Written by Stuart Miller-Davis, Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Marc Lafleur
LONDON, ON — The Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team dropped its first two games of the exhibition season playing in the East-West Tournament at Western’s Thompson Arena.
On Friday, in game one of the tournament, the Ravens fell 2-1 at the hands of the Waterloo Warriors.
According to Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen, the Ravens started the game slow, but got better as the game went on.
In game two on Saturday, Carleton lost 4-0 to the host Western Mustangs.
The Ravens and Mustangs played a tight first period with Western scoring at the end of the frame.
Coach Van Allen felt the Ravens played their best twenty minutes of the tournament in period number two, but Western scored again to make it 2-0 as the game went into the final frame.
In the third the Ravens took some chances to try and tie it up, but were unsuccessful as they coughed up two more. The game ended 4-0 for the Mustangs.
Van Allen saw lots that he liked, but preached that it is still early despite two losses:
“I’m liking that we should be a good skating team,” Van Allen said. “We are hoping to be a good, aggressive team, really put pressure on the other team’s defence. Even though we only scored one goal, the coaches think that we have some guys that can score. They have been working hard, and no complaining, no egos. We are disappointed with the two losses but we are looking forward to getting better in the lead up to the regular season.
He added that he would like to see more patience in the offensive zone.
“The things that I would like to see us getting better on is with our scoring chances, having a bit more patience, letting the play develop,” Van Allen said.
The Ravens travel to Massachusetts and Connecticut for exhibition games against National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) teams next weekend.
Carleton vs. Holy Cross
Saturday, September 30 – 7 p.m.
Hart Centre – Worcester, MA