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Rams finish strong, defeat Laurier for last game of 2018

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team wrapped up the first semester with a 4-2 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks.

It was a fast pace opening to the game and Ryerson had a few chances in the opening 90 seconds of the game. But it was a turnover in their own end leading to the Golden Hawks opening the scoring two minutes into the first period.

The Laurier early goal was the only one of the period, but the lack of scoring didn’t come with a lack of scoring chances.

Both goalies, Natalie Thompson for Ryerson and Cohen Myers for Laurier had to make a number of saves in the period and each team had a few grade A chances that were turned aside.

The offence for Ryerson had their chances but just couldn’t get breakthrough in the first period, which was something they struggled with in their entire last game against the Western Mustangs.

After that game against Western, Ryerson’s captain Kryshanda Green said that the team was getting their chances and “it was just a matter of executing.”

In the second period of this contest they did just that. Trailing by one after 20 minutes Ryerson stuck to their game, forcing the play on Laurier in the Golden Hawks end.

Eight minutes into the second Camryn Tait tied things up for Ryerson and then just minutes later she added her second of the night with a beautiful backhand giving Ryerson their fist lead of the game with 10 minutes to play in the second.

The next 9:50 of the period consisted of a lot of back and forth action with neither team being able to get another goal.

Then Ryerson forced a faceoff in the Laurier zone, and that faceoff led to Ryerson’s Karli Nummikoski banging home her fourth of the season and Ryerson took a two-goal advantage into the third period.

The third period was all about protecting the lead for Ryerson; Laurier was pressing and controlling the play.

Ryerson was unable to get a shot on net in the first 15 minutes of the period, but on the other end were able to hold the Golden Hawks down.

The win was secured by Green when she buried an empty netter with two minutes to play. Laurier added a second goal with under 30 seconds to play but it was too late and Rams walked away with three points.

The win gives Ryerson 25 points in their opening 12 games. The team made the playoffs last year with 42 points in 24 games.

So, with this being the exact halfway mark of the season, Ryerson will be looking to stay on the track they are currently on to get back in the playoffs and improve on last year’s point total.

Ryerson will have the rest of December off and will be back in action January 4th, 2019 when they travel to Windsor.

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