(By: Nicholas Baxter and Thomas Debost)
Ryerson’s men’s hockey team celebrated five years of Rams sports at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in style, beating the Laurier Golden Hawks 4-3 in a shootout Wednesday night.
Though this was just another regular season game for the players, it was highly anticipated by the university, its students, and all Rams fans.
The arena nearly reached full capacity for the first time this season, and the fans were loud.
Chris Sanders, a first-year RTA student at Ryerson, said he loves attending Rams games and loves going to the MAC.
“I love how we’re located at the old Maple Leaf Gardens,” said Sanders. “It’s an arena packed with culture and history which makes the importance of every game here even bigger.”
The school began advertising this game long ago. There were posters all over campus, encouraging as many students as possible to come celebrate the five-year anniversary. Limited edition T-shirts were handed out to the first 500 students admitted to the game, and the concessions inside the MAC were selling $4 beers all night.
The game itself didn’t disappoint.
Though they showed some discomfort in the game’s early stages, having trouble clearing their own zone, the Rams took a 1-0 lead thanks to Matt Mistele. Four minutes later, Laurier’s Trevor Sauder tied it up.
The atmosphere really picked up as the game went on, as did both teams’ offensive play.
Thanks to an early second period goal from Steve Harland, the Rams found themselves ahead in the game once again.
Despite the Rams early offensive surges, the Golden Hawks kept finding a way through their defense. The Rams found themselves down 3-2 in the final period, before Calvin Leith scored for the Rams to tie the score once again.
A very back-and-forth effort from both teams needed a shootout to decide the game’s fate. Mistele scored the deciding goal for Ryerson in the shootout, and the Rams came out on top on a very special night for the school.
Now with four wins on the season, the Rams shift their focus to the next game, visiting the York Lions on Saturday, Oct. 28.
(Header photo screenshot from video)