Trois-Rivières, Que.-The UQTR Patriotes scored four goals in the second period, and added two more in the third to even the best-of-three OUA Quarter-Final match-up at 1-1, hanging on to defeat the Ryerson Rams 7-5 at Le Colisee on Saturday afternoon.
The Patriotes victory spoiled an incredible performance by Rams captain Andrew Buck, who tallied a hat-trick and cut the deficit to one with 3:36 left in the third period with a power-play marker.
However, the Patriotes added an empty netter in the final seconds to force a third and deciding game tomorrow evening in Trois-Rivières.
After Ryerson took a 2-1 lead through the first 20 minutes on goals from Buck (Newmarket, Ont.) and Jason Kelly (Toronto), the Patriotes exploded offensively in the second with four markers. Kelly and Buck each tallied their second of the game in the middle frame to help the Rams keep pace, but a late short-handed goal by Felix Petit with 1:07 left in the second put UQTR up 5-4 heading into the final period.
The Rams were 1-for-5 on the power-play, while UQTR was 0-for-7. Troy Passingham (Mississauga) stopped 31 shots for the Rams, and Guillaume Nadeau made 22 saves in the win for UQTR.
The Rams and Patriotes will do battle in the third and deciding game of the OUA East quarter-finals tomorrow night at Le Colisee. Puck-drop is set for 7:00 p.m.