The Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team snapped their three-game losing streak Friday night with a 5-4 overtime win over the McGill Redbirds.
It seems that three things are inevitable in life: Death, taxes, and Parker Aucoin (Sturgeon County, Alta.) scoring goals. Coming into this one already with eight goals in five games, Aucoin added two more to his total in the opening 10 minutes including one on the powerplay as Carleton jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead thanks to their leading goal scorer. First-year player Garret Wright (Thunder Bay, Ont.) had an assist on Aucoin’s first goal marking Wright’s first point as a Raven in his Carleton debut.
Just two minutes after Aucoin made it 2-0. Eric Uba (Kitchener, Ont.) banked a pass off the corner boards and right in front of the Carleton net where William Rouleau (St. Basile Le-Grand, Que.) was able to pot one past Mark Grametbauer (Halifax, N.S.) to get McGill on the board.
Before the period was done, Alex Johnston (Ottawa, Ont.) tipped home a pass from Scott McKenzie (Calgary, Alta.) past the goaltender and in with just over a minute remaining as Carleton led 3-1 after 20.
McGill flipped the script on the Ravens in the second period starting with a Mikisiw Awashish (Mashteuiatsh, Que.) goal less than two minutes in to make it a one-goal game. Less than eight minutes after that, Parker Aucoin completed his hattrick off a nice no-look pass from Aaron Boyd (Winnipeg, Man.).
Caiden Daley (Winnipeg, Man.) scored shortly after for McGill cutting the lead to one. With the period winding down, Evan Patrician (Calgary, Alta.) scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway attempt as the puck just trickled over the line to tie it at 4-4 after 40.
The two teams traded chances in the third period, each having a chance on the powerplay. Carleton was able to stifle McGill’s top-ranked powerplay in this game, allowing the Redbirds only two opportunities with the extra man.
“Staying disciplined was a focus coming in. [McGill’s] a great team and they’ve had a great powerplay for almost a decade now,” Carleton head coach Shaun Van Allen said after the game.
In the overtime frame, defenceman James Mayotte (Brockville, Ont.) fired home his first goal in the OUA, an overtime game-winner past the McGill goaltender to give Carleton the two points.
“I had a lot of space to shoot on that one with the 3-on-3 hockey and it found its way it,” Mayotte said after the game.
The Ravens are back in action tomorrow night at the Ice House where they will welcome the Concordia Stingers to town for the first meeting of the year between the two. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now!