TORONTO, Ont. – The taste of victory always tends to alleviate the sting of defeat, and a big 5-2 win against the University of Toronto Blues at Varsity Stadium on Friday night was exactly what the Ryerson Rams needed to get over their loss to the Brock Badgers two nights earlier.
Coming into Friday night’s game at the bottom of the Western Conference, the Varsity Blues would have to throw all the could at the visiting Rams in the hopes of achieving an upset. As the first period progressed, it seemed as the Blues were prepared to do just that, as they nearly matched the visiting team in shots taken. However, even with all they could muster it would be the Rams who would strike first blood, as forward Cavin Leth (Taber, Alta.) tucked in a wrist shot four minutes into the period to put the Rams ahead.
However, the Blues had a response to this, and just four minutes later forward Max Lindsay (Ancaster, Ont.) forced in a goal off of a lucky bounce to equalize the scoreboard at 1-1. The Rams, however, tenacious in their recent efforts, would not be going into the locker room without a lead, as Daniel Poliziani (Burlington, Ont.) pushed the Rams to a 2-1 lead with just a minute left to play in the first.
The second-period would take on a similarly offensive heavy tone, as the Blues attempted to do all they could to stay in the game. And they certainly got that chance when, at the fifth minute of the period, defenseman Evan MacEachern (Dartmouth, N.S.) would provide the Blues with the equalizer.
However, there isn’t much that an opposing team can do to stultify the Rams offensive lineup when they are determined to come away with a win, and there would be no exception to this rule this evening. Just two minutes after MacEachern’s goal, Rams Captain Alex Basso (Toronto, Ont.), would once again give the Rams a 3-2 lead.
Rams forwards Matt Mistele (Whitby, Ont.), and Eric DeLaurentis (Markham, Ont.), respectively, would put the final nails in the coffin in the third period as they would make the game 5-2 and completely out of reach for the home team.
The Rams will be back in action on Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 pm, as they take on Lakehead University on home ice. Fans are encouraged to come to the Mattamy Athletic Centre to support the Rams, but for those who cannot make it, they can always catch the game live on OUA.tv and by following the Rams on twitter @ryersonrams.