The Gee-Gees women’s hockey team dispatched the Carleton Ravens by a 2-0 score as RSEQ regular season play resumed on Friday night at the uOttawa Minto Sports Complex. A pair of goals by second-year Gee-Gee Taylor McGaughey, eleven seconds apart in the first period, stood as the difference as Ottawa recorded its first shut out of the 2017-18 season.
“As a rookie I was younger than most of the players and I was a little bit nervous, but I’ve started to come out of my shell a little bit this year and my team mates have helped me do that,” explains McGaughey, who now has three goals and two assists through ten games this season after recording just one point in her rookie campaign.
“Playing with my sister is also nice – we have chemistry together and we just keep building off it,” adds McGaughey, referring to her twin Megan who is her line-mate. The duo hail from Sudbury, Ont.
Maude Lévesque-Ryan stopped 20 shots en route to her fourth career regular season shut-out for the Garnet and Grey. The veteran from Rimouski, Que., was sharp throughout the contest, displaying solid reflexes and a strong glove.
Carleton’s best opportunity to score came in the final five minutes with an extended 5-on-3 power play. Shanie Deschatelets, Christine Deaudelin, and Bryanna Neuwald held the Ravens to the outside and killed off the threat. Ottawa’s penalty kill unit is the most efficient in U SPORTS, having allowed just one goal (97.2 per cent).
Ottawa is now just one point back of Montreal for first place in the RSEQ standings, with a game in hand. The Gee-Gees take on McGill in Montreal on Sunday at 3 p.m. The game will be streamed live at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/mcgill/
“I think we’re feeling really good – we had a great week of practice and everyone is excited to be back,” says McGaughey. “We just want to keep it going and stay at the top of the standings.”