tried to claw back a few times," Haley said. "We just couldn't find the break or the bounce that would get us back into the game early enough and soon enough it slipped away."
The Rams showed some life in the third period, putting up nine shots and several scoring chances, but the game was already out of reach.
Second-year goaltender Emma Crawley got the start for the Rams, but was pulled in favour of Carson after allowing three goals on seven shots including the first two of the game. Crawley was not to blame for the first goal, as Pilon's shot hit a skate in front of the net and changed direction on her.
"Sometimes when it's the first shot and first goal it's not easy to come back from that," Carson said. "Then the team just kept coming."
Carson made 26 saves in relief while Gaels goalie Karissa Savage stopped all 17 shots for the shutout.
The Rams next game is on Saturday, October 13 when they take on the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks at Mattamy Home Ice. Puck drop is at 4 p.m.