This article first appeared on RyersonRams.ca on October 11, 2013
TORONTO – Domenic Alberga’s regular season OUA debut could not have gone any better.
At 3:52 of the overtime period, Alberga (Maple, Ont.) forced a turnover at the McGill Redmen blueline, went in on a breakaway and made no mistake on goaltender Andrew Flemming. Alberga’s goal helped the Ryerson Rams win their home opener at the Mattamy Athletic Centre with a 3-2 win. Alberga’s overtime goal was his second of the game and capped off a three-point performance.
For over two periods the two teams went back and forth, exchanging several scoring chances. The first period saw the most action as Alberga got the Mattamy Athletic Centre pumping just two minutes into the game, scoring his first goal with assists by Jamie Wise (Stouffville, Ont.) and Daniel Lombardi (Richmond Hill, Ont.). McGill’s Mathieu Pompei replied back just 25 seconds later to even the game at one goal a piece.
Later in the period, Wise, playing in his first full season at Ryerson, scored his first of the year from Lombardi and Alberga. Just like after the Rams first goal, the Redmen came right back on the powerplay this time. Carl Gelinas got one past Rams starting goaltender Troy Passingham (Mississauga, Ont.) on the blocker side and the two teams skated into the first intermission tied at two.
Passingham, starting in his third straight home opener for Ryerson, got the win in net. He turned away 26 pucks, including making a desperation save during the overtime.
Ryerson struggled on the powerplay against McGill. They were unable to score on six chances.
– Ryerson’s last home opener win was back on Oct. 8, 2011 against the RMC Paladins. The Rams won the game 4-3 at George Bell Arena.
– A quick turnaround for both teams. Ryerson continues its home opening weekend at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, Saturday afternoon against the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Puck drop is set for 2 p.m.