Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
MONTREAL, Quebec – The Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team flew out of the Ed Meagher Arena with a 3-2 shootout victory as they took down the top-ranked previously undefeated Concordia Stingers on Nov. 22.
“Tonight, the whole team believed in themselves and that was the difference,” Ravens head coach Pierre Alain said.
The game would go scoreless for a full 47 minutes before Stingers forward Claudia Dubois broke the drought as she put the puck past Ravens netminder Marie-Eve Cote.
The Stingers would jump out to a 2-0 lead less than 20 seconds later as forward Emmy Fecteau tipped the puck past Cote.
Determined not to lose the game, the Ravens would tie things up as forward Megan Wilson consecutive goals to force overtime.
“It was really exciting that I could be such a big part in getting our team there. But it wasn’t just me. We worked so hard, and Marie-Eve in net was absolutely amazing,” Wilson said.
“She took so many shots and just played amazing, so without her, we would be nowhere. So, it was really cool that I could help the whole team effort and be the deal breaker,” she added.
With no goals scored in either overtime, Wilson and defenceman Jordan Beshara would settle the game in favor of the Ravens in the shootout.
“She scored three goals. We struggled to score, but tonight, she took over and took charge, and she’s got a great shot,” Alain said about Wilson’s performance.
“She’s a very, very good scorer, and a very strong player. Strong on skates, strong on the puck, and she’s improved a lot from last year,” he added.
As the game looked like it was slipping away following Concordia’s goals, Cote stood on her head as she kept on making save after save, saving 45 out of 47 shots on net.
“It was amazing to see her come up so big like that. She really stepped up when we needed her to and it was just amazing that she could do that for us. She was so solid in net, and it was so nice to count on her and have her there,” Wilson said.
With the win, the Ravens have picked up their second win of the season while also handing the Stingers their first loss.
“It’s just absolutely amazing. It feels so nice, and everyone on the team has really bought in to all of our hard work and our dedication, and it was just really nice to get that win because we’ve been so close,” Wilson said.
“We’ve lost in overtimes, and we’ve worked so hard and kept games close, but to actually get that win and to work all the way hard to the last minute, it was just really nice,” she added.
The Ravens will now look ahead to their Nov. 29 road game against the Montreal Carabins as they look to build off of their win against the Stingers.
“We will obviously build off of the amazing energy that we got from this and the feeling that we got after this game, and how hard everyone was working,” Wilson said.
We’re going to be using that to move forward and using it every game knowing that we can do it and that we can push forward. We just got to use everything that we did in this game,” she added.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#7 Megan Wilson – forward – 2nd year – Calgary, AB
UP NEXT: Ravens vs Montreal Carabins
Friday, November 29 – 7:00 p.m.
CEPSUM Arena – Montreal, QC