TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. - The Ryerson Rams men's hockey team was eliminated from the post-season Sunday night, falling 5-3 to the No. 10 UQTR Patriotes in game three of a best-of-three OUA East quarter-final series.
Heavy underdogs entering the series, the seventh place Rams (13-12-3) stunned the OUA and the nationally ranked Patriotes with a 9-2 victory in game one. Games two and three were tightly contested as Ryerson gave second place UQTR (19-7-2) all it could handle.
Tommy Tremblay opened the scoring just under three minutes into the contest to give the Patriotes an ealry 1-0 lead. The Rams would respond less than a minute later as assistant captain Greg Payne scored his third of the post-season. Jeff Desjardin gave UQTR a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes with a power play goal late in the period.
Ryerson defenceman Dean Willmott knotted the game at 2-2 early in the middle frame, scoring on the power play for his first of the playoffs. UQTR would then score once with the man advantage and once while shorthanded to go up 4-2. The Rams would get one back before the end of the frame as Jason Kelly netted his team-leading fourth goal of the post-season.
Desjardin added an insurance marker for the Patriotes just 39 seconds into the third period.
Rams goaltender Troy Passingham stopped 24 of 29 shots, while Guillaume Nadeau saved 23 of 26 shots for UQTR. The Rams were 1-for-5 on the power play and the Patriotes were 2-for-8 with the man advantage.
UQTR will face Carleton (15-10-3) in the next round.
The Rams finished the regular season with a 13-12-3 record and 29 points. The 13 victories ties the Ryerson mark for wins in a season set by the 1988-89 Rams, who were 13-12-1. The 29 points is the most recorded in a single season by the Rams. It is also the first time in 23 years that the team has posted a winning record.
The Rams roster featured 18 new players this year and 27 of 28 players are eligible to return for the 2012-13 season.