Monday, December 1, 2014 | Hockey Insider
Written by Clayton Johns
The Ravens had a busy weekend battling a pair of division rivals from Quebec. Carleton split its final set of games before the fall exam break. Read all about it in this week’s edition of the insider.
Ravens top Patriotes
The Ravens battled the UQTR Patriotes at the Ice House on Friday night, looking to avenge a 6-4 loss in Trois-Rivieres, Que. on October 11. The Ravens came out flying in the first period and outshot UQTR 17-6. However, they went to the dressing room down one goal. A quick shot from the point beat Patrick Killeen with just under five minutes remaining in the first period.
Sean Bamford got Carleton on the board in the second period as Jeff Hayes and Tim Billingsley picked up assists. But UQTR responded 24 seconds later to take a 2-1 lead. The score remained the same at the end of the period, despite the Ravens’ 29-13 advantage in the shot department and numerous scoring chances.
The Ravens offence clicked furiously to open the third period. Joe Pleckaitis scored off the rush on a quick wrist shot just 1:13 in to the frame. Then, defenseman Tim Billingsley hammered home his third goal of the season at 4:21 to give the birds a 3-2 lead. The Ravens pressed hard for the insurance marker, but couldn’t find it. UQTR capitalized and score the tying goal with 1:16 left in the period.
Two five minute overtime periods solved nothing and the Ravens faced a shootout for the second time this season. UQTR’s Tommy Giroux was the first shooter and beat Killeen. The Ravens’ Mike Lomas responded with a goal of his own. Killeen stopped the next two shots from the visitors before Mike McNamee potted the shootout winner with a nifty move.
The Ravens outshot UQTR 47-27 and Killeen made 24 saves for his seventh win of the season.
Ravens downed by McGill
The Ravens invaded Quebec for the third time this season with a visit to McGill, but came up short of their second victory in as many nights.
Carleton led the charge in the first period, outshooting McGill 11-4. The teams went to the dressing room scoreless after 20 minutes. The Redmen opened the scoring 1:40 in to the second period when David Rose beat the Ravens’ Francis Dupuis. In the middle of the frame, the Ravens were exploited for three goals in 3:23 of play, putting the Redmen up 4-0.
Carleton was determined to fight back though. Ryan Van Stralen scored his third goal of the season, a power play marker, at 13:27 of the second period. Then, Mike Lomas reduced the Redmen lead to two goals with a quick wrist shot over the shoulder of Redmen goalie Jacob Gervais-Chouinard with 1:58 left in the frame.
Before the period could end, the Redmen answered back to make the score 5-2. In the third period, Marc-Olivier Vachon scored his second of the game to complete the scoring and give McGill a 6-2 record.
The Ravens fall to 12-4 on the season despite outshooting McGill 51-17. The loss was charged to Dupuis, just his third this season.
Ravens head coach Marty Johnston weighs in with his thoughts on the tough weekend and the team’s progress so far in the first half.
“The guys had a good week of practice in preparation for UQTR and McGill. We were very happy with the effort in both games as we had four lines contributing to our pace and forecheck. Although McGill was not the result we wanted the coaching staff is pleased with where we are going into the December exam period.
Our power play and play away from the puck will need to improve as we face a tough start in the New Year with four consecutive games on the road against some very good hockey teams. The players and staff appreciate the strong support we get at the Ice House and it reflects on our record at home (8-1).
All the best over the Christmas holidays.”
The Ravens now enter the fall exam break for some much needed rest. Next week, the Ravens will host their first annual corporate hockey tournament. Carleton players will be volunteering at the Ice House on Friday.
The Ravens will be back in action on January 3 for their final exhibition game of the season when they host the York Lions at the Carleton Ice House.
Carleton’s return to regular season action is on Tuesday, January 6 when they visit the Queen’s Gaels. The Ravens return home to the Ice House on Saturday, January 17 against the Laurentian Voyageurs.
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