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Rams dominate in 5-2 win over Western

By Ryan Bacic

LONDON, Ont. – Their third consecutive game away from the Mattamy Athletic Centre, the Rams came away with a 5-2 victory against the struggling Western Mustangs on Thursday night.  Their second consecutive win sees the Rams improve to a 10-4-1 record, and move into a tie for second place in the OUA’s Western Conference.

Wednesday’s contest saw twelve different Rams players acquire points in the victory, including five separate goal scorers on the night.  Rams assistant captain Lucas Froese (Grunthal, Man.) lead the way in points with two assists throughout the evening, in a match-up that saw the visiting team follow through with improvements in their playing styles on both ends of the ice throughout the game.

It took just three minutes for the visiting Rams to get on the scoreboard, as captain Alex Basso (Toronto, Ont.) recorded his fourth goal in three games to give Ryerson a 1-0 lead early in the first period.  Ten minutes later, Rams freshman forward Steven Harland (Toronto, Ont.) recorded his fourth goal on the power play to put Ryerson up 2-0 heading into the second period of action.

Following the intermission, the Rams would continue their offensive surge and dominate the ice over the next twenty minutes.  For the first ten minutes of the period, the Rams defensive play took complete control of the tempo on the ice, as play was relegated predominately to neutral ice, and the Western zone.  With this assistance behind him, it proved to be no trouble for freshman defenseman Andrew Mullen (Toronto, Ont.) to tuck in his first goal as a Ram thirteen minutes into the period.  Not to be outdone, teammate Jared Walsh (Toronto, Ont.) would tap in is second goal of the season to put the Rams up 4-0 heading into the second intermission.

Heading into the final period down 4-0 on home ice, the Western Mustangs would need to play an intensity not exhibited all season to pull off a major upset.  Veteran Mustangs forward Steven Beyers (Orangeville, Ont.) would attempt to supply the motivation necessary to accomplish this feat, as he provided the home team with their first goal of the game just four minutes into the period.  The goal by Beyers seemed to provide some life to a Mustangs bench that was in need of resuscitation, as just ten minutes later Western freshman center Cordell James (Powassan, Ont.) would provide his fifth goal of the season to drag the Rams lead down to two goals with five minutes left to play in the game.

Fortunately for the Rams, freshman forward Mitchell Skapski (Abbotsford, B.C.), would not let the Ryerson lead be diminished any further, as he provided his first goal as a member of the Ryerson Rams to push the final score to 5-2.

The Rams will be back in action on Saturday, December 2, at 7:15 pm as they take on the York Lions at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.  Fans are encouraged to come out and support the team, but for those who cannot attend the game will be streamed live on OUA.tv and live updates will be available on the Ryerson Rams twitter @ryersonrams.  

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