Category: Game Reviews

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.


Powers, Bergeron Lead Lady Ravens over Concordia

By: Jeff Krever

The Carleton University Ravens women’s hockey team held off a late surge by
the Concordia Stingers to hang on for a 4-2 win in an afternoon affair at the
Ice House on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Victoria Powers (Ajax, Ont.) took home the game’s first star after stopping
31 shots in her first start of the season, while Claudia Bergeron
(Drummondville, Ont.) dazzled an enthusiastic Ice House gathering with two
early goals.

Alexandra Yallouz (North Vancouver, B.C.) scored the eventual game-winner on
the powerplay at 9:31 of the second period, but after taking a 3-0 lead
Carleton let the Stingers storm back to make it close.

With the game barely underway Bergeron put the Ravens ahead 1-0, burying the
first shot of the game up high on Marie-Pier Rémillard (Laval, Que.) for her
first goal of the season.

Minutes later Bergeron, playing in her second game back from an injury,
struck again, splitting the two defensemen and scoring five-hole for a
highlight-reel goal.

“You can see just by the energy that
[Bergeron] brings every single shift and every battle she engages in that she’s
a real leader on this team and somebody that makes a significant impact in
terms of where we want to go this season,” said head coach Shelley Coolidge.

Bergeron was easily the most dangerous forward in the game, providing the
dominant scoring the Ravens were looking for last season.

“I’ve been working on it and I think the last stretch I had at the end of
last year just showed that I can do it, and again this weekend I showed it so
hopefully it keeps going this way for me,” said Bergeron.

After stopping only one of the first three shots she faced, Rémillard
bounced back with a blocker save on Sadie Wegner (Pembroke, Ont.) all alone in
front to keep the Stingers in the game.

In the second period the Ravens struggled defensively, surrendering early
scoring chances, but Powers kept the door shut to preserve the Ravens’ lead.

With Alexandra D’Ambrosio (Dollard des Ormeaux, Que.) serving a double
minor, the Ravens passed on a golden opportunity to take a commanding lead
after four minutes with a man-advantage.

The penalty struggles continued for the Stingers, but this time the Ravens
would capitalize.  Yallouz scored on a
rebound in front to give the Ravens a 3-0 lead.

After failing to score on their first 17 shots on goal, the Stingers finally
got to Powers late in the second period. Alyssa Sherrard (Bathurst, N.B.)
buried a rebound in front to cut into the deficit and suddenly Concordia had

Less than a minute later, Catherine Rancourt (Quebec City) beat Powers with
a hard wrist shot from the slot, making it a one-goal game heading into the
third period.

Early in the third the Ravens penalty kill would be tested with Victoria
Gouge (Brampton, Ont.) in the box for tripping. The Stingers brought relentless
pressure on the powerplay, forcing Powers to make the save of the game, sliding
across the crease to deny Sherrard with the left pad.

The Stingers were given another chance with the man advantage midway through
the frame, but again Powers stole the show, smothering every puck that came her

Powers continued to shut the door the rest of the way with 12 saves in the
third period, then with under a minute left Kristen MacDonald (Osgoode, Ont.)
scored an empty-netter to put it away.

“Victoria was just really calm in the net, she got across and made some huge
saves and gave us a chance to continue and compete because it could have easily
been 4-3 for Concordia,” said Coolidge.

With the win the Ravens remain undefeated in regulation this season. Next
weekend Carleton pays a visit to their cross-town rivals the uOttawa Gee-Gees
on Saturday, Oct. 29 before returning to the Ice House for its first look at
the McGill Martlets on Oct. 30.

Score by Period:
Ravens: 2+1+1=4
Stingers: 0+2+0=2

Ravens: Claudia Bergeron (2), Alexandra Yallou, Kristen MacDonald
Stingers: Alyssa Sherrard, Catherine Rancourt

Ravens: 7+8+13=28
Stingers: 7+14+12=33

Ravens – Victoria Powers: 7+12+12=31
Stingers – Marie-Pier Rémillard: 5+7+12=24

Ravens: 1/4
Stingers: 0/2

Ravens down crosstown rivals in Shootout

The Carleton University Ravens men’s hockey team extended its winning streak to three games Friday night with a 2-1 shootout victory over the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.

