Written by Michael Sun
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario -The Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team nearly pulled off a comeback in a memorable final game for their graduating seniors.
Carleton fell 5-3 to the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees at the Ice House on Feb. 16. Ottawa got off to a 3-0 lead after one period. Carleton fought back with a power play goal by Stephanie Chouchani as she scored on the doorstep. However, the Gee-Gees would answer back with a goal by Meagan McGaughey.
Then, Carleton’s comeback effort began. The Ravens outshot the Gee-Gees 11-5 in the third period as Jenna Morais scored from in front of the net to make it 4-2 less than five minutes into the third. Then, Ravens defenceman Angelina Callocchia scored her first goal of the season with a shot from the point.
Carleton continued to press for an equalizer, with Morais having a clear cut chance late. She couldn’t capitalize while the Gee-Gees scored an empty-net goal to put the game out of reach.
“I think in the second and third, we really pushed the pace,” Ravens head coach Pierre Alain said. “We had a slow start and that cost us the win simply. We pushed the pace in the second, scoring and shooting more.”
It was the last game for the group of seniors. Alain praised their contributions. “They’ve really helped building, rebuilding this program,” he said. “So proud of them.”
Captain Leah Scott is one of those graduating players. She and fellow graduating defenceman Jennifer Semkowski both reached the 100 games mark in their Carleton careers, the first Ravens to do so in program history.
“Carleton’s experience has been amazing,” Scott said. “It’s been the best time of my life. I made a lot of lifetime friends here, a lot of mentors, coaches and I can’t thank those people enough.”
Like many of her teammates, Scott had a lot of family and friends up in the stands for her final game. “I was just so happy to have those people by my side,” Scott noted. “I mean, my family in the stands, I can’t thank them enough. They’ve been there through everything.”
The graduating players got to take pictures and spent time on the ice with friends and family after the game. “I’ll definitely never forget that,” Scott said.
Afterwards, in the dressing room, the coaches gave a tribute to the graduating players. Scott said she’ll remember all the fun she’s had – both on and off the ice with teammates.
“This is a built-in friendship and I couldn’t be luckier to have these kind of people in my life,” she said. “I’m going to miss these times of going on road trips, hanging out before games, warm ups even. It’s just all so fun and you don’t get those kinds of opportunities all the time.”
Player of the Game- Jennifer Semkowski, defenceman, fifth-year, London, Ont.