Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – In their last game before 2020, the Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team dropped a hard fought 4-3 decision to the Concordia Stingers on Dec. 1.
“A lot of the loss was a lack of confidence in our abilities. We are one hundred percent able to play defence any other time of the game, and I think we just have to have confidence that we can do it when we’re under pressure,” Ravens forward Leah Scott said.
The game would see the Ravens play the best 50 minutes of the past five years as they led 3-0 up until the final 10 minutes of the game.
“They’re the number one team for a reason, and they proved that, and we know that coming in, they’re going to have a good game always,” Scott said.
“So, what happened for us, we just broke down, energy was still high, and it’s just that lack of confidence in each other and in ourselves that blew up in our faces,” she added.
The Ravens would take a 1-0 lead to the dressing room following 20 minutes of play as Scott buried her second goal of the season.
In the second, the lone goal would come from Ravens forward Carly Wouters, as she notched her second goal of the weekend.
The Ravens would secure a 3-0 lead early in the first from forward Hannah Dinovitzer, but the Stingers would get on the board as Amelie Lemay converted on a penalty shot.
The Stingers would go on to score three unanswered goals as Claudia Dubois, Audrey Belzile, and Rosalie Begin-Cyr all found the back of the net against Ravens netminder Marie-Eve Cote.
Once again, special teams would not be the Ravens’ friend as the team saw the box for 20 minutes on 10 infractions.
“There were some questionable calls, but it’s part of the game, something that I can’t control. But of course, those penalties change the game. Absolutely,” Ravens head coach Pierre Alain said.
As the Ravens head into their Christmas break, practices will still be the same tempo.
“We’re going to keep the practice plans because they’re clearly working, we just have to tweak it a little bit,” Scott said.
Heading into the break, the Ravens sit in last place in the RSEQ division sporting a 2-6-2 record, only three points behind the cross-town rival University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.
Their six points are two less than what the team finished with at the end of last year, with Alain adding that he has seen improvement in “everything.”
“We’re scoring goals now, we’re a threat on the powerplay, and in the past six games, our PK was very, very good,” Alain said.
The team will now look to have a good break and come ready to play for Jan. 9, as they face off against the Gee-Gees.
“Obviously, it’s going to be nice to have a break, we’ve been working hard for a long time now, so, coming back with the same mentality and same work ethic, and we’ll be good,” Scott said.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#10 Jenna Mitchell – forward – 5th year – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
UP NEXT: Carleton vs Ottawa Gee-Gees
Thursday, Jan. 9 – 7 p.m.
Minto Sports Complex – Ottawa, ON