Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – After seeing his golden opportunity to tie the game in the third period sail over the net Ravens, first year forward Parker Aucoin (Surgeon County, AB) got his redemption sinking the UQTR Patriotes 2-1 in the shootout.
Linemate Brogan O’Brien sent a cross ice feed to Aucoin and he redirected it over the net midway through the third period with the Ravens trailing by a goal.
“I’ve been fighting it a little bit lately,” Aucoin said. “Had tons of chances and can’t seem to get one to go but it’s nice to get one for the guys.”
Van Allen touted the rookie’s shootout skills in his post-game interview.
“He’s good in the shootout,” the Ravens head coach said. “Freshly out of junior hockey he’s used to it. We used him in Trois Rivières, and he scored, didn’t want to change the recipe.”
Aucoin went to his go to back hand forehand move and beat Sebastien Auger before Justin Nichols (St Catharines, ON) stole a goal away from UQTR shooter Christophe Boivin to seal the win.
The Ravens thought they’d scored the game’s first goal in the first period when Dakota Odgers (Spy Hill, ON) tipped a point shot from Evan de Hann (Ottawa, ON) out of the air and into the net, but the goal got called back.
There was no scoring after the disallowed goal with Nichols and Auger staying perfect.
Early in the third, the Patriotes struck on the power play when Julien Tessier dropped a pass for Simon Lafrance, and he put a wrist shot over the glove of the Ravens goaltender.
With time winding down and the Ravens desperate to tie the game Nichols came out of the net for the extra attacker and with 40 seconds left Cole Carter (Ottawa, ON) deflected a point shot by CJ Garcia (Pickering, ON) past Auger to lift the Ravens faithful out of their seats.
“That was like a playoff game,” Van Allen said. “They’re a real good team. They’re deep, they’ve got good goaltending. They’re not missing anything.”
“It was fun,” Aucoin said. “We seem to have a good rivalry with those guys. They’re a big physical team.”
With the win the Ravens tie a program high 45 points mark set by the Ravens in 2013-14.
“It means the guys had a real good year,” Van Allen said about tying the record. “They worked really hard and should have a lot to be proud of.”
“We’ve had a fantastic year and have a great group of guys,” Aucoin said. “To finish first place in our side of the division and then carrying it forward. We all have that mentality of ‘even though we got first place, we aren’t done.”
The Ravens will look to set the program record when they travel to Queen’s tomorrow night.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#15 Brogan O’Brien–Forward– 2nd year – Prince George, BC
UP NEXT: Carleton vs. Queen’s Gaels
Saturday, February 1st-7:30 p.m.
Memorial Centre–Kingston, ON