Photo by Alex D'Addese

Rams fall in extra time, will play for OUA bronze

By Andrea Elliott
TORONTO – Guelph Gryphons striker Tomasz Skublak broke a scoreless tie and the hearts of the Rams in extra time to help propel the Gryphons to the OUA championship game on Saturday afternoon at Birchmount Stadium. Guelph would go on to add two more goals to defeat the Ryerson Rams 3-0.


Neither the Gryphons nor the Rams could find the back of the net in regulation time, despite several good chances for both sides, and the game was forced to extra time to set up the late heroics.

Skublak netted the game-winner ten minutes into the first extra frame when he stepped into a shot from the top of the 18-yard box and beat Ryerson keeper, Praveen Ahilan.

Skublak and his teammates celebrated by hushing the Rams crowd which, in fact, fired them and the players up. Ryerson came back down the field and created a dangerous scoring opportunity before Nick Lambis was hauled down without a call.

The Gryphons launched a counter-attack and Alexander Zis was able to double the Guelph score as they took a commanding 2-0 lead into the final 15 minutes of extra time.

Ryerson was unable to generate much of anything in the final frame and, nearing the end, the Rams got caught up field and Christopher Jacovou chipped a ball over Ahilan to round out the scoring. 

Despite the disappointment of not advancing to the championship game, the Rams have an important game on Sunday afternoon. With Guelph hosting the U Sports national championship next week, the winner of the OUA bronze medal game will earn the third OUA berth to that national tournament. 

The Rams will battle the Toronto Varsity Blues at 12:00 p.m. at Birchmount Stadium for the bronze medal and chance to play for a national title.



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