Photo by Christian Bender

Rams look to end semester strong

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - It was a perfect 2-0 weekend for the Rams on their trip to Lakehead last week. The weekend double dip opened with the Rams winning 5-3 on Friday night and then 7-1 in the second game on Saturday.

The two wins push their win streak to seven games and their 25 points puts them number one in the OUA.

In the most recent U SPORTS poll Ryerson jumped up one spot and now sit at No. 4 in the nation, the highest ranked OUA team.

With all of this now in the past, Ryerson will look to finish the semester strong with their final two games of 2018.

Ryerson’s last home stand of the semester will start Thursday night when the University of Toronto Varsity Blues roll through the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Ryerson won the first meeting of the year against the Varsity Blues in their third game of the season, when Devon Paliani had a hat trick powering the Rams to a 6-2 win.

It has been a rough semester for Toronto as they sit in second last in the OUA West; their 37 goals for are tied for last in the OUA West and are 44 less than the Rams have scored this year.

The lack of scoring for Toronto is met with a high number of goals against, and the 54 goals Toronto has given up is third worst in the West.

Look for Ryerson to try to overwhelm Toronto once again in their second meeting of the season.

The Rams final game of 2018 will be a tough test against the Brock Badgers. Brock sits right behind the Rams in the standings – five points behind.

Brock doesn’t have the luxury of a high-powered offence like Ryerson, averaging just 2.86 goals per game. However, for Brock their strong side has been defence and keeping pucks out of the net.

The Badgers 35 goals against this season is the best in the OUA West, and they’ve given up two goals or less in nine games this season. But one of those games they didn’t hold a team to less than three goals was when they played the Rams and Ryerson beat them 4-3.

With this being the second meeting of the year expect Brock to make adjustments to try and slow down this Rams offence, if they’re able to do that they will give Ryerson a big test. But if Ryerson is able to keep its offence rolling it could be a tough end to the semester for the Badgers.

At this point of the season Ryerson has the top three point getters in the league with Matt Mistele’s 33 points having him head and shoulders above every other player in the league. The closest non-Rams player in the point race is UQTR's Mathieu Lemay with 20 points.

Both games will start at 7:15 p.m. Follow the Rams on Twitter for all of the updates.


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