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Follow the Ravens: February 1-4, 2018

Written by Brandi Awad, Carleton Sports Information

Photo by Carleton Athletics

For complete coverage of your favourite Ravens teams, please see the listings below:

MEN’S HOCKEY:

Preview: Carleton’s men’s hockey team will be starting off the month of February on the road as they head to Oshawa on Thursday to take on the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks at the Campus Ice Centre. The Ridgebacks sit a few spots behind the Ravens in the OUA East in fifth place with 15 wins so far this season. One of those wins came last week against the Concordia Stingers. Like the Ridgebacks, the Ravens were also able to beat the Stingers last weekend, but fell short against McGill on Saturday night. The key to winning their game against UOIT on Thursday night will be stopping Mike Robinson from reaching the net. The Ridgeback forward is currently tied for second place in goals within the OUA conference with 16 in 24 games. After that, the Ravens are back at home to take on the Queen’s Gaels Saturday night at the Ice House. Carleton’s men will be in for a tough matchup against the Gaels, as they sit one spot ahead of them in the standings in second place. The Gaels are in the midst of a four-game winning streak and will be looking to extend their success against the Ravens. Although, the last time the two teams met this season the Ravens came out on top with a 4-1 win.

Carleton at UOIT (OUA Regular Season)
Date: Thursday, February 1 (7:30 PM)
Location: Campus Ice Centre – Oshawa, ON
Coverage: OUA.tv

Carleton vs. Queen’s (OUA Regular Season)
Date: Saturday, February 3 (7:00 PM)
Location: Ice House – Ottawa, ON
Coverage: OUA.tv

WOMEN’S HOCKEY:

Preview: The Ravens’ offensive struggles continue to persist as the RSEQ regular season nears its end. Last weekend, Carleton’s women played their last game of the year at the Ice House, where they fell 1-0 to the McGill Martlets in an overtime contest. Although they earned a point against the Martlets, the ladies have yet to register a win in 2018 and will be looking to change that this weekend, hoping to capitalize on their strong effort against McGill. Scheduled for just one game this weekend, they will be heading over to Montreal to take on the Concordia Stingers in a Sunday afternoon matchup at Ed Meagher Arena. Concordia currently sits in second place in the RSEQ standings, but are coming off a tough 5-3 loss to uOttawa. Despite their offensive woes, the women’s hockey team has played a strong defensive game and will be looking to use that to their advantage to edge out the Stingers.

Carleton at Concordia (RSEQ Regular Season)
Date: Sunday, February 4 (3 PM)
Location: Ed Meagher Arena – Montreal, QC
Coverage: Stingers TV

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Preview: It’s that time of year again… The Carleton Ravens are set to hit the court against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees in the Capital Hoops Classic at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday night. Still sitting at the top of the OUA East standings for yet another week with an impeccable record of 18-0, Carleton’s women’s basketball team will be looking to add another win to their name in this rivalry matchup. So far, the Ravens have been unstoppable this year and as the regular season comes to a close, the women are just five wins away from completing the program’s first-ever undefeated season. A win at Capital Hoops would bring them that much closer to creating history – and lucky for them, history seems to be on their side. In Capital Hoops past, the Ravens have been a force to be reckoned with, holding the series record at 7-3 – including back-to-back wins in 2016 and 2017. However, that’s not to say it’ll be an easy matchup as the Gee-Gees will be looking to bounce back from a tough loss against Toronto Varsity Blues that ended their nine-game winning streak. With a respectable 12-6 record, it’s fair to say the Gee-Gees will come out hungry for a win against one of Canada’s top teams. Though, this isn’t the first-time the rivals have met this season. The two teams last saw each other in November at the Ravens’ Nest, where Carleton crushed uOttawa, 66-36.

Carleton at uOttawa
Date: Friday, February 2 (6 PM)
Location: Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Coverage: OUA.tv | TSN 1200 | Live Stats

MEN’S BASKETBALL:

Preview: U SPORTS’ top-ranked basketball team will be looking to extend their perfect season against the University of Ottawa this weekend at the Capital Hoops Classic at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday night. Like the women’s team, Carleton’s men have yet to drop a regular season game this year and do not intend to do so against long-time rival uOttawa. In fact, the Ravens have yet to lose a regular season game since the 2015-2016 season – meaning that they are entering this matchup with a 43-game regular season winning streak under their belts. Not to mention, in last year’s Capital Hoops Classic the Ravens came out on top with a 74-61 win, shifting the rivalry bragging-rights back in their favour. After the Gee-Gees ended Carleton’s eight-year reign at the event in 2016 with an unexpected win, the Ravens will be looking to make another winning-streak with back-to-back victories. Ottawa, who sits two spots behind Carleton in the OUA’s Eastern standings with 13 wins so far this season, will undoubtedly be looking to put an end to the Ravens’ perfect year and take home the Capital Hoops title in a U SPORTS upset. But as they enter the game as a clear underdog, winning just two of their last five, the Gee-Gees will have their work cut out for them. Overall, the Ravens hold the Capital Hoops series record at 9-2 and hold a lifetime record of 83-36 over U of O.

Carleton at uOttawa
Date: Friday, February 2 (8 PM)
Location: Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Coverage: OUA.tv | TSN 1200 | Live Stats

MEN’S FENCING:

Preview: The 2018 OUA Men’s Fencing Championship takes place this weekend hosted by RMC at SAM Gymnasium in Kingston. At last year’s championship, the Ravens came out strong finishing second place overall, just a mere 24 points behind the gold-medal winning Toronto Varsity Blues. The Ravens also took home a handful of medals including a silver medal in foil by Philip McCully, a bronze in foil by Geoff Devaney, and a silver in epee thanks to Zach Zanussi (Red Deer, AB). The Ravens also came out on top in the team relay foil, earning themselves gold for the fourth consecutive year in a row. Carleton’s men have consistently proved themselves to be top contenders in the OUA and this year’s championship will be no different. The sabre team will be anchored by third-years Mohamed Ghazal (Mississauga, ON) and Derek Madrid (Los Alamitos, CA), who participated in last year’s tournament, as well as rookies Matheson Go (Vancouver, BC) and Kusey Gunesli (Kanata, ON). After losing sabre medalists two years ago, the Ravens have spent time rebuilding their team into one that you don’t want to mess with. This was proven at the Carleton Invitational just a few weeks ago where the Ravens’ sabre squad found themselves on the podium in second place. As for epee, the team will be led by last year’s silver medalist Zach Zanussi, who will be aiming for gold.

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