Women’s hockey handed tough loss

The Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team dropped their game against the Concordia Stingers 3-2 on Oct. 27.

The Ravens got off to a fast start, scoring on the first shot of the game as Samantha Jones chipped the puck to Carly Wouters who fired it past Stingers goalie Frederike Berger-Lebel two minutes in.

However, Concordia carried the play from there as they outshot the Ravens 14-2 in the first period.

The Stingers tied it up as forward Lidia Fillion scored in front of the net. The Ravens killed off some penalties as Concordia tested goalie Katelyn Steele with a variety of shots.

Steele stopped Marie-Jolie Allard’s shot through traffic and got a piece of Keriann Schofield’s shot from in close.

Steele made a glove save on Allard in the second period before Ravens forward Shannon Person weaved in through the defence and scored off a backhand to give the Ravens the lead again.

Once again, the advantage wouldn’t last as Concordia answered with two power play goals to finish off the period. Fillion added her second goal in front of the net and Claudia Fortin’s one timer gave the Stingers their first lead, as her teammates jumped on her in celebration.

The Ravens only managed seven shots through 40 minutes and were outshot 37-14 in the game. Pearson’s shot missed wide at the second period buzzer.

In the third, Carleton had three power plays but was unable to find the equalizer. Carleton forward Katia Boulianne had a couple of chances but were stopped.

“We were outplayed in the first. And in the second we kind of skated better,” Ravens head coach Pierre Alain said. “We got the lead 2-1 and we didn’t stay out of the box.”

“We need to be tough defensively, we need to skate, we need to play physical and we must have our special teams,” he said of the team’s defensive mindset.

Alain previously mentioned the power play needed improvement and he repeated that statement.

“We’re trying to move the puck quicker and it didn’t happen today,” Alain said.

The Concordia team was noticeably faster for much of the game and controlled cycled easily in the Carleton zone.

“We’re going to work on one-on-ones and we going to skate, we need to improve our skating as well,” Alain said.

The coach also praised the team’s character. “We battled. We kept going. We didn’t stop playing,” he added.

The loss means the Ravens are 2-2 in the season and third place in the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) standings. The team has some time off before their next game at home against the McGill Martlets on Nov. 10.

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