TORONTO – Coming off of a thrilling overtime win against the Waterloo Warriors on November 3, the Rams will be looking to keep their winning ways going against the Brock Badgers on November 8, at 7:15 pm at the Seymour-Hannah Centre in St. Catharines.
This season has thus far proved to be rather unkind to the hosting Badgers, as they come into Wednesday night ranked second last in the Western Conference with an overall record of 2-6. Coming off of two straight losses against Lakehead University, in which the Badgers gave up six goals across the two games, the home team possess a special-teams offensive capability that leaves much to be desired. As it currently stands, the Badgers have the second-lowest power-play percentage in the OUA, at just 6.7% goal conversion on power play opportunities. However, where the power play is typically an area in which the Rams offense dominates, the Badgers also possess the second-highest penalty kill percentage in the OUA, just beneath the visiting Ryerson squad, at 90.6%.
However, the Badgers are far more comfortable on home ice thus far in the season than anywhere else in the league, as they have thus far lost every contest away from the Seymour-Hannah Centre this season.
For the visiting Rams, all of this means they will have to rely upon their even-strength offensive line, and cease their reliance upon power play goals. As showcased in their last contest against Waterloo, the Rams are able to easily take advantage of teams whose offense fails to come through early on in the contest. However, whatever lead they may acquire through the game, the Rams will have to do a better job of maintaining it, as previous contests against Queen’s, Laurier and most recently against Waterloo have shown, the Rams have the ability to turn easier-contests into unnecessary nail biters at unfortunate times.
Yet, the Rams do have history on their side, as they have thus far accumulated a 4-0 record across the past two seasons of encounters against the team from the Garden City.
Fans will be able to catch all of the action by watching game live on OUA.tv, and by following the Ryerson Rams on twitter @ryersonrams.