By Tessa Ghadban
The Carleton Ravens began the game in full stride as they faced their cross-town rivals, the Ottawa University Gee Gees in a must win game scenario. The Ravens wasted no time, putting pressure on the University of Ottawa’s goaltender Russell Abbott. Carleton’s Joey Manley was able to find the back of the net to give the Ravens the early lead.
The Ravens continued to control the pace of the game with a goal by Ryan Berard that trickled through the GeeGees goaltender to add to the lead. The rivalry grew strong with aggressive play by both teams as the game progressed. Ravens remained atop the GeeGees 2-0 to close out the first period.
Carleton continued to push from the outset of the second period with a goal scored by Mitch Porowski at 3:15. The GeeGees outshot the Ravens 8-6, but were unable to get the best of the Ravens defence and goaltender, Ryan Dube.
The third period showed to be a true test of Carleton’s ability to break the so-called “second round curse” and maintain the lead. Carleton however, was hungry for the victory and continued to dominate the GeeGees. Joe Pleckaitis was able to flip the puck around behind the GeeGees goaltender to score. Carleton’s Tyler Taylor further extended the lead on a 2-on-1 play at the ten minute mark of the final period.
A tripping penalty on University of Ottawa’s Stephen Blunden presented the Ravens with the man advantage late in the third period. Andrew Glass gave the Ravens the final goal and a score of 6-0 over their city rivals.
Carleton’s goalie, Ryan Dube, played strong in his crease all night to gain the shutout in the Ravens victory.
The Ravens move on to the next round where they will face Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) in the OUA East Finals. Game 1 will take place on Wednesday at UQTR (7pm) and Game 2 heads back to the Ice House on Friday night.
Go Ravens Go!