Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – In the second night of a back to back, the Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team defeated the Ontario Tech University Ridgebacks by a score of 2-1.
“I think we should have pushed the pace way more yesterday, and today against a university team, I think we did push the pace, and I like the way we’ve played overall,” Ravens head coach Pierre Alain said.
Throughout the game, Claire Merrick and Jordan Beshara notched the goals for the Ravens, while on the Ontario Tech side, it was Madeline Schroder who would score the lone goal for the Ridgebacks.
“Annie-Pier Tremblay turned over the puck, she made a really good play and the puck just popped out into the slot, and I shot it,” Merrick said on her goal.
Playing against the Ridgebacks gave fifth-year transfer Merrick the opportunity to face a familiar foe, as when she was on the Guelph University Gryphons, she faced off against the Ridgebacks twice a year.
“It’s pretty familiar playing an OUA team, their similar systems and the way they play, so, it was a bit easier for me,” Merrick said.
Last year, Merrick won U Sports nationals with the Gryphons, and due to now being enrolled in a specialized master’s program in Architecture only offered at a few schools, decided to play her final year of eligibility as a Raven.
“It’s a bit of an adjustment. The systems are a bit different and the playing style is a little bit different. So, I just need to keep on working at it, and hopefully I’ll get a bit more familiar as time goes on,” Merrick said on the transition from the OUA to the RSEQ.
As for what Merrick brings to the team, teammate Jordan Beshara believes she brings an offensive threat along with her experience.
“I think she produces a really good offensive threat, something that we have struggled with, so, I think she’s a great addition to the team in the offensive end for sure,” Beshara said.
“I think she’s going to help a lot on powerplay and capitalizing on opportunities where we haven’t before, so I’m really excited to have her here, and hopefully everything works out the way it should,” she added.
The Ravens will now get set to fly out to New Brunswick for three exhibition games against the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, the St. Thomas University Tommies, and the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus.
Aside from the chance for the team to play where they normally don’t play, the trip will also give the team the chance to get some bonding in before the regular season.
“We’re going to be together for a couple of days, flying over, so, we’re going to know each other better, and we’re going to communicate a lot. Those trips, the purpose is to get along better together,” Alain said.
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