Monday, November 10, 2014 | Hockey Insider
Written by Clayton Johns
Ravens shutout Queen’s
Friday, the Ravens hosted the Queen’s Gaels for the first matchup between the two teams since meeting in the 2014 OUA Playoffs quarterfinals. The game was a tight defensive matchup. Carleton’s goaltender, Patrick Killeen, was strong in net in the opening frame. Queen’s net minder, Kevin Bailie, was equal to the task as both goaltenders were perfect through the first two periods. Carleton outshot Queen’s 22-15 through 40 minutes.
On the opening shift of the third period, the Ravens’ Mike McNamee came streaking down the right side as he sent a shot towards Bailie. The puck hit the inside of Bailie’s right pad and trickled across the line. Damian Cross and Matt Stanisz earned the assists on McNamee’s sixth goal of the season.
The Ravens were airtight defensively over the last 19 minutes to earn the victory and the first team shutout of the season. Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play. Carleton outshot Queen’s 33-21.
Carleton overpowers UOIT
Saturday, the Ravens travelled to Oshawa, Ont. for the second and final meeting of the season with the UOIT Ridgebacks. The Ravens offense came out firing on all cylinders. Captain Damian Cross opened the scoring at 5:09 of the first period, his third goal of the season, as he finished off an impressive passing play from Joe Pleckaitis and McNamee. Cross added his second goal of the game four minutes later on the powerplay. Pleckaitis made the score 3-0 just 40 seconds later and Mitch Zion gave the Ravens a 4-0 lead before the first intermission.
Cross completed his hat trick 7:19 in to the second period before Zion added his second marker of the game to make the score 6-0 after two periods. The Ravens’ Ryan Van Stralen and Joey West added goals in the third period to give the Ravens an 8-0 victory. The Ravens’ Francis Dupuis stopped all 15 Ridgebacks’ shots sent his way to earn his first shutout of the season. Carleton was 3-for-8 on the power play and outshot UOIT 37-15.
Week Ahead – Ravens on the road
The Ravens hit the road next weekend for a pair of games against western conference opponents. The Ravens will first travel to St. Catharines, Ont. for a meeting with the Brock Badgers on Friday, November 14. Carleton then travels to Toronto for a meeting with the York Lions on Saturday, November 15.
Entering the weekend, Brock sits ninth in the Western Conference with a 3-5-1 record. Meanwhile, York sits eighth in the Western Conference with a 4-7 record. Last season, the Ravens defeated York 4-3 and lost 3-1 to Brock during a weekend set at the Carleton Ice House.
Carleton is second in the eastern conference and third overall in the OUA with an 8-2 record. The Ravens have won six straight entering Friday’s game.
Marty Johnston checks in about the pair of Ravens shutout victories.
“Queen’s has played us very tight in the last few years and Friday was no different. The guys skated with good pace and limited Queen’s’ chances. Mike McNamee continued to produce for us by coming through with big goals. Patrick Killeen was very good as well with his first shutout as a Raven.
“Saturday, we showed very good character and leadership with a fast start after a lengthy bus trip. Our entire D-core moved the puck quickly and helped Francis Dupuis shut the door. Our special teams were very good this weekend and we hope that continues as we go on the road next weekend.”
Getting to Know…No.21 Jeff Hayes
Hometown: Ottawa, Ont.
Eligibility Year: 5th
Program: Biology and Psychology
Previous Team: Oshawa Generals (OHL)
What are your game day superstitions or routines?
Pre-game skate in the morning. Then have breakfast and then a nap before pre game meal.
Pre-game meal? : Chicken or fish with rice or quinoa. Usually have oatmeal and an apple at the rink.
Favourite NHL Team: Ottawa Senators
Favourite NHL Player: Martin St. Louis
Favourite Movie: The Change Up
Which actor would you cast in a movie about your life? : Jason Bateman
If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would it be be? Michael Jordan, Ernest Hemingway, and Dan the Man
Who are your favourite music artists? I listen to pretty much anything from indie to rap but i like Mumford and Sons, Kings of Leon, Bon Iver, Drake, Rick Ross, James Vincent McMorrow, Dave Matthews Band, Kygo, and Kaskade.
What is your favourite arena to play in?
The Carleton Ice House, Ottawa
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