The University of Ottawa women’s hockey team took a 3-2 loss against the Montreal Carabins in a hard fought game Friday night. The teams were battling it out for the first place spot in the RSEQ conference.
“We played aggressively in the first period and had lots of scoring chances,” said head coach Yanick Evola. Roxanne Rioux was able to capitalize on one of those scoring chances with a goal to open the scoring at the 15:01 mark.
Montreal came out stronger in the second as Casandra Dupuis recorded her first goal of the night just 3:26 into the period. The momentum carried over to the third as Dupuis recorded her second of the night along with a goal from Jessica Cormier to put the Carabins in a comfortable 3-1 lead.
The Gee-Gees were not about to hand over the win that easily and Carol-Ann Upshall scored late in the third to bring the team within one. “Taylor McGaughey deserves a pat on the back as she performed well tonight, she was my star for tonight’s game,” said Evola of McGaughey who got the assist on the second goal for uOttawa.
Overall it was a tight game that came down to the wire in the last few minutes of play as uOttawa pulled goaltender Maude Lévesque-Ryan. The move generated some chances but no further goals, giving Montreal the victory. Lévesque-Ryan made 30 saves for Ottawa.
“I would like to see us be more consistent and play a strong, full 60 minutes,” said Evola in looking forward to Sunday’s home game against the Concordia Stingers.