Photo by Alex D'Addese

Four goals not enough as Rams fall to Warriors

By Andrea Elliott

WATERLOO, Ont. - Despite scoring four goals, the Ryerson Rams women's hockey team couldn't muster a win in Waterloo, falling to the Warriors 6-4 on Saturday afternoon.

The Rams fell behind 1-0 early in the first when Waterloo's Sarah Rettinger tipped home a point shot just two and a half minutes in. Ryerson wasn't phased by the early deficit, however, as the Rams responded with two goals a minute apart.

Olivia Giardetti got Ryerson on the board when she took a pass from behind the net from Karli Nummikoski and scored to tie the game. A minute and two seconds later, Erika Crouse circled out from behind the net and scored on a sharp angle to give the Rams a 2-1 lead.

The lead didn't last long, however, as Waterloo scored twice with just under four minutes left in the first period to make it a 3-2 Warriors lead heading to the intermission.

Waterloo got a quick start in the second period as Emma Pye scored her first of two on the day to give the Warriors a two-goal advantage. After the goal, Rams starting goaltender Natalie Thompson was pulled in place of Rachel Seeley. Looking for a spark, Ryerson got it when Erika Crouse scored her second of the game, roofing a backhand shot on a rush with Mariah Hinds. That cut the deficit to 4-3.

Unfortunately for Seeley, her appearance was short-lived as she sustained an injury after just 5:22 of playing time. The injury forced a 25 minute delay in the game and Seeley was transported to local hospital.

Looking to play some inspired hockey and erase their deficit, Ryerson came out firing shots once play resumed. The Rams looked good on a power play opportunity but just as the penalty expired, Pye came out of the box and scored her second of the game to cut off Ryerson's momentum and give the Warriors their two-goal lead back. The scoreline stood at 5-3 heading to the second intermission.

In the third, Waterloo's Hewitt-Kenda extended the Warriors' lead to three goals before Rams captain Kryshanda Green scored with eight minutes remaining. Ryerson peppered Waterloo goaltender Amanda Smith with 15 shots in the final period but they couldn't get any closer to the Warriors, ultimately falling 6-4.

Both teams went 0-for-2 on their power play opportunities in the game.

The Rams will be back in action next week when they take on the York Lions in the final week of the regular season.

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