Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by Marc Lafleur
MONTREAL, Quebec – Rookie Jake Smith (Oshawa, ON) scored twice including the overtime winner as the Carleton Ravens pulled out a second consecutive comeback win by a score of 5-4 over the McGill Redmen.
“The puck seems to follow him around,” Ravens head coach, Shaun Van Allen said about Smith. “He’s a finisher. He strips the puck on the overtime winner and has unbelievable amount of patience to go from his forehand to his backhand and scores.”
The first period started with quick pace, as McGill got on the board 2:15 into the game. Forward Keanu Yamamoto recovered the puck in the Ravens zone and sent a pass from behind the net out to Michael Cramarossa, who fired a shot up over the glove of Ravens goalie Francois Brassard (Gatineau, QC).
The Ravens responded quickly with Dakota Odgers (Spy Hill, SK) feeding defenceman Darian Skeoch (New Liskeard, ON) in front of the goal and Skeoch sent a quick wrist shot into the back of the net for his second tally of the season. The tie wouldn’t last long as winger Guillaume Gauthier wired a slap shot past Brassard while on a five-on-three advantage to put the Redmen back up a goal.
Again, the one goal lead wasn’t safe as Alexandre Boivin (Ottawa, ON) sped past the McGill defence shorthanded, to put a backhand up over the Redmen goaltender, L.P Guindon, for the 2-2 tie. The Redmen broke the tie before the end of the first, when forward Nicolas Poulin made a nifty back hand feed to forward Samuel Tremblay for the 3-2 lead to start the second.
In the second, the two teams traded chances, but neither could find the back of the net meaning the Ravens would head into the third trailing for the second game in a row after being behind 2-0 to the uOttawa Gee-Gees in the Colonel By Classic the night before.
In the third, the Redmen extended their lead to two, while on the power play, when they pounced on a turnover in the Ravens zone and defenceman Nikolas Brouillard stepped into a slapshot from just inside the blue line that beat Brassard.
The Ravens answered back with a goal, when defenceman Josh Burnside (Brampton, ON) took the puck for a skate behind the McGill net and found Jake Smith wide open in front. Smith redirected the pass over a sprawling Guindon to cut the lead to one.
With under two minutes left in the game Chiwetin Blacksmith (Waswanipi, QC) burst into the McGill zone and fired a quick wrist shot that beat Guindon to send the game to overtime.
In the extra frame, Smith would provide the heroics as he stole the puck and pulled a backhand to forehand deke to fool Guindon to tuck the puck in the net to give the Ravens their second win in a row.
“I don’t know how many times we are going to be able to do that,” Van Allen said about the comeback. “We kept pushing and kept pushing and our five on five play won the game for us.”
“They’re a good team year after year,” Van Allen said about the Redmen. “You want to compare yourselves with a good team. We were really happy, after how hard we had to fight to comeback and beat uOttawa last night and win here tonight.”
The Ravens return to the home ice with another tussle against cross town rivals, the uOttawa Gee-Gees on Friday Nov 23 at 7 p.m.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#8 Jake Smith– Forward– 1st year – Oshawa, ON
Carleton vs. uOttawa Gee-Gees
Friday, November 23 -7 p.m.
Ice House– Ottawa ON