OTTAWA - The Carleton Ravens lost 7-1 on Friday evening at the hands of the Concordia Stingers. The loss is the teams 10th on the season, and third in a row. The Ravens could not generate much in the way of chances throughout, with Concordia buzzing in the offensive zone throughout the game.
That difficulty started from the get-go for the Ravens as the Stingers opened up a 3-0 lead through the opening frame. The Stingers speed through transition was on full display in the opening frame, with the Ravens struggling to contain the offensive push. This is a similar instance to what happened the last two times these teams met, with the Ravens going down early, unable to battle back against a strong Concordia side. The score was 3-0 through 20 minutes of play.
The Ravens were able to get off to a quick start shorthanded in the second period, as 46 seconds in, Erika Ehrenberg (Ancaster, Ont.) scored her first U SPORTS goal. Both her and Jackie Grosso (Etobicoke, Ont.) forced a turnover at the Concordia blueline which led to an odd man rush and the goal. “There's one good thing, Erika Ehrenberg scored her first goal and our PK was good,” Alain said. “For the rest, that was not at the level.” The Ravens couldn’t keep momentum though as despite a few power plays and a post in the second, the Stingers added three more goals to make it 6-1 through two periods of play. Cote was once again put to the test with the Stingers throwing 29 shots her way through 40 minutes of play.
The Stingers continued their offensive push in the third, with the Ravens having to play defensive hockey for a good portion of the final frame. Cote once again stood strong on a multitude of occasions making some miraculous saves. “She battles,” Alain said. “I’m sure that there's some goals that she would want (back) but when you’re bombarded with 46 shots and half of them you don’t see, it's tough to stop.” The Ravens struggled to generate much offensively and took a couple of penalties late in the contest, showing their frustration after a difficult performance. The game came to an end with the Stingers winning 7-1. “They came to play, we didn’t play, and we didn’t show, it’s simple," said Alain. "We got 14 shots, we got outshot, out screened, outworked and outbattled.”
The Ravens will be right back at it on Sunday evening as they get set to face off against the Universite de Montreal Carabins.