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Jan 15, 2015

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Brock 4 Ryerson 8 Final Box Score

Source: Krista Robinson, Ryerson Sports Info

TORONTO – Cowboy hats, line dancers, and the return of Kyle Blaney (Burlington, Ont.) were key to Ryerson’s (11-7-1) impressive 8-4 win against the Brock Badgers (9-9-2) Thursday, as the Rams hosted their first Country Night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

It had been five games since Blaney laced up with his teammates, but his return couldn’t have gone any better. The second-year center struck first for the Rams just over a minute into the game, with help from Domenic Alberga (Maple, Ont.) and Alex Basso (Toronto). Badgers forward Jordan Gignac would answer with a quick goal on Troy Passingham (Mississauga, Ont.), but the rest of the period would belong to the Rams.

“It feels good to be back,” said Blaney following the victory. I’m happy to be back with all the guys, and playing everyday, but if we didn’t have that hot start, the game could have easily gone the other way.”

The Badgers sit just one spot below Ryerson in the OUA west division, with 20 points. The Rams clock in at 23 points with tonight’s win.

The home team looked hot heading off the ice after the first 20 minutes of the match. Mitch Gallant (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) blasted his 10th of the season past Badgers goalie Clint Windsor early, followed by Blaney’s second of the game. Lucas Froese (Grunthal, Man.) followed, putting away his sixth goal of the season off a pass from Blaney. Victor Terreri (Mississauga, Ont.) would make it 5-1 Rams going into the second period.

Despite switching goalies and scoring three in the second, the Badgers couldn’t compete at Ryerson’s amplified level. While Alberga put in his thirteenth of the season passed Adrian Volpe, Sam Blanchet (Laurier-Station, Que.) would follow with his first goal as a Ram.

Though he allowed four goals, Passingham made 29 saves in the win.

“Brock is a really good team so all the credit to Passingham, he’s been unbelievable all year, and stellar again tonight,” said Blaney.

Up next, Ryerson will host the University of Toronto Varsity Blues (7-10-1) Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Mount Royal 2 Calgary 0 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Calgary Sports Info

CALGARY – Doing all their scoring in the first period, the Mount Royal University Cougars were led by goaltender Cam Lanigan en route to a 2-0 win over the No. 4 University of Calgary Dinos on Thursday night in the Crowchild Classic at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Held to just 19 shots, the Dinos’ offence struggled to generate opportunities in the offensive zone despite coming off a weekend where they scored 11 times in two games. Matthew Brown and Jamie King put the Cougars in front after one period and would shut down Calgary the rest of the way with Lanigan notching his first CIS shutout.

“Mount Royal had great will, determination and work ethic, and we did not match it tonight. They work hard and put a lot of pressure on you and we did not respect what we needed to do to match it,” said Dinos bench boss Mark Howell. “They work hard and skate. They are determined to force you to make a lot of quick decisions and we did not win enough battles.”

Playing before a CIS men’s hockey regular season record crowd of 8,882, the Cougars move into a tie with the Dinos for second in the Canada West standings. Both teams have a 15-8-0 record with five games left in the season to decide who earns a first round bye in the post-season.

“We cannot take Mount Royal lightly, they have beat us three times now. If we want to beat them we have to outwork and outcompete them,” shared Aspen Sterzer. “We would have liked to have got a win for the fans, they were awesome. I do not think I ever played a Western Hockey League game like that at the Saddledome.”

A frantic pace to the opening frame resulted in nervous play from both sides. After killing off a pair of penalties, Mount Royal went on a man advantage of their own and buried a shot quickly. Mackenzie Johnston’s attempt from the blue line hit Brown on its way past Kris Lazaruk and in. The goal at 7:50 was Brown’s 10th of the year.

Carrying momentum, the Cougars doubled their lead to 2-0 when J. King came out from behind the goal and fired a shot over the shoulder of Lazaruk for his third of the season at 13:07. The Dinos picked up the pace in the late stages of the first but would trail by two after 20 minutes.

“The urgency was not there [in the first period],” explained Sterzer, who was named the game’s third star. “It took a little while for us to get into it and they scored quickly. 19 shots is not nearly enough.”

The 2-0 score remained the same through the second period with the play leveling out. The Dinos’ best opportunity came as Chris Collins dangled through the Mount Royal defence before having the puck poked loose at the last moment.
Shots continued to be hard to come by for Calgary in the final frame. Still down by a pair of goals in the dying minutes, Howell pulled Lazaruk for an extra attacker. Again though, the Cougars turned away Calgary’s shots to the net – allowing Lanigan to record the shutout.

Mount Royal outshot Calgary 23-19. The Dinos went 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Cougars went 1-for-4.

Crowchild Classic action continues Friday, Jan. 16, at the home of the Cougars the Flames Community Arenas. Puck drop is 7:00pm.

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