This story first appeared on RyersonRams.ca on Oct. 25, 2013
TORONTO – The building was rocking and the Rams were scoring on Thursday night, defeating the Guelph Gryphons, 6-1.
In front of a large and loud crowd at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens on Student Night, Ryerson got out on the wrong foot, as Brett Appio (4) slapped one past Ryerson starting goaltender Adam Courchaine (Kanata, Ont.).
After a five minute boarding major was accessed to Kyle Neuber for a hit on Domenic Alberga (Maple, Ont.), Ryerson rallied behind their rookie forward. Peter Hermenegildo (Thornhill, Ont.) scored on the powerplay on a slap shot from the point and the two sides were tied going into the first intermission. Hermengildo’s goal has him sit a top the OUA defenceman scoring with six points.
Ryerson kept the ball rolling in the second with two goals in under two minutes by Daniel Lombardi (Richmond Hill, Ont.) and Alberga. Alberga sits in third in OUA scoring with eight points (5G, 3A).
It was much the same in the third period as well with three Rams goals, highlighted by Matthew Andreacchi’s (Mississauga, Ont.) point blank shot past Guelph starter Keith Hamilton. Andreacchi’s first OUA goal was set up after Lucas Froese (Grunthal, Ont.) sped past the Gryphons defence, wrapped it around the net before leaving a present for Andreacchi in front.
Courchaine picked up an assist on Andreacchi’s goal, and was also solid in net. After giving up the first period goal, Courchaine, making his first ever OUA start, ended the contest with 26 saves.
Hamilton suffered the loss in net for Guelph, giving up all six goals on 28 shots.
– Head coach Graham Wise broke up the top line of captain Andrew Buck, Dustin Alcock and Jason McDonough. The Rams started the game with McDonough, Steve Taylor (2A), and Mitch Gallant (1G, 1A).
– Entering the game, Ryerson had a CIS worst, 58.8 per cent penalty kill percentage, while Guelph was tops in the OUA with a powerplay percentage of 33.3 per cent. Ryerson was able to kill off all 10 Guelph powerplay opportunities.
– With the win, Ryerson now sits in a tie with Lakehead and Windsor for second place in the OUA West division. All three teams have identical 3-1 records.
– Ryerson will go on the road Friday night as they face the Brock Badgers (3-2). Game time at the Seymour-Hannah Centre is at 7:15 p.m.