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Rams gearing up to take on hot Varsity Blues

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - This week will mark the first time all semester that the Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team will play just one game during the week.

That one game comes against their downtown rival University of Toronto Varsity Blues. The two teams have met before this season when Toronto ran roughshod over the Rams, beating them 7-1.

That came in the third game of the season for the Rams and they bounced back from that game by winning their next five games. However, this time around Ryerson will need a better result against the Blues.

Ryerson comes into the game 4-4 in their last eight games. After opening 2019 with three straight losses the Rams got back to their winning ways and have picked up points in five consecutive games since that slow start.

A big part of the Rams success during this stretch has been special teams; their penalty kill has been remarkable all season, and now that the power play is finally showing signs of life the Rams special teams units can matchup with any team in the OUA and can give them an edge when it matters most against top teams.

The top team in the OUA during the second semester has been the Varsity Blues.

Toronto comes into this game firing on all cylinders and have won every game they have played in 2019 and nine of their last 10 OUA games dating back to Dec. 18, 2018.

During their current eight-game winning streak the Varsity Blues have only given up seven goals, and have held their opponents to under two goals in seven of those games.

It’s in a game like this and against a hot team like this that the Rams special teams units could be the difference in what should be a low scoring game.

Currently, the Rams and Varsity Blues are tied in the standings – Toronto has played one less game than Ryerson, but after Toronto’s Friday night game these two teams will have an equal amount of games.

With the two teams so close together a regulation win could be the difference between who finishes higher in the standings.

Puck drop will be 2:15 p.m. at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all of the live updates.

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