Week Ending January 8, 2017
Carleton Ravens men’s hockey player Francois Brassard (Gatineau, QC) is this week’s TSN 1200 Male Athlete of the Week.
Brassard, a rookie goaltender and a 2012 NHL draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, backstopped Carleton to an 8-0 win over upstart UOIT, helping the Ravens keep pace with the pack in a stacked OUA East division.
Entering Saturday’s game against the Ridgebacks, Brassard had collected two shutouts in his last three outings of the first semester, and he continued his excellent play between the pipes by making 24 saves for his third donut of the campaign. Brassard also contributed offensively, adding an assist – his third of the season – on Carleton’s sixth goal of the game scored by Adam Chapman. UOIT had been averaging close to 3.5 goals per game on offence, but Carleton’s 6-foot-1 netminder was up to the challenge of shutting down one of the OUA’s most surprising teams of 2016-17.
Francois, a native of Gatineau, QC, played his major junior hockey with the Quebec Ramparts (2011-2014), Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (2014-15) and Gatineau Olympiques (2014-15), all members of the QMJHL.
Carleton Ravens women’s hockey player Katelyn Steele (Markham, ON) is this week’s TSN 1200 Female Athlete of the Week.
The third-year goaltender set a new career-high with 52 saves in a 2-1 win over the Montreal Carabins on January 8 at the Ice House. Ranked No.5 in the country entering the game, Montreal struggled to put the puck past Steele, who did everything in her power to deny a Carabins offence featuring several of the conference’s most prolific scorers.
The Carabins would ruin Steele’s shutout bid with less than 20 seconds to play in regulation, but the Ravens would celebrate their most vital win of the campaign at the sound of the final horn.
The victory snapped Carleton’s seven-game losing streak, and in the process kept the team’s playoff hopes alive in a difficult and highly competitive RSEQ division.
Katelyn, a 2015-16 RSEQ Second Team All-Star, is majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Carleton.