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Late lead slips away as Rams fall in overtime

By Andrea Elliott

WINDSOR, Ont. - After leading on three different occasions, the No. 8 ranked Ryerson Rams women's hockey team couldn't hold onto a late 3-2 advantage, falling 4-3 in overtime to the Windsor Lancers on Friday night.

The Rams, who entered weekend action atop the OUA standings, saw a quick start to their 2019 portion of their schedule as Lauren Nicholson scored just 29 seconds into the game. That goal stood as the only marker of the first period and Ryerson led 1-0 at the intermission.

Windsor carried much of the play in the first, outshooting Ryerson 14-5, and that momentum played out to start the second. The Lancers got on the board five minutes into the second period to tie the game at 1-1. Ryerson's Laura Ball responded with her first goal of the season to restore the Rams' lead midway through the frame, but the lead wouldn't hold as Windsor's Jaclyn Kouleas tied the game again at 2-2 before the end of the period.

In the third it was Ryerson's Camryn Tait who broke the deadlock with eight minutes to play, but a late effort from Windsor's Reagan Kaufman tied the game with two minutes to go to force overtime.

The extra frame didn't last long as Windsor's Meredith Goldhawk scored 43 seconds into overtime to give the Lancers their only lead of the game, but the only one that mattered.

Ryerson goaltender Rachel Seeley was back in action for the first time since October 25, turning aside 29 of 33 shots that came her way.

The Rams will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they visit the No. 9 ranked Western Mustangs. Puck drop in London is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be available live on OUA.tv

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