Having a player who's been a captain in the Ontario Hockey League should help the Carleton Ravens in their first full-fledged season as an OUA men's hockey program. Andrew Gibbons, who wore the 'C' last season with the Belleville Bulls, popped the overtime winner in last night's 3-2 victory over the St. Thomas Tommies last night in Fredericton, N.B.
There's a phenomena in university hockey: After New Year's, the game becomes a grind for points and playoff positioning that tests each team's character and togetherness. The Ravens will go into that as relative strangers to one another compared to other teams, so that's where Gibbons' experience comes in handy. Last night, the Ravens fought through well enough against a respectable Atlantic conference team last season. Penalty troubles helped the Tommies erase an early 2-0 Ravens lead, but Carleton kept it together with Doug Jewer making 35 saves. Carleton offers a blank slate, so it's understandable why there would be interest surrounding this team.
Meantime, the Ottawa Gee-Gees lost 3-2 to Trois-Rivières last night. Martin Bricault made 24 saves for the U of O, who got goals from Keven Gagné and Paul Gauthier. The Gee-Gees finish up the exhibition sked vs. RMC on Sunday, then host the Ravens in the opener on Oct. 5; plans are to take in the game in person.