Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by Marc Lafleur
KINGSTON, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens’ high flying offence that directed 51 shots at the Queen’s Gaels net, but it would prove to be not enough as the Gaels took the game 4-1 to earn themselves a place in the Queen’s Cup Final.
“The effort was outstanding,” Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen said following the game. “We just didn’t get enough goals. We didn’t get enough traffic in front of their goaltender. He’s a fantastic goaltender and when he sees it he’s going to stop it.”
The Gaels got on the board first when forward Luke Edwards tipped a shot from the point by Stephen Gibson and into the net behind Ravens goaltender Francois Brassard (Gatineau, QC) who was being screened by his own defence.
Queen’s doubled their lead later in the period when defenceman Spencer Abraham took a wrist shot from the point that found its way through a crowd into the Ravens net.
The Ravens got on the board in the second period when defenceman Darian Skeoch (New Liskeard, ON) took a shot from the point and the rebound popped out to forward Aaron Boyd (Winnipeg, MB). Boyd quickly redirected the puck into the net before Gaels goaltender Justin Fazio could get across.
In the third period the Ravens started the period with jump and had a number of scoring chances, but Fazio shut the door.
The Gaels were able to take advantage of the desperate Ravens as defencemen Graeme Brown hit Jared Bethune with a long stretch pass and he burst into the Ravens zone one on one against Ravens defenceman Josh Burnside (Brampton, ON). Bethune managed to make a move around Burnside, fired a shot on Brassard, sped to the net grabbed his own rebound and popped a backhand over the sprawling goaltender to make it 3-1.
The Gaels sealed Ravens fate with just over two minutes remaining when forward Duncan Campbell lofted the puck into the Ravens empty net.
The Ravens power play struggled to get anything going on the night going 0 for 3.
“Our season is not over we are going to go home next week and recharge,” Van Allen said. “We are hoping for a good turn out to our last home game.”
The Ravens will host the OUA Bronze medal game against the loser of the OUA West Final between the Guelph Gryphons and Western Mustangs.