Rams fall to Voyageurs, losing streak runs to six
SUDBURY, Ont. - Offensive struggles continue to haunt the Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team as they fell 1-0 to the Laurentian Voyageurs in OUA regular season action Saturday afternoon. Less than 24 hours after a tough 2-0 loss to the No. 8 Nipissing Lakers (11-2-2-2), the Rams couldn’t find the back of the net despite many great opportunities at The Countryside Sports Complex.
Following two periods of scoreless action where Ryerson’s Sydney Authier (Wallaceburg, Ont.) and Laurentian’s Karen Collins combined for 30 saves, the Voyageurs turned up the heat in the third period. The Laurentian squad fired six shots in the opening five minutes of the frame; however, Authier’s calm play and poise between the pipes kept the Voyageurs’ offence at bay for the time being.
Still looking for the game’s opening tally midway through the period, the Rams’ Lauren Nicholson (Dresden, Ont.) snapped a shot from the slot that beat Collins, but couldn’t beat the left post.
Shortly after that golden chance, the Voyageurs’ resilient offence was finally rewarded. After Ryerson’s Kryshanda Green (Brampton, Ont.) was called for a slash, Laurentian’s Ellery Veerman fired a one timer on the power play. Authier came up with a big stop, but the Rams couldn’t clear the loose puck from the front of the net. The Voyageurs’ Morgan McCann buried it to give her side the 1-0 lead with 3:16 remaining. Taylor Weber also picked up an assist on McCann’s sixth of the season.
The Rams pushed for the tying marker, but couldn’t manufacture many quality chances with Authier pulled for the extra attacker.
Collins made 24 saves for the first shutout of her U SPORTS career while Authier stopped 30 of the 31 shots that she faced.
Laurentian finished 1-for-2 on the power play while Ryerson went 0-for-5.
The regulation loss, the Rams’ sixth in a row, drops their record to 4-1-10-3. Since the York Lions also lost Saturday afternoon (3-2 to the Windsor Lancers), Ryerson remains in a tie for 11th place with York at 17 points. Both squads are currently six points out of a playoff spot with six games remaining.
The Voyageurs, meanwhile, boost their record to 8-0-8-1 and vault into sole possession of seventh place in the OUA with 25 points.
Ryerson will look to get back on track when they return home on Saturday, January 28th to face off against the eighth place Brock Badgers (5-3-6-1). Puck drop at the Mattamy Athletic Centre is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Do It For Daron night.
NOTES: The Voyageurs outshot the Rams 18-7 in the third period… Ryerson has now been held scoreless in their last three games and five of their last six… Their last goal came off the stick of Ailish Forfar (Sharon, Ont.) with 2:45 left in the third period of a 4-2 loss to the Guelph Gryphons on January 11th. As a result, Ryerson’s current scoreless streak is at 182 minutes and 45 seconds.