NO. 5 PATRIOTES FORCE GAME 3 IN MEN'S HOCKEY EAST SEMI-FINAL

OTTAWA, Ont. - The No. 5 nationally-ranked UQTR Patriotes defeated the Carleton Ravens 2-1 in front of 400 plus fans at the CU Ice House in Game 2 of the OUA East semi-final. The Ravens will now travel back to Trois-Rivières, Que. to play the deciding Game 3 of the series, at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The Ravens started off Friday's game the way they ended Game 1 in Trois-Rivières, by playing excellent defence and taking the play to UQTR. Carleton tested UQTR's goaltender Michael Dupont (Bienne, Switzerland) early with point blank shots but the rookie backstop kept the Patriotes even with Carleton.

When UQTR had their chances Carleton's goaltender Alex Archibald was his brilliant self stopping all shots aimed at the Ravens net. The game was scoreless after the first period.

In the second period, UQTR started to control the play and with Carleton in the penalty box, UQTR's Mathieu Gravel (Greenfield Park, Que.) scored the first goal of the game on the power play at the ninth minute. It would mark the first time in the series UQTR had the lead, but it would only last nine minutes, as Carleton's Andrew Self (Peterborough, Ont.) would tie the game on the power play, scoring his team leading fourth goal of the post-season to send both teams into the second intermission tied at one. Archibald saved 17 shots in the second period, as UQTR outshot Carleton 18-10.

The third period was end-to-end hard hitting hockey with both teams having great opportunities to regain the lead. The Patriotes would capitalize on one of their few chances at the eighth minute, as Francis Charland (Victoriaville, Que.) beat Archibald to restore the UQTR one-goal lead.

The Ravens had an excellent opportunity to tie game when UQTR was called for an elbowing penalty, giving the Ravens a four-minute power play. During the man advantage, Carleton had several chances to score with Ryan Berard (Niagara Falls, Ont.) hitting the post with seven minutes remaining.

UQTR would play the trap the final four minutes as Carleton still managed several shots at tying the game, but in the end the Patriotes held on to force the third and decisive game back in Trois-Rivières.

Carleton outshot UQTR 11-9 in that final period.

Archibald has been excellent in the OUA post-season. During the first two games of this series the Ottawa native has stopped 71 of the 75 shots he has faced.

Source: Ravens Athletics
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