They had 31 shots and nothing to show for it.
That was the story for Ryerson’s women’s hockey team versus York on Saturday afternoon.
The Rams (2-5-0) had plenty of opportunity but were unable to beat Lions’ netminder Megan Lee.
“She played our shots well, and we obviously couldn’t put the puck in the net,” said Ryerson captain Janella Brodett after the game.
Lee had 31 saves on the night, including pad saves on two separate breakaways that helped seal the shutout, and the victory, for the Lions (3-5-1).
“Obviously putting the puck in the net was a bit of an issue today. We out shot them and just couldn’t seal the deal,” said assistant coach Michelle Janus.
A lot of the Rams issues offensively boiled down to poor execution on their scoring opportunities.
Midway through the second period Michelle Evagelou was all alone in front of the net when the puck found her stick and she couldn’t find the twine behind Lee.
Then seconds later, Evagelou’s miss came back to haunt the Rams.
On the ensuing faceoff, York took the puck all the way down the ice into Ryerson territory and immediately capitalized on their scoring opportunity.
Lions’ forward Andrea Joyce circled behind the net, came out front, and fired a wrist shot right by Rams netminder Brianna Tremblay’s blocker side.
That goal gave York a two-goal lead and all the cushion they would need on this night.
Although it ended up being a pretty easy victory for the Lions from that point forward, the game had remained scoreless until late in the first period.
That was until York’s Stephanie Dovaston was found wide open in front of the net on a slick pass by Kristen Barbara from behind the net.
The Lions forward then had no trouble converting the opportunity into a goal as Tremblay was still reacting to the pass as the puck slid behind her.
And it was Dovaston’s late first period goal that held up to be the winner.
“It’s just unfortunate that we didn’t get any lucky bounces and we couldn’t finish around the net. The shots pretty much said how the game was going for us, unfortunately we just had those unlucky bounces,” said Brodett.
But worse for the team was leaving empty-handed against a team that Ryerson felt it could beat.
“They’re certainly a team that we compare ourselves to, and measure ourselves up to, and certainly a team we’re looking to beat,” said Janus.
“Those were two big points that we needed.”
With the loss, Ryerson’s losing streak extended to three-games.
The Rams continue their three-game home stand versus the UOIT Ridgebacks at 2pm ET.