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Rams sweep Lakehead in two game series

By Cara Gilhula

THUNDER BAY, Ont. - The Rams swept their two game series against the Lakehead Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay this weekend. The Rams finished off tonight with another high scoring game of 7-1. 

In the first period the Thunderwolves really tried to keep the pressure in the Rams defensive zone. However, the Rams dominated the play and started scoring early on in the game. 

Steven Harland (Toronto, Ont.) took advantage of a quick rebound to give the Rams a 1-0 lead. Assists were given to Mathew Santos (Toronto, Ont.) and Patrick Fellows (Mississauga, Ont). 

The Thunderwolves continuously found their way into the penalty box and the Rams seized the opportunity to make use of their power play. Alex Basso (Toronto, Ont.) and Matt Mistele (Whitby, Ont.) were able to operate the blue line. This allowed Hayden McCool (Whitby, Ont.) to fire on the Thunderwolves net, and give the Rams a 2-0 lead. 

Not long after, Santos made a shot and Mitchell Skapski (Abbotsford, B.C.) found the bouncing puck. Zachary Shankar (Prescott, Ont.) was the one to get the final touch to give the Rams a 3-0 lead in the first period. This was also Shankar’s first OUA goal. 

Cavin Leth (Taber, Alta.) and Jesse Barwell (Oakville, Ont.) didn’t waste much time before setting up Gregory DiTomaso (Etobicoke, Ont.) to score in the second period, and advance the Rams 4-0. 

After a number of penalties by the Thunderwolves, and a few by the Rams, Alex Basso was next up to score a power play goal. After much commotion, the lines finally returned to five on five. Matt Mistele (Whitby, Ont.) and Skapski earned the assists to help make it 5-0 for the Rams. 

The second period was lengthy due to a number of penalties and disagreements on the ice. In total, the Rams saw 52 penalty minutes and the Thunderwolves saw 78 minutes.

Throughout all of this, Caleb Bowman was able to score during the Thunderwolves power play to make the score 5-1. It is important to note that it was Lakehead’s teddy bear night. So since they scored, their one and only goal, all of the stuffed animals that were thrown onto the ice were donated to charity.  

 Otherwise, Garrett Forrest (Ashburn, Va.) stood tall in net and helped keep the Thunderwolves out of the Rams circle with a total of 34 saves. 

 Into the third period, David Miller scored an unassisted goal for his third of the season to further the Rams 6-1. 

Later, the third period saw a number of turnovers, but the score remained the same. The Rams did not let up throughout the entirety of the game, which only frustrated Lakehead and their fans more. Thunderwolves goalie, Devin Green, made a total of 39 saves. 

On another power play opportunity in the last 4.5 seconds of the game, Mark Shoemaker decided it was his turn to get on an OUA scoresheet. With support from Barwell and Miller, Shoemaker added to the score to make the final 7-1.  

The Rams are now 12-1-1 in the season, and will welcome their neighbour, the Toronto Varsity Blues to Mattamy Home Ice on Thursday, November 29 for a 7:15 p.m. game.

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