Written by: Ryan Bacic; Photos by: Christian Bender & Alex D'Addese

In what can only be described as an intense contest, the Ryerson Rams came away with a 7-5 victory over the University of Toronto on Thursday night, in a game that saw tensions escalate rather quickly between the two cross-town rivals.

“They are a good team,” remarked Rams forward John Carpino on U of T’s performance this evening. “They gave us a good test, but we stuck with it and were able to get the two points.”

It didn’t take long for the Rams to get going in this game, as they dominated the first period of play, both offensively and defensively. Just four minutes into the opening frame, Carpino (Maple, Ont.) put the Rams on the board to tally his sixth goal of the season. Not long after, Erick DeLaurentis (Markham, Ont.) would record his fourth goal of the season to put the Rams up two goals heading into the first intermission.

Heading back onto the ice for the second, the Rams playing style had seemed to unfortunately hit a slump.

Six minutes into the second frame, U of T freshman forward Hunter Atchison (Victoria, B.C.) would put the Varsity Blues on the board for the first time in the game.

Fortunately, however, the Rams would have a response, as forward Aaron Armstrong (Teeswater, Ont.) would contribute his fifth goal of the season just five minutes later to give a two-goal lead back to the Rams.

And yet, the Blues were relentless, refusing to allow the Rams any room to breathe before heading into the final frame. With less than five minutes to play in the second period, Varsity Blues defenseman Corey Jackson (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) would pull the visiting team within one. Fellow teammate and defenseman Willy Paul (Burlington, Ont.) would provide the equalizer with less than one minute to play in period.

While their playing slumped significantly in the second, the Rams wasted no time in recovering the intensity with which they played in the first period to acclaim a victory in the third and final frame.

“We got a little flat in the second, and we just came back in running and throwing the body like we did the first,” remarked defenseman Jared Walsh on the Rams change in playing style between the second and third period.

Just one minute into the last period of the game, Rams Captain Alex Basso (Toronto, Ont.) would contribute his ninth goal of the season to put the Rams up by one. A little over two minutes later, Vince Figliomeni (Bolton, Ont.) would put the Rams back up by two as they appeared to put the Blues down early in the final frame.

Unfortunately, the cross-town rivals still had some life within them, as defenseman Willy Paul (Burlington, Ont.) would tap in his second goal of the game to pull the Blues within one.

The Rams, however, had learned from their mistakes in the second and managed to keep the visiting team at a distance for the remainder of the period while they continued to extend their lead.

With less than five minutes to play in the game, John Carpino would fire home his second goal of the night to Rams back up by two. Marcus Hinds (Toronto, Ont.) would later put home an empty netter to give the Rams their final tally of seven goals on the evening.

The Rams will be back in action on Friday night as they take on the Brock Badgers at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. As always, fans are encouraged to come out and support the Rams, but for those who cannot make it the game will be available, live, on OUA.tv and updates will be provided on the Ryerson Rams twitter page @ryersonrams.

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