Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by Marc Lafleur
KINGSTON, Ontario – In a game filled with penalties the Carleton Ravens special teams made the difference as they downed the RMC Paladins 6-1 at Constantine Arena in a rare Saturday afternoon OUA contest.
“We have some injuries to some of our key penalty killers, so other guys really stepped up, but both special teams units were really good today,” Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen.
The Ravens got on the board early on the powerplay when defenceman Matthew Sozanski (Calgary, AB) made a cross ice pass to forward Chwetin Blacksmith (Waswanipi, QC) who fired the puck past Paladins goal keeper Brad Van Schubert for the early lead. The Ravens added a second powerplay marker when Alexandre Boivin (Ottawa, ON) jumped on a rebound and quickly found the back of the net to put the Ravens up by two.
The Paladins responded with a powerplay strike of their own when defenceman Cameron Lamport found rookie forward Liam Stagg alone at the top of the faceoff circle and Stagg put a quick wrist shot up over the right shoulder of Ravens goaltender Francois Brassard (Gatineau, QC).
Four and a half minutes into the second, Carleton added another goal on the man advantage when Cody Caron (Sault Ste. Marie) fired a snapshot that squeezed through the legs of Van Shubert. Four minutes later the Ravens scored the first even strength goal of the contest when Boivin fed forward Jake Smith (Oshawa, ON) the puck at the side of the faceoff circle in the Paladins zone and he one timed it in to the Paladins net for his team leading twelfth goal of the season.
The Ravens dominated play in the second period spending a majority of time in the attacking zone firing 19 shots on Van Schubert while only giving up seven.
While on another power play the Ravens made it 5-1 when defenceman Josh Burnside snuck in from the point and tapped a rebound in to a wide-open net for his third goal of the year.
The Ravens added one more goal before the end of the game when Aaron Boyd made a nifty forehand to backhand move before chipping the puck over Van Schubert.
“They work really hard and get in your face,” Van Allen said of the Paladins. “It’s always a stressful game against those guys because they play hard and they play physical. It’s a real small rink and we did a good job playing physical and getting the puck inside to the net.”
The Ravens power play finished four for seven while the penalty kill held RMC to just one goal on six chances.
Brassard stopped 17 of 18 shots to earn his 11th win of the season nearing his career best 12.
The Ravens return to Ottawa on Friday, Jan 11 for a game at Minto Sports Complex against the OUA East leading rivals, the uOttawa Gee-Gees.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#8 Jake Smith– Forward– 1st year – Oshawa, ON
UP NEXT: Carleton vs. uOttawa Gee-Gees
Friday, Jan 11 -7:30 p.m.
Minto Sports Complex – Ottawa ON