The Ravens and the Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres (UQTR) Patriotes are repeating history once again as they face off against each other in this year’s Queen’s Cup Playoffs. This time though, the Ravens are looking to turn the tide on history.
The two teams are now facing off against each other for the seventh time in nine seasons in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Queen’s Cup Playoffs. Time and time again, UQTR has dashed the Ravens hopes by eliminating them in the OUA playoffs.
This year, the Ravens finished second in the OUA East standings for the first time since the 2014-15 season. It was a season in which the Ravens made it out of the first round, but were eliminated by UQTR in the second round.
This year, during the regular season, the Ravens defeated the Patriotes in all three games they faced each other. On Nov. 24th the Ravens beat UQTR by a score of 2-1, the Ravens then similarly defeated UQTR by that same score on Feb. 1st, while the next day, walked away with a 3-1 victory over the Patriotes in an outdoor classic.
The Ravens are now looking to extend the success over UQTR into the postseason.
Tonight, the Ravens walked away with a 4-3 victory on the road against the Patriotes in game one of the OUA East quarterfinals over at Le Colisee.
“It’s huge. You know what I mean, up here it’s always a tough place to play in, it’s a tough rink to win in, a lot of credit to our guys, they played hard, and found a way to win,” Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen said about the game.
There would be no scoring in the opening frame, as the Ravens would leave the ice with 19 shots on goal compared to the Patriotes seven.
Four minutes into the second period, Ravens forward Matthew Forchuk fired the puck past Patriotes goaltender Sebastien Auger.
Ten minutes later, the Ravens would extend their lead to 2-0, as forward Jared Steege found the back of the net.
Seconds later, Ravens forward Andrew Jarvis, would make it a 3-0 game, as he shot the puck past Auger.
With three minutes remaining in the second, the Ravens would find themselves up 4-0, when forward Brett Gustavsen sent the puck flying into the back of the net.
The Ravens would leave the ice with a 4-0 lead, while also leading in shots on goal with 18 compared to the Patriotes six.
As the teams returned for the final frame, UQTR would heat up as they scored three unanswered goals.
“Get in deep. Don’t sit back, keep playing the same way we have in the first two periods,” Van Allen said about UQTR’s comeback.
Five minutes into the third period, Patriotes forward Patrice Demuy, would find the back of the net against Ravens netminder Francois Brassard.
With three minutes remaining in the final frame, Patriotes forward Jason Lavallee would fire the puck past Brassard to make it a two-goal game.
Seconds later, Patriotes forward Christophe Boivin would make it a one-goal game as he sent the puck flying past Brassard.
Despite peppering 23 shots on goal compared to the Ravens eight, UQTR could not end up solving Brassard for the tying goal, as the Ravens walked away with a 4-3 victory in game one.
“I thought he played really well. Played the puck really well, that was a big key for the first two periods for us,” Van Allen said about Brassard’s performance.
The Ravens will now look ahead to game two as they face off against the Patriotes on Saturday night at 8 p.m., at the ice house.
“Play the same way we played in the first two periods, and use our depth,” Van Allen said about gearing up for Saturday’s game.