Photo by Marc Lafleur
SHERBROOKE – The Carleton Ravens lost at the hands of the Bishop’s Gaiters on Sunday afternoon by the score of 3-1. The tight checking game did not go Carleton’s way after Bishop’s took the lead late and held on for the win.
The Ravens came out of the gate flying early, generating chances and drawing three penalties in the first period. Lanie Guimond (Kirkland Lake, Ont.) had a couple of chances in the first, but neither she nor the rest of the Ravens squad could beat Bishop’s goaltender Charley Wing in the first frame. The Ravens held a 13-5 shot advantage heading into the second, with Carleton controlling a majority of the play. The score remained 0-0 after 20 minutes.
Things started to open up in the second period as both teams traded chances at either end. It was Bishop’s who got on the board first though, as Marie-Camille Théorêt broke the ice with a backhander to make it 1-0 Gaiters. The Ravens got into some penalty trouble and were at risk of conceding again, but defenceman Nicole Hunter (Pickering, ON) stepped up for a huge shorthanded goal to tie the game up 1-1.
It was the Gaiters who took control of the game in the final frame, as they broke the tie with less than 10 minutes to go. Bishop’s captain Jessica Bellanger scored on the power play to give her team the lead, registering her first goal of the year on a scramble play at the front of the Ravens’ net. Ravens Head Coach Pierre Alain was not pleased with the penalty leading to the goal, which negated a Ravens scoring chance. “It was simply a battle and (Sydney Berta) used her body to separate herself from the puck and the player,” said Alain. “She got the puck, passed it in the slot, we scored but it seems like the ref didn’t see the same thing I saw.”
A late Carleton penalty followed by yet another Bishop’s power play goal sealed the deal, rewarding the Gaiters their second win of the season. Alain spoke about the energy level in today’s game. “We started well today,” said Alain. “We outshot Bishop’s in the first, but it seems like the more the game went on, the more we were fading down in terms of energy.”
With the loss, the Ravens move to 2-4 on the season and carry a four-game losing streak with them back to Ottawa. That comes after winning their first two games of the year.
Carleton is now in a three-way tie for fourth spot in the RSEQ, as they will head home next weekend to face off against their crosstown rivals in the uOttawa Gee-Gees. Puck drop for that one on Friday, November 19th is at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are still available for this game can purchased online. Can’t make it to the game? Stream it on the Ravens YouTube channel.