Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – Since returning to Canada for exhibition play the Carleton powerplay has been a highlight as they defeated the RMC Paladins 6-1 in Kingston and then the University of Toronto (UofT) Varsity Blues 4-2 at home, on consecutive nights.
The Ravens opened up the scoring in Kingston with an early first period goal from third-year forward Wyatt Nosky (High Prairie, AB).
First-year forward Cole Carter (Orleans, ON) extended the lead in the second with a power play strike three minutes into the second period.
The Paladins scored their only goal of the contest with first-year forward Michael Waugh beating Ravens first-year netminder Mark Grametbauer (Halifax, NS).
The Ravens ran away with the game from that point forward with goals from first year forward Parker Aucoin (St. Albert, AB) , a power play goal from Chiwetin Blacksmith (Waswanipi, QC), a strike from Ryker Cole (Moosomin, SK) and a final goal from Matthew Forchuk (Okotoks, AB).
“I thought our guys played really well on that rink,” head coach Shaun Van Allen said of playing at Constantine Arena in Kingston. “It was an eye opener for our first-year guys to play on that rink.”
Against the Varsity Blues, the powerplay got the Ravens offense going with two nearly identical goals from fifth year forward Alex Boivin on passes across to the veteran forward in the slot.
“I like that little spot,” Boivin said after the game. “It’s good for the team to get up early because they came storming back after that.”
Just under 4 minutes into the second the Blues got back within one when defenceman Brendan Bornstein fired a slap shot that beat Ravens goaltender Justin Nichols.
The Ravens struck back with a nifty play where first-year forward Keenan Reynolds (Ottawa, ON) spun around the U of T defender and fed it to Carter who tucked behind the U of T netminder.
With five minutes remaining in the period the Ravens power play struck again with Forchuk feeding the puck back to Matt Barberis (Surrey, BC) who fired a slap shot through a crowd and into the back of the net.
The Varsity Blues managed to grab a late goal with time set to expire to make the game 4-2.
“We love the offence but it’s still early and we have lots to work on,” Van Allen said.
Playing against U of T brought a familiar face back to the Ice House, Varsity Blues head coach Ryan Medel. Medel played two seasons with the Ravens from 2008-2010. He then jumped behind the bench with the Ravens as an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season. He remained with the Ravens until the 2017-18 season when he took over as the bench boss at U of T.
“He’s a very good friend and really good person. We’ve been through a lot of times together,” Van Allen said of Medel. “It’s a lot of fun to see him and to see how well he’s done with that program.”
The Ravens get a break before beginning the season with a trip to Trois Rivieres to face off against the UQTR Patriotes on Oct 2.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#25 Alex Boivin– Forward–5th year – Ottawa, ON
UP NEXT: Carleton vs. UQTR Patriotes
October 2-7 p.m.
Le Colisee– Trois Rivieres, QC