Captain Erik Karlsson played perhaps his most explosive game since suffering his Achilles injury nearly two years ago, but an exceptional performance by Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khudobin ensured the Senators fell short 3-2 to Carolina on Saturday night. Goals by Cody Ceci and Mark Stone were not enough to pace Ottawa, as Carolina benefit from an odd deflection goal to tie the game and later secured the win on a weak Nathan Gerbe wrister.
With the loss, the Senators are firmly 6th in the Atlantic division, but do have the benefit of many home games ahead. In the final two games before the All-Star break, Ottawa heads off to play the New York Rangers on Tuesday and returns home for a matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday evening.
The Senators’ junior brethren won two of three games this weekend. They beat Owen Sound 4-2 in the return of long-injured goaltender Liam Herbst, but split a home-and-home series with Peterborough thanks to a 3-2 road loss and 5-1 home win. Dante Salituro, normally known for his sniping ways, chipped in with six assists over the three games. Captain Travis Konecny served the first of a two games suspension on Sunday, following a match penalty in the Saturday loss. The Sunday game was also host to fundraising and awareness for Neil Doef, a Smiths Fall hockey player who suffered a serious spinal cord injury in December.
Fortunate as exam time nears for high school students, the 67’s have only one game this coming weekend. They play host to the division rival Belleville Bulls on Friday night at TD Place Arena. With the Bulls only four points back, it’s an important game on the schedule, but the 67’s will be without Konecny.
University sports are back in full-swing. In women’s hockey action, the Ravens and Gee Gees faced off in a pair of games and each posted a win. Carleton won 4-2 on Friday night, and the Gee Gees responded with a 3-1 win on Sunday. The men’s Ravens, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss to McGill but also blanked Laurentian 5-0. As you may have read in the news, the suspension of the University of Ottawa men’s hockey team has been extended into the 2015-16 season. Special mention Andrew Stephens’ incredible seven goal performance on a calf weaker than Aaron Rodgers’.
Following a tough loss to the rival Gee Gees last week, the Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team reminded everyone why they’re still top dogs. They demolished Guelph 101-59 before crushing Lakehead 105-58. The two wins push Carleton to 10-1 on the season, but the Gee Gees now boast a 11-0 record thanks to wins over the same two teams (89-76 over Lakehead, 102-68 over Guelph). On the women’s side, the Ravens now stand at 6-5 following a split on the weekend games, as did the 7-4 Gee Gees.
Title image courtesy of goravens.ca and Valerie Wutti.
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