(By: Midilan Sivayoganathan)
The Ryerson Rams celebrate a goal during their 6-3 victory over Wilfrid Laurier at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Oct. 6, 2016. (James Tozer/Ryersonian)
The Ryerson Rams varsity men’s hockey team won 6-3 in their home opener Thursday night defeating the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Ryerson got off to a quick start with two goals in the first period by forwards Landon Schiller and Chris Marchese. Laurier responded with a power-play goal at the start of the second period from Erik Pushka only to be answered back with two more Ryerson goals from Josh Sterk and Vince Figliomeni. The Rams now took a 4-1 lead.
The Golden Hawks kept firing at the Rams’ rookie goaltender, Charlie Graham, until Laurier’s Derek Schoenmakers scored back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to 4-3.
The Rams responded in the third period with a goal from Mitchell Theoret and put the game away with an empty–netter from Jamie Lewis.
Both teams equally combined for 28 minutes of penalties on 14 infractions in a rougher than usual game.
“I don’t like playing [Wilfrid Laurier],” Figliomeni said jokingly. “You see they’re feisty and trying to run guys. To open the season against them with a win is huge and we just got to keep rolling from here.”
Ryerson was outshot 46-36, but Graham made 43 saves to earn him his first regular season win as a Ram.
“I felt pretty good taking it shot by shot… and waiting for that final buzzer,” said Graham. The confident rookie also mentioned he was not nervous about the 46 shots flying towards him.
Interim head coach, Johnny Duco, was delighted with Graham’s presence, but thought the team could have helped out their goaltender by limiting the turnovers.
“I think we are throwing too many pucks away,” said Coach Duco. “Our amount of turnovers was unacceptable. I think we need to play more of a workman like game.”
The Rams will hit the road for their next game against Windsor on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the South Windsor Arena. The game will be available on OUA.tv.