Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens fell 3-0 in a heated rivalry matchup with McGill on Saturday night at the Ice House.
“We battled really hard in the first. I think it’s the most physical we have played this year,” Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen said. “I was really happy even though we were down 1-0. We made one little error and they capitalized.
McGill got on the board early in the first when McGill forced a turnover in the offensive zone. They got the puck back to defender Johnatan Legault and he converted on a wrist shot underneath the blocker of Raven goaltender Mark Grametbauer (Halifax, NS).
In the second, neither team was able to capitalize despite trading man advantages back and forth for the whole period.
“Our power play definitely could’ve bailed us out there and it didn’t,” Van Allen said about the period. “It didn’t and you live and learn.”
The teams spend a combined for 44 minutes in penalties handed out in the frame with two of the five misconducts handed out.
In the third, McGill stripped Ravens defender Josh Burnside (Brampton, ON) of the puck and forward Christophe made the Ravens pay.
McGill added another goal when forward Keanu Yamamoto converted on a wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle in the Ravens zone.
“We played well and it’s tough to lose games like that,” Garcia said. “We were doing the right things we just couldn’t score. Every opportunity they had was off our mistakes or puck luck.”
Carleton drop their first game by more than a goal with a 3-2 loss at Guelph and a 2-1 defeat to uOttawa in regulation in the first half of the season.
“For us a loss is a loss. Whether you lose by three or lose by one it doesn’t make a difference in the standings,” Van Allen said. “We just got to regroup a little bit and get back on the right path.”
“Games like that we’re going to have to learn from,” Garcia said. “People do anything to win in this league and it shows in what McGill did tonight. Every game will be a battle from here on out.”
The Ravens hope to rebound on Friday when they travel to Kingston to face Queen’s.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#26 Darian Skeoch–Defence– 2nd year – New Liskeard, ON
UP NEXT: Carleton vs. Queen’s Gaels
January 11-7:30 p.m.
Memorial Centre– Kingston, ON