Written by Michael Sun
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team moved into a playoff spot with a 1-0 double overtime win over the Montreal Carabins.
The two sides traded chances throughout the game, with Montreal leading in shots on goal. However, Carleton goalie Alexandra Lehmann was up to the task, turning aside every shot she faced.
The Ravens couldn’t capitalize on numerous power plays, especially in the third period. Carleton also killed off a penalty late in the third period as the game headed into overtime.
The team emphasized getting shots on net with the power play, according to assistant coach Pier Martin.
“It was: ‘let’s use our shots,” Martin said of the message. “We know what plays we have. Let’s use the plays to get the shots on net.”
Carleton went on a five-on-three advantage in double overtime. Ravens forward Carly Wouters passed the puck to defenceman Bethan Wilson, who blasted it into the net. Her teammates mobbed her afterwards to celebrate the victory.
“We ran the play perfectly and I just saw it go in and I was so happy,” Wilson recalled.
“That play, she put everything into it,” Martin said. “If it wasn’t going to beat the goalie, the goalie was going to go into the net with the puck”
The team had focused on “showing up” after a 5-0 loss against McGill in their previous game, according to Martin.
“I think today we really showed up, played a physical game, were in their face a lot,” he said. “We made sure to make the right decisions and we had a good chance in overtime to win the game and we took advantage of it.”
It was also Wilson’s seniors night and her final season at Carleton.
“It was really awesome,” Wilson said. “I’m really glad I get to share it with my sister [Megan Wilson]…it was pretty cool for that, kind of emotional obviously, being our senior’s night but I’m glad we got the win.”
The group of seniors honoured pre-game included Wilson, Katia Boulianne, Rachel Knee, Jordan Beshara, Jenna Mitchell, Hannah Dinovitzer, Jennifer Semkowski and team captain Leah Scott.
“This game meant a lot for them, just being able to give back a little bit to them, to appreciate the time they’ve given to the program,” Martin said.
This season also provides the opportunity for the seniors to make the playoffs in their final year. Wilson said making it would mean “everything.”
“We’ve been wanting it. We’ve been so close, especially last year was so heartbreaking, coming down to a game,” she added. “This year, it feels so awesome to get that fourth place spot and to just keep going and keep pushing through and if we can make playoffs, it would mean the world to all of us seniors.”
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#40 Alexandra Lehmann – goaltender – 2nd year – Cecil Lake, B.C.
UP NEXT: Carleton vs McGill Martlets
Friday January 24th – 7 p.m.
Carleton Ice House – Ottawa, Ont.