By: Christina Flores-Chan
While the Ryerson Rams’ pre-season game against the Concordia Stingers started off admittedly slow, it turned out to be quite the barn burner once the team stepped up offensively. The Rams ultimately defeated the Stingers 8-4 for a lopsided victory on Friday night.
“In any hockey game, there’s going to be those ebbs and flows,” said Rams head coach Johnny Duco, referring to the progressive performance of the team during the game. “It’s about managing your emotions and continuing to execute and compete for the full 60 minutes.”
“I thought we came out a little bit slow within the first period, had an outstanding second period, and our discipline affected us in the third.”
Ryerson’s Steven Harland opened the scoring against Concordia nearing the midway point of the first period. Four minutes later, the Rams extended their lead following a clear shot by Patrick Fellows scored shorthanded.
Within a minute though, the Stingers retaliated when Tyler Hylland scored their first goal of the night. The period ended with Concordia taking 12 shots to Ryerson’s 9, but a score of 2-1 Ryerson still stood, thanks to Rams goalie Troy Timpano’s strong play.
Ryerson stepped things up in the second period. The team came out flying and ultimately scored five more goals, two of which were powerplay goals. New recruit Holden Cook scored the Rams’ third goal two minutes into the second frame, followed by a power play goal from Jesse Barwell.
After Jared Walsh netted the Rams’ fifth goal midway through the second, Concordia called for a timeout. Hylland was then able to secure a second goal for the Stingers, before Rams’ rookie Domenico Commisso scored another power play goal with just over five minutes left in the second period, extending the Rams’ lead to a whopping 7-2.
By the third period, the Rams were cutting a little loose and as tightly wound strategies began to unravel, their game suffered. Only 51 seconds into the frame, Concordia’s was able to score a power play goal. Halfway through the frame, Ryerson’s Hayden McCool was ejected off the ice for charging Concordia goalie Anthony Dumont-Bouchard. The Stingers were then able to capitalize and score a quick fourth goal.
Fortunately, Ryerson was able to squeeze in the last word of the night when Walsh scored a shorthanded goal at the midway mark of the period.
The game ended with a final score of 8-4, sending the Rams and their fans home celebrating.
Duco says that while the official season has not yet begun, he would like to “clean up the team’s undisciplined penalties and continue to improve.”
The Rams will have the opportunity to apply any modifications to their game on Saturday afternoon at 3:15 p.m., when Ryerson hosts Concordia yet again in their second game of a back-to-back at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.