Ryerson Rams men’s hockey defeats Guelph Gryphons

Gallant and his teammates exchange some love (Christian Thomson/Ryersonian Staff).

Mitch Gallant and his teammates exchange some love after the right wringer scored a hat trick on Jan. 28, 2016 (Christian Thomson/Ryersonian Staff).

The Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team continued its dominance of the Guelph Gryphons this season, defeating them 5-0 Thursday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC). The Rams swept the season series with the Gryphons 3-0.

Right winger Mitch Gallant scored a hat trick to power Ryerson’s offence. It was a career night for the fifth-year arts and contemporary studies student, who only had four goals in 23 games coming into the contest.

Froese gets one past the Guelph goalie (Christian Thomson/Ryersonian Staff).

Wringer Lucas Froese gets one past the Guelph goalie on Jan. 28, 2016 (Christian Thomson/Ryersonian Staff).

“It was kind of one of those nights where everything went in,” said Gallant. “I thought I struggled on the boards and in my own end tonight but it was just one of those nights where offensively you shoot pucks at the net and good things will happen.”

Gallant knocked in his first two goals on the power play in the first period before finishing the hat trick in style with a penalty shot in the second. Gallant got Guelph goalie, Keith Hamilton, to bite on a series of head fakes, before sliding the puck through Hamilton’s legs to complete the trick.

“I knew I was going to fake the shot and look five-hole,” said Gallant of his penalty shot. “I guess looking back I should have gone top corner too. It was a little bit more open but I’m glad it snuck in.”

Wingers Lucas Froese and Marcus Hinds netted Ryerson’s two other tallies while left winger, Vince Figliomeni notched two assists. Troy Passingham made 34 saves for the Rams, recording his second shutout in three starts.

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