Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team defeated the crosstown rival University of Ottawa Gee-Gees 2-0 on Jan. 9.
“This time we worked for 60 minutes. We played for 60 minutes. I would say we kind of backed off in the last two minutes of the second, I don’t like that part because we should not back off,” Ravens head coach Pierre Alain said.
Alain was pleased with the team’s preparation coming into the game following the long Christmas break.
“Seeing what I’ve seen all week-long during practices, they were in shape coming back. I’m very pleased with what I’ve seen this week. They were working hard, they were very enthusiastic and had a good week preparing for this game,” Alain said.
With Claire Merrick and Annie-Pier Tremblay scoring the goals, Ravens netminder Marie-Eve Cote would stop all 23 shots she faced as she backstopped the Ravens to her first career U SPORTS shutout.
“I saw the defence cutting the net, and I just stripped her of the puck and took a quick shot and it went low glove,” Merrick said of her goal.
With the win, the Ravens are one point back from the final playoff spot.
“I’m happy, all the team is happy, it’s my first university shutout win, so, I’m happy and everyone is very proud of me, so it’s cool,” Cote said.
The Ravens will look to start a winning streak as they’ll be looking to get a win against the McGill University Martlets on Jan. 11.
“Five on five, we didn’t have a lot of shots. In the second, we didn’t have a shot on even strength. We had four shots all on the power play, so, even strength, we need to be more of a threat,” Alain said about preparation for Saturday.
“We scored our two goals at five on five, but this needs to improve. We need to be hungrier to score goals at even strength,” he added.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#9 Katia Boulianne – forward – 4th year – Saint Eustache, QC
UP NEXT: Carleton vs McGill Martlets
Saturday, January 11 – 7 p.m.
Carleton Ice House – Ottawa, ON