The Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team showed no signs of rust Friday night. Facing the bottom ranked Royal Military College of Canada Paladins, the Rams were looking for a quick win after serving a week-long suspension for drinking on a team trip. Even without veteran head coach Graham Wise behind the bench, the Rams outshot RMC 59-17 en route to 7-1 victory at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Friday night.
Assistant coach Johnny Duco filled in for Wise, who still needs to serve the last game of a four-game suspension, and said it was important to come back strong.
“Its important that we got our momentum back cause its been a log jam (the suspension) in the season and we can’t afford to give up any more points,” Duco said.
Duco wasted no time getting his players’ legs moving and caused RMC to get into penalty trouble early. After gaining some momentum on the first power-play, left-wing Robert Visca tucked the puck behind RMC goalie Paul Dorsey to give Ryerson the lead early on.
The opening goal fuelled the Rams into playing a more physical game. Midway through the first period, RMC was on the penalty kill again and Ryerson struck fast. Former Kitchener Ranger Domenic Alberga deflected a point shot from defenceman Peter Hermenegildo at the side of the net to double the lead.
Shining on the power-play, Alberga would manage the same feat while on the penalty kill. With less than a minute left in the first period, Alberga deflected a pass at centre-ice that gave him a breakaway. The left-winger slotted past Dorsey for a short-handed goal and the Rams’ third of the night.
The scoring would not stop there.
In the second period, the Rams were on the penalty kill again after Hermenegildo was called for tripping. When they should’ve been defending their own net, the Rams were attacking RMC’s goal once again on the penalty kill.
Receiving the puck in the Paladins’ zone, Alberga set up Kent McPherson in front of the net to give the Rams their second short-handed goal of the night and increase their lead to 4-0.
The third period saw last year’s leading scorer Dustin Alcock get his third of the season assisted by Lucas Froese and Matthew Andreacchi at 6:57. Four minutes later, Jason McDonough scored on the fast break after getting a dime pass from Visca who crashed into the corner boards behind the net after the play. Visca was clutching his sides and needed a stretcher to leave the ice.
Shortly after Visca was escorted off the ice Eric Louis-Seize spoiled Rams goalie Adam Courchaine’s shutout bid for the night. Louis-Seize circled behind the net to lose his defender and beat Courchaine in the top corner.
Alcock scored his second and the Rams’ seventh of the night on the power-play to complete the demolition of RMC. He said the key was to avoid underestimating the opponent.
“We knew we had to come out and not underestimate this team and that’s what we did. We came, we took it too them and we opened the floodgates,” Alberga said.
Armed Forces Appreciation Night was celebrated at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Toronto police, air cadets and veterans were all in attendance for the game.
The Rams return to action on Saturday against the Carleton Ravens at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. The affair will act as Ryerson’s second LGBT awareness game of the year.