Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – Jared Steege (Cobden, ON) was the focal point of the Ravens offence notching a hat trick in a 5-2 win over the RMC Paladins.
The third year forward picked up the tying goal in the Colonel By Classic against the uOttawa Gee-Gees the night before and scored twice in a win over McGill on Friday the week before.
“I think my line mates,” Steege answered when asked about getting his offensive game going. “I’ve been playing with Hedgy (Dalen Hedges, Ottawa, ON) for a couple years now and last year in the playoffs we really started to build up some chemistry. Now, we’re playing with Kody McDonald (Lethbridge, AB) and he’s a great player, works hard and creates offence.”
The Ravens got on the board early with Alex Boivin (Ottawa, ON) sniping a shot over RMC goaltender Brad Van Schubert’s shoulder while on an odd man rush for the lead.
“We gave them a flurry early,” Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen said in reference to the Ravens quick start. “Their goalie made a lot of good saves on that one scramble he probably made four good saves.”
The Ravens were able to get to work offensively in the second when Hedges found himself in close to the RMC net with space. The veteran centre took his time before Steege came open in the middle for a quick little tip play that Van Schubert had no chance of stopping.
They added another goal in the period when defenceman Andrew Jarvis (Morrisburg, ON) fired a point shot that defenceman Darian Skeoch (New Liskeard, ON) got a stick to in front to tip past the RMC netminder.
Starting the third period on the power play, the Paladins started to show life after being outshot 32-21 in the first two periods. Forward Rhett Wilcox made a perfect pass to Cameron Lamport for a one timer that Ravens goaltender Mark Grametbauer (Halifax, NS) had no chance to reach.
The Ravens responded with a goal right back on their next man advantage when Steege found a rebound from his own shot and fired the second chance opportunity past Van Schubert.
The Paladins responded again on the power play when Lamport walked into the zone and took a laser shot that dropped off the crossbar and in behind Grametbauer.
With time almost set to expire the Ravens added an empty netter from Steege to complete the hat trick.
“He had two so we put him out there so he could finish the hat trick,” Van Allen said about putting Steege out at the end. “When guys play the right way, you want to reward them with the empty net.”
“As a team we started off strong and then RMC is known to try and get us into penalties when we get a lead,” Steege said. “It’s hard not to fall into it when you’re trying to defend yourself. We got into some penalty troubles for a bit, but we came around and finished strong I’d say.”
The Ravens ended the night with 26 minutes of penalty time and both RMC goals came on the power play.
While Van Allen was happy with the end result, he was not shy admitting he wasn’t happy with the discipline on the night.
“We’ll have a skill day on Monday and work hard getting back to skating and get a little better with our system,” Van Allen said about the plan in practice this week.
The Ravens prepare for a Northern Ontario road trip with the first stop in North Bay visiting the Nipissing Lakers on Friday night.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#16 Jared Steege–Forward–3rd year – Cobden, ON
UP NEXT: Carleton vs. Nipissing Lakers
Friday, November 22-7 p.m.
Memorial Gardens– North Bay, ON