Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by Robin Kasem
KINGSTON, Ontario – Ravens second year defender Darian Skeoch (New Liskeard, ON) scored the game winning goal early in the third period as the Ravens set a new program high in wins with a 3-2 victory over the Queen’s Gaels.
“He’s very physical and a presence in front of our net,” Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen said about Skeoch. “I think his passing and his offence has really come on. He’s really developed. He’s very capable of making good, strong offensive plays and joining the rush with a strong record.”
The Ravens fell behind early when Gaels defender fired a point shot that beat Ravens goaltender Mark Grametbauer (Halifax, NS).
The Gaels doubled up when forward Mason Kohn picked up a rebound and popped it past Grametbauer.
The Ravens weren’t happy with their first period playing in the second game of a back to back.
“We didn’t compete hard enough in the first period,” Van Allen said. “They knew it wasn’t up to the standards they’d set for themselves and they went out and changed it.
In the second period, the Ravens cut the deficit to one when Alex Boivin (Ottawa, ON) broke into the zone and found Cole Carter (Ottawa, ON), who buried it past Gaels goaltender Luke Richardson.
The Ravens doubled the lead when Brogan O’Brien (Prince George, BC) made a pass to Matt Forchuk (Okotoks, AB) in open ice and he beat Richardson with a shot over his glove.
Skeoch got his game winner after Sam Meisenheimer (Viking, AB) dropped a pass off to the defender at the point and he put a powerful shot on goal that beat Richardson.
“It was a pretty gritty effort by our team,” Van Allen said. “I think they could’ve rested on clinching first place last night.”
With the win they pass the 2013-14 Ravens mark of 22 wins which had been the program record.
“I’m sure some guys aren’t aware of it,” Van Allen said of the achievement. “But as you get older and retire from competitive sports, you’ll look back on it and say, ‘we were a real strong team.”
The Ravens wrap up the season with a home matchup with the Laurentian Voyageurs on Friday, Feb 7th.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#10 Matt Forchuk–Forward–2nd year – Okotoks, AB
UP NEXT: Carleton vs. Laurentian Voyageurs
Friday, February 7th-7 p.m.
Ice House–Ottawa, ON