The Carleton Ravens Women’s hockey team rolled into Montreal to face off against the McGill University Martlets on a chilly afternoon on Nov. 10th.
Despite the team falling 3-0, head coach Pierre Alain said that he was very happy with the team’s performance and referred to the game as the best game of the season so far.
“We played hard for 60 minutes and we never gave up, we made some good plays and we went hard the whole game… but I’m very, very proud of the team today,” Alain said.
The Ravens would find themselves down 1-0 ten minutes into the opening period, as forward Valerie Audet fired the puck past Ravens goaltender Katelyn Steele and into the net.
The Martlets would soon extend their lead to 2-0 five minutes into the second period, as Audet scored her second goal of the game on the powerplay.
The game would then fall further out of Carleton’s favor, as Martlets forward Jade Downie-Landry sealed the deal with an empty net goal with less than two minutes left in the final frame.
Despite the loss, the Ravens lead in shots on goal in the third period with 14 compared to McGill’s 9.
“We, as a team after the game, we all decided that we played a very good game and it was just the fact that we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities, so it was less of a ‘oh, we lost’ and more of a ‘let’s keep going with that energy, that speed, that aggression,’ so we were obviously upset with the loss, but not with the effort. If you can end a game happy with the effort, that means something,” forward Leah Scott said.
Alain praised Scott as inspirational in the game and credited her leadership as a role model to the other players.
“She took over, I mean, we had a good meeting, I had a meeting with the captains this week and we spoke about ways to be better and ways to play better, and she’s the leader of that group and she showed that today, she showed her teammates and she just brought the whole team together, she did a great job,” Alain said.
The Ravens will now look to pick up a win when they face off against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees in the rejuvenated Alerts Cup game on Nov. 16th.
“It’s huge. We’ve been looking forward to it for a while now, we learned that we were going to have this game in the summer, so we’ve been prepping for it, getting excited,” Scott said
“And for girls’ hockey it’s also a really big thing, having a game like this, where it’s publicly advertised, it’s huge. It means a lot to us and to the game, so having that kind of event where it’s planned, it’s really nice to have that kind of support behind us,” Scott added.