Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – On the first night of a back to back, the Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team defeated the College Lionel-Groulx Nordiques by a score of 4-0.
“We executed some good plays, we have to be happy about that, but we cannot be complacent. There were times in the game that we were complacent, and we have to push the pedal all the way down from start to end,” Ravens head coach Pierre Alain said.
Throughout the game, Ravens fifth year Hannah Dinovitzer notched two goals, Angelina Callochia scored one, while first year player Stephanie Chouchani opened the scoring for her first U Sports goal.
“I’m just really happy about it. The first goal is always a great one, you got to start somewhere,” Chouchani said.
“I just pressured, got it, shot, and I hoped, I’m not going to lie I actually thought I was going to miss the net, then I heard it go post and in, so I was really happy and my teammates really support me, so I was really happy about that,” she added.
Hailing from Montreal, Chouchani originally looked at universities in Montreal, but decided to commit to Carleton after being invited for a visit by assistant coach Pier Martin.
“I came and then I got offered a spot, and then I decided this is the right fit for me, so I decided to come here and I’m really happy about it,” she said.
Right from the get go, Chouchani, along with all the other first years and transfers, has complimented her new teammates for being so welcoming and helpful.
“We’re six first years and we have two transfers, so that makes eight of us, and they really made sure to integrate us and to make sure we knew everything,” Chouchani said.
“It’s a great environment to be around, I think they all know what they’re talking about, and the fourth and fifth years, they’ve really stepped up and they’ve really helped us adapt better,” she added.
So far, Chouchani’s favourite thing about being on the Ravens is the fact everyone is so close and gets along very well. Due to this, she’s excited and happy to be a Raven.
“We’ve got such a good connection, we’re always there for each other, always there to support each other, and I think the team chemistry going on is unbelievable and coming here is everything I could ever imagine, so I’m really happy about that and I’m really happy that I’m on this team,” she said.
The Ravens will now get set to face off against the Ontario Tech University Ridgebacks in their afternoon matchup at the Ice House tomorrow.
“The message is we can’t be complacent. It was a good game today. They had fun. They spent the whole game in the fun zone, we say the fun zone is the offensive zone, but tomorrow it’s not going to be the same game. We’re going to have to be ready to play an OUA team that is a good team,” Alain said about the message headed into tomorrow’s game.
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#16 Hannah Dinovitzer – Forward – 4th year