Rams suffer second regulation loss to Lions

Written by: Jessica Pincente; Photos by: Christian Bender

A strong first period wasn’t enough for the Ryerson Rams tonight as the team was handed their second regulation loss of the season by the York Lions, losing by a final score of 3-2.

Ryerson battled hard in the first period, as Emma Low-A-Chee (North York, Ont.) tallied her second OUA goal and put the Rams up 1-0 heading into the intermission.

The Lions took control of the game in the second period. York’s Tayler Murphy (Sudbury, Ont.) scored two back-to-back goals to put her team up 2-1 midway through the second. Ryerson’s Elexa Pakozdy (Port Coquitlam, B.C) tied the game up at 2, sniping a wrist shot quick off the faceoff past York goaltender Lauren Dubie (London, Ont.).

York’s Taylor Davison (Oakville, Ont.) tallied the game-winning goal on an unassisted play, deciding the outcome of the game with six minutes to play in the second. The rest of the match would remain scoreless, and the Lions took the victory with a 3-2 win over the Rams.

Ryerson’s top players didn’t make the scoresheet tonight against York, the team they beat 7-2 in their season opener just a few weeks ago.

Team captain Ailish Forfar (Sharon, Ont.) says her team may have gone into the game with the wrong mindset.

“I think we expected to win,” said Forfar after the game. “We won our season opener [against York], and we’re at the top of the standings and they’re at the bottom.”
“I think we were a little bit less prepared than York was today,” said head coach Lisa Haley. “I think York was ready and we didn’t have quite the same opportunity to prepare for them. That’s on us, to not be complacent. They obviously watched what works for us, and they were ready to stifle that. I thought they outplayed us in a lot of facets of the game.”

Looking ahead, the Rams will be preparing for two far-away games in the upcoming week. The team will be hitting the road for the next four games, taking on the tough Northern road-trip this coming weekend. Ryerson will play the Nipissing Lakers and the Laurentian Voyageurs in another back-to-back matchup on November 18th and 19th, making the four-hour trip to face two of the OUA’s most Northern teams.

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