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Women's hockey to open season against Windsor

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO - The 2018-19 OUA women’s hockey schedule has officially been released, and the Ryerson Rams are set to open up the season against the Windsor Lancers on October 14, 2018.

A fifth-place OUA finish saw the 2017-18 Rams squad qualify for the playoffs for the second time in the program’s six-year history, and a tough three-game first round series pushed the Rams to their limit. The team would ultimately face elimination after two straight postseason losses to the Nipissing Lakers.

Though the season didn’t play out as the team had hoped, a cascade of positive takeaways left the Rams in an ideal position heading into the new season.  

Skipping forward to the end of the season, the 2019 U SPORTS Women’s Hockey National Championships will be hosted by the University of Prince Edward Island from March 14-17, 2019.  The two OUA berths will be awarded to the provincial gold and silver medalists. The Rams have never qualified for the tournament, but, with their continued improvement, what once seemed like a distant dream has now transformed into a future possibility.  

Key Dates

Sunday, October 14, 2018 | Ryerson Rams vs. Windsor Lancers, Home/Season Opener

The start of the new season marks an exciting time for Ryerson’s women’s hockey team. Building upon last year’s success, the Rams will hope to take what they learned and apply it to their upcoming challenges.

Their first task: Win the season opener for the second year in a row.

Despite finishing second-last in the OUA, the Lancers closed off last season with a 4-1 win over the Rams on February 10, 2018.  The Rams will look to open their year on a positive note, and a win over Windsor on October 14 will certainly help the team achieve their goal.

Puck drop is set for 4:15 pm.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Ryerson Rams vs. Laurier Golden Hawks, School Day Game

Ryerson struggled to produce offense against the Laurier Golden Hawks last season, but the Rams still managed to sweep the season series with two 1-0 shootout victories over Laurier. Will the 1-0 shootout win streak stay alive this season?

The Rams will also welcome local students to the rink for Ryerson’s annual women’s hockey school day game. The event has been a huge success in recent years, and the Rams will surely do their part to ensure another entertaining game for the visiting students.

The puck is set to drop at 11:00 am.  

Saturday, January 19, 2019 | Ryerson Rams vs. Nipissing Lakers, Winter Homecoming

January 19, 2019, will be a very exciting day at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre.  All six of Ryerson’s winter varsity teams will be playing their Saturday games on their home court/ice, and five of those six teams will face off against the Nipissing Lakers.

The matchup is particularly interesting for the women’s hockey team who are well-acquainted with the visiting Lakers.  The teams will face off for the final time in the regular season, with both teams looking to prove themselves as superior.  

The game will begin at 7:15 pm.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 | Ryerson Rams vs. Toronto Varsity Blues, Rivalry Night

The Toronto Varsity Blues will make the short trip to the Garden District to face off against the Rams at the tail end of the regular season. The cross-town rivals are closely matched, as Ryerson finished just one point ahead of Toronto in the OUA standings last season. No matter the sport, fans are always in for a good game when the two Toronto schools face off.

The Saturday afternoon matchup is set to begin at 2:15 pm.  


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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