Photo by Alex D'Addese

Rams drop game one against Lions in quarter-final

By Ryan Bacic

TORONTO – The Ryerson Rams are off to a rough start in round two of the Queen’s Cup playoffs, as they dropped game one of the best-of-three series 6-3 to the York Lions on Wednesday night at Canlan Ice Sports.

Heading into Wednesday night’s contest both teams possessed an equal amount of momentum as they both came off big game three victories in their respective first round series'.  As such, the determination of tonight’s result would depend upon the respective abilities of both teams to win under pressure at this point in the playoffs.

And, early on, it would appear as though the reigning Queen’s Cup champions would be taking control of the contest's momentum.   Less than two minutes into the opening frame, York defenseman Derek Sheppard (Ajax, Ont.), with assistance from teammates Reid Jackman (Etobicoke, Ont.) and Josh LaFrance (Barrie, Ont.), would open up the scoring and provide his team with an early 1-0 lead.

The Rams would struggle to gain ground for the remainder of the frame as, although they outshot the Lions 13-9 throughout the first period, York netminder Mack Shields (Saskatoon, Sask.) would prove to be an impenetrable force for his team and would play a huge part in ensuring a York lead heading into the second period.

As play continued in the second, it was the Rams able to rise to the occasion, as they began to take firm control of the game.  Two quick contributions from Erick DeLaurentis (Markham, Ont.) and Aaron Armstrong (Teeswater, Ont.) less than a minute apart from another would suddenly catapult the Rams into the lead.  A late goal provided by veteran forward John Carpino (Maple, Ont.) would make it a two-goal cushion for the visiting Rams squad heading into the final frame.

Unfortunately for the Rams, the momentum with which they propelled themselves into the drivers seat of this contest, would be reciprocated by the experienced Lions squad who quickly stole this game away.  

In a matter of ten seconds, the game would be tied up in the final period, as York teammates Trevor Petersen (Thornhill, Ont.) and Scott Feser (Red Deer, Alta.) quickly removed the lead that the Rams had built throughout the second frame.

Later on in the period, Petersen would again partake in another Lions lightning quick goals contribution, as he and teammate Kyle Campbell (Halifax, N.S.) would combine to give the Lions a 5-3 lead with less than six minutes to play.

Colton Vannucci would later slide in the final goal of the contest, to give this one to the Lions by a score of 6-3.

The two teams will meet up once more for the second game of the series at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on February 24.  



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