Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by Robin Kasem
KINGSTON, Ontario – A pair of power play goals scored 14 seconds apart in the second period propelled the Ravens to a 4-1 win over the Queen’s Gaels.
“Our guys played really hard,” Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen said. “We made a lot of plays especially in one on one battles. We got the net and made it hard for their goalie. Their goalie made it hard for us especially in the first when we had a lot of chances.”
The two teams battled back and forth in the first period, but neither were able to solve the goaltenders as the frame ended scoreless.
The Gaels were able to break through in the second period while on the power play when forward Josh Curtis found his own rebound on a shot that Ravens goaltender Justin Nichols (St. Catharines, ON) couldn’t control and popped it in.
The Ravens responded when Jared Steege (Cobden, ON) and Cole Carter (Ottawa, ON) broke in on a two-on-one break and Steege fired a shoot that rebounded into the Gaels net past goaltender Luke Richardson.
The Ravens got the lead on the power play when forward Kody McDonald (Lethbridge, AB) took a shot that hit the glass behind the Gaels net bounced off the back of Richardson and fell into the net for the Carleton forward’s fourth goal of the season.
The Ravens doubled the lead just 14 seconds later when Steege sped down the wing before cutting in and placing a backhand through the legs of the Gaels netminder for his second goal of the game and 11th of the season.
Carleton added an insurance marker midway through the third period when Brogan O’Brien (Prince George, BC) found McDonald alone in the slot and he one timed a shot past Richardson for his second of the night.
Nichols made 34 stops in the game to earn his 10th win of the season in 11 games played.
Carleton finished 2 for 3 on the power play after not being able to convert against McGill last Saturday in a 3-0 loss.
The Ravens travel to Montreal to face off against the Concordia Stingers on the second half of the weekend road swing.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#22 Kody McDonald– Forward– 1st year – Lethbridge, AB
UP NEXT: Carleton vs. Concordia Stingers
Saturday, January 11-7:30 p.m.
Ed Meagher Arena – Montreal, QC