By Stefan Morrone
The Windsor Lancers outshot the Ryerson Rams 39-19 en route to a dominating 3-1 victory on Friday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Ryerson scored the first goal from Nella Brodett but three unanswered goals from the Lancers sealed the Rams’ fourth loss in six hockey games.
The Rams played at the MAC for the first time in almost a month after a four-game road trip that saw them take two wins and two losses.
Brodett, the Ram’s captain, opened the scoring in a drive to the net at 8:24 of the first period.
It was her first goal of the season and marked her return from a sprained knee ligament suffered in the season opener against the Toronto Varsity Blues.
“The knee feels great,” Brodett said. “I was a little nervous coming into this game. I knew Windsor was going to be a tough battle and I just wanted to get the butterflies out and play my own game.”
Though the team lost, Ram’s goalie Emma Crawley started for the fifth game in a row, making 36 saves to keep the Rams in the game . The third-year goalie had only allowed four goals in her past four games before Friday’s game.
The Lancers finally solved Crawley during a hard-fought second period that saw Windsor dominate play in the Ryerson zone. With just under a minute left in the period, Candice Chevalier scored her first of two goals to tie the game.
“The first (goal) one I was really close to having it and I kind of want that one back,” Crawley said.
Windsor dominated the third period, pinning Ryerson in its own end. The Rams found it difficult to break out and get a chance to score .
Windsor’s dominant play was rewarded with two goals during the third period. The first came 2:55 into the period when Laura Monforton scored to give the Lancers a lead.
Throughout the rest of the period, the Rams continued to struggle. Despite Windsor’s overpowering play, the Rams managed to make it out of their zone and get a few quality chances but couldn’t get the puck past goalie Ingrid Sandven.
The final goal came at 7:26 of the third and was Candice Chevalier’s second of the night.
Interim Rams’ coach Pierre Alain said it was a tough loss, citing the team’s need for better puck skills to help break out of its own zone.
“To do breakouts, efficient breakouts, you have to move the puck quicker,” Alain said. “It’s all about skating with the puck, looking up and supporting each other so we’re going to break the puck out much more quicker.”
The Rams (3-5) recovered and earned an impressive 1-0 victory over No. 6 Western Mustangs on Saturday. Clare Sabine scored the game’s only goal.
Sabine and co will travel to Kingston, Ont., to play the Queen’s Gaels on Sunday before returning home to face the Waterloo Warriors on Nov. 7.