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.
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: Berard (2), Barrett, Bahm, Self, Stanisz
Warriors: Chartier, Schappert
Ravens: Ryan Dube-26
Warriors: Justin Leclerc-22, Keaton Hartigan-3