By Justin Walters
The Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team started off this weekend’s back-to-back home stand with a big 5-2 win over the visiting Laurentian Voyageurs on Jan. 18.
The Rams got off to an undisciplined start to this game, taking three minor penalties in the first eight minutes, giving the Voyageurs plenty of opportunities on the power play early on.
However, the Rams would manage to excel on the penalty kill, killing all seven of the road team’s powerplays.
Near the end of the first, Ryerson would strike on the powerplay, as Brooklyn Gemmill scored on a snap shot off the bar to give her team a 1-0 lead.
Early on in the second, a terrible giveaway by the Voyageurs goaltender Shanna Dolighan put the puck on the stick of rookie Cassie Rich, and she made no mistake, putting the puck into the empty net for her first ever OUA goal.
“It’s something I’ve been waiting for for a long time,” Rich said. “It feels amazing to finally get it.”
Ryerson would score again before the end of the period to take a 3-0 lead into the final frame.
After an early goal in the third period by Rams captain Kryshanda Green made it 4-0, the Voyageurs finally got on the board with a powerplay goal from Morgan McCann. Each team would later score one more goal, leading to a final score of 5-2 for Ryerson.
Dolighan for the Voyageurs stopped 35 of 40 shots, while Rams goaltender Natalie Thompson made 16 saves on 18 shots. Ryerson forward Erika Crouse was the top player for the Rams, recording three points (one goal, three assists) in the victory.
UP NEXT: The Rams don’t have much time to rest, as they are back in action at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Jan. 19 to take on the Nipissing Lakers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.