By Charles Vanegas
The Ryerson women’s hockey team opened their regular season with a big shootout win over the U of T Varsity Blues. After the Rams allowed a goal in the first four minutes of play, Emily Rose Galliani-Pecchia tipped in a short-handed goal in the second period before also scoring the lone goal in the shootout.
“It’s an amazing feeling for everybody – we’re so pumped,” said Galliani-Pecchia.
With the win, the Rams have already matched their total from last season, when they finished a paltry 1-25.
“I’m really happy [with the team’s performance]. We managed our energy really well, especially through the second period,” said head coach Lisa Haley. “And to be able to close out a game like that in tight situation shows a lot of growth for our team.”
The Rams outshot the Blues 36 to 28, but were led by the stellar play of goaltender Brianna Tremblay. The first-year ECE student stopped all six of the shots she faced in the shootout.
“It was a huge [confidence boost], not only for myself as a first-year [player], but for the team we definitely needed that coming out of last year.”
Haley said the team would continue to use a rotation at goaltender, with Emma Crawley set to start Sunday’s home game against Queen’s University.
With files from James Gleason.
Photos by Marissa Dederer