Written by Carlos Verde, Sports Information Assistant
Photo by Richard Bue
(Renon, ITALY) – The Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team continued its European exhibition tour on Monday evening in northern Italy, defeating Ritten Sport 2-1 on the strength of goals from Mike McNamee (Perth, ON) and Derek Froats (Winchester, ON).
Special teams played a key role in the Ravens’ win over Ritten, last season’s Italian league runner-up, as Carleton killed off nine of the hosts’ ten powerplays.
Carleton opened the scoring at 7:42 of the first period while on the powerplay, as McNamee drilled a one-timer through the legs of Ritten goaltender Andrew Engelage off a feed from highly-touted freshman Jeremie Fraser (Cantley, QC).
Ritten tied things up just past the midway point of Monday’s contest, as Canadian ex-pat Brendan Cook waltzed to the top of the crease uncontested before beating Carleton goaltender Patrick Killeen (Corkery, ON) blocker-side. It would ultimately be the only puck to beat the former Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick on the night, as he turned aside the other 26 shots he faced.
The Ravens pulled ahead to stay at 5:40 of the third period while on the penalty kill, as St. Thomas transfer Derek Froats snatched a loose puck in the neutral zone and shrugged off a defenceman before beating Ritten backup netminder Roland Fink with a backhand.
Carleton improved to 2-0 on its European exhibition tour with the win, and will look to round off the tour in Austria with a win against EC Kitzbuhel on Tuesday.