By Ben Shelley
In a chippy game that saw 30 minutes of penalties by the end of the second period, Ryerson’s women’s hockey team came up just short, losing 2-1 to the Laurentian Voyageurs.
The game included 16 minutes in penalties between the two teams just for checking to the head. Ryerson’s assistant coach Margaret Jennings felt the game was rough because both teams were battling for supremacy early on.
“You want to get the upper hand on the other team,” said Jennings. “You don’t want to let them feel like they can push you around.”
Laurentian opened the scoring six minutes into the game, when Julie Hebert cut to the net and took a shot that was stopped by Ryerson’s goalie Ally Sarna, before the puck rebounded off of a Ryerson defender and bounced in. The Voyageurs added to their lead three minutes later on a power play, when Hebert was left alone in front of the net, and put her second goal of the game past Sarna. The period ended with Laurentian outshooting Ryerson 14-7.
The Rams came out flying in the second, putting all kinds of pressure on Laurentian. Ryerson capitalized on a power play of their own, when Alex Rodriguez scored her first OUA goal, by tapping in a loose puck in close. The Rams couldn’t convert on a 5-on-3 power play later in the period, but looked good heading into the intermission, holding Laurentian to two shots in the period.
In the third period the Rams pushed hard, doing everything they could to create offence. However, despite having a few late chances, Ryerson was unable to send the game to overtime.
When asked, Rodriguez said she is unsure as to why the team has been unable to convert their chances as of late.
“We’re kind of in a slump. We find ourselves outshooting teams or getting just as many shots and they’re still coming out [with the win],” said Rodriguez.
Ryerson’s women’s team plays their next game on Saturday, Nov. 28, when they host Nipissing at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.