Men's Hockey News

Carleton Ravens men’s hockey 2013-2014 season preview

Written by Mike Beasley

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The men’s hockey team will be looking to take another step towards success in the OUA East this year.

The Ravens came oh so close to winning the division last March.

Carleton and UQTR squared off in the OUA East final with the Patriotes taking the series 2-1 in an exciting and extremely entertaining play down.

The deciding game at Trois Rivieres, Quebec needed four overtime periods before a winner was declared.

But that was last year, this season Carleton has retooled and restocked their shelves with eight new faces.

This year’s Ravens will feature a high tempo, fast paced, competitive team that will be exciting to watch.

“There’s no doubt that it’s going to be a big change in our group this season, said Marty Johnston, Ravens head coach who was named Carleton’s Coach of the Year at last spring’s athletic banquet.

“Four of our five leaders from last season aren’t with us this year so we will have to find a new identity in terms of who we are as a group.

With eight new faces in our line-up it’s going to take some time for us to gel but the coaching staff is really excited with the players that we brought in this year and very happy with the development of our second year guys like Mitch Porowski, Joey West and some others.”

The OUA East will feature the usual suspects as contenders to move on the Queen’s Cup in March 2014.

UQTR ices a strong team every season, McGill will be significantly better and uOttawa will have a very good team so the Ravens will have their work cut out for them in 2013-2014.

“We (Carleton) are going to be a skating team and will have to be at our best every game because our division is so competitive,” said Johnston.

“We cannot afford to take any games off because every point is valuable if we want to secure home ice throughout the playoffs.”

2012-2013 Season record: 2nd OUA East (19-7-2) 40 points. Goals for: 101, Goals against: 75

Major Award Winners

CIS and OUA Rookie of the Year: Forward Mitch Porowski. The Ottawa native was also named an East Division, 1st team all-star and a member of the all-rookie team.

F Jeffrey Hayes (Ottawa, ON) and D Matthew Stanisz (Burlington, ON) East Division, 2nd team all stars.

2012-2013 Playoff record: OUA East finalist (5-3-0), Goals for: 29, Goals against: 15

In last season’s OUA East quarter-final, Carleton disposed of Queen’s 2-0.

In the OUA East semi-final, the Ravens knocked off Ottawa 2-1.

In the OUA East final, Carleton won Game 1 at Trois Rivieres, 4-1, lost Game 2, 2-0 at the Ice House then fell 2-1 at UQTR in the marathon four overtime classic.

2013-2014 Exhibition record: 2-2 with victories over St. Thomas (3-0) and Dalhousie (7-3). Carleton lost 3-2 to UNB and St. Lawrence (NCAA) 4-2.

Coaches and Staff

Head coach: Marty Johnston (4th season)

Assistant coach: Shaun Van Allen (4th season)

Assistant coach: Ryan Medel (4th season)

Equipment Manager: Chris McKeage (6th season)

Athletic Therapist: Marcello Cuenca (1st season)

Departures

Ryan Berard, Joe Manley, Shane Bakker, Andrew Glass, Connor Barrett, Mike Folkes, Jack Walchessen, Charles Carre, Graham Klassen.

New additions: Forwards Mike McNamee (Perth, ON), Corey Durocher (Nepean, ON), Damian Cross (Nepean, ON), Mitch Zion (Manotick, ON), Sean Bamford (Ottawa, ON). Defencemen Jake Cardwell (Niagara Falls, ON), Jason Seed (Ottawa, ON) Owen Werthner (Ottawa, ON) Brock Battochio (Brookfield, CT, U.S.A.) Patrick Harrison (Vernon, ON).

Key returnees: Goaltender Ryan Dube (Sault Ste.Marie), Defencemen Brad Albert (Nepean, ON), Jordan Deagle (Lethbridge, AB), Matthew Stanisz (Burlington, ON),Tim Billingsley (Orleans, ON).Forwards Mitch Porowski (Ottawa, ON) Jeff Hayes (Ottawa, ON), Joey West (Orleans, ON), Joe Pleckaitis (Ottawa, ON), Linden Bahm (Kinburn, ON).

The Ravens first three regular season games will be on the road starting Friday, October 11 when Carleton travel to Windsor to take on the Lancers beginning at 7:30PM.

On Saturday, October 12 the Ravens will take on the Lancers for a second time at 7:30PM.

Friday, October 18, Carleton travel to North Bay, Ontario for a 7:00PM matchup with the Nipissing Lakers.

The Ravens open up their home portion of the regular season on Friday, October 25 against the McGill Redmen. Puck drop at the Carleton Ice House is 7:00PM.