By: Celia Bildfell
OTTAWA - Despite a gritty defensive performance by the Carleton women’s hockey team, the Montreal Carabins walked away with a 4-2 victory on Friday.
After coming under pressure the Ravens found themselves behind 1-0 before they settled into their defensive structure.
“We shut them down pretty quick and got them on their heels, which gained some momentum for us,” explains Head Coach, Stacey Colarossi.
In her second straight start, Frederike Lavoie-Leroux held strong defensively against the Carabins. Despite a series of strong saves from Lavoie-Leroux, Justine Pelletier found a lucky rebound off the back wall that bounced over the Ravens goalie to the second goal of the first period.
In true Ravens fashion, Carleton came right back as Sydney Berta crashed hard to the net finding an Aoife Mahaffy rebound behind Maude Desrouches to put the Ravens on the board.
Montreal would extend the lead back to two after Audrey-Anne Veillette scored with Kate Lengyel in the box. The two-goal lead would last just over five minutes before Annika Scurfield would walk out of the corner on the cycle and put her shot under the arm of Desrouches for her first U SPORTS goal.
After putting Montreal on their heels in the first, it was all Carabins in the second period, after significant pressure and zone time Audrey Gervais scored an unassisted goal with 6 minutes to play in the period to add a brace to the Carabins lead.
The Ravens were headed into the third period ready to fight back and despite the consistent pressure, the Ravens were unable to turn the tide by the end of the third period.
While the Ravens fought hard there is still a long way to go in order to secure some wins this weekend according to Colarossi. "We got two goals tonight, which is a first for us, I’m hoping we can build off the confidence from that.”
The Ravens are immediately back in action tonight as they travel across town to face the uOttawa Gee-Gee’s this Sunday at the Minto Sports Complex. The Ravens' next home game will be November 6 at 7 PM against the Concordia Stingers.