OTTAWA - Carleton goaltender Marie-Ève Côté (Quebec City, Que.) stopped all 26 shots as the Ravens women’s hockey team picked up a massive 3-0 win at the Ice House on Friday night taking down the McGill Martlets for the third time in four meetings.
The Ravens' netminder was instrumental in the shutout victory starting right from the first period. Côté made 8 saves in the opening period, including some difficult chances while McGill had a powerplay. She was Carleton’s best penalty killer tonight and was needed often as the Ravens took 7 minor penalties without any damage to show for it.
Côté’s efforts in goal were enough to earn her some public praise from her bench boss.
“She’s the backbone of our team,” Carleton head coach Stacey Colarossi said post-game.
“Without her in that net, it’s a very different game. She is such a calming influence for sure,” Colarossi added.
After a scoreless first period, Hayden Serniuk (Burlington, Ont.) gave the Ravens the lead less than one minute into the second period. By the end of the period, Carleton had doubled their lead to 2-0 after Aoife Mahaffy (Sudbury, Ont.) tipped in a shot from Claudia Hennigan (Georgetown, Ont.).
The Martlets were rewarded with two powerplays in the third period as they pushed to get on the scoreboard, but could not solve Côté. Her best save of the period came on a breakaway when she stoned McGill’s leading scorer McKenzie McCallum (Morden, MB.) to preserve the shutout. Lanie Guimond (Kirkland Lake, Ont.) would add a late empty-net goal as the Ravens celebrated the 3-0 win in front of the home crowd.
The Ravens will take on the Concordia Stingers in their next game on Jan. 29 at the Ed Meagher Arena. Carleton upset the defending champion Stingers back on Nov. 6 with a 4-3 win at the Ice House. The Ravens return to the Ice House on Feb. 3 to face the Bishop’s Gaiters with two crucial points in the RSEQ standings on the line. Tickets are available now!