U Sports WHKY: Ryerson vs. Guelph preview

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Ryerson vs. Guelph – Photo from Guelph Sports Journal

The Ryerson Rams will be visiting the Guelph Gryphons for a game at 7:30.  Both teams are tied neck-in-neck with six points on the season, this will be a big game as the victor will pull away. It is also the first time these two teams meet since the Gryphons swept the Rams in the OUA playoffs last season.

The Rams are coming off the best season in their program’s history and are anxious to build off their previous success. The Gryphons are the reigning OUA champions and even though they saw a lot of key veterans leave in the summer, they are still a team with very high expectations as highlighted by their head coach, Rachel Flanagan.

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“We keep reminding the players that the bar is really high for this team, and it should be high. It would be unfair for us to set it any lower just because we have a young group. Like I said, our veteran group is doing a good job to lead our youngsters, and we’ll just keep working.” – Flanagan via gryphons.ca

Photo from: guelphmercury.ca

Flanagan’s words echo those of the Rams’ head coach, Lisa Hayley and what she had to say entering the 2019-2020 season:

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“The pressure on us now is actually a privilege. We’ve earned the right to have this pressure on our shoulders, and those expectations are positive ones […] We now have to understand this responsibility as a program to continue edging this team forward. We’ve grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years, and it doesn’t stop here. It’s our responsibility to continue to raise that bar.” – Hayley via ryersonrams.ca

Photo from: ryersonrams.ca

Both teams have played four games each and have identical 2-2 records. While the season is early, .500 hockey is nowhere near what the coaches or players want and they will be working hard to change their fortunes.

The Gryphons’ latest game was a dominant 4-1 victory over the Western Mustangs where fourth-year Sydney Davison recorded a two-goal game. The Rams’ are entering Guelph coming of a dominating win 7-1 win over the Windsor Lancers . These two teams are riding high offensive waves and it will definitely be a back-and-forth game through sixty minutes.

The two teams are entering tomorrow night’s matchup hungry to build off their strong games. They’ll want to improve on their slow start and will definitely be bringing their best effort. It will be quite a dynamic game to watch.

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