TORONTO, Ont. - The Ryerson Rams men's hockey team rebounded from last week's back-to-back shutout losses with a much improved effort but it wasn't enough, falling 3-2 to the undefeated York Lions on Thursday night at the York University Canlan Arena.

The Rams were determined to end their 120-minute scoring drought, firing 57 shots at York goaltender Carlo Di Rienzo (Woodbridge, Ont.). The Lions, however, opened the scoring just four minutes into the opening period on a goal by Chris Korte (Markham, Ont.). York would stretch its lead to 2-0 in the first minute of the second frame on a goal by Nathaniel Brooks (Markham, Ont.).

The Rams responded five minutes later when Kevin Day (Toronto, Ont.) scored his first of the season on the power play. After York's Doug Henderson (Bradford, Ont.) restored his team's two-goal lead at 9:54 of the second, Cory Konecny (Stoney Point, Ont.) notched his first of year at the 11:54 mark to pull Ryerson back within one.

Both teams would register 17 shots on goal in the third period, but neither squad was able to find the back of the net as the Lions held on for the victory.

Ryerson goaltender Paul Gibson (St. Thomas, Ont.) recorded 44 saves, while Di Rienzo made 55 stops for the win.

The Rams played a disciplined game, giving up just two power play opportunities to the Lions. A much improved performance over the team's last game against Guelph in which Ryerson surrendered 14 power plays. The Rams were 1-for-5 with the man advantage, while the Lions went 0-for-2.

The loss drops the Rams to 0-3-0, while York improves to 3-0-0. Ryerson will travel to New York for an exhibition game against NCAA Div. III Manhattanville College on Saturday before resuming conference play at RMC on October 24.

Source: Rams Athletics