By Devin Jones
The Rams lost their sixth-straight game Thursday night — defeated 3-2 by the red-hot Brock University Badgers.
The game started on a positive note for the Rams. Defenceman Victoria Arci went top shelf early in the first period to give Ryerson the lead.
The Badgers answered two minutes later with a goal of there own, ending the first period in a tie.
“We started off strong in the first, we moved the puck well [and] had lots of shots,” Arci said. “In the second, I think we let up a little bit.”
At the beginning of the second period the Rams came out at a sluggish pace, with turnovers and penalties that allowed Brianne Veale to score her first of the night and put the Badgers up 2-1.
Veale would ultimately hand Brock the win with a second goal at the start of the third period.
Due to Ryerson’s slow pace in the third and only three minutes remaining, head coach Pierre Alain called a time out and pulled starting goalie Emma Crawley — giving the Rams the main advantage.
Crawley stopped 37 of 40 shots before being pulled.
“We battled like we usually do, but we just came up short,” Alain said. “It’s just the little plays that we need to execute better.”
After the time out, the Rams surged with energy and with only two minutes left in the game team-leading goal scorer Melissa Wronzberg scored.
“After the time out, we tried to execute a play, and although it didn’t work at first, [Melissa] Wronzberg just popped it in after I shot from the point,” defenceman Cassie Sharp said.
But despite their burst of energy in the third, the Badgers would hold on to win 3-2.
The Rams play their next home game on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. against the Guelph University Gryphons at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.