Two FAN BUSES will be going from the Ryerson campus to George Bell for the contest. Admission on the bus is free, and there will also be complimentary pizza, pop and chips as well as $600 in prizes being given away including a Nintendo DS. For more details or to reserve your spot please click here.
The men are returning to post-season action after being on the outside looking in one year ago. They were able to squeak into the seventh-place position after earning a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Queen's Gaels last Thursday. Greg Payne (Thornhill, Ont.) scored the game-winner midway through the third period with his team-leading 13th goal of the year.
Payne finished the season with 22 points, which tied him for the team-high along with captain Andrew Buck (Newmarket, Ont.) who also picked up 10 goals on the year. The Rams tallied 29 points and tied the team-record for wins in a season with 13, improving on their eight-win campaign in 2010-11 where they finished 10 games under the .500 mark.
The season before then, Ryerson swept the Toronto Varsity Blues in the first round in 2009-10 after finishing sixth in the league. It was the team's first playoff series win since 2002. They would go on to fall to their current foe, UQTR in the second round. The Patriotes won both contests 6-3 to sweep the Rams.
The Patriotes posted a formidable 19-7-2 record to finish second in the East two years in a row. UQTR topped the East in 2009-10 in the first season where the OUA was organized into a two-division format. Their high-powered offense led the league with 127 goals this year, an average of 4.5 per game.
Felix Petit tallied 18 goals and 41 points to rank third in the league, while Pierre-Alexandre Joncas picked up 32 points to finish second in Patriotes scoring.
In their only regular season meeting, the Patriotes slipped by Ryerson with a 5-4 shootout victory at George Bell on November 12.
After the Rams and UQTR do battle in Toronto on Wednesday, they will resume the series in Trois-Rivières, Que. on Saturday, with the puck-drop set for 2:00 p.m. If necessary, a deciding game in the best-of-three series will also take place at UQTR on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
The match-up will get underway tomorrow evening at George Bell with game-time set for 7:30 p.m. The contest can be seen online at the Live Video page.