The Ryerson men’s hockey team won the third and final regular season matchup against their crosstown rival, the Toronto Varsity Blues, 3-1. The Rams were led by the stellar performance of backup goaltender Louie George, who stopped 44 of 45 shots, in just his third start of the season.“I have no words for that — it was unbelievable,” said George. “We got the win and that’s all that matters.”
The Rams were without captain Andrew Buck and centre Jason McDonough — both of whom normally play on the first line. They will miss the remainder of the season due to injuries (Buck with a broken collarbone, McDonough with a partial MCL tear).
“When you lose key guys like McDonough and Buck, other guys need to step it up,” said Rams head coach Graham Wise. “We’re happy with the outcome.”
After the game, Buck was more focused on the win.
“It was a huge win and I’m proud of the guys. I would’ve loved to have been out there with them, but that’s hockey, [injuries happen],” said Buck. “Louie George — the guy deserves it. He battles every day in practice. He got his chance tonight and did a hell of a job.”
Ryerson had goals from Jason Kelly, Mark Corbett and Robert Visca (an empty-netter).
The Rams head to North Bay on Friday to face the Nipissing Lakers.