Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by Marc Lafleur
Trois Rivières, QC- Excitement levels were high at Le Colissée for the season opener between the Carleton Ravens and the UQTR Patriotes.
“If you had someone come and show up to that game, they would not assume that was the first game of the year,” Ravens head coach, Shaun Van Allen said. “It was that intense and that emotional. Both teams had a burning desire to win.”
The Ravens got on the board first with Dalen Hedges (Ottawa, ON) springing Cody Caron (Sault Ste. Marie) on a breakaway where he flipped a backhand over a sprawling UQTR netminder, Sebastien Auger.
The Ravens doubled their lead on the power play when Cole Carter (Orleans, ON) spun around and fired a shot from just above the circle in the Patriotes zone that fooled Auger.
Before the first period ended the Ravens added another goal when Parker AuCoin (St. Albert, AB) picked a rebound and poked it by Auger.
In the second the Patriotes got one back on the board with a power play marker. The frame was filled with whistles as the two teams totalled 64 of the games total 82 penalty minutes.
In the third, a pair of UQTR goals tied the game at 3 before Brogan O’Brien broke the tie to give Carleton a 4-3 lead.
But the lead wouldn’t stand up as the Patriotes tied the game on the power play to send it to extra time.
The teams remained deadlocked after overtime meaning the game between these bitter rivals would need a shootout to settle it.
In the shootout, first years Kody MacDonald (Lethbridge, AB) and Carter scored for the Ravens while goaltender Justin Nichols (St. Catherine’s, ON) stopped two out of three Patriotes chances to seal the victory.
“That’s a really tough place to win hockey games and we were really happy to get the win,” Van Allen said. “They had over a thousand people there and it really helped their team”
Cole Carter tallied 2 points while adding the shootout winner in his first OUA contest.
“He a strong offensive player,” Van Allen said of the Orleans native. “For a first year guy it’s really nice to see him get off to a good start.”
The Ravens travel to Montreal on Saturday to face-off against the Concordia Stingers in their second game of the season.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#18 Cole Carter–Forward– 1st year – Orleans, ON
UP NEXT: Carleton vs. Concordia Stingers
October 5, 2019-7:30 p.m.
Ed Meagher Arena– Montreal, QC