Written by Stuart Miller-Davis, Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, ON — The Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team’s win streak came to an end at the hands of the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) Gee-Gees, 4-3, on Friday night in the second edition of the Colonel By Classic at the Arena at TD Place.
The first period ended scoreless with the Ravens trailing the Gee-Gees 11 to 8 in shots.
Tempers flared at the end of the frame with players engaging in some pushing and shoving behind the Ravens net. Both teams established a physical presence in the first by throwing some big hits.
The Ravens scored the game first goal when Tristen Elie (Green Valley, ON) found Josh Burnside (Brampton, ON) who snuck in from the point unnoticed and found himself alone in front. He put his own rebound past Gee-Gees goalie Graham Hunt for the 1-0 lead.
The Gee-Gees responded quickly with a goal of their own. With the Ravens on the penalty kill, uOttawa forward Cody Drover made a cross ice feed to Patrick White who slipped it through the five hole of Ravens netminder Francois Brassard (Gatineau, QC).
With 30 seconds remaining in the second period, Alexandre Boivin (Ottawa, ON) weaved his way into the corner and made a crisp pass to Adam Chapman (Barrie, ON). Chapman one timed it over Hunt’s shoulder for his second goal of the year and the 2-1 lead.
The Ravens finished the period ahead 2-1 with the teams tied at 23 shots each.
The Gee-Gees tied the game under a minute into the third when Mitchell Gibson tipped a pass from Brendan Jacome past Brassard.
The Gee-Gees took a 3-2 lead when Matt Dunlop circled the Ravens net and found Medric Mercier who fired a wrist shot from the point over Brassard’s shoulder.
The Gee-Gees added to their lead when Kevin Domingue fired a shot over the net that rebounded off the glass behind Brassard and he knocked it past the goal line with his pad.
Ryan Van Stralen (Prescott, ON) added a goal with 5.7 second left on the game clock but it was too little too late for the Ravens.
The Ravens finished 0-for-3 on the man advantage.
Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen wasn’t pleased with his team’s effort on the power play in the contest.
“We need to make the right decisions (on the power play),” said Van Allen. “We had guys open and we didn’t make the right reads. Sometimes good penalty killing is just a bad power play.”
Ravens captain Brett Welychka (London, ON) felt that this was a game that the team needs to learn from.
“It was a tough game to give up with the whole Colonel By Classic game,” said Welychka. “The best thing about hockey is you can go play the next day and from here on out it is all about tomorrow.”
The Ravens will try and bounce back when they travel to Trois Rivières tomorrow night to go toe-to-toe with the UQTR Patriotes, who are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to RMC.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#14 Adam Chapman – Forward – 2nd year – Barrie, ON
Carleton vs. UQTR
Saturday, November 18-7 p.m.
Le Colisee– Trois Rivières, QC
Photographs by Marc Lafleur: