Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team improved their record to 1-4-1 as they took a point home following a 3-2 overtime loss to the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees on Nov. 15.
“It was a very good effort for the whole game. It was a very tight game, uOttawa scored first in the first, no goals in the second, and then starting the third, Megan Wilson scored a goal to tie the game,” Ravens head coach Pierre Alain said.
With four minutes remaining in the first period, Gee-Gees forward Sophie Gareau opened the scoring as she put the puck past Ravens goaltender Marie-Eve Cote.
With no goals scored in the second period, the Ravens penalty kill stepped up as the team took six penalties and had to rely on special teams.
“Some penalties were questionable, but I’m not the person with the whistle, and we have to focus on what we can control and we took too many penalties, but our PK was very, very good. We didn’t allow a goal during the second, and for half of the period, we were down a player due to penalties,” Alain said.
The Ravens would come out flying in the third period, as Megan Wilson put Carleton on the board just thirty seconds in.
With four minutes remaining in the third, the Gee-Gees would regain the lead as forward Kate Maclean netted an empty net goal.
Three minutes later, with less than a minute remaining in the third, Ravens defender Bethan Wilson would streak down the ice to bury a power play goal and tie the game up.
“We’re getting very good chances. Bethan, on a good breakout, she skated the puck up the ice, she took a shot, kept going and took a rebound off the glass and scored with 28 seconds left. So that was a big goal,” Alain commented about the power play.
Three minutes into overtime, Gee-Gees forward Alice Fillion would score the winning goal.
Despite the loss, the Ravens were able to pick up a point.
“It means a lot. In our last two road games, we have three points out of four, so for us, those are big, big points, and last night was a big point. That goal with 28 seconds left was a big goal,” Alain said.
Throughout the game, both goalies stood tall in net, with Cote stopping 18 shots out of the 20 she faced.
At the other end, Gee-Gees netminder, Aurelie Dubuc, backstopped her team to a 3-2 victory as she stopped 23 out of the 25 she faced.
“I know her first game against Concordia, she really didn’t like. She didn’t like that game, and I know how hard she competes, and she really bounced back last night and played a very good game against uOttawa,” Alain said about Cote’s performance.
The Ravens will now get set to face off against the Montreal Carabins at the Carleton Ice House on Nov. 17.
“We’re going to do video tomorrow before the game and talk about breakouts, because Montreal has very good forecheck, and we need to break the puck out of our end better,” Alain said.
“But we’re also going to look at offence as well because we did a couple of very good zone entries yesterday and really created some good scoring chances, so, we’re going to build on that,” he added.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#31 Marie-Eve Cote – Goaltender – 1st year – Quebec City, QC
UP NEXT: Carleton vs Montreal Carabins
Sunday, November 17 – 3 p.m.
Carleton Ice House – Ottawa, ON