WATERLOO, Ont. – For the second straight game, the Ryerson Rams allowed a third period which made the difference, this time on Saturday afternoon against the Waterloo Warriors, losing 3-2.
The game started out well for Ryerson (5-14-0), as Blair Malthaner (Toronto) scored just 36 seconds into the game to give Ryerson a 1-0 lead.
Rookie defenceman Cassie Sharp (Nepean, Ont.) would follow suit at the 9:50 mark with her first career OUA goal with assists going to Stephanie Chiste (Nobleton, Ont.) and Clare Sabine (Sweaburg, Ont.) and Ryerson would lead 2-0 after 20 minutes.
The second period was the complete opposite of the first for Ryerson, as Waterloo (7-7-4) absolutely dominated the play. Waterloo outshot Ryerson 14-2 in the period and it showed on the scoresheet as well.
Kaitlyn McDonnell scored at 4:17 of the second period and Marissa Redmond followed suit with one of her own two minutes later and just like that, it was a tied hockey game.
Waterloo’s Rachel Marriott broke the equalizer halfway through the third period with her fourth goal of the season and the Warriors didn’t look back.
The win snaps Waterloo’s two game losing streak.
Despite the win, Waterloo struggled on the man-advantage, failing to score on six attempts. Ryerson didn’t fair out much better, failing to score on their four chances.
Alex Armstrong started her third straight game in goal for Ryerson and allowed three goals on 25 shots in the loss.
Rebecca Bouwhuis stopped 16 shots to win her seventh game of the year.
With just five games remaining in the regular season, Ryerson will return to home ice next week to face the Brock Badgers (Jan. 23) and Guelph Gryphons (Jan. 25). The Rams will be looking to snap a seven game losing streak and keep their playoff chances alive.