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Convincing win over rival Ravens followed by tough loss against Concordia

Photo: Marta Kierkus

In a strong preseason performance the Gee-Gees women’s hockey team beat the Carleton Ravens in their home and season opener.

The team came storming out of the gates attacking in the Ravens end. Ultimately their efforts paid off as forward Cindy Laurin received a centering pass from Vicky Lemire and snapped it home for the Gees’ first goal.

Carleton would come blazing back minutes later and tie the game on an unassisted goal from Nicole Miners a matter of minutes later o. The Gee-Gees put the exclamation point on a frenzy of a period with a scramble in front of the net leading to Roxanne Rioux’s go-ahead goal.

Carleton was on attack in the third period but failed to tie the game, giving the Gees their first win.

“I thought we dominated,” head coach Yanick Evola told Sports Services after the game. “I do think that we could have closed them out in the second period.”

The Gee-Gees were back in action two days later when they traveled to Montreal to take on the Concordia Stingers. Unfortunately the team couldn’t build on their solid win as they lost 4-2. The Gees were unable to hold on to an early lead as Concordia took advantage of Gee-Gee mistakes to earn their second win of the year.

Freshman forward Roxanne Rioux is off to a blistering start to the season, with three goals in two games. Third-year forward Vicky Lemire looks to continue her impressive play over her first two years.

The road ahead for the Gee-Gees is a difficult one as they take on Concordia once again, and will make a second trip to Montreal to face McGill.

A competitive but small division means they will become very familiar with their foes. The team should be able to pull off multiple wins, even if they only come over the Ravens, the only other team at the same or lower level than the Gees.

Last year, the Ravens finished in last place with the Gee-Gees not far ahead. Carleton is off to a 0-2 start to the season after winning only three games in 2014-15.

The Stingers will arrive at Minto Sports Complex on Oct. 23 as the Gee-Gees look to avenge their loss with the puck dropping at 7 p.m.