Fellows earns hat trick as Rams defeat Lancers
TORONTO - The Rams welcomed the Windsor Lancers on a snowy Thursday night to the Mattamy Athletic Centre, and earned themselves a 10-6 win.
The Rams got off to a quick start as they opened the scoring against the Lancers with 2:42 into the game.
Steven Harland (Toronto, Ont.) carried the puck down the ice, and Cavin Leth (Taber, Alta.) intercepted the pass. He tried to push the puck past the Lancers but it was Patrick Fellows (Mississauga, Ont.) who was able to sneak past the Lancers for the rebound.
“It happened so quick on the first shift. I didn’t really celebrate because everything had happened so fast,” said Fellows. Little did he know what he had in store for the rest of the evening for the Rams.
Not long after Zachary Shankar (Prescott, Ont.) moved the puck to Harland, and he carried it around the back of the net for a quick pass to Fellows. Fellows took advantage of the one timer and went top shelf to give the Rams a 2-0 lead.
Winsor’s Alex Friesen got past Taylor Dupuis (New Liskeard, Ont.) on the power play to cut the Rams lead in half. Assists were given to Josh Slegers and Kyle Hope.
The Rams finished off the first period with 22 shots versus the Lancers 11.
Early on in the second period at 2:29 John Carpino (Maple, Ont.) gave a quick pass to Captain Alex Basso (Toronto, Ont). Basso let a rocket go for his second goal of the season. The Rams now lead 3-1.
“My role has changed this year. Now i’m moving the puck to the forwards and letting them do the work because we have a lot of skill up front. It takes the pressure off of me to score goals, and I’m happy to see other guys contribute and witness that,” said Basso.
With not a moment to spare, the Rams came down strong on the Lancers. Leth carried the puck, and made the pass to Harland to get around the Lancers. Harland then gave it back to Leth, who fed it to Fellows. Fellows let it go and scored again to earn his first OUA hat trick. The Rams were up 4-1 at 2:56 into the second period.
“It’s been a while since I saw a hat trick. I never got one in the OHL, so this was a nice treat. It’s also my mom’s birthday, and she was in the stands, so it was a nice birthday gift for her,” said Fellows, smiling.
Jesse Barwell (Oakville, Ont.) had an opportunity in the Lancers zone but it was David Miller (Burlington, Ont.) who caught the rebound and shot one in to give the Rams a 5-1 lead. This was Miller’s second goal of the season.
Once the Rams took advantage of their power play, it was clear they were back in their groove. Basso made a shot from the blue line, and Mathew Santos (Toronto, Ont.) was there for a scramble with the Lancers defense. Except Hayden McCool (Whitby, Ont.) was in the opening and the puck landed on his stick. McCool scored his eighth goal of the season. The Rams advanced 6-1.
Ryerson ended the second period with 33 shots, and Windsor had 24.
The Rams came out firing again in the third period. Basso made a pass to Matt Mistele (Whitby, Ont.). Mistele found his way around the Lancers to make a quick pass to Santos. Santos was right in front of the net and fought with the Lancers goalie before shoving it past him to score his first goal of the game. The Rams lead 7-1 with only one minute into the third period.
Windsor returned the favour not long after with a goal by Kyle Hope. The Lancers still trailed the Rams 7-2.
Fellows was the next Ram to set up a scoring play. He passed the puck behind the net to Halrand. Harland made a quick pass to Leth, who was in an opening in front of the net to score his third goal of the season and extend the lead 8-2.
The Rams decided to switch the dynamic up on the ice, and this time it was Mistele who scored his eleventh goal of the season off a pass from Santos at 3:31 into the third. The Rams lead 9-2.
Luckily the Rams had a strong advantage because Windsor came back late in the third with a number of quick attacks to minimize the Rams lead. Goals were scored by Kody Gagnon, Ian Parker and another for Kyle Hope on the Lancers power play. Dan Beaudoin scored for the Lancer’s shortly after. The score was now 9-6 with under five minutes left in the third period.
Fortunately, the Rams weren’t done scoring yet and wanted further insurance. Marcus Hinds (Toronto, Ont.) made his way on to the score sheet with an assist for Carpino’s goal. The final score was 10-6 for the Rams.
The Rams outshot the Lancers 46 to 34.
Next week the Rams will head up to Thunder Bay to take on Lakehead on November 23rd and 24th for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop.