In a key weekend for the Carleton Ravens women's hockey team, the McGill Martlets and Bishop's Gaiters come to the Carleton Ice House for two important games. With Bishop's and McGill making a tour through Ottawa this weekend, major points are on the line in the RSEQ playoff race.
The Martlets enter their Friday visit to the Ice House currently sitting three points back of the fifth-place Ravens, though Carleton holds a game in hand, and four back of the Gee-Gees for the fourth and final playoff spot. Having split their previous two meetings, this third encounter could prove pivotal in the race to the playoffs. The Ravens' penalty kill has been exceptional against the Martlets this season, holding the visitors to 1-for-8. Expect to see Jade Rivard-Coulombe in goal for McGill, having played in 10 games this season, the Martlets rookie has posted a 2-7-1-1 record with a 2.50 GAA and 0.906sv%. Despite the sparkling numbers, Carleton scored on Rivard-Coulombe three times the last time the two teams met at McConnell Arena in the fall.
After the meeting with McGill on Friday, Bishop's will come across town on Saturday night, after facing the Gee-Gees. The Gaiters are currently comfortable in third, closer to the second-place Carabins than the fourth-place Gee-Gees. Despite their success, Bishop's has struggled to find a consistent goaltender with three goalies sharing the load and all posting save percentages below 0.900. Gabrielle Santerre has been the difference in Lennoxville, pacing the Gaiters with 25 points while Maude Pepin has piled on a team-leading 12 goals.