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Rams have chance to do damage this week

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - After a thrilling 6-5 win Saturday afternoon over the University of Toronto, the Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team will be back in action for two games this week.

The overtime result for the Rams was their fifth win in their previous six games, helping hold on to their third-place spot in the midst of a crazy OUA playoff race.

Sitting in third Ryerson is just two points behind the second place Western Mustangs, however they’re also just two points ahead of the Queen’s Gaels who sit in sixth.

A good week from the Rams could see them jump into second in the OUA, but a bad one and they might fall in the standings, running the risk of missing out on hosting a playoff series.

Ryerson’s week will get started in a rare Wednesday night game against the York Lions. Currently, York has 22 points through 19 games, well short of a playoff spot. The Rams and Lions have yet to see each other this year, and with Ryerson having just four games left this season, half of them will come against York.

These teams split the season last year showing that even though the Rams were a playoff team and York wasn’t they weren’t to be taken lightly; something Ryerson will need to remember this year as well.

Following the mid-week game, they will have a few days to regroup before taking on the Waterloo Warriors.

Waterloo currently sits in the final playoff spot and will be looking to do everything possible to not only stay in the playoff picture but also improve on their seeding in their final games of the season.

When the two teams met in late January, Waterloo jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the opening 20 minutes. But Ryerson got two of their own in the second period and inevitably won the game in overtime.

This week presents a chance for the Rams to pick up a couple of much needed wins. Two wins this week could see the Rams solidify themselves in the top half of the playoff picture, and two poor results could make the Rams final two games of the season very interesting.

Wednesday night Ryerson will drop the puck at 7:30 p.m. against York, and it’ll be a 2:30 p.m. start time in Waterloo on Saturday. Catch all of the action on OUA.tv and follow us on Twitter for the live updates.

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