Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by Marc Lafleur
WATERLOO, Ontario – Cody Caron (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) continued to ride his hot stick entering this season scoring a pair of goals to lift the Ravens past the Warriors 5-4 in overtime.
“He’s coming off a serious injury and I think that takes time,” Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen said of Caron. “We’ve been working with Cody getting him to recognize he can be a very strong offensive player in our league.”
The Ravens opened the scoring midway through the first period with veteran forward Alexandre Boivin (Ottawa, ON) firing a wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle in the Warrior zone for his first goal of the campaign.
The Warriors quickly got back even with a shot that bounced over goaltender Mark Grametbauer (Halifax, NS).
But the tie was broken quickly with the Ravens responding when a puck took a bounce off Dalen Hedges (Ottawa, ON) near the Warriors goal mouth and into the net.
The Ravens extended the lead to two before the end of the period when defenceman C.J Garcia (Pickering, ON) went for a skate behind the Warrior net and fed Caron. He took a quick shot that fooled Warriors goalie Julian Sime for his first goal of the night.
In the second period the Warriors stormed back scoring two goals while Sime was perfect shutting the door at the other end to get the game to a 3-3 tie.
In the third, the Warriors scored a power play just under five minutes in when forward Zac Coulter found some daylight over Grametbauer’s shoulder to make it 4-3.
With time dwindling down the Ravens called a timeout at the 1:19 minute mark to try and devise a strategy to get back even.
The Ravens managed to force overtime when Caron deflected a pass from forward Brogan O’Brien (Prince George, BC) to tie the game at 4.
In the extra frame, O’Brien fired a shot from the top of the faceoff circle and then managed to find his own rebound and tap it in to seal the win for the Ravens.
While on paper the power play was unsuccessful, 9 Van Allen said it was man advantages that won them the game.
“The power play won us the game,” he said. “We were on a six on five to tie the game. The stats say 0 for 9 but if you look the power play won us the game on the 4 on 3.”
The Ravens had a much more disciplined game against the Warriors than in their last two games only taking 5 penalties compared to 15 against Concordia and 30 against UQTR. The penalty kill allowed only one goal on the five times out.
“It’s something we’re working to cut down on,” Van Allen said. “When you’re playing an out of conference game the rivalry isn’t quite the same as when you play teams in your own division. But it was still aa very fast, very chirpy game.”
The Ravens hope to sweep the Waterloo trip and keep their winning ways going with a matchup against the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks at 7pm on Saturday, Oct 12.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#28 Cody Caron–Forward– 3rd year – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
UP NEXT: Carleton vs. Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks
Saturday, October 12-7 p.m.
Waterloo Rec Complex– Waterloo, ON