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Rams offence sputters in shutout loss

By Andrea Elliott

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - For the first time this season, the No. 6 ranked Ryerson Rams men's hockey team was left off the scoreboard as the No. 7 ranked Brock Badgers won the opening game of 2019 by a score of 5-0.

Despite outshooting Brock, the Rams never really got their offence clicking and the dangerous scoring chances were few and far between. 

The scoring started with a flukey goal for the Badgers as Dexter Weber's dump-in from centre ice bounced its way through Ryerson starting goalie Taylor Dupuis just four and half minutes into the contest.

Ryerson's fortunes didn't get much better from there as Weber added his second of the game 10 minutes later to double Brock's lead. Less than a minute later the scoreboard read 3-0 and Dupuis was chased from the net. The Badgers' 3-0 lead held at the first intermission.

The Rams had their best period in the second and after sustained pressure and a couple of chances to get on the board, it was the Badgers who got the next goal as Brock took a 4-0 lead into the third.

Things got physical in the third period with 31 penalty minutes between the teams - 29 of which came all in one stoppage - but the Rams couldn't generate opportunities from the physicality. Brock's Ethan Price rounded out the scoring as the Badgers took the 5-0 win.

With the win the Badgers overtake the Rams for the lead in the OUA West division. Ryerson will look to snap their three-game losing skid when they return to action on Saturday evening when they host the Guelph Gryphons. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. at the Mattamy Athletic Centre with all the action available live on OUA.tv

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