Sunday, November 02, 2008

CIS Corner: Ravens pull rank, rule upstate New York

Notes on our teams and athletes of interest from The 613...

  • Ravens: No doubt some people noticed that Carleton beat another CU — Clarkson University, ranked No. 15 in the NCAA by U.S. College Hockey Online — 5-3 on Saturday.

    It was just exhibition, but whatever ... Carleton got three goals in the final four minutes to become the first Canadian team to ever win on Clarkson's home ice. Justin Caruana had two goals, including the equalizer with 3:28 left.

    They have 12 days between OUA games before playing RMC on Nov. 14.
  • Golden Gaels: Queen's, at 4-4-1, is already at the one-third pole in the OUA after a weekend split in Toronto (beat Ryerson, loss to U of T). Brady Morrison made 29 saves in Saturday's 2-0 loss to Toronto, which won both its games to take over top spot in the OUA Mid-East division. The Gaels have a decent goal differential (minus-1) among the teams clustered from fifth through eighth in the eastern of the OUA, so they're hanging in there well.

    Is it too early to say Queen's road trip to Ottawa and McGill this weekend has playoff implications?
  • Gee-Gees: Coach Dave Leger's team also went down to the States this weekend and was competitive in a 6-3 loss at Colgate Saturday. They have a home weekend, with RMC in for the second game after Queen's (as so often happens).
  • The OUA men's basketball season tipped off this weekend, but no one noticed since for some reason four schools in the East played and no one else did. That's messed-up. A semi-rant is up over at The CIS Blog.
  • Rob Pettapiece has a review of the weekend in women's basketball up as well.
  • Gee-Gees/Ravens: A tip of the cap is due to the Carleton and Ottawa teams for the gritty effort at the OUA women's Final Four. Granted, when you get to the one-and-done portion of the soccer season, you know better than to expect any goals in the first 90 minutes, but it must have been tense during the OUA medal games.

    Carleton went toe-to-toe with Brock before losing the bronze-medal game in the 119th minute on a golden goal by the Badgers' Deanna Fidler, which gave the St. Catharines school the third OUA berth in the nationals.

    That was just a warmup act for some shootout drama in the final, with Laurier beating the Gee-Gees on penalties after a 0-0 tie. A lot of credit is due to Gee-Gees coach Steve Johnson and his team. Every year, you lose players to graduation, but from its 2007 team, it lost both the 'keeper, Kat Vulic, and its MVP, Amanda Robinson, for reasons that could not have been budgeted for (graduate school in Toronto and the national under-20 women's team, respectively). Regardless, they're off to nats for the seventh time in eight seasons.
  • Note to readers: OK, this is how it might have to be with the CIS Corner. The ritual for the past two years has to been to update (a "writethrough," in newspaper argot) constantly over the weekend. It's a little time-consuming. The aim instead will be to fire up a notebook some time Saturday night (but what if you have a date, Neate? ... not a concern) and add to it Sunday if needed. Leave the sports information to the hard workers in the sports information business.
  • Carleton's renowned School of Journalism is having a sports journalism seminar Monday. You'll never guess whom they lined up to speak.
  • There will be some sort of preview of the CIS men's soccer championship at Carleton in the Ottawa Sun this week.


Anonymous said...

So Carleton becomes the first CIS team to beat Clarkson on their home ice...yet lose at home to RMC last week?
I guess that's why they play the game.

sager said...

Hey, RMC is not that bad a team ... just ask Queen's.

Anonymous said...

Actually sags, you're right.
The RMC men's hockey team has almost always been fairly competitive and respectable, if not a bona fide contender.
The men's basketball team, however....

Andrew Bucholtz said...

Add men's volleyball, women's basketball, women's volleyball and probably rugby to that list of dubious RMC teams. Men's hockey is one of their few respectable programs.