The Ryerson Rams women’s hockey team were shut out 5-0 in their season-opener Thursday morning against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.
Nearly 4,000 fans were at the Varsity Arena to see the game but it was broken open during the first period and the Blues took a 4-0 lead to the dressing room after 20 minutes.
Blues players Kelly O’Hanlon and Marlie McLaughlin scored goals roughly two minutes apart not even halfway through the first.
U of T added their fifth goal in the third period but Rams captain Janella Brodett says the team is not feeling defeated.
“We can definitely compete with them, I don’t think the score justifies [how we can] play,” Brodett said.
Brodett, a fifth-year business management student, came out of the game with a strained right MCL, but she is optimistic about the team.
“It wasn’t about them outplaying us, it was us playing down to their level. We didn’t take it to them as hard as we could’ve and we just started sitting back and watching them play a little bit.”
Brodett says the team won’t dwell on their loss. She anticipates playing a better game at Saturday’s home opener against York.
“Honestly if we play our game and we get that jump start, we will get a win. So Saturday against York, we are going to be a different team.”
Game time is 2:00 p.m at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.