Upset bid falls just short

downloadThis article first appeared on on Jan. 17, 2014.


WATERLOO, Ont. – The third period started off so well for the Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team on Friday night at the Sun Life Arena, but the good times didn’t last for long.


The Laurier Golden Hawks (14-2-2) would score three unanswered goals in the third period and defeat the Rams (5-13-0), 4-2.

After falling behind 1-0 after 20 minutes, third-year forward Melissa Wronzberg(Thornhill, Ont.) scored her sixth goal of the season eight minutes into the second frame to even the game at one.

The score would remain tied until a minute into the third period when defenceman Jessica Hartwick (Brampton, Ont.) would slap one home on the powerplay to give Ryerson a 2-1 lead over the No. 3 ranked Golden Hawks.

That lead wouldn’t last long as Devon Skeats would score her eighth goal of the season, going top shelf on Ryerson goaltender Alex Armstrong (Toronto).

Laurier would take the lead eight minutes later when Haley Baxter slammed a rebound home and the Golden Hawks wouldn’t look back.

Armstrong, who was making her second consecutive start in net, suffered the loss but played well in making 36 saves.

Kayla Brown started in goal for Laurier and recorded the win, making 18 saves and helping snap Laurier’s two game losing streak.

Overall, Laurier doubled Ryerson in the shots department, 40-20.

The loss fails to gain Ryerson any ground in the OUA standings, still trailing the eighth place Waterloo Warriors by six points with six games remaining. The Rams will get a chance to close that gap and gain playoff positioning on Saturday afternoon at the Columbia Ice Field when they return to Waterloo to face the Warriors. Game time is 2:30 p.m.