By Josh Beneteau
Emma Crawley stood on her head, but the Ryerson Rams (2-5-0) still fell 3-1 to the Windsor Lancers (4-3-1) Friday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Crawley stopped 36 shots, including 16 in the second, while her counterpart Ingrid Sandven turned aside 15.
“Obviously you can never be happy with a loss,” said Crawley. “But it was a lot of shots so I can’t necessarily be disappointed.”
Crawley was perfect on 28 shots but with just over a minute to play in the second until fourth-year forward Candice Chevalier capped a dominant period by Windsor with a goal.
That dominance continued in the third with goals from Laura Monforton and Chevalier again. All three goals came off rebounds that weren’t cleared from Crawley’s crease.
“The first one I was really close to having it,” Crawley said. “But I don’t think there is one that sticks out more than the others.”
In her first game back from an MCL injury, captain Nella Brodett opened the scoring for Ryerson, going bar down off a rebound from a shot by Nadine Paul. That goal came half way through the first period and gave Ryerson a 1-0 lead.
“It’s always good, your first shot on net in the game where you come is a goal,” Brodett said. “I think it got the girls a little pumped up, but unfortunately we didn’t win the game.”
Even though Brodett had been sitting out for almost a month, interim head coach Pierre Alain wasted no time getting her on the ice, even double shifting her at times in the first period.
“She always battles,” Alain said of the fifth-year forward. “She scored a nice goal, driving the net. That’s the way she can help this team.”
Even with the loss, Alain remained positive and said his team can learn a lot from the Lancers.
“The team we played today, that is what we have to aim for,” he said. “Every single day this team is improving.”
Friday’s game was the first home game for the Rams since Oct. 5. They will be back on home ice Saturday at 2:30 p.m. when the Western Mustangs come to the Mattamy Athletic Centre.