Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
MONTREAL, Quebec – The Carleton Ravens Women’s hockey team travelled down to Montreal for an afternoon matchup against the Concordia University Stingers and dropped a 5-2 decision.
“We started the game with five defenceman, tried to create something different, tried to create some energy. Then they scored first, and we were chasing them and we didn’t really play well,” head coach Pierre Alain said.
Ravens first-year goaltender Alexandra Lehmann would get her first nod in net, as she faced off against Stingers goaltender Katherine Purchase at the other end of the net.
“The reasoning behind that is you got to play her and Nieve. And for us, it was planned, and in the meantime, we have been struggling at Concordia for years and they don’t know her, so we felt that that could make a difference,” Alain said.
The home team would get the first goal of the game five minutes in, as Stingers forward Sophie Gagnon went flying down the ice toward the Ravens end, and forward Lidia Fillion tipped the puck up and over Lehmann’s pad.
Six minutes later, Gagnon would get a goal of her own as she fired the puck past Lehmann’s blocker and into the net.
With three minutes remaining in the first frame, Stingers forward Claudia Dubois and defenseman Claudia Fortin set up a tic-tac-toe play for Gagnon’s second of the game.
Carleton would answer back a minute later as forward Taylor Killip sent the puck off an opponent’s skate and into the net past Purchase.
Early in the second period, and with Concordia on the man advantage, Stingers forward Rosalie Begin-Cyr tipped the puck past Lehmann to give her team a 4-1 lead.
That would be the only goal that period as the Ravens held off Concordia’s offence and Lehmann stopped 11 of the 12 shots she faced.
“She was pretty good. Because that’s her first game of the year. There were a couple of pucks that she didn’t see, but she was good,” Alain said.
Halfway through the final frame, the Stingers would pot their fifth and final goal as forward Melinda Prevost’s shot banked off Lehmann and into the net.
With three minutes remaining in regulation, Carleton would make it a 5-2 game as forward Katia Boulianne netted her third of the season.
The Ravens will now look ahead to February 1st as they get set to host the Stingers on home ice.
“We have to be ready to skate and work harder,” Alain said.
Following today’s game, the Ravens sit three points back from a playoff berth behind rivals University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.
“We got to be ready right from the start, and have a good start. And we know we can beat Montreal, and perform, and we’re three points out of playoffs, and we still believe that we can make it,” Alain said about heading into the team’s final road trip in two weeks.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME
#40 Alexandra Lehmann – Goalie – 1st year
Carleton vs Concordia Stingers
Friday, February 1 – 7pm
Ice House – Ottawa, ON