Sportsnet is calling Ryerson’s men’s hockey team “the biggest threat in the OUA West.”
The Rams are a top contender in the division, and it’s in no small part due to linemates Jamie Wise, 22, and Domenic Alberga, 21. The two forwards lead the Canadian Interuniversity Sport in overall points; Wise is first, with 40 points in 21 games, and Alberga’s in third place, with 38 points in the same time frame.
Alberga was a new addition to the Rams this September, but the duo has years of experience playing alongside each other. In their teens, Wise and Alberga were linemates on the Peterborough Minor Petes, and then played against each other in the OHL, with Wise playing for the Mississauga Majors (now Steelheads) and Alberga for the Kitchener Rangers.
They were reunited as teammates this past September. “We just find each other on the ice,” said Wise. “We know how one another plays, and it’s working.”
Alberga agrees. “There’s good chemistry,” he said. “We’ve played a lot together, so it feels easier to read.”
Linemates, then rivals, now linemates again, Wise and Alberga prove that knowing your teammates and finding chemistry are key components to winning games. However, Wise insists the success of the Rams is not centred on the duo. “It’s not just us two, it’s our whole team, our goalie, our defence, everyone,” he said. “Everyone is playing well, so you know we’re just going to keep rolling with it.”
The Rams have a good shot at finishing the season strong, because they’ll play their final five games at home.
They take to the ice again at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against the Brock University Badgers.
This story was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on January 29, 2014.