TORONTO - The goalless drought continues on for the Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team as they drop a seventh consecutive contest in a 1-0 final at the hands of the Brock Badgers Saturday night.
After another scoreless 60 minutes Saturday, the Rams have now gone 222 minutes and 45 seconds without scoring a goal. The dried up offense hasn’t been for a lack of effort or opportunity, but simply the inability to bare down and capitalize on chances when they arise.
To be fair, the Badgers’ netminder, Jensen Murphy, was nothing but remarkable between the pipes as she made 34 saves for her first shutout of the 2016-17 season. The Rams threw everything but the kitchen sink Murphy’s way, and yet, she never once budged from perfection en route to her sixth win this season.
Murphy’s counterpart, Rams’ goaltender Sydney Authier, also stole the show Saturday with a terrific effort between the pipes. Authier stood on her head for a number of timely saves throughout the contest and put forth a performance that was well deserving of a victory. Unfortunately, her 24 saves were just not enough as the Rams continue to slump in 2017.
Both Murphy and Authier were put to the test through the scoreless first and second period. Sarna came up huge for the Rams stopping a couple of breakaway opportunities in the first. She was the story through the opening 20 minutes and really proved to be the substantial support the Rams needed to come away with the win.
The Rams returned for the second looking like a resurgent bunch and strung together a handful of chances on Murphy. The game felt as if it was a staring contest between the games netminders as both goalies refused to blink. Murphy turned aside all of the Rams’ 12 shots in the period and Authier stopped all eight to cement a next goal wins mentality for the third.
The seal finally broke midway through final frame after Cara Sayles finished on a gorgeous pass from Kailey Peirson in front for the games first and last goal. Sayles’ sixth goal of the season gave the Badgers that ever scary 1-0 lead with still 10 minutes remaining.
A late cross checking infraction to the Badgers appeared to be the lucky break the Rams needed to even the game and send things to overtime. But it would go for not as Murphy shut the door the rest of the way to lead the Badgers to a 1-0 victory.
With the win, the Badgers moved to 6-3-8-1 for ninth place in the division and now sit four-points back of the Laurentian Voyageurs for the eighth and final playoff spot.
The Rams now sit at 4-1-11-3 on the season after the loss and sit 12 points back of the eight place Voyageurs.
On a side note, Saturday marked as the third annual DIFD night put on by the Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team to help raise funds and awareness on mental illness. It was yet another successful night put on by the team in what has been and will continue to be an important evening.The Rams return to OUA action next weekend as they host the Queen’s Gaels Saturday afternoon.