Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – In a game which saw Ravens goaltender Marie-Eve Cote get peppered with 33 shots, the Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team fell 2-1 to the visiting Montreal Carabins.
“We thought we played a really good second and third period, we started to push the pace, but again, our biggest challenge is always putting 60 minutes together, so when the girls came out in the second and started to play the way we wanted them to play, we started to get momentum. Big penalty kill today was huge for us,” Ravens assistant coach, Pier Martin, said.
“We’re still taking a few too many penalties, more than we would like to take, but our penalty kill is keeping us in and keeping us close, and then our power play scored to bring it closer, so, overall, we thought it was a good effort. We just needed 60 instead of 40,” he added.
The Carabins would jump out to a quick two goal lead in the first frame thanks to forwards Catherine Dubois and Joanie Garand as they took a 2-0 lead to the dressing room.
The Ravens would get on the board 10 minutes into the second period as forward Megan Wilson put the puck past Carabins netminder Aube Racine on the power play.
“My coach had actually just told me that we need to shoot more, and that was kind of one of our main focuses. Especially on the power play because you have someone in front of the net and it was just a really good screen by our players, and it was just an easy shot for me to put in,” Wilson recounted.
Despite the loss, special teams stepped up for the Ravens as they notched a power play goal and didn’t allow the Carabins to record a single goal in any of their six man advantages.
“We talk about, in special teams, that we need to be positive. So, if we get scored on, we need to score one back to make it even and today we were +1,” Martin said.
“We scored a goal and didn’t allow any, so for us that’s huge. We’re going to need our special teams to be good. The first power play was average, but then after that, they got together, started moving the puck well, started playing better, and we got a good goal out of it,” he added.
As the Ravens get set to head out on the road next weekend, playing a full 60-minute game will be a key focal point in practice this week.
“We’ve been really focusing on it in practice in terms of starting our practice at high intensity. Our third period has been our period all season. We’ve scored the majority of our goals in the third period, so we’re really struggling in the first, so we’ve been starting our practices with a lot more tempo,” Martin said.
“The first drills are a lot more pressure on them, getting them to execute a lot faster. And then during the games, it’s just really kind of getting them to understand the importance of it, and I think we’re starting to get that message across over time,” he added.
The Ravens have also seen some steady performance from their goaltending tandem of Cote, Alexandra Lehmann, and Nieve Seeley.
“Unreal. She played a really good game. It’s her third game with us, first year player, it’s a different level of calibre, but she made the saves that were expected of her. She had a really big save in the second period to keep it at 2-0,” Martin said.
“She’s played really well, and the girls play with confidence when she’s in net which is great. We have a really good tandem of goalies, our three goalies, but Marie-Eve, right now is playing really well,” he added.
The Ravens will now look ahead to their Friday night game against the Concordia Stingers as they look to get back in the win column for their second win of the season.
“We got to make sure that that first period is everything we have. As long as we play that full 60 minutes. Obviously, we can skate with the teams, we can play with them, so we can’t start in the rut already. We have to play and hopefully get the first goal and go from there,” Wilson said.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#2 Bethan Wilson – Defenseman – 4th year – Calgary, AB
UP NEXT: Ravens vs Concordia Stingers
Friday, November 22 – 7:30 p.m.
Ed Meagher Arena – Montreal, QC