Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | Hockey Insider
Written by Clayton Johns
A rare single-game was on the menu for the Carleton Ravens last weekend as they hosted the Nipissing Lakers at the Ice House on Saturday night. Carleton will host its final homestand of the regular season, January 30-31.
Week in Review
Ravens Rollover Lakers
Coming off a 5-0 victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs one week earlier, the Ravens were looking for more success against another northern Ontario opponent, the Nipissing Lakers. Saturday’s matchup was the first since the Ravens ousted Nipissing from the first-round of the OUA playoffs last February.
Ravens captain Damian Cross opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the season 13 minutes in to the game. The goal was a welcome return for Cross, who missed the team’s previous four games due to injury.
Carleton’s Mike Lomas made the score 2-0 at 16:08, his third of the campaign, with Ryan Van Stralen and Mitch Zion drawing assists. The Lakers’ Dane Horvat cut the lead in half exactly one minute after Lomas’ goal. The Ravens led 2-1 after 20 minutes.
The only scoring in the second period came off the stick of Nipissing forward Craig Campbell. He beat Ravens netminder Patrick Killeen just 33 seconds in to the period to tie the score at deuces.
The Ravens returned for the third period and looked inspired. David Weckworth’s shorthanded goal at 3:49 gave the Ravens a one-goal lead. Corey Durocher added the insurance with just over seven minutes left to play, his third point of the game. Hayden Hulton added an empty netter in the final minute to seal the game for the home side.
Killeen made 24 saves on 26 shots in the victory. The Ravens and Lakers will next meet on Feb. 6 when Carleton travels to North Bay.
The Ravens’ final home games of the regular season take place this weekend as the Ravens look to improve on their 10-1 home record within the confines of the Ice House. Overall, Carleton sits at 17-5 and in a two-way tie for second in the OUA East with McGill. The Ravens are just two points behind division-leading UQTR.
Friday, January 30, Carleton hosts the Ryerson Rams. Ryerson currently sits fourth in the OUA West at 12-9-1. Ryerson defeated Carleton 9-5 last year in Toronto in the only meeting between the two teams.
On Saturday, the Ravens close out January as hosts to the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. UofT’s 10-11-1 record places them fifth in the OUA West. Last season, UofT beat Carleton 3-2 in overtime at Varsity Arena in Toronto.
Puck drop for both games is scheduled for 7:00pm EST.
Ravens head coach Marty Johnston offers his take on the Ravens 5-2 victory over Nipissing.
“Nipissing came at us with a lot of jump in the 1st period. The line of Durocher-West-Cross had a great night contributing on three of our five goals and giving us the momentum we needed with timely goals and strong 5 on 5 play.,” said Johnston.
“Killeen and the entire D-core had a solid night limiting Nipissing’s chances in our zone. As a team our 3rd period was our best, which we hope will carry over to the weekend against two tough opponents in Ryerson and Toronto. “
Getting to Know…No.25 Tim Billingsley
Hometown: Orleans, Ont.
Eligibility Year: 4th
Previous Team: Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL) / Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL)
What are your game day superstitions or routines? Go out for breakfast, mid afternoon nap.
Pre-Game Meal? Chicken parmesan
Favourite NHL Team: Ottawa Senators
Favourite NHL Player: Wade Redden
Favourite Movie: Hot Fuzz
Which actor would you cast in a movie about your life? Jim Carrey
If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would it be be?
Will Ferrel, Barack Obama, The Rock
Who are your favourite music artists? Justin Timberlake
What is your favourite arena to play in? Gatorade Garden City Complex
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