Ryerson Students: FREE (with OneCard)
Non-Ryerson Students/Seniors (65+): $10.00
Ryerson Alumni: $8.00
Children 12 & Under: Free (except for playoff games - children are $5)
All groups of 10 or more receive a $4 ticket discount on all regular season varsity games.
It was a triumphant evening for the Ryerson Rams men’s hockey program as they upended the visiting Royal Military College (RMC) Paladins 7-0 on home ice, to extend their undefeated start to the 2017-2018 season.
As the Rams and Paladins prepared to take to the ice on Friday night, the music of the Tragically Hip rang out through the Mattamy Athletic Centre in tribute to the late Gord Downie; a fitting start to a game against a team from the Limestone City. The game that would unfold, however, started off in a way that not many present in the Mattamy really expected.
A notable lack of defense from both teams appeared to be the overriding theme of the first period. From the initial puck drop to the final whistle of the first twenty minutes of play, both teams employed a strategy of an aggressive offensive effort, combined with a large degree of physicality. For the Paladins, this pace of play was unusual, as the visiting team was able to keep pace with a Rams team that is known for its unique focus on offensive-heavy playing. This combination of playing styles resulted in a lack of defensive fortification from both teams, contributing to a large amount of shots on goal, with Ryerson acquiring seventeen and RMC thirteen. In spite of this plethora of offensive chances, neither team could place themselves on the scoreboard as they headed into their respective locker rooms for the first intermission.
Coming back onto the ice for the second period of play, whatever hope the Paladins had of achieving an upset were quickly put to rest. As play resumed, RMC’s style of play stood in stark contrast to what they had previously exhibited in the first period. Sloppy offensive attempts, and poor transition passes took over the Paladins front-line efforts, all mistakes that would allow the Rams to be the first on the scoreboard. At the six-minute mark of the period, Ryerson’s Erick DeLaurentis (Markham, Ont.) rocketed a slapshot past the Paladins netminder, to put the Rams up 1-0 and record his first goal of the season.
Following this goal, the Rams would unleash an onslaught of offensive efforts that would place them firmly ahead. Not even two minutes had passed since DeLaurentis’ goal, when teammate Marcus Hinds (Toronto, Ont.) tipped in a close-range effort to further the Rams lead to 2-0. As the period continued, Vince Figliomeni (Bolton, Ont.) and Devon Paliani (LaSalle, Ont.) would each, respectively, add in goals of their own to push the Rams lead to 4-0 heading into the second intermission.
Unfortunately for the visiting Paladins, the third period would follow a similar trend of unanswered goals from the Rams. It would be less than two minutes into the final period of the game when Matt Mistele (Whitby, Ont.) would put in his third goal of the season to extend Ryerson’s lead to 5-0. Prior to the conclusion of the game, the Rams would extend their lead to 7-0 off of goals provided by Alex Basso (Toronto, Ont.) and John Carpino (Maple, Ont.) who each recorded their first goal of the season.