Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – Following their final preseason game over the Western Mustangs, the Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team has now gone on an 8-2 record thanks to a 3-2 win on Oct. 5.
“We showed character, but I would prefer not to have to come back in the third and play better in the first and second, to be honest. This is something that we need to correct because slow starts can cost games,” Ravens head coach Pierre Alain said.
The game saw goals from Ravens forwards Megan Wilson and Jenna Morais, while Bethan Wilson scored on the defense side. Western would see goals from Sydnee Baker and April Clark.
For a period of time in the second period, the Ravens saw a turning point in the game when, due to not being able to make a line change, the energy among the group went up.
“That battle in the second, it just brings the energy high, and after that, it seemed like the energy was back, and it’s about creating that momentum and no matter how you do it, you have to do it, and I think they did it,” Alain said.
“The five warriors out there worked very hard, so, I think that momentum was a key point,” he added.
Ravens first year goaltender, Marie-Eve Cote played in her first full game since coming back from injury, and saved 32 out of the 34 shots she faced.
“She was very good today. She saved a goal in the third, at the end, with just lifting her pad up, and I think that was a game saver,” Alain said.
With the preseason over, the Ravens will now look ahead to their first regular season game against the Montreal Carabins on Oct. 18.
“I think we’ve had a really good preseason, it’s a good note to end on and get ready for the season,” Bethan Wilson said.
“There are obviously still some things that we need to work out, but coming into the season we still have two weeks to get prepared, so I think we’ll be ready to go when the season comes,” she added.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#6 Rachel Knee-Defenseman-4th year-Toronto, ON
UP NEXT: Carleton vs Montreal Carabins
Friday, October 18 – 7 p.m.
CEPSUM – Montreal, QC