By Kourtney Meldrum
The Ryerson men’s hockey team defeated Waterloo University 6-4 on home ice Wednesday evening, continuing the Rams current winning streak of three-straight wins.
Ryerson had the lead from the start. Not three minutes in and Rams forward Devon Paliani scored the first goal of the game and his fourth of the season. This win pushes the Rams to second place in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) west division behind York University.
Assistant coach Kori Cheverie said the strategy going into the game was to keep it simple, play their game, and work hard.
“Match them effort wise and our skill will take over,” said Cheverie.
First-year defenceman Jared Walsh and forward Kyle Tibbo made it onto the scoreboard, both scoring their first goal of the season.
“[Tibbo] has been working hard all year, he puts in the extra time on and off the ice — he really deserved [the goal],” said Cheverie. “Walsh has been a great addition to the team and it was great to see him get his first one.”
Team captain Alex Busso got his third goal of the season on the power play, a goal that brought the Rams up 5-3.
“Getting that chemistry, it’s something that just kind of happens organically with a power play, for us with more time I think you’ll start to see it click more,” said assistant coach Nathaniel Brooks.
The Rams held a two-point cushion for most of the game, but with minutes left of play, Waterloo made a final push, scoring a nail-biting goal that brought the score up to 5-4 for the Rams.
Paliani who scored the first goal also scored the last of the game, with only one-tenth of a second left on the clock.
Busso wants to work with his team to keep on this winning streak.
“Not cutting corners, coming to practice and working hard … and just bringing our best foot forward to every practice and every game,” said Busso.
Going into next game with an 8-3-0 record, the message is the same.
“Simple, staying disciplined, and outworking them,” said Brooks.
The Ryerson men’s hockey team will face Windsor Friday night. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at the South Windsor Arena. If they win, the Rams will extend their winning streak to four games.