MONTREAL - Despite a gritty road effort, the Carleton Ravens dropped game 1 of the RSEQ Bronze Medal semi-final 1-0 on Thursday night.
Armed with a stingy forecheck, tight penalty kill and another stellar performance from BioSteel Athlete of the Week Marie-Eve Côté, the Carleton Ravens gave the Carabins everything they could handle.
After a quick back and forth start, a turnover along the Ravens' half wall quickly devolved into a 2-on-1 as Noémie Chiasson found Mylene Lefebvre alone in the slot for a quick redirect which beat Côté for the early 1-0 lead.
The Ravens responded quickly after giving up the game's lone goal, trading rushes with the Carabins before rookie Annika Scurfield (Canmore, Alta.) broke free on a partial break against Maude Trévisan. Trévisan would stand tall forcing Scurfield out of space to maintain the one-goal lead.
In the second period, the Ravens would stand tall on the penalty kill, turning away the Carabins on three chances while holding their hosts to only nine shots on goal to maintain the narrow deficit. Côté, as she has been all year, was fantastic for the Ravens penalty kill, making a pair of big-time saves including a key save on a 3-on-1.
After generating pressure and drawing a Carabins powerplay in the early minutes of the third, the Ravens would continue pressing before finding themselves back on the kill with just over six minutes to play. After another successful kill, Lucie Quarto (Bensacon, France) would break-in challenging Trévisan with a high shot for the Ravens' best chance of the third.
Taking a penalty with just under two-minutes to play, the Ravens would find themselves short, trapped deep in their own zone, as the clock ran out on game 1.