Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team faced off against the McGill University Redmen in game one of round two of the Queen’s Cup Playoffs on Feb. 21 and ended up dropping a 3-1 decision.
“It was a hard fought game, McGill plays very well defensively, and we just got to get a little more traffic, a few more shots at the net,” Ravens Head Coach Shaun Van Allen said about the game.
Seven minutes into the opening frame, the Redmen opened the scoring, as forward Nicolas Poulin tipped the puck past Ravens netminder Francois Brassard during a scramble around the net. Two minutes later, Redmen forward Keanu Yamamoto potted his third goal of the playoffs, as he put teammate Michael Cramarossa’s rebound past Brassard.
The opening frame would end with the Redmen holding onto a 2-0 lead, as McGill would have 13 shots on goal compared to the Ravens 12.
During the second period of play, the Ravens would create more offence in the Redmen zone, but were stopped multiple times by McGill’s netminder, Louis-Philip Guindon. As the teams left the ice, McGill would have 16 shots on goal compared to the Ravens 12.
Seven minutes into the final frame, while on a 5-on-3, Carleton would make it a tie game, when forward Brogan O’Brien fired the puck past Guindon for his first goal of the playoffs.
“He’s come in this year and he’s had a very big impact, especially for a first-year player. I mean, all of our first-year players come in, and they’ve bought in to the team atmosphere and to the system, and they’re going to be good for us moving forward,” Ravens forward Hayden Hulton said.
With five minutes remaining in the third, the Redmen would recement their two-goal lead, as Cramarossa put the puck past Brassard for his second goal of the playoffs.
The Ravens will now head to Montreal for game two, where they will face off against the Redmen on Feb. 23, at McConnell Arena.
“Our season’s on the line, so, play hard, play smart, and just try and find a way to win,” Van Allen said