By: Racy Rafique
The Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team rattled their sticks with joy as new recruit Emily Baxter scored the team’s first goal. Unfortunately, the rest of the night wouldn’t be so easy.
The Rams suffered a 4-3 loss to the York Lions on Sunday night. Despite remaining persistent in a nail-biting game, the Rams were unable to defend their territory after previously losing to the Lions at York University on Friday.
Although the final score didn’t reflect it, Baxter’s numerous shots and skillful offense show promise for the upcoming season.
“It was pretty special,” Baxter said about her first goal.
Both teams began on their toes as they fought to protect their nets.
“There was lots of energy; it got us rolling,” said Baxter. “The team has been really welcoming and really supportive when I need it.”
Near the midway point of the first period, Lions forward Courtney Gardiner scored the game’s opening goal.
However, the Rams were persistent. Three minutes after York took the lead, Baxter evened the score to close out the period.
As the second period started, tensions ran high between the teams, resulting in more physical play. Rams forward Madison Lalonde suffered a minor penalty for roughing after a pile up in front of the Lions’ net.
Early in the frame, the Lions scored on just their second shot of the period, pulling ahead of the Rams by one. Ryerson was unable to stop York’s aggressive offence. Minutes later, the Lions followed up with another goal from defenceman Kayla Hosegood.
Ryerson kept generating chances, but they weren’t able to capitalize on them right away. However, with a minute left in the period, Brooklyn Gemmill scored a power-play goal to get the Rams back within one.
The second frame closed out with Ryerson trailing 3-2. They knew they had to play hard to get back in the game in the upcoming period.
As the third started, goalie Rachel Seeley had to immediately stay on her heels, blocking several shots as the Lions gained distance.
With a five-on-four power play, the Lions scored their fourth goal of the night midway through the last period, regaining their two goal lead.
The Rams struggled to get the offence going, but after a few frustrating attempts, Lauren Nicholson finally scored an impressive unassisted breakaway goal for the Rams.
“It was nice to finally get one to go in,” Nicholson said.
With just one minute remaining on the clock, the Rams pulled Seeley to gain an extra attacker with hopes of tying up the score. Unfortunately for the Rams, they couldn’t buy a goal within the last 50 seconds.
Despite the loss, Seeley remains optimistic for the season.
“It’s always easy to bounce back,” said Seeley.
“It’s just a matter of mind over matter. With the line-ups switching around every game, it’s hard to be consistent,” she said. ”When we get things rolling, I think we’ll be OK.”
Baxter, the Rams’ new star, had some notes for the team in breaking their stalemate for the upcoming season.
“Just going into the season, we need to focus on our D-zone and our coverage,” Baxter said. “We need to make sure we’re protecting our house and around the net.”
Ryerson left the rink yesterday eager to bounce back in their next game on Saturday, Oct. 5, against McGill. So far, they are winless in the pre-season.