Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by Marc Lafleur
Montreal, QC- Rookie goaltender Mark Grametbauer (Halifax, NS) turned away all 36 shots to earn a shutout in his OUA regular season debut at the Ed Meagher Arena against the Concordia Stingers.
“I hope it gives him a lot of confidence,” Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen said about the efforts of his team’s netminder. “The guys pulled really hard for him. We were really happy with his game.”
With the only man advantage of the first period, the Ravens power play got them on the board first when Ryker Cole (Moosomin, SK) tipped the puck past Stingers goalie Marc-Antoine Turcotte for his first goal of the season.
The Ravens struck early in the second period when Cody Caron (Sault Ste Marie) got a partial breakaway and fired a shot over the shoulder of Turcotte.
The second period was a much grittier period with 48 penalty minutes called including game misconducts to Darian Skeoch (New Liskeard, ON) and Nico Blanchman being ejected from the game for fighting.
The third period came with even more whistles as the two teams combined for 62 penalty minutes in the frame including three game misconducts.
“I think both goalies had a say in that,” Van Allen said of the score line. “We missed some opportunities for breakaways where we just missed pucks. The score was low, but it could’ve been higher.”
Grametbauer turned away all 37 of shot attempts from the Stingers. He joins the Ravens crease after three seasons in the QMJHL split between Gatineau, Charlottetown, Moncton and Acadie-Bathurst.
The Ravens start the season with wins on the road after beating UQTR in the season opener on Wednesday.
“It’s two divisional wins too which is really important with how tight our conference is every year,” Van Allen said. “I still think we can play better which is encouraging. Everyone at this time of the year is trying to get better at their systems.”
The Ravens hope to carry momentum west as the road trip continues Friday, Oct 11 in Waterloo against the Warriors.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#31 Mark Grametbauer–Goalie– 1st year – Halifax, NS
UP NEXT: Carleton vs. Waterloo Warriors
Friday, October 11 -7 p.m.
Columbia Icefield Arena – Waterloo,ON