Slow start too much to overcome for Rams
TORONTO - Coming off a big two-win weekend, the Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team returned to home ice looking to continue their winning ways.
However, a slow start put them behind early and they never made up the ground as the game went on.
Just 48 seconds into the game Ryerson turned the puck over and it was Guelph captain Kaitlin Lowy making everything of her early opportunity taking the early 1-0 lead.
Ryerson bounced back managing to keep the play mostly in the Guelph end for the next 10 minutes, outshooting them by a wide margin. But it was Guelph’s Karli Shell who jammed home a second chance opportunity putting the Gryphons up 2-0 halfway through the first.
The second goal came on just Guelph’s fifth shot of the game and head coach Lisa Haley made the decision to pull the starting goalie for Natalie Thompson, who made her OUA regular season debut.
Haley said after the game, “We’ve put [Natalie Thompson] in that situation a little bit during the exhibition schedule, what she did tonight is exactly what she did then. She’s got a lot of composure for someone her age and I was happy with her keeping us in the game as long as she did.”
With Thompson in the game the Rams were able to settle down defensively and it was 2-0 Guelph after one period.
The second period saw the Rams get a number of chances but they failed to find the back of the net.
The inability to score burned the Rams when Guelph got their third goal of the game, and although Ryerson had a 25-14 shot advantage they trailed 3-0.
The offence wasn’t going to be kept off the scoresheet though and when the Gryphons took a penalty the Rams power play went to work. After just 30 seconds of the advantage Lauren Nicholson brought the Rams within two goals.
The third period was more of the same for Ryerson; a lot of shots but not a lot of success offensively.
The third flew by with no goals for either side and the Rams finished with their first loss of the season 3-1, even though they outshot the Gryphons 37-22.
The game marked a three-game stretch over the span of seven days. Haley chuckled when asked about the week off, “I think it’ll do us some good, it was a long road trip up north and as excited as we were to get those points last weekend we feel like we’ve left a few on the table here tonight.”
The Rams will be back in action next Thursday, Nov. 1 when they play the University of Toronto Varsity Blues at Varsity Arena.