By Tyler Griffin
- Aeros open scoring early in the first as Rams attempt to create offence
- Ryerson gains momentum with a goal in the second, Toronto responds scoring quickly after
- Rams’ Rookies prove vital in preseason effort
The Ryerson women’s hockey team lost 2-1 to the Toronto Junior Aeros on Sunday afternoon in an exhibition game at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Both teams struggled to keep control of the puck early, exchanging dump and chase tactics in an effort to create offence. The Aeros got on the scoreboard first capitalizing on a 2-on-1 rush early in the first period.
The second period brought a change of tempo, as the Rams controlled most of the play and generated scoring chances in front of the Aeros net. Rookie forward Leanne Baker evened the score for the Rams, jumping on a loose puck with a few minutes left in the period.
But the Rams’ momentum was short-lived as the Aeros struck back almost immediately to make it 2-1 and put the visitors up for good. Rams rookie goalie Rachel Seeley was solid throughout the game, stopping 30 of the 32 shots she faced.
“I think the feeling in the room is that we probably could’ve done a bit more in that game,” said Rams head coach Lisa Haley. “All of us felt that there were a few unnecessary turnovers and some opportunities to get a few more pucks to the net than we did, so it’s a bit of an unsatisfying feeling right now.”
UP NEXT: The Rams face Western in an exhibition game on Saturday, September 24 at 2 pm at London’s Thompson Arena.