Photo by Robin Kasem

Hinds overtime winner sends Rams to semifinals

By Luke Bellus

KINGSTON, Ont. - Mariah Hinds let a one timer fly from the point. If the shot had eyes it would've found the back of the net but it didn't and it went just wide. Ryerson kept control of the puck, and it found its way back on Hinds' stick and this time she wouldn't miss.

From a similar spot as her teammate Erika Crouse just the night before, Hinds let a wrist shot fly over the shoulder of Queen's goaltender Stephanie Pascal ending the game and giving Ryerson their first playoff series win in program history. 

Ryerson was tested early in the overtime period when just three minutes in they took a penalty and had to kill it off. The Rams did so without any problems and took control of the game from that point on. 

How we got to overtime:  
The first period saw both teams get chances. Queen's out shot the Rams 12-5 but no goals were scored. 

With the opening 20 minutes in the rear view mirror, the focus shifted to the second period and for Queen's it was a successful period, one that saw the Gaels score the game's first goal. 

Going into not only the final 20 minutes of the game but potentially the Rams season, Ryerson was trailing by a goal and just five minutes into the period Ryerson got what they needed, a goal. 

A hard working unit kept the puck in the offensive zone and Brooklyn Gemmill threw the puck towards the net where Karli Nummikoski redirected the puck in the net, tying the game.

With six minutes left in the third, Fanny Vigeant made a huge save keeping the game tied. Vigeant, making her third start in five days, showed no signs of fatigue in this game and made a number of big saves to keep the game tied when the Rams needed her the most. 

Vigeant made 30 saves in this game, including four in overtime. In a season where head coach Lisa Haley has played her goalies based on the best match up, Vigeant rewarded her coach for trusting her in all three games as she made 77 saves on 82 shots that she faced in the series. 

What's next:
From here the Rams are off to the semifinal where they will play the Guelph Gryphons. Ryerson split the season series with the Gryphons and both goalies Vigeant and Natalie Thompson had good showings. Vigeant picked up a win for the Rams when she made 22 saves on 24 shots, and Thompson had a good relief appearance in their meeting in October when she made 16 saves on 17 shots.

The McCaw Cup semifinal series with the Gryphons will begin in Guelph on February 27 at 7:30 p.m.

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