Photo by Alex D'Addese

Warriors force game 3 with overtime triumph

By Andrea Elliott
WATERLOO, Ont. - It was a wild game at the Columbia Ice Field in game two of the best-of-three series between the Ryerson Rams and Waterloo Warriors, but the hometown Warriors emerged victorious to force a deciding game three.


Warriors captain Riley Sonnenburg potted the overtime game-winner 6:45 into the extra frame to send the teams packing for Toronto with a date set for 7:00 on Saturday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Game two had several twists and turns and was the tale of two periods. Ryerson opened up a 3-0 lead after the opening twenty minutes and looked poised to cruise to a two-game series sweep.

Josh Sterk got the scoring started just 4:13 into the game while Matt Mistele potted the second Rams goal just 40 seconds later. Both goals were power play markers. Sterk netted his second of the game - and third of the series - at 18:37 to stake the Rams to a 3-0 advantage.

The tables turned in the second, however, as it was the Warriors who netted three goals in twenty minutes. Philip Fife got the Warriors on the board with a power play marker four minutes into the frame, before Sam Caldwell ripped a wrister from the slot to make it 3-2 Ryerson. Michael Siddall rounded out the second period scoring as the teams headed to the dressing room deadlocked at 3-3.

Waterloo broke the tie to take their first lead of the game when Mitch Elliot's seeing-eye shot made its way through a maze in front before beating Rams goalie Charlie Graham. With time winding down, Ryerson's Marcus Hinds tipped in a point shot with 4:42 remaining to tie the game once again. 

Neither team could solve the goalies down the stretch and overtime was required to decide the winner.

Ryerson had a great chance moments before the Warriors goal, but Waterloo goalie Mike Morrison made one of his 30 saves on the night to negate the opportunity.

Rams goalie Charlie Graham finished with 24 saves in the loss.

Game three puck drop is set for 7:00 Saturday night at Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre.



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