Men’s Hockey (4-3-4 OUA)
The always important, high emotion OUA East rivalry between uOttawa and Carleton fell in favour of the Ravens at The Ice House on Friday night, with the Ravens ultimately winning 6-3 and taking a one game lead in the season series.
The Gee-Gees managed to stage a second period comeback in the game, scoring three unanswered goals in the second period. But the Ravens’ offensive fire power was too much for the garnet and grey to handle in the end.
Both teams managed to stay disciplined in the rivaled matchup, each surrendering only three power play opportunities to the other team. The Ravens were the team who managed to make the most of their opportunities though, scoring on one odd-man advantage and dictating the full strength play.
The uOttawa men got off to a poor start on Friday night, allowing a goal against on the first shot of first shift of the game. From there, the momentum was clearly in favour of the Ravens, who managed to bury the the Gee-Gees in a four goal deficit just over half way through the game.
“The first goal gave them a lot of wind in their sails, and in the first 30 minutes of the game, they were too fast, too strong, and they were the better team,” said Gee-Gees bench boss Real Paiement. “We didn’t do a very good job of taking space away from them in the neutral zone, and they took advantage of that with their speed.”
While the Gee-Gees did manage to make the game interesting with a late second period surge, the Ravens kept them at bay by adding two more goals in the third period.
Despite giving up one goal shorthanded, the Gee-Gees’ penalty kill redeemed themselves by scoring a short handed goal just six minutes later. The garnet and grey penalty kill unit has now scored an OUA best four short handed goals this season.
“The penalty kill has been the most consistent aspect of our game from the very beginning,” said Paiement. “Hopefully we can continue to be consistent on the penalty kill, because we’re definitely not getting any consistency from our power-play.”
The Gee-Gees will now switch their focus to a Sunday afternoon matchup against the Concordia Stingers at the uOttawa Minto Sports Complex.
“We can’t be on our heels against Concordia like we were tonight,” Paiement explained. “We have to do a better job creating turnovers in the neutral zone and working on that to create chances.”
Gee-Gee goal scorers- White (Forster, Leduc) 13:24 2nd period; Ouellette (Moore) 16:16 2nd period (SH); Tanguay-Theriault (Donovan) 18:34 2nd period;
Raven goal scorers- MacLean (Stanisz, Manley) 0:24 1st period; Manley (Glass) 3:11 1st period; Glass 2:52 2nd period; Porowski (Manley, Stanisz) 10:27 2nd period (PP); Taylor (Bakker, Folkes) 2:57 3rd period; West (Berard) 19:49 3rd period (EN);