It’s a tough road ahead for the Ryerson Rams hockey team as they gear up for playoffs.
But, star forward Aaron Armstrong and his team are ready. They plan to hit the ice with the intention to “leave it all out there.”
“It’s such a short series that you gotta be mentally prepared to treat every game like it’s do or die and keep going,” Armstrong said.
The Rams will face Western in a best of three series starting Wednesday Feb. 14 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC). The two teams have one win each against each other this regular season.
“We’re gonna have a strong team coming at us, but we’re looking forward to it,” Armstrong said.
The Rams were riddled with injuries this season, and with leading scorer Matthew Mistele out, Armstrong and team captain Alex Basso will need to lead the charge on offense.
“We’re pretty banged up, it feels like we’re just kind of limping into the playoffs with the amount of guys we have out, but that’s no excuse,” he said.
Armstrong was among the injured earlier in the season when he suffered a concussion. “It was a tough one, hard to come back from, but I’m happy to be back in the lineup,” he said.
In the 2016-17 season, Armstrong’s 17 goals and 29 assists made him the OUA leader in points, setting a school record. He has nine goals and 10 assists this regular season.
Puck drop is tonight at 7:15 p.m. on Rams home ice at the MAC.