By Devin Jones
The Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team narrowly defeated the Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres Patriotes (UQTR) 2-1 Saturday afternoon at the Mattmay Athletic Centre.
In a game that came down to tight goaltending, both Ryerson’s Troy Passingham and UQTR’s Sebastian Auger brought their A game, stopping 45 and 39 shots respectively, and keeping the second period scoreless.
The game got off to fast pace, with rookie left-winger Luke Cairns splitting the Patriotes defense and lifting a neat backhand shot up and over Auger to open up the scoring for the Rams.
Despite their home opener loss Friday night, the Rams looked ready to go, playing a physical game throughout night courtesy of Jason Kelly, who scored the Rams second goal in the third period. Rushing down the wing Kelly would fire a shot mid stride to give their second goal of the game and ultimately the win.
UQTR didn’t give up without a fight though. Passingham let in the only goal of the night, off the stick of Martin Lefebvre on a screened shot from the point. It was Lefebvre’s fifth point in two games.
Passingham and the Rams face another tough opponent Thursday Oct. 15, when the play the defending OUA champions the Guelph Gryphons at home, with puck drop slated for 7:30 p.m.