Heading into the locker room up 3-1, it would be up to the Rams defensive effort to maintain the lead as both teams stormed the ice for the second period of play.
The next twenty minutes of play saw the Rams effort come in waves. As the period began, it appeared as though the Lakehead defense had begun to breakdown even more, as the Rams spent great lengths of the first ten minutes in the period occupying the Thunderwolves zone. Additionally, the second period saw Lakehead’s offensive intensity begin to diminish. In spite of this however, the Thunderwolves would be the only team to tally a goal in the second period, as forward Cooper Leitch (London, Ont.) tucked in a close range shot off of a Ryerson turnover to draw the visiting team within one goal of the Rams.
“We got away a little bit away from our game plan there in the second,” remarked Duco on what happened to the Rams playing style in the second period, adding, “and I thought our effort was a little bit subpar, but this was something we addressed in the intermission.”
And however head coach Duco decided to address this issue, it clearly worked, as the third period was dominated by the home team. From the initial puck drop to the final buzzer of the last period, the Rams took control of the playing style on both ends of the ice, disallowing several Lakehead offensive efforts and capitalizing on open chances on the opposite end of the rink.
As far as the scoreboard was concerned, two very familiar Rams names would once again appear. Three minutes into the period, forward Matt Mistele (Whitby, Ont.) would record his first goal of the game, and tenth of the season, to put the Rams up 4-2. Additionally, to cap off an already incredible night, Cavin Leth would tuck away his fourth goal of the evening on an open net, to give the Rams their final 5-2 win.
With this feat, Leth simultaneously became the first Rams freshman to ever record four goals in a single game, and only the third Ram to ever do so in program history.