The Carleton Ice House played host to a November 18 contest between CIS hockey rivals the Ottawa Gee Gees and the Carleton Ravens. With former Princeton Tigers backstop Cassie Seguin standing between the pipes for the Gee Gees, and Tamber Tisdale manning the crease for the Ravens, the two were prepared to give their teams every opportunity to win.
Crisp passes and strong skating were defining factors in the opening period as both squads were eager to log the first goal. With a hooking penalty to Gee Gees skater Carley Porcellato at the 4:35 mark of the period, the Ravens had the first power play in the contest.
Short handed, the Gee Gees still managed to find their way in the Ravens offensive zone. With a lot of traffic in the Ravens crease, Tisdale showed great poise in ensuring the Gee Gees did not score. The Ravens' line of Alex Yallouz, Ainslee Kent and Tawnya Guindon were unable to solve Seguin on the power play.
With 11:39 left in the frame, the Gee Gees drew first blood as Valerie Watson, the 2012 CIS All-Rookie selection, beat Tisdale. Assists were credited to Carling Chown and Genevieve Legault. The Ravens retaliated quickly as Kelsey Vander Veen was on a breakaway but was denied by Seguin.
Alex Yallouz would be called for a tripping penalty with 5:45 left in the frame as the Gee Gees went on the power play in the hopes of adding to their lead. Gee Gees captain (and 2012 Red Bull Crashed Ice champion) Fannie Desforges shot at close range but was blocked by alternate captain Jessica O’Grady.
After Yallouz served her penalty, two more penalties were quickly handed out. Ottawa’s Elarie Leclair was called for crosschecking, while Carleton’s Victoria Gouge would be called for body checking. With the teams at even strength, the Gee Gees worked towards building their lead. Valerie Watson attempted to get her second score of the contest but was denied by Tisdale. Carol-Ann Upshall’s backhand hit the Ravens post, and Watson shot again but Tisdale showed great poise.
Desforges would be called for a holding penalty with 18:40 left in the period, and the Ravens' power-play unit of Sadie Wegner, Kelsey Vander Veen and Victoria Gouge looked to tie the game. The strong-skating Wegner shot twice at Seguin in a valiant effort.
Heading into the second period, Tisdale was peppered with a barrage of shots. Watson and Upshaw combined again to try and score on the goalie from Red Deer, Alberta. Freshman Cindy Laurin shot on Tisdale and the puck fell out of her glove hand. Asha Kauffeldt, the 5'3" spitfire, intercepted a Ravens pass and attempted to bury the puck past Tisdale. Midway through the period, Ottawa outshot Carleton 20-12.
Eventually, the Ravens would even the score. Wegner, one of the most energetic and dynamic skaters in CIS, streaked down the ice as she was shadowed by two Gee Gees players. Despite the added attention, Wegner was not intimidated and released a wrist shot which beat Seguin on the glove side.
With 4:58 left in the second frame, fourth-year forward Lauren Coxon was called for tripping. Although the Ravens had a power-play opportunity, Seguin was steady between the pipes. With Ainslee Kent weaving through Gee Gees traffic, her wicked wrist shot did not trick Seguin. Despite the power-play opportunity, it was the Gee Gees that capitalized. Sophomore skater Janie Paquette buried a rebound off a shot by Jessica Bouchard to provide the Gee Gees with the lead.
Before the period ended, the Gee Gees would nearly add to their lead again. Desforges, the Gee Gees captain would soar across the ice and beat Tisdale on a backhand shot. Said shot would hit the crossbar as the period ended with a 2-1 lead in favor of Ottawa.
Only 23 seconds into the third period, Wegner tried to tie the game for the Ravens. With blazing speed, she soared down the ice and tried to beat Seguin once again with a wrist shot on the glove side.
Despite the best efforts of Carleton to tie the game, the Gee Gees nearly built Tisdale again. Watson was behind the net and the left side of the Ravens net was completely open. Quickly looking to exploit the error, Watson made a wraparound shot but Tisdale employed lightning speed to prevent the goal.
Although the Gee Gees worked to protect their lead, the Ravens would tie the contest. Jessica O’Grady shot with high traffic in the Gee Gees crease. Once again, Wegner would score for the Ravens as she picked up the rebound and went top shelf with a wrist shot.
Despite the Gee Gees whacking a rebound to take the lead again, the resilient Ravens regrouped. Victoria Gouge would be the story as she intercepted a pass from Gee Gees freshman Genevieve Legault. Her shot would go through the five-hole to tie the game as the Carleton faithful erupted in cheers of approval.
With 1:27 left, the Gee Gees would capitalize on a missed pass. As said pass soared towards centre ice, Carling Chown streaked down the ice on a breakaway and beat Tisdale to give the Gee Gees the lead once again.
Playing with an empty net, the Ravens led the offensive charge. Victoria Gouge and Sadie Wegner led the charge but Wegner was injured near the Gee Gees net with 20 seconds left. The play would continue as Gouge lay on the ice in pain before the clock stopped with 12.7 seconds left. No penalty was called and the Ravens lost an attacker for 8 valuable seconds.
Wegner would try for the hat trick with 0.7 seconds left but Seguin stopped the shot to preserve a hard-fought win for the Gee Gees. “It was one of those games where we would have liked to have had an extra five to ten minutes,” stated Ravens skater Alex Yallouz. “We battled hard. Our goals are to stop making the little mistakes,” mentioned Gee Gees skater Elarie Leclair.
“All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated”
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