Photo by Alex D'Addese

Men's hockey releases 2018-19 season schedule

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team announced the release of their 2018-19 regular season schedule on Friday, and the Rams are set to open their year against the Waterloo Warriors at home on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

The Rams had a strong showing last year but were bested by the York Lions in the second round of the OUA playoffs, marking the fourth time in five years that the Rams were knocked out in the second round.

With a strong recruiting class and a talented core group of players, the Rams will look to push past their second round woes and make a true impact on the league this season.

Looking ahead, the 2019 U SPORTS University Cup tournament will be hosted by the University of Lethbridge in Alberta from March 14-17, 2019. Ryerson has never qualified for the tournament, but the Rams have been on the upswing in recent years and will hope to change their fate this season.

Key Dates

Friday, September 21, 2018 | Ryerson Rams v. UNB Varsity Reds, Pre-Season Exhibition

The Rams will host the UNB Varsity Reds for an exhibition matchup in mid-September. The 2018 AUS champions and U SPORTS bronze medalists will face off against the Rams for the third time in two years.  In December 2017, the Rams lost two back-to-back games at UNB in the Pete Kelly Challenge.

Ryerson will welcome all new and returning students to the Mattamy Athletic Centre to kick off the 2018-19 varsity season - the puck is set to drop in this pre-season tune-up at 7:15 pm.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Ryerson Rams vs. Waterloo Warriors, Home/Season Opener

The Rams will officially kick off the regular season on October 3, 2018, as the Waterloo Warriors are set to come to town for a Wednesday night matchup.  The Warriors finished last in the OUA West with a 9-15-4 record last season, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

The Rams haven’t faced Waterloo since November 2017, a series in which Ryerson walked away with two wins.  

This year’s game is set to start at 7:15 pm.

Saturday, January 19, 2019 | Ryerson Rams vs. York Lions, Winter Homecoming

The Rams are fairly well acquainted with their cross-town opponents, the York Lions, who they’ve clashed with on many occasions over the past few seasons. The two teams finished tied in last year’s standings and would eventually meet in the playoffs where the Lions would sweep the second-round series to advance to the OUA semi-final.

Ryerson’s second-annual WOCO event will feature a bit of a twist this year. Last season, hundreds of York students make their way down to the Mattamy Athletic Centre to cheer on their team, and their enthusiasm was equally matched by that of Rams fans. This year’s Winter Homecoming will not be exclusive to men’s hockey, though, as five other Rams teams will be playing at home on January 19.

The puck is set to drop at 2:15 PM in this matinée matchup.

Friday, February 1, 2019 | Ryerson Rams vs. Laurier Golden Hawks, School Day Game

The Rams will kick off February with a school day game against the Laurier Golden Hawks. Ryerson swept the season series against Laurier last year, and the Golden Hawks would eventually finish just two points back of the Rams in the standings.

The February school day matchup will be the university’s third of the year.  The game will begin at 11:00 AM.

You can find the full schedule here.

*All games listed above will be played at the Mattamy Athletic Centre unless otherwise stated.


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