It was a night where not a whole lot went right for the University of Ottawa Men’s Hockey team. Ottawa surrendered six goals in the opening period en route to a 7-2 loss at the hands of the rival Carleton Ravens on December 1 at the Minto Sports Complex
“It was a tough start, it’s hard to make up ground after a start like that” Head Coach Patrick Grandmaître said following the game.
The game kicked off positively for the Gee-Gees, opening with some quick rushes and shots on goal. Ottawa kept their feet moving and forced the Ravens to take a pair of infractions. Over the course of the two power plays, Ottawa snipers peppered Carleton goaltender François Brassard with shots. Defenceman Médric Mercier hit the post with a rocket from the point, but the power play unit was ultimately unable to convert.
Carleton opened the scoring nine minutes into the game, when a shot from Jared Steege soared past goaltender Graham Hunt. The Ravens would ultimately score two goals in the following two minutes, chasing Hunt from the game. The switch in goal did little to shift momentum, as Carleton tallied three more goals in the period and converted on both of their power play opportunities.
Despite the lopsided score, Ottawa outshot the Ravens 14-11 in the opening frame. In the second period, frustrations began to boil over. Ottawa was assessed five minor penalties in the period, with many of them in retaliation to actions from the Ravens. The Ravens would convert again on the power play in the period to extend their lead to seven.
Ottawa sought to snap Brassard’s shutout in the third period. After generating some chances over the course of the period, Mathieu Newcomb was finally able to bury a loose puck with six minutes to go in regulation and inject some life back into the crowd. Adam Beveridge would tally his first goal of the season in the final minutes of the game to round out the scoring.
The Gee-Gees will look to redeem themselves when they hit the road to Kingston to take on the Queen’s Gaels tomorrow night to conclude the first half of the regular season.