Archive for January, 2012


Episode 18 – Tisdale recaps epic McGill win

The best show yet! We recap the Lady Ravens upset win over the McGill Martlets and star goalie Tamber Tisdale stops by to explain how they did it. Lots of features in this one, including a recap of the Queen’s/Carleton match up to get you set to tonight. Check it out!

This is the most important week of hockey for the Carleton University Ravens men’s hockey team.

We thought they could contend for top spot in the OUA East but a costly losing streak has made that task impossible. Even second place is out of reach.

But this week, the Ravens have a chance to make a statement: That they, like we thought they would be, are one of the best team’s in the country.

These three games this week, against tough competition, will in all likelyhood help determine the playoff positioning for Carleton.

It seem’s like every week a player comes on our show and makes a reoccuring statement. Newest recruit Tim Billingsly was the latest to proclaim, “It’s about peaking at the right time.”

Well gentleman, it’s now time to ascend the mountain and assert yourselves as a dominant force.

Tonight, the Ravens tilt against the Queen’s University Gaels – a team that has provided all kinds of problems for Carleton the last few years. Here’s a review of the last few classic battles:

Queen’s has a game in hand over the fourth place Ravens, and are only five points and in ninth place. If Carleton loses this game, they will slip into danger of missing the playoffs knowing they have two huge weekend contests.

Fresh off stealing 3/4 points on the road, the Ravens have a date with one of Canada’s best on Saturday.

The McGill Redmen pay a visit to the Ice House, and the team seems confident they can beat them.

“We stayed with them the whole way,” said defenceman Mike Lomas. “Our work ethic increases when we play better teams.”

But perhaps Carleton has the chance to BE the better team. They have shut out the Redmen in regulation in three straight contests…something never done by any team against Mcgill – ever.

“That was the best game of the year we played,” he said after last week’s 1-0 shootout loss to McGill. “I thought our guys were up to the challenge.”

Then, on Sunday, the Ravens play the U-Ottawa Gee-Gees. This rivalry always entertains and this season the teams are intertwined in an intense playoff battle. In fact, there’s a good chance they meet in the first round, so this has to be a statement game for Carleton.

This week offers a chance for Carleton to a) bury a team outside the playoff picture b) prove they are just as good as the country’s second ranked team  and c) beat a cross town rival and a team with a similar point total.

An opportunity that can’t be wasted.

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Fans can follow all the action at http://www.ssncanada.com

 

 

Episode 17 – Meet the Ravens’ new ‘Bill’

Ottawa-born Tim Billingsley began his season in the Central Hockey League after a long OHL Career, but over the break decided to come back to school, which means the Ravens mens hockey team added a big, skilled defenceman to their lineup. Tim comes into the studio to chat with Mitch and Eric, and then they preview a big weekend for both teams in Montreal to face McGill and Concordia.

Episode 15: Exam Time

Blaire MacDonald, Joey Manley, and Shane Bakker all took a study break to join Jeff Krever and guest host Pam Fabbro to talk about the men’s upcoming road trip, the two big wins for the women’s team, second half expectations, Twitter, and concussions.

Episode 16: Its a long road ahead

Recapping the disappointing 2 game losing streak to start the New Year which pushes the men’s team’s losing skid to 5 games. Previewing the upcoming road games for both the men’s and women’s hockey teams.

 

Men’s Hockey
Late penalty costs Ravens versus cross-town rivals

By: Jeff Krever

The Carleton University Ravens men’s hockey team fell 3-2 in a heated battle with the uOttawa Gee-Gees, marking their third straight loss at the Ice House.

Dominic Jalbert (Gatineau, Que.) scored what turned out to be the game-winner with an empty net goal in the final minute of the game, while Russel Abbott (Mill Bay, B.C.) earned each of the 28 saves he made in the win.

Ravens’ head coach Marty Johnston applauded his team’s effort, but says it needs to win the battles on special teams.

“We have to find ways to win,” said Johnston. “We have to generate more offense than we have in the last five or six games, we’ve got to go back to the drawing board and try to get more pucks to the net and get more traffic and get more rebounds.”

On a night where defenceman Tim Billingsley (Ottawa) and centre Andrew Glass (Boston, Mass.) made their debuts, in the first period it was the goaltenders who stole the show, with Abbott and Dopud exchanging impressive saves throughout a scoreless opening frame.

