MONTREAL - The Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team lost a Tuesday night game in Montreal to the Concordia Stingers by a score of 5-1 in a matchup with major playoff implications.
After some strong early saves from Carleton goaltender Mark Grametbauer (Halifax, N.S.), Parker Aucoin (Sturgeon County, Alta.) had a great scoring chance in the slot that he failed to convert on, putting the puck just wide of the net. The two teams traded chances in the first period, with Grametbauer (Halifax, N.S.) and Concordia goaltender Jacob Delorme (Drummondville, Que.) both standing strong in their respective creases to keep the game scoreless. Simon Kerr (Kingston, Ont.) took a tripping penalty in the final minute of the first, and the Stingers carried a powerplay into the second frame.
Carleton ran into some penalty trouble in the second period. After killing off Simon Kerr’s (Kingston, Ont.) penalty, the Ravens took two penalties back-to-back giving the Stingers a 5-on-3 powerplay. The Ravens did an excellent job in killing off a long two-man Concordia advantage, and Brogan O’Brien (Prince George, B.C.) nearly scored a shorthanded goal just putting his wrist shot off the post and out.
Midway through the period, Concordia defenceman Marcus Tesink (Saint John, N.B.) scored a sharp-angle shot that beat the Carleton goaltender five-hole giving the Stingers the 1-0 lead. Matt Barberis (Vancouver, B.C.) nearly tied the game minutes later but was robbed by Jacob Delorme (Drummondville, Que.) in front of the net. The Stingers were able to pay their goaltender back adding a second goal from their defence before the end of the period off the stick of Yan Aucoin (Iles de la Madeleine, Que.) to take a 2-0 lead into the final period.
The Ravens were able to cut the lead in half as Brogan O’Brien (Prince George, B.C.) made a nice move in the slot before beating the Concordia goaltender on the blocker-side to make it a 2-1 game. Just as it looked like Carleton was beginning to mount a comeback, Concordia’s Tyler Hylland (Mercier, Que.) finished a rebound on a 3-on-1 rush to restore the Stingers’ two-goal lead. Maxime Trepanier (Candiac, Que.) and Nathan Lavoie (Lévis, Que.) would add two more late goals for Concordia who took home the two points with a 5-1 win at the Ed Meagher Arena.
“We got them to 2-1 in the third period and at that point, it was an even game. The 3-1 goal was a real backbreaker. When you’re playing shorthanded and missing guys like we are, you need to be able to execute and we still have some work to do with the playoffs right around the corner,” Carleton head coach Shaun Van Allen said post-game.
The Ravens will face Concordia again in their regular-season finale Saturday in Montreal. The game has big playoff implications as Concordia leapfrogs Carleton in the standings with Tuesday’s 5-1 win. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. at the Ed Meagher Arena. The game can be streamed on OUA.tv.