Three third period goals lift Rams over Lancers
WINDSOR, Ont. - The Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team scored three third period goals en route to a come from behind 4-2 win over the Windsor Lancers Saturday night.
Freshman Charlie Graham suited up between the pipes for the Rams in what was a well-deserved nod after his stellar performance in the homer opener on Thursday. Graham was the Rams backbone for much of Saturday’s win and finished his 60 minutes of work with 15 saves for his second win in as many games.
The first 20 minutes had both special teams line-ups on display. The Lancers got out in front thanks to two straight power-play goals from the same source. Defenseman Konner Haas was the last one to touch the biscuit for both goals and put the Lancers up by two early in the first.
Later in the frame, the Lancers Mike Christou received a game misconduct for checking-from-behind and put the Rams on a five-minute power play, where Rams’ captain Michael Fine made them pay. Fine brought the puck down the nearside wall and cut into the slot before ripping a perfectly placed snap shot over the glove of Lancers starting goalie Kris Joyce. The Fine marker was his first of the 2016-17 season and sent the Rams into the locker room down by one.
The second period picked up right where things left off. Special teams play was once again heavily counted on for both sides. A total of six different infractions were called in the first period and four whistled down in the second.
They often say that your goaltender needs to be your most prized penalty killer and this statement couldn’t have been any more true for both Graham and Joyce, who battled it out for a scoreless second period between the pipes.
In the third, the Rams began to mimic the team that exploded for six goals in their home opener win on Thursday. The ice began to feel as if it was tilting towards the Lancers defensive zone, with the majority of play taking place in front of their crease.
Head coach Johnny Duco at the beginning of the season stated that he hopes to see more shots taken from the likes of Basso and Brandon Devlin. Just over five minutes into the third, his advice was taken to heart as Basso ripped home the game-tying clapper from the point. Basso went on to finish the game with a game high three points to give him four points in two games to start the season.
Just seconds later, the line of Mitch Theoret, Jamie Lewis, and Chris Marchese struck and continued with their stellar play to start the season. Lewis pounced on a loose puck in front and gave the Rams their first lead of the night. Vince Figliomeni then potted an empty netter for his second of the year as the Rams scored three third period goals in a 4-2 win over the Lancers in Windsor.
The Rams now move to a tidy 2-0 record on the season and have managed to defeat two teams, the Golden Hawks and the Lancers, that they were unable to beat in four tries all of last season.
The Rams will look to go a perfect 3-0 to start the year when they travel to St.Catherines, Ont. for an inner division contest with the Brock Badgers on Wednesday. Puck drop is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.