DOWN ONE

Ravens top Gee-Gees in over­time to grab se­ries lead

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Both the Car­leton Ravens and Univer­sity of Ot­tawa Gee-Gees were singing each other’s praises lead­ing up to their On­tario Univer­sity Athletics quar­ter­fi­nal matchup in men’s hockey.

Noth­ing changed fol­low­ing the Ravens 3-2 over­time win in Game 1 on Wed­nes­day night at The Car­leton Ice House.

“Re­ally glad we won,” Ravens coach Shaun Van Allen said.

“There were times when we were just OK out there and our goalie made some big saves for us but we found a way to win. When you’re in a best-of-three, get­ting that first win re­ally helps, but this se­ries is a long way from over. “

Game 2 is Fri­day night at the Minto Sports Com­plex on the U of O cam­pus.

Adam Chap­man col­lected a re­bound off a Josh Burn­side shot and buried the win­ner past An­thony Brodeur at 7:02 of the over­time.

Ja­cob Han­lon had tied the game for the Gee-Gees with a 124 left in the third pe­riod when he was able to bang a loose puck past Fran­cois Bras­sard in the Car­leton goal. That goal came on the GeeGees 43rd shot of the game.

“Our ef­fort level was there and the pos­i­tive that we can take is we came back and scored a late goal to tie it,” Gee-Gees coach Pa­trick Grand­maitre said.

“We had a lot of time in their zone and a lot of shots, but that’s a good team. It takes al­most a per­fect game to beat a team like that. There’s a rea­son they’re ahead of us and they showed it.”

The Gee-Gees out­shot the Ravens 45-31 over­all.

“We need to do a bet­ter job com­ing out of our own end and sup­port­ing the puck bet­ter. They hemmed us in at times so that’s one of the things we’ll look to im­prove on,” Van Allen said.

Curtin Meighan scored twice for the Ravens, giv­ing them a 1-0 lead with a short­handed goal at 13:07 of the first pe­riod.

Meighan played a per­fect give-and-go with Alexan­dre Boivin, drop­ping the puck at the blue line and rac­ing around the Gee-Gees defence be­fore tuck­ing a re­turn pass through Brodeur’s legs.

Bren­dan Ja­come tied the game 1-1 with a short­handed goal of his own as he elected to shoot on a 2-on-1 12 min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod and beat Bras­sard high to the glove side.

Less than two min­utes later Meighan scored on a break­away to give the Ravens a 2-1 lead af­ter the sec­ond. Af­ter the game he gave credit to Bras­sard for keep­ing the game close.

“He re­ally stole one for us. That’s what we know he can do and what we know he can bring every night and we’re lucky to have him,” Meighan said.

“We knew it wasn’t go­ing to be easy and that they weren’t go­ing to give it to us. We knew we had to play are best. We held back a bit and they re­ally brought it to us and that’s some­thing we need to im­prove on.”

This is the first play­off meet­ing be­tween the schools since 2013 when the Ravens won the se­ries 2-1. They won the sea­son se­ries this year over the Gee-Gees taken three of the four meet­ings, in­clud­ing a 7-2 win Dec. 1, the last time they met.

Now the ques­tion is how will the young play­ers on ei­ther side re­act in a short se­ries.

“When the young guys come out of ju­nior (se­ries) are a best-of­seven. It’s such a longer se­ries, so a best-of-three is so hard,” Van Allen said.

“We just want to con­tinue to try and put pres­sure on them. They had a good ef­fort tonight and I imag­ine they’ll have just as good of one on Fri­day,” van Allen said.

MARC LAFLEUR/CAR­LETON RAVENS

Car­leton’s Alexan­dre Boivin goes down af­ter col­lid­ing with uOt­tawa’s Michael Poirier at the Ice House last night.

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