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Rams snap streak, sweep series with Gaels

By Andrea Elliott
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams women's hockey team is back in the win column following a 3-2 shootout victory over the Queen's Gaels on Saturday afternoon at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Rams goaltender Sydney Authier (Wallaceburg, Ont.) made 25 stops in regulation before stopping both Gaels skaters she faced in the shootout. Ailish Forfar (Sharon, Ont.) and Alex Rodriguez (Toronto) both converted their shootout attempts for the Rams as they emerged victorious.

The Rams opened the scoring in the first period and in so doing finally snapped their goalless drought dating back to January 11 against Guelph, spanning 255:31. Alyssa Connolly (Mount Albert, Ont.) got the Rams on the board with her second tally of the season, coming off a rebound from a Stephanie Chiste (Schomberg, Ont.) point shot.

Queen's responded quickly when Addi Hallady tied the game at 1-1 just a minute and a half later and the teams went to the dressing room knotted at ones after 20 minutes.

Ryerson regained their one goal advantage just 3:26 into the second period when Kryshanda "Krash" Green (Brampton, Ont.) lived up to her name, crashing the net and potting a rebound from a Danelle Im (Toronto) shot.

Shortly after the Gaels finished killing a penalty, captain Jessica Wakefield found herself on a breakaway and neatly slid the puck past Authier to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the third period.

Plenty of chances for both sides in the third period and throughout both overtime periods solved nothing, sending the game to the shootout.

The Rams snapped Queen's overtime unbeaten record - the Gaels entered the game 4-0 when needing extra time to solve the score line.

With the win the Rams sweep the season series with the Gaels for the first time in team history. Ryerson also defeated Queen's 4-3 back on November 12, 2016.

The Rams record moves to 4-2-11-3 and gets Ryerson closer to a playoff position, now ten points out of the final spot. Queen's drops to 8-4-7-1 and now sit alone in fifth place.

Ryerson is back in action next Friday, February 10 when the Rams host the Laurentian Voyageurs in what will be a critical game to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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