OUA M-HOCKEY ROUNDUP: ROOKIES CONTRIBUTE TO WESTERN WIN

LONDON, Ont. - With 13 new faces in the line-up, two have made an immediate presence scoring the game-winning and insurance goal in a 2-0 Western Mustangs win over the Queen's Gaels on Oct. 4 at Thompson Arena.

Geoff Killing (Embro, Ont.) and Aaron Snow (Windsor, Ont.) scored for Western, while Brad Topping (Strathroy, Ont.) got the win in net making 20 saves for the shutout.

In an entertaining but unproductive first period, Western outshot Queen's 15-9 and carried the pressure for most of the opening frame.

It was all Western early. Kyle Lamb (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) had the best chance in the opening frame, coming in from behind the Gaels' net and attempting to score on a wrap around. But he was robbed by Brady Morrison (Thamesville, Ont.) to keep the game scoreless.

Topping's first save came on a Queen's power play just over six minutes into the game, as Western had outshot the Gaels 7-0 to that point in play.

Gaels forward Brock Ouellet (Lindsay, Ont.) came close to breaking the deadlock on a fastbreak but he hit the crossbar with just under nine minutes left in the first.

The game remained scoreless after one period.

In the second frame, Snow took a nice pass from fifth-year forward Sal Peralta (Leamington, Ont.) and the tip in attempt went just wide. It was the best Mustangs chance of the second period.

The game was scoreless until Killing broke the tie early in the third.

Known more for his defensive play in the OHL, Killing capitalized on a good shift for Western. Patrick Ouellet (Baie-Comeau, Que.) took a big hit from Gaels blue-liner Francis Horvath (Calgary, Alta.) at the Queen's bench but still managed to get the puck into the zone.

Killing, a former Belleville Bull, converted on Peralta's beautiful diagonal pass where he was waiting near the crease, and he scored on a quick shot to give Western the 1-0 lead.

Just under two minutes later, Snow scored on a great second-effort jam past Morrison to give Western the 2-0 cushion. Peralta was involved again, recording his second assist, after stickhandling the puck into the Queen's zone. He found Snow cutting to the net and the rookie made it count.

Snow and Peralta showed great chemistry in their OUA debut. The rookie and the veteran looked good, and the Mustangs played a strong team game for the victory.

Western benefited from some lucky bounces late in the game. Horvath had Topping beat with blast from just inside the blue line with just over 10 minutes remaining but the shot hit the post.

A minute later, Peralta made a great shot-block on a shot that, if it found the net, would have caught Topping out of position.

Then, with just over six minutes remaining in the game, Snow nearly fell out of the good books with a giveaway in the Queen's zone at the blue line. Gaels' forward Jonathon Lawrance (Steinback, Man.) looked to have scored, but with the referee Bill Waye caught up at centre ice, the Mustangs caught a break and held onto the 2-0 lead.

In the final three minutes, with Western short-handed in what would be a chippy and physical close to the game, Morrison robbed Mustang forward Jeff Martens (Maple Ridge, B.C.) on a breakaway. The Queen's netminder was solid making 32 saves in the loss.

Source: Mustangs Athletics

Photo credit: Craig Glover

CARLETON 5, OTTAWA 2

OTTAWA, Ont. - The Carleton University Ravens men's hockey team defeated the University of Ottawa Gee Gees, 5-2, to open the 2008-09 OUA Far East regular season the same way they did in 2007-08 with a victory in Ottawa's barn. The Ravens are now 1-0-0 for two points and are in first place to start the year.

The game opened with a fast pace to it as both teams came out strong and started to test each other right from the opening whistle. The Ravens now playing in their second OUA campaign, showed the capacity crowd at Ottawa's Athletic Complex that they will not only defend their post-season berth from a year ago but challenge for a home ice advantage in the upcoming OUA season.

Carleton matched the Gee Gees hit for hit in the first period and played a very disciplined period as they out shot Ottawa 12 to 10 in the first frame.

The second period started with Ottawa scoring the game's first goal by Sean Smyth (Clarence Creek, Ont.) at the four-minute mark. That seemed to spark the Ravens who tied the game seven minutes later as Carleton's captain Andrew Gibbons (Oshawa, Ont.) scored the Ravens first goal of the 2008-09 campaign assisted by Brandon MacLean (Burlington, Ont.) and Brad Good (Kitchener, Ont.).

Less than two minutes after the first Raven goal, Carleton continuing to pressure Ottawa's defence and after a shot a the Gee-Gee net, an Ottawa player swatted the puck away while standing in the crease, giving Carleton their first penalty shot of the new season. Head coach Fred Parker called upon last year's team Most Valuable Player Francis Walker (St. Eustache, Que.) who buried the puck past Ottawa's Riley Whitlock (Calgary, Alta.) to give the Ravens a one-goal lead. The Gee-Gees would tie the game two minutes later to even the score at two after two periods of play. Winston Shariff (Scarborough, Ont.) got the marker.

The third period belonged to Carleton as they dominated play scoring the winning goal three minutes in by veteran Michael Testa (Ottawa, Ont.) MacLean picked up his second assist of the night along with Ryan Berard, a rookie forward from Niagara Falls, Ont. MacLean would cap off a three-point night by scoring the first of two empty net goals for Carleton with less than two minutes remaining. Booby McBride (Whitby, Ont.) would score the second empty net goal with 40 seconds left in the game to seal Carleton's opening night victory.

Rookie goaltender Alex Archibald (Ottawa, Ont.) made 27 saves to earn his first OUA/CIS career victory as Carleton out shot Ottawa 42 to 29. Archibald made several excellent saves in the first two frames with the game on the line. He stood his ground like a fifth year veteran net minder stopping Ottawa several times with the game still tied.

Source: Ravens Athletics

OUA SCOREBOARD

October 4, 2008
UQTR 3, Guelph 2
Western 2, Queen's 0
Carleton 5, Ottawa 2