By: Jackson Starr (Photo: Marc Lafleur)
OTTAWA - In the first game of the week, the Carleton Ravens lost 5-0 against the Concordia Stingers at the Icehouse on Wednesday night. Three early goals set the Stingers in motion and the Ravens couldn’t battle back.
The Stingers came out of the gate strong and rattled off a quick goal to take a 1-0 lead. Carleton responded and was able to generate some chances and get a forecheck going, however, the Stingers were quick in transition when moving the puck out of their own end and took advantage of their speed. Concordia added two more first-period goals as the opening frame went on and took a 3-0 lead to the dressing room through 20 minutes of play.
The Ravens came out of the gate with a lot of energy in the second, generating a few strong chances. Carleton couldn’t break through though, and the Stingers, who had a five-minute power play midway through the period, added another two goals to their tally making it a 5-0 lead. Ravens goalie Frederique Lavoie-Leroux (Boucherville, Que.) did all that she could, making some big saves despite the two power play goals. The Ravens couldn’t battle back in the second and trailed 5-0 heading into the third.
Carleton did a better job in the third period on the forecheck and found a way to limit Concordia’s chances. As a result, Carleton was able to keep the Stingers off of the board in the third and had a couple of power play chances of their own. Concordia, however, did a good job at keeping the Ravens to the outside and closing off high-danger chances. The clock winded down and the Stingers were able to come away with the 5-0 result.
The loss drops the Ravens' record to 6-9-3 on the season heading into a busy weekend. Carleton will look to bounce back on home ice Friday night when the McGill Martlets come to town for the second time this season. The Ravens will then head to Montreal Sunday to see these same Stingers once again.
“Even though the outcome wasn’t what we wanted, we achieved some things. We changed some in game tactics and kept a positive energy. I think that's really important.”
ON UPCOMING GAMES THIS WEEKEND:
“I thought we had some growth moments today. I’m excited about Friday, and then we have to see (Concordia) again. I think (this game is) our biggest separation in goal differential this year so cleaning that up when we return to them on Sunday and hopefully having a bit of a bounce back on Friday against McGill and redemption from the last time, we played them.”