Written by Peter Rukavina, Sports Information Assistant
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, ON — The Ravens women’s hockey team suffered a crushing defeat Sunday afternoon at the Ice House as the visiting Concordia Stingers ran away with an 8-1 win. The deflating loss saw a destructive Stingers’ offence put the young Ravens’ group on blast with 41 total shots.
Throughout the opening ten minutes, a pair of Stingers’ goals from Marie-Pascale Bernier and Devon Thompson sprung the visitors to a 2-0 lead during a period that saw 11 shots fired at Ravens’ netminder Katelyn Steele (Markham, ON). With three consecutive penalties, the Ravens were pinned to their own zone for much of the opening frame.
Thirty seconds into their opening penalty kill, a pressuring Shannon Pearson (Paris, ON) forced stingers’ defenceman Dominique Gagnon-Goyette to turn over the puck at the Ravens’ blueline. Reacting quickly, Kaylie Welk (Killaloe, ON) picked up the loose puck for an uncontested streak to the Stingers’ crease where she would beat Stingers’ goaltender Katherine Purchase with a left-corner snipe.
Although the shorthanded tally cut their deficit in half, the Ravens would later be victimized by a Stingers’ offensive explosion. Led by Brigitte Laganiere and Audrey Belzile, the Stingers would amass five consecutive goals throughout the ensuing period-and-a-half to surmount a 7-1 lead. Through a combination of rebounds, deflections, in-tight chances, the Stingers’ high-flying offence made the most of their opportunities, pushing the Ravens further and further out of contention.
Despite valiant efforts from Katia Boulianne (St-Eustache, ON), Leah Scott (Ottawa, ON), and Shannon Pearson to spark their young group, the Ravens were shut out by the unmovable defence that stood in their way.
While an energetic third-period effort from the Ravens made strides towards a better result, a late Stingers’ goal from Sophie Gagnon would spell the end of her team’s onslaught.
The crushing loss ends the Ravens’ calendar year on a sour note as the team continues to struggle with a seven-game losing streak. With a month-long break now before them, the team will look to recoup and recharge for a fresh start in 2017.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#12 Leah Scott – Forward – 2nd year – Ottawa, ON
Carleton vs. Montreal
Sunday, January 8, 2017 – 3 p.m.
Ice House – Ottawa, ON
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