Ravens Return with Winning Ways

Written by Clayton Johns

Ravens Return with Winning Ways

The Carleton Ravens Men’s Hockey team returned to action after the Christmas break this week for a pair of games. The Ravens returned to regular season action on Tuesday night in Kingston against Queen’s University.

Week in Review

Carleton tops York

Saturday afternoon, the Ravens played host to the York Lions for their final exhibition game of the 2014-15 season. In order to get as many players as possible in to the lineup, the Ravens rested several of their top players. Nonetheless, Chett Binning put the Ravens on the board first, but York tied the game less than a minute later. The Lions scored later in the first to take a 2-1 lead to the dressing room after 20 minutes.

After a scoreless second, Carleton responded well to the adversity in the third period. Hayden Hulton and Mitch Porowski each scored in the final frame to give the Ravens the victory. Patrick Killeen and Francis Dupuis split the game in goal for Carleton and combining for 22 saves on 24 shots.

Ravens down Queen’s

The Ravens were in full flight early on in Tuesday night’s matchup against the Queen’s Gaels. The Ravens first trip to Kingston was the first regular season game in over a month, but showed little rust.

Patrick Killeen earned the start in goal and made several key saves in the first period. Joe Pleckaitis opened the scoring for Carleton just passed the midway point of the opening frame, hammering home a rebound past Gaels’ goalie Kevin Bailie. Damian Cross added his sixth goal of the season less than three minutes leader to hand Carleton a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.

In the second period, Kelly Jackson finally solved Killeen on a rebound off a two-on-one rush just seconds after the Ravens narrowly missed on a rush of their own. The offense would end there as the Ravens played airtight defense over the final 36 minutes. Killeen made 24 saves in total as the Ravens improved to 13-4 this season and 5-3 on the road.

Week Ahead

The Ravens have little time to turnaround and prepare for their next matchup and a tough road trip. On Friday, the Ravens head to Guelph, Ont. to battle the University of Guelph Gryphons. Saturday, the Ravens will head further west for a date with the Western Mustangs in London, Ont.

Entering weekend play, the Ravens sit tied for second in the OUA’s Eastern Conference at 13-4. Guelph currently holds the ninth spot in the OUA’s Western Conference with a record of 4-10-3. Western is second in the west at 13-3-1 for 27 points.

Getting to Know…No.26 Mitch Zion

Hometown: Manotick, Ont.

Position: Forward

Eligibility Year: 4th

Program: Commerce

Previous Team: Clarkson University Golden Knights (NCAA

What are your game day superstitions or routines?

A pre-game skate or bike, something to get the heart pumping a bit and then a good stretch.

Pre-Game Meal?

Chicken and rice or quinoa with veggies.

Favourite NHL Team: Ottawa Senators

Favourite NHL Player: Sidney Crosby/Claude Giroux

Favourite Movie: Pineapple Express

Which actor would you cast in a movie about your life?

Ryan Gosling

If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would it be be?   Jennifer Anniston, Jennifer Lopez and (Ravens Captain) Damian Cross

Who are your favourite music artists?

I don’t really have a favourite artist. I like all music, mainly rap and EDM.

What is your favourite arena to play in?

TD Bank Sports Centre (Qunnipiac University, Connecticut)

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