Photo by Martin Bazyl

Rams earn third straight win

By Cara Gilhula

TORONTO - It was another Battle of the Six for the Rams as they visited the University of Toronto for the Varsity Blues home opener on Friday night. The Rams beat the Blues 6-2, earning their third straight win of the season. 
During the first period the Rams flew off the bench. They kept the pressure high, and brought physicality to push back against the Blues, who weren’t letting the Rams past easily. The Rams continued to keep the play around Toronto’s blue line, with solid tape to tape passes, except they could not get the bounce they needed to take an early lead.
Alex Basso (Toronto, Ont.) had a number of chances early on for Ryerson, and throughout the rest of the game, except he could not get a break. Basso lost the puck to Varsity Blues David Thomson (Vaughan, Ont.) who made the pass to Nathan Hudgin (Scarborough, Ont.) for the first goal of the game. After the goal, the Rams were unable to bounce back, and were down 1-0 heading into the second period.
Although, something happened during the intermission, and the Rams owned the second period.
Right off the top, just 23 seconds in, Marcus Hinds (Toronto, Ont.) saw the opening to Gregory DiTomaso (Etobicoke, Ont.). From the blue line, DiTomaso took the chance, and Devon Paliani (LaSalle, Ont.) deflected the puck into the side of the net to tie the game 1-1. 
Two minutes later, Basso gave a behind the back pass to Matt Mistele (Whitby, Ont.), who saw the opening down low to Steven Harland (Toronto, Ont.). Then, Harland returned the pass and Mistele let it rip, top shelf, to give to the Rams a 2-1 lead early in the second period.
During the fifth minute of the second period, John Carpino (Maple, Ont.) gave Vince Figliomeni (Bolton, Ont.) a chance for a two on one with Harland. Figliomeni made a strong tape to tape pass to Harland and he found the opening in the back of the net. Rams now had a two goal lead over the Blues at 3-1.
Later in the second, Mistele again had control deep in the Blue’s corner, and found Jared Walsh (Toronto, Ont). Without hesitation, Walsh found Paliani, who made a great one timer shot into the net. Rams lead 4-1, with two goals from Paliani.
Now into the third, Toronto continued to hustle off the bench, and the Rams made the challenge.
During another power play, DiTomaso passed the puck to Basso, who made a powerful shot on net that went by each player on the ice. Although, it was Harland who provided a little help by tipping the puck into the net for his second goal of the game. Basso also earned his second assist. The Rams were up 5-1.
Later into the third, Josh Hanson (Eagle River, AK.) would score for Toronto to cut the Rams lead to 5-2.
The three-goal lead did not last long as Hinds broke through the Blues defense and passed the puck to Paliani. whose shot trickled into the net for his third goal of the game. The Rams were then able to hold their four goal advantage until the buzzer went. The final score was 6-2 for the Rams. 
Looking forward, the Rams will face off with UOIT next Friday, October 19th at Campus Ice Centre in Oshawa. Puck drop will be at 7:30pm.


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