Rams victorious in overtime battle with Badgers
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The No. 9 Ryerson Rams were able to come back and beat the No. 7 Brock Badgers in a 5-4 overtime win on Friday night in St. Catharines.
Connor Schlichting earned the overtime winner, Patrick Fellows saw two goals, and Matt Mistele and Marcus Hinds each put up a point. Notably, John Carpino earned three assists and Jesse Barwell picked up a pair.
The Rams opened the scoring early in the first with a goal by Fellows from Carpino and Barwell.
The Badgers were prepared for a battle and Ayden MacDonald quickly returned the favour to tie the game 1-1. Shortly after, Skylar Pacheco took advantage of the Badgers' power play to make it 2-1 in the first period.
The Rams’ momentum earned them 11 shots versus the Badgers' 10.
The second period was aggressive and the Rams maintained possession throughout, showing off their ability to shoot. The Rams continued to build their momentum again, resulting in hitting a number of crossbars and posts. Fortunately, it was enough for Matt Mistele to pick up a rebound from Cavin Leth to earn his 20th goal of the year and tie the game 2-2.
Although, even when the Rams were controlling the play, Brock’s Pacheco earned possession for the second time and found the back of the net to give the Badgers the lead once again at 3-2.
At the end of the second the Rams maintained their lead in shots at 27-20.
Into the third, Brock’s Ethan Price scored to advance the home team 4-2.
The Rams continued to keep the pressure on the Badgers and waited patiently for each bounce. Mistele and Jared Walsh helped Marcus Hinds put the Rams on the board late in the third.
A minute later the line of Carpino, Barwell and Fellows struck again. With five minutes left in the third, Fellows scored his second of the game to tie the game 4-4. The Rams were unable to earn another before the end of regulation.
Throughout overtime Ryerson’s speed and strategic offensive and defensive plays helped create a ground-breaking moment. Connor Schlichting scored to give the Rams a comeback, overtime win with a final score of 5-4 at 1:43. This was Schlichting’s second goal of the season. Mathew Santos and Carpino each earned an assist.
The Rams finished with a total of 38 shots versus Brock’s 30.
The Rams will travel to Canlan Ice Sports York on Sunday evening to take on the York Lions for their last regular season game. Puck drop will be at 7:00 p.m.