In the second the Gee-Gees looked to get the game’s first goal with a power play opportunity on a slash by Andrew Self (Peterborough, Ont.), but it was the Ravens getting the biggest chance when Joe Pleckaitis (Ottawa) got behind the defense a shorthanded breakaway, but Abbott denied the second-year forward with a right pad save.

The Ravens survived a furious uOttawa counter attack, with Dopud sliding cross-crease to make two impressive saves, keeping the score even.

But even with the power play over, the Gee-Gees continued to press. Paul Forster (North Vancouver, B.C.) opened the scoring for uOttawa when he buried a rebound past a sprawling Dopud on a scramble play in front, giving the Gee-Gees a one-goal edge.

After failing to convert a power play early in the third period, coach Marty Johnston left it to his scrappy checking line to provide the offense the Ravens needed.

With a pileup of bodies in front and Abbott fighting to cover the loose puck, Linden Bahm (Kinburn, Ont.) used his strength to bury the tying goal. Bahm’s fifth of the year sent the Ice House crowd into frenzy, while the Gee-Gees argued that the puck was covered.

Abbott received attention from the trainer for what appeared to be a hand injury, but remained in the game for uOttawa.

With Dopud and Abbott dueling back-and-forth with one big save after another, the turning point came with minutes left in the game, when Brad Albert received a questionable call for interference after being challenged in the corner of the Ravens’ zone.

“It’s hard for me to see from that vantage point, but I thought there were some things happening out there and at that time of the game I was a little bit disappointed with the call,” said Johnston.

Dopud fought traffic in front to make key saves early, helping the Ravens kill off the initial penalty, but they were never able to regroup. Maxime Chamberland (Chateauguay, Que.) beat Dopud upstairs on a two-on-one down low, giving the Gee-Gees the tie-breaking goal with just 1:44 remaining.

Before the Ravens could respond with any pressure, the dangerous Jalbert scored his seventh of the year into the empty net on a clearing attempt.

Pleckaitis scored with 13 seconds remaining, but it was too little too late as Carleton couldn’t muster up any more scoring chances.

With the loss the Ravens fall to 2-1-0 in the season series again their cross-town rivals, although that record may not be all it appears. Contests from Oct. 29 – a 4-2 loss, and Oct. 21 – a 2-1 shootout win, were reversed after the league ruled that the Gee-Gees were in violation of league rules by playing a suspended player, Jon Carnevale (Beaverton, Ont.)

The results were changed to a pair of 2-0 wins for Carleton, making a difference of five points in the OUA East standings.

Carleton will get a chance to end a four-game losing streak on Friday, Jan. 6 when Johnston’s Ravens pay a visit to UQTR. Puck drops at 7p.m.

Notes: Mike Lomas, who was expected to return to the lineup after Christmas, did not play as he continues to nurse an injury. Johnston says expect to see him back within the next few games.

Men’s Hockey
Ravens add Central Hockey League defenceman

By: Jeff Krever

The Carleton University Ravens men’s hockey team added defenceman Tim Billingsley (Ottawa) over the break, who joined the Ravens in time for their two exhibition games in Thunder Bay as well as their 2012 opener versus the uOttawa Gee-Gees.

Billingsley left the Central Hockey League’s Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees to cash in on a scholarship that he was eligible for through the Ontario Hockey League after splitting time over five seasons with the Toronto/Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors and the Niagara Ice Dogs.

“(Ravens’ head coach Marty Johnston) told me in the summer that if I wanted to come at Christmas there might be a spot, so I talked to him in the weeks leading up to me leaving Texas and he said there was still a spot so that’s how it happened,” said Billingsley.

The former seventh-round draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes is expected to add depth and versatility to the Ravens’ blue line.

“Tim had some pro opportunities, I mean being drafted to the NHL, obviously people saw promise to his game,” said Johnston. “We’re really happy – I think he’s going to really add a great element to our defence.”

With the Ravens competing for home ice in the playoffs, Billingsley is anxious to help his new team win games down the stretch. He says that while he can play offensively when necessary, he’s best known for his abilities as a shutdown, checking defenceman.

“I don’t know how big of an impact I can make yet, it’s still too early so I’m still feeling out what kind of hockey it is,” said Billingsley. “I can step in and be that extra, reliable guy night in and night out that gets the job done.”

Billingsley made his regular season debut on Jan. 4, a 3-2 loss to the uOttawa Gee-Gees.

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