Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by Marc Lafleur
KINGSTON, Ontario – Cody Caron (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) scored a late third period tally as the Ravens completed a comeback 5-4 victory over the RMC Paladins to book their spot in the second round of the OUA playoffs.
“We’re really happy with the win,” Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen said. “3-0 down in the second period, of a playoff game, as the visitors and coming back to win is pretty impressive for those guys.”
The Paladins opened the scoring, five minutes into the game when forward Parker Krol poked a rebound past Ravens netminder Mark Grametbauer (Halifax, NS).
Early in the second period, the Paladins doubled their lead when forward Christian Tsukamoto dumped a pass off for linemate Mitchell Larabie, who moved in and fired a wrist shot over Grametbauer.
Then while the Ravens were on the power play, RMC forward Christopher Paquette stole a loose puck and sped away from the Ravens defence. He beat Grametbauer with a low shot on the glove side.
That was the end of the night for Grametbauer as Justin Nichols (St. Catharines, ON) came in to relieve the first year netminder after he surrendered three goals on eight shots.
The Ravens got a response goal when Parker AuCoin (Sturgeon County, AB) tipped a shot from Andrew Jarvis (Morrisburg, ON) past Paladins goalie Joey May for his fourth goal of the series.
The Aucoin goal gave the Ravens new life as they drew a penalty which lead to defender Evan de Hann (Ottawa, ON) beating May with a hard point shot to get back within one.
The Ravens drew even when Alex Boivin (Ottawa, ON) sped down the wing and beat May with a backhand shot that found its way through.
The Ravens grabbed their first lead of the game a minute later when Brogan O’Brien (Prince George, BC) got the puck off a turnover and wristed it past May.
RMC tied the game up with a goal just before the end of the second period when they broke in on an odd man rush and Tsukamoto beat Nichols with a shot up high.
The Ravens and Paladins locked into a seesaw battle in the third that had the feeling of an overtime period before Caron wristed a shot over May with 16 seconds left in regulation.
“We’re going to have to get better as a team if we’re going to win the next series,” Van Allen said. “I think we played their game more than our game at times and that’s a credit to RMC.”
The Ravens await the results of other first round series before the start of round two.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#28 Cody Caron–Forward–3rd year – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
UP NEXT: Carleton vs. TBD