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Rams win double overtime thriller to force game 3

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - Pack up the bus, finish your post game meal and get a good night sleep, the Ryerson Rams are going to Kingston for game three.

It was a game that everyone who was in the building for will remember for a very long time, a thrilling double overtime game that saw the Ryerson Rams extend the series to a third and final game.

In a game that tested the Rams mentally and physically they never said die and found a way to get what they so desperately desired, taking nearly five periods of 20-minute hockey to do so.

Erika Crouse had the game winner in overtime when the puck ended up on her stick at the circle and she wired a goal over Stephanie Pascal’s shoulder.

Crouse said, “It was the end of a really long shift and the only thing on my mind was to get the puck through the defender and it would have a chance to go in.”

The Rams dominated the Gaels all night long in the shot department, and finished the game with 59 shots to the Gaels 30.

But the high number of shots didn’t lead to goals thanks to a stellar performance from Queen’s Pascal.

Head coach Lisa Haley said, “We know the type of quality goalie that she is, and we knew that after she was hurt at the start of the year that she’d be peaking at the right time.”

The first period in this one was all Ryerson, and the shots on goal showed it with Queen’s not registering their first shot of the period until after the midway mark of the period.

Ryerson only gave up two shots in the opening 20 minutes giving Fanny Vigeant an easy first period. On the other side of the ice the Rams had their chances, 11 shots on goal but none of them found the back of the net.

But, when you control the pace of play as much as Ryerson did early in the game it’s only a matter of time before you get on the scoreboard.

For Ryerson that came in the second period when they drew a penalty and went on the power play. In the ladder part of the season Ryerson’s power plays was one of the best parts of their game and it got them on the board to open the scoring Saturday night.

Kryshanda Green let a wrist shot fly from the slot and just like that she opened the scoring and nabbed her second goal in as many playoff games.

Green – Ryerson’s captain – got off to a slow start to the 2018-19 season and failed to score in the teams opening number of regular season games, but the playoffs have been a different story for her as she's tallied two of the team's four goals.

Ryerson took their one goal lead into the third period, just 20 minutes away from forcing a third and series deciding game. But Queen’s wasn’t going to make it easy and just minutes into the third they tied the game.

Ryerson’s best chances of the period came with just over three minutes to go when within the same sequence of plays the Rams hit the post not once but twice.  

Queen’s failed to find the back of the net as well and this game was off to overtime.

The rest was history, and after nearly two full overtime periods the Rams had won the game and extended the series.

With the craziness of a double overtime game and a quick turnaround for game three Haley stressed that every minute was important, “we’re making sure that the girls get our cool down in right away, get to bed as soon as possible and get on the bus first thing in the morning.”

Haley noted that the team is hoping to have their team pre-game meal around 11:00 a.m. in Kingston and allow plenty of time to prepare for game three.

The series will wrap up Sunday afternoon with a 2:30 p.m. puck drop in Kingston.

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