Joe Pleckaitis (Ottawa) popped in a shootout winner in a physical game in front of a boisterous crowd at the University of Ottawa Sports Complex.

But things didn’t start off so well for the Ravens.

In the opening minute of the game, Stephen Blunden (Ottawa) scored the first goal by powering to the front of Carleton’s net to put Ottawa up one.

Matthew Dopud (Pointe-Claire, Que.) settled down in goal for the Ravens after the first blunder. The second year netminder was sensational, stopping his next 18 pucks and making multiple near-impossible saves to keep his team alive.

The Ravens seemed to outwork and outplay the Gee-Gees, but their efforts never transpired into scoring chances.

The Ottawa defence did an excellent job of blocking the shooting lanes as they held the Ravens to 1-for-9 on the power play.

Late in the second, on a 5-on-3 advantage, Joe Pleckaitis (Ottawa) fired home a third rebound conceded by Russel Abbott (Mill Bay, Ont.) to tie up the game.

In the third period and overtime, the teams traded chances but couldn’t sneak one in. It set the stage for a thrilling shootout.

After no player could convert in the tiebreaker, Pleckaitis capped off a fantastic evening by roofing his shot to send the Ravens home with a win.

The Ravens return to action Saturday, Oct. 22, travelling to Cornell to take on the Big Red in an exhibition game. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

Ravens: 0-1-0-0-1=2
Gee-Gees: 1-0-0-0-0 =1

Ravens: Pleckaitis
Gee-Gees: Blunden

Ravens: 9-11-7-4=31
Gee-Gees: 7-3-8-1=19

Ravens: Matthew Dopud-18
Gee-Gees: Russel Abbott – 30

Power play:
Ravens: 1/9
Gee-Gees: 0/5

Home Warriors: Ravens rout Waterloo

Mitch Goldenberg

The Carleton University Ravens men’s hockey team crushed the University of Waterloo Warriors 6-2 Saturday night at the Ice House to cap off a strong weekend at home.


Ryan Berard (Niagara Falls, Ont.) scored two goals and captain Brandon MacLean (Burlington, Ont.) registered four assists as the Ravens handed the Warriors their first loss of the season.

“We feel very comfortable playing at the Ice House since the crowd gives us a boost,” said Berard. “After beating two good teams in Guelph and Waterloo on consecutive nights, we showed what our potential could be.”


With seven regulars out of the lineup, the Ravens dressed only 15 skaters and called upon MacLean’s little brother, Ryan MacLean, and rookie Nick Duhn to fill the void.

The kids were alright, as the Ravens chipped away at the Warriors, plugged the shooting lanes and outskated their opponents to wear down the dynamic offense that had lit the lamp 19 times in their first three games.

“I felt pretty good out there, I was a little nervous at first but I just stuck with the simple plays,” said the younger MacLean.

Ryan Dube (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) played great in goal when he needed to, and a strong defensive effort strangled the nation’s leading offence to just two goals on 28 shots.

“I’m really proud of the guys, especially with what we battled through with the guys out of the lineup,” said Ravens head coach Marty Johnston. “We showed a lot of character and I think we came closer as a team.”

After outplaying the Warriors through most of the first period, the Ravens got two goals in the final 90 seconds to jump to a 2-0 lead.

The Warriors narrowed the gap to 2-1 less than a minute into the second and threatened to tie the game on the power play after MacLean took a high sticking penalty. The Ravens penalty kill was spectacular however, and a great effort from Connor Barrett (Ottawa) led to a shorthanded goal to restore the two goal lead.

Ravens forward Jeff Hayes takes flight after creating a scoring opportunity during Saturday’s game vs Waterloo. Photo Credit: Murray McComb


The Ravens then scored twice on the power play, lifting them out of an early season 1-24 slump.

