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Stanisz, Dube lead the Ravens to victory over the Lakers

Written by Giancula Nesci

Manley vs Nipissing

Ravens 4     Lakers 3

The Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team seemed to have everything going against it on Friday night.

Missing a handful of regulars, getting off to a slow start in the opening period and even having their leading point producer Mitch Porowski tossed from the game, the Ravens still had enough to pick up their third consecutive victory, beating the Nipissing University Lakers 4-3 at the Ice House.

Missing five regulars because of injury  – Jordan Deagle, Shane Bakker, Joe Pleckaitis, Chett Binning and Michael Lomas all sat out – the Ravens had to rely on some makeshift lines to help them get passed the Lakers, who came into the contest in fifth place in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East division.

“We had [Nick] Duhn, [Tyler] Taylor and [Connor] Barrett together, and with them not having played as a line and being on the ice for our first two goals, that was a big plus for us,” Ravens head coach Marty Johnston said. “They work hard and they’re physical so they did a really good job tonight.”

In a lackluster opening period, Carleton struggled to maintain any pressure in the Nipissing zone – even the Ravens’ power play had trouble, as the visitors were gifted two short-handed breakaways in the opening frame.

Goaltender Ryan Dube kept the home team in the game, stopping both attempts – the first with a great pad save and the second by throwing up his blocker to keep the game scoreless.

“We got some big saves from [Ryan] Dube. Although we outshot them I thought that he certainly took away their scoring chances, especially early on,” Johnston said.

After Nipissing finally managed to beat the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. native and take a 1-0 lead, Carleton defenceman Matt Stanisz responded. Stanisz ended the evening with three goals.

The 6’1” blueliner streaked down the left wing and slid his own rebound past Lakers netminder Daniel Spence to tie things up. Stanisz then went sliding into the boards, and popped right back up to celebrate with his teammates as the crowd rose to its feet for the first time since the singing of the national anthem.

Stanisz admitted after the game that the Ravens struggled in the opening period, but said the team picked up their play after getting back to the simple things – something he said the coaching staff made a point of during the first intermission.

“We realized that we just needed to go north with the puck,” he said.  “I think we were taking it backwards too much and getting in some trouble in the first once we stopped moving our feet and trying to be too pretty, so it was just a matter of making simple plays and that changed things for us.”

After exchanging quality scoring chances to open the second period – including some golden opportunities for the Ravens that were denied by Spence – the home team finally managed to beat the Nipissing netminder and take the lead.

Duhn put the Ravens ahead in the most unlikely fashion, as the 6’0” forward managed to slide the puck through the legs of Spence while sitting on his backside just outside the crease.

His slow shot seemed to handcuff Spence, who had been nothing short of outstanding in the second period – the Lakers goaltender looked skyward after seeing the puck squeak between his pads, almost in shock that he was beaten by the weak shot.

However, just when Carleton looked destined to take control of the contest, the Lakers managed to knot things at two with only a minute remaining in the period.

Forward Matt Paton picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired a backhander over the shoulder of Dube, quieting the Ravens crowd that expected to see their team ahead going into the final frame.

Despite that setback, it didn’t take too long for Carleton to give those fans exactly what they wanted.

Stanisz capped a solid performance by scoring before much of the crowd had even returned to their seats, putting the Ravens back on top – this time for good.

Carleton would eventually add another before Nipissing did the same with only six seconds remaining, but it was a case of too little, too late by that point.

With the win, the Ravens – who are currently ranked ninth in the nation – keep the pressure on the UQTR Patriotes, who started the day one point ahead of Carleton for top spot in the division.

With the playoffs just around the corner, the Ravens will look to continue their winning ways and go into the post-season with some momentum.

“It’s always important to play your best at the end of the season heading into the playoffs,” Stanisz said.

The Ravens will close out the regular season when they hit the ice tomorrow night against the Ryerson University Rams. Puck-drop is set for 3 p.m. at the Ice House.

 

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