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WHKY | Ravens soar into holidays with Bytown Battle win

Written by Kassia Skorzewska

Photo by Marc Lafleur

OTTAWA, Ontario – “It’s always better to finish a semester on a winning note, but again, I’m very proud of the girls, this team is working so hard and they really deserve what happened tonight,” head coach Pierre Alain said.

The Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team eked out a 2-0 victory in their final game before the winter holidays over the cross-town rival Gee-Gees.

During the opening frame, Carleton and Ottawa traded many good quality scoring chances, but it would be Ravens forward Carly Wouters that opened the scoring as she received the puck just past the U of O defenders and went in on net on a breakaway.

“I think I was just lucky enough to block the shot, and then the puck just stayed with me and I was able to go down and get a nice shot off the goalie and score,” Wouters said.

“Wow, she played today. She got the winning goal, the first goal was the winning goal, she played on PK, she played on 5-on-5, she played on powerplay, she was very, very good tonight. She was present, her speed is her best asset and she really used her speed and scored a very nice goal,” Alain said about Wouters performance.

By the end of the period, Ottawa had outshot Carleton 8-6,  while the Ravens left the ice up 1-0 over their city rivals.

Halfway into the second period of play, Ravens forward Hannah Dinovitzer went in on Carleton’s second breakaway of the night and fired the puck past Levesque-Ryan to put her team up 2-0. The Ravens eventually left the ice, outshooting the Gee-Gees 15-11.

Coming in to the final frame, the Gee-Gees pushed a little harder as they recorded more shots on goal than Carleton at 9-2. Despite the U of O’s final push, they couldn’t find a way to beat Ravens goaltender Katelyn Steele.

“She’s amazing, every single night she performs, like stands on her head every single night for us, keeps us in a lot of games, she makes really good saves that are at key times and I think that’s really helpful for us, she keeps us in a lot of games and it’s awesome,” Wouters said about Steele’s performance.

Along with Steele’s performance, the defence had a stellar game blocking shots, jumping up into the offence, and keeping the Gee-Gees off the scoreboard.

“They’re great every game, I mean, if it wasn’t for them, I would not be able to play how I play. They block so many shots, they always cover the back door, they make it easy for me and I could not be more thankful for them,” Steele said.

With the win, the Ravens have now surpassed the Gee-Gees in the RSEQ standings, and are currently sitting in fourth place with a 2-7 record, seven points back from third place.

“It’s huge because after today we are going in to the break in a playoff spot, and that’s gonna be a big thing when we start the second semester,” Steele said. “And hopefully over the next couple weeks we can keep building on this and keep practicing everything, and keep our feet going so that we can come out and hopefully win some more games.”

The Ravens will now look to regroup as they have a six-week break ahead of their Jan. 5th matchup against the University of Montreal Carabins.

“I would say in the past five years they’ve been showing lots of improvement and they’re playing as a team more, and more, and more every day,” Alain said.

RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME

#8 Carly Wouters – Forward – 2nd year

Up next:
Carleton vs Montreal Carabins
Sunday, January 5th, 2019 – 7pm
Ice House – Ottawa, ON