MONTREAL - The Carleton Ravens closed out 2022 on Saturday afternoon with a 5-1 loss at the hands of the Concordia Stingers.
The host Stingers got off to a dream start as Phelix Martineau scored fifty-eight seconds into Saturday's matchup. Before the game was even three minutes old, Concordia doubled their lead when Charles-Antoine Paiement beat Ravens starter Cole McLaren (Lequille, N.S.).
After falling behind 2-0 the Ravens seemed to surge using their speed to a pair of late-period powerplays that would carry into the second period. Despite not scoring on either opportunity the Ravens being to carry the play with Blake Allan (Davidson, Sask.) and Will Collins (Ottawa, Ont.) both had quality scoring chances in the first five minutes of the period.
The Ravens' momentum was cut-off if only shortly, midway through the second when Simon Dubois caught a cross-ice pass from Edouard Charron and ripped the puck far side on McLaren for the three-goal lead. Less than one minute after the Stingers' goal, Kaleb Bulych walked in from the blue line and unloaded a heavy wrister through the five-hole of Stingers goalie Jonathan Lemieux.
The Stingers would re-establish their three-goal lead before the end of the second when Charles Tremblay beat McLaren.
Despite the deficit, McLaren continued to be the Ravens best player into the third as the banged up Ravens line-up failed to build momentum. Facing 40 shots on goal in the final two periods, McLaren stood tall allowing only one more goal as the Stingers ended the 2022 half of the Ravens schedule handing them the loss.