CIS men's hockey Sunday roundup: Third period explosion lifts Rams over Blues
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TORONTO - Jason McDonough and Greg Payne scored two goals each as the Ryerson Rams kept their playoff hopes alive with a 6-1 victory over the visiting Toronto Varsity Blues on Sunday afternoon.
Facing a must win situation, the Rams would outscore Toronto 5-1 in the third period, while outshooting the Blues 22-2. With the win, Ryerson moves to within one point of the final playoff spot in the OUA East heading into the final week of the regular season.
The Rams (12-11-3) sit in ninth place with 27 points, while the Queen's Gaels (13-11-2) and the Concordia Stingers (13-11-2) both have 28 points. Ryerson hosts Queen's on Thursday before closing out the season at Nipissing on Friday. Queen's will host Nipissing on Saturday in their final contest of the regular season, while Concordia hosts McGill Wednesday before visiting Carleton on Saturday.
Toronto controlled play in the opening period, outshooting the Rams 16-9, while taking a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. McDonough's first of the afternoon tied it a 1-1 after 40 minutes.
Payne, with a pair, Kelly Geoffrey and Dean Willmott with his first of the year, tallied for Ryerson in the third period.
Troy Passingham stopped 25 of 26 shots for his eighth victory of the year. Brett Willows saved 33 of 39 shots for the Varsity Blues.
Ryerson was 3-for-10 on the power play, while Toronto was 1-for-10 with the man advantage.
The Rams will host Queen's at George Bell Arena on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
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