By Evan Boudreau
The men’s hockey team keeps rolling over teams — this time they reversed over them too.
In back-to-back games, the Rams took on the RMC Paladins at George Bell Arena and swept the visitors en route to capturing second place in the OUA Eastern Conference with a 4-1 record.
The first game was an unsportsmanlike battle where dirty plays left mud stains on the ice. Ryerson was issued 12 penalties and the Paladins earned nine trips to the box plus a 10-minute misconduct to forward Mathew Pinder in the second period.
Ryerson’s Travis Dunstall opened the scoring in the first with a rocket from the point, and by the third period the Rams were up 3-1.
Seeking revenge, Paladin’s captain Richard Lee tied the score with two goals less than 70 seconds apart. Pinder then netted RMC’s fourth goal after serving his misconduct. It would be RMC’s only lead during the 120 minutes of hockey they would play over the weekend.
Ram’s captain Marcus Booth did what good leader should do: he evened the score. Then fifth-year winger Cory Konecny potted the winner and his second of the night. Konecny leads the Rams with nine points, three goals and four assists.
On Saturday the Rams were even less hospitable to their guests. First-year centre David Harris opened the scoring just three minutes into the first period, though the Paladins were able to tie it up before the buzzer sounded.
Rookies Jarrod Connolly and Frank Carbonaro both added one to the scoreboard for Ryerson during the second period, giving their team a 3-1 lead entering the final frame. Five minutes into the third, third-year left-winger Greg Payne netted Ryerson’s fourth goal.
With little more than half a period left, the Paladins struck back as Landon Lavictorie shovelled one past Rams net minder Louie George after some aggressive mining in the cress.
As the dying seconds began ticking away from the clock, Paladins goaltender Andrew Flemming skated to the bench for an extra attacker. It was all for naught as Ryerson held the lead.
On the bench after the game, head coach Graham Wise commented on the 36 penalty minutes the Rams recorded during the two games.
“You’re going to get that when it’s heated,” he said, adding that the Paladins will always “give you 60 minutes of hockey.”
They weren’t pretty wins, but they all count the same. The Rams head to Ottawa this week to challenge the Gee Gees.
Photo: Chelsea Pottage