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Rams lose back-to-back OT games
By Tyler Klinkhammer
The Rocky Rams suffered back-to-back defeats this weekend after two close, competitive games.
Friday night, the Rams lost 3-2 in overtime to the visiting Sylvan Lake Wranglers, and again on Saturday, taking the game to overtime and losing 7-6 to the Strathmore Wheatland Kings.
The Wranglers got going early in the game on Friday, outshooting the Rams 21-8 and coming out of the period ahead by one.
Sylvan Lake managed to get another early in the second, before the Rams’ own Braden Bystrom finally managed to find the back of the Wranglers’ net to bring the score to 2-1.
The third period was all Rocky. Landon Siegle managed to put one away with three minutes left in the game to force overtime, but couldn’t clinch the finish. The Wranglers managed to get the game-winner and leave town victorious.
Saturday night was more of the same: a very close and competitive game that ended badly for the home team.
Strathmore managed to outshoot the home team in the first period, getting off to an early lead of 2-1 going in to the second.
The Rams really hit their stride in the second period. A huge hit by Brandt Seland early in the period sent a Strathmore player headfirst into the Rams’ bench, and the rest of the team was visibly energized by the collision.
The Rams managed to put away five goals in the second period alone. The offence was able to find its way into the lane in front of the net to capitalize on some close range, hard fought goals, but also found some shooting success from the outside.
The Rams headed into the third with a 6-4 lead, but were also down two men after a few altercations resulted in ejections for both teams.
In the third period, the Rams were unable to retain their lead.
While the Rocky team went scoreless late in the game, the Strathmore Wheatland Kings managed to tie the game, and then get the game winner early in overtime.
Although the results were negative, both games were played with skill and intensity by the Rams. Compared to the beginning of the season, where players shined individually, the Rams seem to be finding their footing as a unit. The team is generating more offensive opportunities and playing tighter hockey as a whole.
For any team, the inaugural season is a difficult one. Team chemistry isn’t something that can be faked, but it is a necessary component to running systems properly. The Rams may be having a difficult go of it this season, but the team is certainly showing a lot of promise at this point.