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Rams fall to Badgers in St. Catharines

By Ryan Bacic

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – It was a disappointing evening for the Ryerson Rams, as they fell 4-3 to the Brock Badgers in St. Catharines on Wednesday evening.

On paper this should have been an easier night for the Rams squad. The Badgers came in to this game closer to the bottom of the Western conference, showcasing middle-of-the-league stats in all aspects and having lost all games away from the Seymour-Hannah Centre. However, as the saying goes, the Badger is a creature that becomes more aggressive when it feels threatened in its home nest. And with a tenacious Rams squad storming the front gates, the Badgers seemed ready to protect their home turf.

The Rams threw everything they had offensively at the Badgers on Wednesday night, but none of it seemed to be enough. Throughout the entirety of the contest, the Rams outshot the Badgers 44-35 and attempted to overwhelm them with an offensive heavy line-up that included the likes of Matt Mistele (Whitby, Ont.) and Aaron Armstrong (Teeswater, Ont.). However, it would be the Badgers that would strike first blood in the contest, when forward Josh Timpano (Orillia, Ont.) rocketed in a wrist shot just 4:00 into the first period of play.

The home team would not be able to hold onto this lead however, as Matt Mistele was able to tie the game up with under four minutes to play in the first.

Coming back onto the ice for the second, the Rams defense seemed to collapse, and what limited shots the Badgers were able to take on the Ryerson goal seemed to be enough to push them ahead. Nine minutes into the second period of play, Brock forward Sammy Banga (Windsor, Ont.) would again provide the Badgers with the lead, putting the scoreboard at 2-1 in favour of the home team. Just three minutes later, Banga would rocket in his second goal of the contest to give the Badgers a comfortable two goal lead.

Luckily for the Rams, however, Mistele had found an offensive streak for the night, firing in his second goal of the match with six minutes left to play in the period, to bring the Rams back within one goal.

The opening minutes of the third however, would prove to be the final nail in the coffin for the visiting Rams. Just a minute into the final period of play, Badgers forward Adam Lloyd (Orleans, Ont.) tucked in a close range wrist shot to give the home team back their two goal lead, which would prove to be wide enough to keep the Rams at bay. Ryerson forward Cavin Leth (Taber, Alta.) did his part in attempting to keep the Rams in the contest, tucking away his first goal of the game in the eleventh minute, but it simply was not enough, and the Badgers were able to come away with the win.

The Rams will be back in action this Friday, November 10, as they take on the University of Toronto at Varsity Arena at 7:00 pm. Fans will be able to catch all the action by watching the game live on, and by following the Ryerson Rams on twitter @ryersonrams.

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