Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – Second year forward, Aaron Boyd (Winnipeg, MB) picked up two points as the Carleton Ravens snagged a 3-2 overtime victory over the Western Mustangs.
“He’s been unbelievable on the power play,” Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen said of Boyd. “We’ve given him an expanded role on the offence and he’s really taken advantage of it.”
“I think this adds to my confidence,” Boyd said of the extra time playing power play and continuing to play on the penalty kill. “It helps me to feel more comfortable making plays on the ice.”
The Ravens opened up the scoring just 42 seconds in to the game on the powerplay, with Parker AuCoin (Surgeon County, AB) finding a rebound and firing it past Mustangs goalie Luke Peressini. It would stand as the only goal of the first period.
In the second, the Ravens doubled up their lead when Boyd sped down the wing with the puck on a quick rush down the ice and scored with a shot that rang off the post and in.
Going up 2-0 again would prove dangerous as the Mustangs mounted a third period comeback.
The first goal came from forward Kyle Petit after the Ravens coughed up the puck in their own zone and the Mustangs forward took a quick shot that fooled Ravens goaltender Mark Grametbauer (Halifax, NS).
The second Western came on the power play when a rebound bounced out into the slot and defenceman Stephen Desrocher lifted a backhand over a sprawling Grametbauer.
In overtime, the Ravens struggled to possess the puck but managed to secure two points on a quick two-on-one counter attack play, where Boyd patiently waited for Peressini to commit to him and dished the puck to Jared Steege (Cobden, ON) who wired it in to the empty cage.
“I was curious to see how we were going to win it in overtime without touching the puck,” Van Allen said. “One little turnover and everyone takes off.”
The Ravens managed to get two points from this game after surrendering a 2-0 lead and falling in regulation to the Gulph Gryphons on Friday, Oct 18.
“I think as a team collectively we need to play a full sixty minutes,” Boyd said. “We’ve been having good starts and then letting it go in the second and third and going to overtime.”
The Ravens have taken three of their previous wins in extra time needing a shootout to beat UQTR in the season opener and then overtime in games at Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier.
“We haven’t had one easy game this year,” Van Allen said. “We’d sure like to win some in regulation. Giving a point to Western is fine because they’re not in our conference. So, it’s not a big deal but, when you’re playing teams in your conference one-point can decide home ice.”
The Ravens travel away next weekend for matchups against Ontario Tech and RMC on Oct 25 and 26.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#31 Mark Grametbauer–Goalie–1st year – Halifax, NS
UP NEXT: Carleton vs. Ontario Tech Ridgebacks
October 25-7 p.m.
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