Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens were defeated 3-2 by the McGill Martlets in their first shootout of the season at the Ice House on Nov. 17th, but the result didn’t get to Head Coach Pierre Alain.
“Back to back games, and our team kept working all the way to the end and even in overtime, like, we were right there, had a couple of scoring chances and back to back like this, it’s unbelievable. Three points out of four points this weekend for us is huge,” he said post-game.
The Ravens were quick on their feet as forward Megan Wilson fired the puck past Martlets goaltender Tricia Deguire ten seconds into the opening frame to take a 1-0 lead. In a period marred with penalties between the two teams, Ravens goaltender Katelyn Steele stood tall to keep it a 1-0 game heading into the second period of play.
McGill would come out flying in the second period, as forward Valerie Audet found the back of the net to make it a tie game. The rest of the period would be scoreless, despite McGill’s relentless push in the Ravens zone resulting in 14 shots on net compared to the Ravens 2.
McGill took the lead early into the final period, as defenceman Zoe Todd found the back of the net on the man advantage to put the Martlets up 2-1. Seven minutes later, the Ravens would make it a tie game as forward Katia Boulianne skirted past the Martlets defence and tipped the puck up and over Deguire for her second of the season.
“I thought we played pretty well, I mean, obviously we would look for more shots in the next game, but I thought we played a solid role on defence, we continued to keep the pressure on them as much as we could and we really made them panic in the last period there,” goalie Katelyn Steele said.
The first 4-on-4 overtime would solve nothing, and a round of 3-on-3 overtime also couldn’t find a winner. For the second night in a row, a Carleton team went to a shootout.
In the breakaway contest, Martlets forwards Nicole Howlett and Jade Downie-Landry put the game to rest with their goals as McGill skated off the ice with the 3-2 victory.
In the 3-2 loss to the Martlets, Steele stood tall in net as she saved 55 shots on net out of the 58 she faced.
“Wow, like, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, that’s it,” Alain said about Steele’s performance.
The Ravens will look to bounce back into the win column when they face off against the University of Montreal Carabins on Nov. 24th.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME
#33 Katelyn Steele – Goalie – 5th year
Carleton vs Montreal
Saturday, November 24 – 2pm