“That was an area we targeted in practice this past week,” said Berard. “We know that we can’t go far if our powerplay can’t produce.”


Matt Stanisz capped off a brilliant weekend on the Ravens blue line by scoring his first as a Raven and Andrew Self popped in his first of the year as well.


Tensions flared in the third, but strong defence and sturdy goaltending let the Ravens take the convincing 6-2 win to improve their record to 2-2 on the year.

“I wouldn’t say we’ve hit our stride after just two good games,” said Johnston. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but we’re happy with the results this weekend.”


The Ravens will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they visit cross-town rivals, the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees on Oct. 21. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

Ravens: 2-4-0=6
Warriors: 0-2-0=2

Ravens: Berard (2), Barrett, Bahm, Self, Stanisz
Warriors: Chartier, Schappert

Ravens: 14-14-3=31

Ravens: Ryan Dube-26
Warriors: Justin Leclerc-22, Keaton Hartigan-3

Power play:
Ravens: 2/6
Warriors: 1/5

Ravens rout Guelph to grab first win of season

by Eric Balnar

The Carleton University Ravens men’s hockey team found the win column for the first time this season with a convincing 6-0 win over the University of Guelph Gryphons at the Ice House Friday night.

It was crucial victory for the ravens, who dropped their first two contests on the road last weekend.

“Feels good. I think we really wanted it tonight. The guys before the game were really pumped up,” said starting goalie Matthew Dopud.

The Ravens came out flying in the first period, out-hitting, out-checking and out-shooting their opponent. They fired 17 shots at Guelph goalie Cody St. Jacques and beat him twice. Meanwhile, the Gryphons only mustered three shots at the Ravens’ goal.

Carleton wasted little time getting on the score sheet. Jeff Hayes wired home a shot to open the scoring halfway through the opening frame.

Hayes spent time on the top line with Ravens captain Brandon MacLean and shifty winger Ryan Berard. He won over 80% of the face offs at centre.

“They’re two really good players,” said Hayes. “I learned a lot from them last year and I have to work hard to make sure I do my part.”

The attack spread beyond the top line.

With three minutes to go in the period, Andrew Self tossed a puck in front of the Guelph goal for Joey Manley to jam home. 2-0 Ravens after one.

Carleton continued their relentless pressure in the second. Ryan Berard scooped up a loose puck while shorthanded and sniped home the team’s third goal of the game with a little over five minutes to go in the frame.

In the third period, tempers flared as the Ravens took flight. The period featured big hits and a number of penalties. This included a cheap shot from Gryphon forward Kris Belan.

“It’s frustrating when you’re losing like that. I think they just lost their emotion and took it out on us a bit,” says Hayes.

But the Ravens weathered the storm, capitalized, and sealed the victory with three goals in the final 20 minutes.

They scored their first power play goal of the season when Berard notched his second of the night on a two-man advantage. Joe Pleckaitis (Ottawa) made it 5-0 just minutes later before Linden Bahm (Kinburn, Ont.) fought for a loose puck while short-handed and scored the team’s final goal on a backhander with a minute to go.

“In this game special teams means a lot,” said Hayes. “You have to score on power plays and kill of penalties if you want to win.”

Carleton netminder Matthew Dopud (Pointe-Claire, Que.) stopped 25 shots to earn his first shutout of the season.

“I saw the puck well today. The defense opened up the lanes so I could see everything,” said Dopud. “I just focused on my game and kept my eye on the puck.”

The Ravens return to action on Oct. 15 when the University of Waterloo Warriors come to town. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

Ravens: 2-1-3=6
Gryphons: 0-0-0=0

Berard (2), Hayes, Manley, Pleckaitis, Bahm

Ravens: 17-15-8=40
Gryphons : 3+12+10=25

Ravens – Matthew Dopud: 3-12-11=25
Gryphons – Cody St. Jacques: 15-14-5=34

Power play
Ravens: 1/11
Gryphons: 0/12