By Mason Bugaresti (Photos by Charles Fortin)
It was a tough loss for the Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team Friday night at the Ice House as the Bishop’s Gaiters took home a 4-1 win on the road. The Ravens now trail the Gaiters by six points for the fourth and final playoff spot in the RSEQ.
The Gaiters got the scoring in this one as Maude Pepin scored her first of two goals on the evening. With less than five minutes to go in the first, Neleh Vigneau Sargeant potted one to put the Gaiters up 2-0. Just as the game appeared to be slipping away from the Ravens, Nicole Hunter (Pickering, Ont.) beat the goaltender five-hole with just 0.3 seconds remaining in the first period making it 2-1 after 20.
Bishop’s pulled away in the second period despite being outshot 12-10 in the middle frame. It was Pepin on the powerplay to make it 3-1 Bishop’s before Vigneau Sargeant added her second to make it 4-1 heading in to the third period.
The Ravens struggled to create offence despite trailing by three goals thanks to some shutdown defending by the Gaiters who played a passive, defensive style to bring home the 4-1 win and a crucial two points in the standings.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Ravens as they will travel to Quebec to face the Montreal Carabins on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. Carleton returns to the Ice House next week for a Friday, Feb. 10 clash with the uOttawa GeeGees. Tickets are available now.