Written by Stuart Miller-Davis
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – A special teams battle between two of the OUA’s top finishers from last year ended with the Guelph Gryphons besting the Carleton Ravens 3-2.
“I thought we should’ve been on the power play for the whole first period,” Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen said in a post-game interview. “The power play was really good early, but they made some adjustments. Better adjustments than we made.”
The Carleton power play opened up the scoring when Cody Caron (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) fired a wrist shot of a rebound into the open side of the net before Gryphons goaltender Andrew Maters could get across.
The man advantage struck again when a quick passing play resulted in a one timed slapshot by first year defenceman Matt Barberis that found the back of the net for his first OUA goal.
In the second period, the Gryphons began to chip away at the Carleton advantage when forward Connor Bramwell slipped in front of the Ravens net and deflected the puck over Ravens goaltender Justin Nichols’ shoulder.
The Gryphons evened up the game with a goal from forward Gio Finoro when he fired a rebound into a nearly wide-open Ravens net.
“Obviously, we took a two to nothing lead and then let them back into the game,” Ravens goaltender Justin Nichols said. “We got away from our game plan and when you come out of the second period tied at home you want to come away with points.”
In the third, the game settled down with both teams pushing to try and break the tie. The breakthrough came when Gryphons jumped on an odd man rush and Todd Winder fired a shot that snuck through Nichols and had enough on it to pass the goal line.
“From my point of view, it’s one that hits a leg or a stick,” Nichols said. “But obviously one that I’d like to have back.”
The Ravens pushed in the final five minutes to get the tie with a power play that generated chances and pulled the goalie with just under 2 minutes left but were unable to solve Masters.
The Ravens look to get back in the win column on Saturday night in the rematch of the OUA Bronze medal game against the Western Mustangs, who are coming off a blow-out win over the uOttawa Gee-Gees.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#28 Cody Caron–Forward–3rd year – Sault Ste. Marie
UP NEXT: Carleton vs. Western Mustangs
Saturday, October 19-7 p.m.
Carleton Ice House– Ottawa, ON