Rams rough start in 2017 continues in North Bay
NORTH BAY - To say that Jacqueline Rochefort, a fourth year goaltender for the Nipissing Lakers women’s hockey team, has been dominant in her career against the Ryerson Rams is an understatement. Her 25 save performance propelled the Lakers to a 2-0 victory at the North Bay Memorial Gardens Friday night.
The win boosts Rochefort’s career record to 6-0-0 against Ryerson. In those six games, she now has four shutouts and a 0.33 goals against average.
In the first meeting between these two sides this season, the Rams came out strong in the opening frame. They were able to match the number eight team in the country stride for stride, but couldn’t put a puck past Rochefort despite their ten shots in the period.
The second began with some dangerous offensive pressure by the Lakers. Ryerson’s netminder Sydney Authier (Wallaceburg, Ont.) made a number of key saves to keep the game scoreless before Nipissing ran into penalty trouble.
Unfortunately, the Rams couldn’t capitalize on multiple power play opportunities midway through the period.
Shortly after killing off their final infraction, the Lakers found the back of the net. Nipissing’s leading goal scorer Bronwyn Bolduc received a pass from Alexane Papineau in the neutral zone, made a nice move on a Ryerson defender and ripped it into the top corner. Her tenth tally of the campaign made it 1-0 with 5:54 remaining in the frame.
Ryerson responded well after surrendering the game’s opening goal though. They manufactured a number of opportunities, but were unable to beat Rochefort and found themselves down one after forty minutes.
Much like they did following the first intermission, the Lakers came out firing at the beginning of the third period. After buzzing in the Rams’ zone and forcing Authier to make a few highlight reel saves, Nipissing’s Jade Gauthier picked up the puck behind Ryerson’s net, successfully wrapped it around and tucked it into the back of the net. Her sixth tally of the season made it 2-0 and rounded out the scoring in this one.
Authier finished with 23 saves in the losing effort.
The Lakers went 0-for-6 on the man advantage while the Rams were unsuccessful on their four power play chances.
The loss drops the Rams’ record to 4-1-9-3. They remain tied with the York Lions (3-2-8-4) for 11th place in the standings. The Lakers, meanwhile, improve to 11-2-2-2 and extend their winning streak to three. They’re now only two points behind the OUA-leading Guelph Gryphons (12-2-2-1).
The Rams will look to break their current five game losing streak and grab their first victory of 2017 when they travel to Sudbury tomorrow afternoon. Puck drop between Ryerson and the eighth place Laurentian Voyageurs (7-0-8-1) at The Countryside Sports Complex is scheduled for 3:50 p.m.
NOTES: The Rams are now winless in their seven meetings with the Lakers in program history. Nipissing remains the only team in the OUA that Ryerson has never beaten… Ryerson has been held scoreless in four of their last five regular season contests… Although they couldn’t find the back of the net, Rams’ forward Danelle Im (Toronto) had a great night and created a number of quality opportunities for herself… In one of the roughest games of the season, the bad blood boiled over on a number of occasions. The two sides combined for 38 minutes in penalties.