MHKY earn a point in shootout loss to Ryerson
Hawks outshoot No. 10 Rams but fail to capitalize on powerplay opportunities in 4-3 shootout loss

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - Posted by Matthew Strapp

TORONTO (October 26, 2017) - On Wednesday evening at Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto, Ontario, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks fell to the No. 10 Ryerson Rams 4-3 in a shootout loss. 

The Hawks dominated the shot count, totalling 46 shots on goal compared to the Rams who had 34. In addition, the Hawks had seven power play opportunities while the Rams had six. However, Ryerson goalie Taylor Dupuis (New Liskeard, Ont.) was superb, making 43 saves for the game and playing a key part in  preventing the Hawks from capitalizing on any of their power play opportunities. Meanwhile, the Rams went two for six with the man-advantage and Laurier netminder Colin Furlong (Cambridge, Ont.) made 30 saves on the night. 

The Rams opened the scoring at 5:44 in the first-period on the power play courtesy of Matt Mistele (Whitby, Ont.), on assists by Aaron Armstrong (Teeswater, Ont.) and Daniel Poliziani (LaSalle, Ont.). Minutes later, the Hawks countered with Trevor Sauder (Tavistock, Ont.), as Alex Annecchiarico (Richmond Hill, Ont.) and Lucas Batt (Lewisporte, Nfld.) earned the assists. 

The power-play proved to be beneficial again for Ryerson in the second period. Steven Harland (Toronto, Ont.) got the goal as David Miller (Burlington, Ont.) earned the assist, in addition to Poliziani once again. The Hawks had a response at 5:17 when Batt and Anthony Sorrentino (Woodbridge, Ont.) were gifted a two-on-one opportunity, ending with Batt dishing to Sorrentino who provided the finish. Jacob Hetherington (Kingston, Ont.) also earned an assist on the goal. 

In the third period, the Hawks altered the game script by taking the lead. Defenceman Kyle Jenkins (Brampton, Ont.) scored his first OUA goal at 3:00, coming off of assists by Sauder and Mrockzkowski. Just a minute later, Marcus Hinds (Toronto, Ont.) found Calvin Leth (Taber, Alta.) as the Rams got the equalizer.
That would be it for goal-scoring in regulation as the teams went to overtime tied at three. 

Ultimately, overtime proved inconclusive and the game was forced to be settled in a shootout.

In the shootout, Mcroczkowski was the only Golden Hawk who beat Dupuis as the Rams earned the win in the fifth-round.

With the shootout loss, the Hawks earn a point and improve their record to 3-1-1 on the season and third place in the OUA West standings. Conversely, the Rams now sit in second position with 4-1-0 record. 

Next up for the Hawks is a date with the University of Toronto Blues at Varsity Arena in Toronto. Puck-drop is set 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28th.

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