WINDSOR, Ont. - The start of the new year and the second half of the OUA women’s hockey schedule has not treated the Ryerson Rams that well. One day after falling 4-0 to the Western Mustangs, the Rams lost 5-0 to the host Windsor Lancers Sunday afternoon at the South Windsor Arena.
Undisciplined play by Ryerson and a stellar performance by Windsor’s first year netminder Morgan Farrow were the difference in this one.
Following a scoreless first period where Farrow and the Rams’ starting netminder Rachel Seeley (Ottawa, Ont.) combined to make 27 saves, the top offensive line in the province finally struck. The Lancers’ Krystin Lawrence fired a rebound off an Erinn Noseworthy shot between the pipes to open the scoring 4:20 into the period.
From there, Ryerson’s parade to the penalty box began. A double minor for checking to the head by Kryshanda Green (Brampton, Ont.) followed shortly thereafter by an Alex Rodriguez (Toronto) cross check gave Windsor a long stretch on the man advantage. They pounced on the opportunity.
Nearing the middle of the frame, Noseworthy, Jillian Rops and Noseworthy once again netted power play markers to extend the Lancers lead to 4-0. Noseworthy’s second tally, a beautiful tip off a Natalie Barrette point shot, ended Seeley’s afternoon in Ryerson’s net. She was replaced by Sydney Authier (Wallaceburg, Ont.).
Windsor’s Rops added her second of the contest just over four minutes into the third. The fifth year forward picked up a loose puck in the slot and bulged the twine behind Authier to make it 5-0.
The Rams had a number of chances to break Farrow’s shutout down the stretch, but they couldn’t beat her or the iron on a few occasions. She finished with 30 saves for the first OUA shutout of her career. Seeley collected 26 saves while Authier stopped 13 of 14 shots in relief.
The Lancers went 3-for-6 on the power play while the Rams finished 0-for-5.
The loss drops Ryerson’s record to 4-1-6-3 and into 11th place in the league standings. Meanwhile, the Lancers improve to 6-1-7-2 and hop into a tie with the Brock Badgers for seventh.
The Rams will need to get things figured out quickly. They travel to Guelph on Wednesday, January 11th to face off against the top team in the province. The No. 4 nationally-ranked Gryphons (10-2-2-1) have won four straight and nine of their last ten. Puck drop at the Gryphon Centre is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
NOTES: The game was the tenth straight that Ryerson surrendered the opening goal… Windsor’s Lawrence finished the game with a goal and three assists. She now leads the league in both goals (14) and points (21)... All of the Lancers’ points came from only five skaters. The line of Lawrence, Noseworthy and Shawna Lesperance combined for nine points (three goals and six assists) while Rops had two goals and Barrette three helpers… The Rams tough night on the penalty kill sinks their efficiency to 75.0%. That ranks them 12th in the OUA.