Photo by Alex D'Addese

Western storms back to claim OT win over Rams

By Ryan Bacic

TORONTO – It was a disappointing evening for the Ryerson Rams, as they fell 4-3 to the Western Mustangs in overtime on home ice on Saturday night.

The first period of the match can be summarized simply as an intense offensive back-and-forth, halted only by the stellar performances of each team’s respective netminders.  At the conclusion of the first, both teams were tied for shots on net at eleven each, however the scoreboard remained tied at zero.  This can only be attributed to the efforts of Taylor Dupuis (New Liskeard, Ont.), in net for the Rams, and Luke Peressini (Nobleton, Ont.), in net for the Mustangs.  Both goalies proved to be thorns in the side of the opposing team, as they routinely thwarted open offensive opportunities that had managed to slip past the defense.

Heading back onto the ice for the second period, it was only a matter of time before either team was able to be the first to place themselves upon the scoreboard.

And, thankfully for the home crowd, it would be the Rams who would claim this honour.  Seven minutes into the opening period, freshman forward David Miller (Burlington, Ont.) would record his second goal of the season, to give the Rams a one goal advantage.

The Mustangs would be quick to respond as centre Ray Huether (Londesbourgh, Ont.) would tap in his third goal of the season to tie up the scoreboard at one goal a piece.

The Rams, however, have gotten comfortable with leading heading into the final period, and they weren’t about to accommodate the visiting Mustangs.  With less than a second left on the clock, John Carpino (Maple, Ont.) would rocket in his fifth goal of the season to give the home team a one goal advantage heading into the final twenty minutes of play.

Once play had resumed, it wouldn’t take long for the Rams to pick up right they had left off.  Less than two minutes into the final frame, Rams captain Alex Basso (Toronto, Ont.) would give the Rams a two-goal advantage.  

In almost identical fashion to the first period, however, the Mustangs would have a response to Basso’s goal.  Just three minutes later, Mustangs defenseman Stephen Desrocher (Etobicoke, Ont.) would fire home his first goal of the season to bring Western within one.  Less than two minutes later, Desrocher would yet again contribute offensively for the Mustangs, and tie the scoreboard up at three goals a piece.  

With the game remaining goalless for the rest of the period, the two teams were suddenly headed into overtime.  Unfortunately for the Rams, this extra frame would not come with a joyful conclusion, as Western’s Matt Waston (London, Ont.) would give the game to the Mustangs with two-minutes left to play in overtime.

With the overtime loss, the Rams record becomes 12-4-2 thus far in the season, while the Mustangs improve to 7-9-2.

The Rams will be back in action on Thursday, January 11, as they take on their cross-town rivals the University of Toronto Varsity Blues at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.



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