TORONTO - A goal by Nick Lambis in the dying moments of injury time sees the No. 4 Ryerson Rams leave Varsity Centre in a 1-1 tie with the No. 6 University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday. The matchup was the first meeting of the two strong OUA East teams since the 2016 OUA bronze medal game.
Looking to keep their playoff chances alive, the tie puts the Rams at a 2-6-1 record with seven games remaining to gain ground in the standings. A series of late-game strategy calls and substitutions saw the Rams put on an offensive display to contrast the strong defence seen by both teams throughout the game. Lambis’ tying goal came after a string of strong scoring chances by the Rams, allowing the team to come out strong and escape the loss.
The Varsity Blues lead the majority of the game, with Kenny Lioutas scoring on a free kick in the 17th minute to give his team a 1-0 advantage that would last until final injury time. With their second consecutive tie, the Varsity Blues now hold a one-point lead over the Carleton Ravens at the OUA East standings.
Heading into the 2017 season, Filip Prostran cited the Varsity Blues matchups as among his favourites due to the mutual respect of the rivalry. The first of their two contests this year did not disappoint.
“Every time we play, it’s special,” Prostran said, post-game. “It’s a nice feeling for the guys… We didn’t create too much until second half, and that’s usually the way it goes: one team sits back and they absorb pressure, and sometimes one is bound to bounce. I think that was just a relentless, character draw. You never know with us and U of T, because they go both ways. We were fortunate to get away with a draw today, and we’ll concentrate on the next game.”