The Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team was unable to replicate last night’s overtime magic against McGill, dropping Saturday’s game 3-2 in overtime. Cole McLaren (Lequille, N.S.) stole the show for the Ravens stopping 43 of 46 shots.
The Ravens got off to a quick start off the opening faceoff scoring just 36 seconds into the game. Carleton’s top line went to work on their first shift as Nick McCarry (Calgary, Alta.) forced a turnover on the forecheck before finding Aaron Boyd (Winnipeg, Man.) in the slot who fired one passed the Concordia goaltender to put the Ravens up 1-0.
Carleton found themselves in some penalty trouble later in the period having to kill off a Concordia 5-on-3 powerplay after back-to-back Raven minor penalties. In his second appearance of the year, Cole McLaren (Lequille, N.S.) was rock-solid in his crease as Concordia could not capitalize on the man advantage. McLaren ended the first period with 19 saves, and his team was up 1-0.
Carleton came out swinging again in the second period as Kieran Craig buried his third of the year finishing a slick move on the backhand top-shelf to double the Raven lead.
With the Ravens up two goals and on the powerplay in the middle of the second, they looked to be in control of this one. However, just past the midway point of the second, Alexandre Katerinakis (Montreal, Que.) got the Stingers on the board with a shorthanded goal. Less than five minutes later, a Gabriel Proulx (Beloeil, Que.) one-timer beat McLaren on his blocker side to tie the game at 2-2 after 40 minutes.
The goaltenders stole the show in the third period with McLaren and Concordia goalie Jonathan Lemieux (Beloeil, Que.) each making fantastic saves to keep the score knotted. McLaren made the best save of the game grabbing a Stingers shot with his glove hand while the goaltender was on his backside. For the second time in as many nights, this one needed overtime.
In the extra frame, Concordia’s Alexandre Katerinakis (Montreal, Que.) split the defence and deked-out McLaren to score the overtime winner, improving Concordia’s record to 6-2-0 on the season with Carleton dropping to 3-2-2 on the year.
A busy weekend at the Ice House wraps up on Sunday as the Carleton women’s hockey team fresh off their first win of the regular season takes on the Concordia Stingers at 3 p.m. The Ravens men will hit the road next weekend to face Ontario Tech and Nipissing before returning home on Nov. 18 to take on the Queen’s Gaels. Tickets for upcoming games are available now!