Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by U SPORTS
LETHBRIDGE, Alberta – The Carleton Ravens men’s hockey season came to an end in the first round of the U Cup at the hands of the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Varsity Reds failing 2-1.
“We competed with those guys for sixty minutes,” Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen said following the game. “We didn’t back down. We weren’t intimated by them. It wasn’t like they were a dominant team and they are going to do that, but we were close to them.”
Seven minutes into the game the Reds grabbed the lead when they converted on a quick tic-tack-toe passing play with forward Tyler Boland beat Brassard on his blocker side.
The Reds finished the period with the lead and ahead 10-8 in shots on goal.
Four minutes into the second period, the Ravens jumped on to the board when Jake Smith (Oshawa, ON) took a shot that rebounded out to Matthew Forchuk (Okotokos, AB). Forchuk chipped the puck up and over goaltender Alex Dubeau.
The Reds jumped back ahead with a quick passing play that ended with forward Matt Boudens firing a wrist shot up over the glove of Ravens goaltender Francois Brassard.
The Ravens had a big chance to tie up the game when Carleton advanced the puck into the Reds zone while on a 3-on-1 but forward Chiwetin Blacksmith (Waswanipi, QC) was unable to solve Dubeau.
The Ravens relied heavily on Brassard in the period with UNB peppering 18 shots on the Carleton net while only testing Dubeau six times.
In the third, Brett Gustavsen stepped out of the penalty box and burst in on goal with a two on one, but the net was knocked off by a Reds defenceman on the backcheck.
“I thought Gustavsen had a really good game today,” Van Allen said. “He cycled it down low really well and gave their defence problems.”
The Ravens pulled Brassard with under 30 seconds left and a faceoff in the Reds zone, but the Reds won the draw and took it to the boards to wind out the clock.
Both goaltenders were named player of the game for their teams with Brassard stopping 40 of 42.
“He’s been like that all year,” Van Allen said about his goaltender’s performance. “He made big saves. Played the puck really well and was one of our guys who competed really hard for us.”
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#33 Francois Brassard–Goalie– 4th year – Gatineau, QC