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Rams look to refine mindset before facing Badgers, Lions

By Cara Gilhula

TORONTO - The Rams are coming off a split series weekend with UQTR. On Friday night the Rams won 7-2, and on Saturday they lost 3-2 in overtime after a late goal by Mathew Santos (Toronto, Ont.) had tied it up.

This gives the Rams a 5-1-1 record heading into another end of week matchup. On November 1st the Rams will welcome Brock to the Mattamy Athletic Centre, and on November 2nd the Rams will visit the York Lions at the Canlan Ice Sports York arena.

“We know it’s going to be two really tough teams. Brock has a team that beat us three of our four games last year, and York ended our season. So these are two teams we should have no problem getting up for,” says head coach Johnny Duco.

After their second loss of the season the Rams will be working hard this week to look at video and different plays to recognize where things didn’t fall into place. During the last couple of games the Rams have seen a slow start, so it will be important to capitalize on their speed as a team in order to be a contender for both Brock and York this week.

Ryerson continues to maintain their position on the OUA leaderboards. In seven games the Rams have a total of 37 goals.

Matt Mistele (Whitby, Ont.) maintains his position at the top of the points leaderboard, with Santos at spot number two, and Steven Harland tied at spot number four after his goal and two assists on Friday evening against UQTR.

“For me, a personal goal would be to stay there, that’d be nice for the season,” says Harland. “But I’m really looking forward to winning. Last year we kind of got out early and the group we have is really amazing, so I think we have the potential to go to nationals.”

Santos moved up the goal scoring leaderboard to first place, and Mistele is not far behind in second place. Santos is also tied for first in most power play goals, with Hayden McCool (Whitby, Ont.) sitting right behind him after his hat trick on Friday. Although, Mistele leads in highest number of assists in the OUA, with Santos at spot number three.

Notably, the Rams are looking forward to an upcoming milestone for captain, Alex Basso (Toronto, Ont.) Basso is currently sitting at 94 career points. After not putting up any points this weekend, his chance of earning his first goal of the season or adding to his seven assists to reach 100 career points could be promising for this week’s matchups.

Puck drop will be at 7:15 p.m. at the Mattamy Athletic Centre when the Rams host the Brock Badgers on November 1st. The Rams will travel uptown on November 2nd to play the York Lions at 7:00 p.m. Both games will be available on OUA.tv and you can stay up to date with us on Twitter.

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