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Rams suffer fourth straight loss

By Cara Gilhula

TORONTO - The No. 6 ranked Ryerson Rams suffered a heartbreaking 6-2 loss against the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday night during their first home game of the year.

During the first period, the Rams tried their best to adjust to the Gryphons style of play. Unfortunately, Guelph quickly overpowered the Rams, and Ryan Valentini was the first to take down Ryerson’s Garrett Forrest with the help of Reilly O’Connor. Minutes later, Gryphons’ Cody Thompson made a quick pass to Scott Simmonds, who made the shot to increase their lead early on to 2-0.

The Rams fought back hard and had a number of chances, but the Gryphons didn’t let up. Guelph Gryphons’ Tryg Strand pulled Forrest to the post and made the pass to Stephen Hiff, who had a clear shot to make the score 3-0.

After a tough loss last night, Taylor Dupuis joined the ice to finish the game for the Rams.

Into the second period, Gryphons’ Simmonds saw an opening, and Thompson made the attack on Dupuis for a 4-0 lead.

Although, late in the second period, John Carpino found Zachary Shankar deep in the Gryphons zone. Shankar was able to make a tape to tape pass to Patrick Fellows, who launched it top shelf to put the Rams on the board at 4-1.

With a little momentum now, Cavin Leth and Marcus Hinds moved the puck to Matt Mistele. Mistele scored his 15th goal of the season to split the Gryphons lead in half.

In the last minute of play of the second period, Valentini regained control and scored to make it 5-2 for the Gryphons at the end of the 40 minutes.

The third period got off to another quick start with Gryphons’ Thompson scoring his second goal of the game with assists by Simmonds and Todd Winder.

The Rams gave an offensive push, but the bounce was not in their favour. The final score was 6-2.

After their fourth loss in a row, the Rams will look back to the start of the season where they saw a number of high scoring games. This all started with the Waterloo Warriors, who will be returning to Mattamy Home Ice on Thursday, January 10th. Puck drop will be at 7:15 p.m., which will be the start of the Rams turning this new year around.

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