In their final home game of the season, the Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team honored Daron Richardson, by holding their annual Do It For Daron (DIFD) night, at the Ice House.
It was a game in which the Ravens would end up dropping a 6-1 decision to the University of Montreal Carabins.
“We left a lot of energy and emotion on Thursday night. They battled, but it was tough. It was tough today. And I’m very proud of them, we’ve improved this season,” head coach Pierre Alain said.
“We didn’t make the playoffs, that was the goal, but I think we’re still going the right way and in the right direction,” he added.
The crowd would be full of minor hockey league players, but the most sentimental aspect, was that family and friends showed up in flock, to support Shannon Pearson, Nicole Allison, Katelyn Steele, and Jamie Wainman, in their final Ravens game.
“Well, it’s been an absolute thrill to be able to watch Katelyn and her teammates over the last five years. For us to be able to come to the games and watch as many as we can, we’ve enjoyed it, and we know Katelyn’s had a great five years at Carleton,” Bill, Ravens netminder Katelyn Steele’s father, said.
“So, it’s been our pleasure, and we know its been Katelyn’s pleasure to watch the games as well,” he added.
“It’s been an amazing four years with all three of them, words can’t describe how amazing they are and how much they’ve changed my life, each and every single one of them,” Steele said about the players graduating alongside her.
“They’re some of my best friends, I’m never going to forget them, and they’re going to be there for me for the rest of my life,” she added.
Out of the graduating players, Steele is the most veteran player. While Wainman, Pearson, and Allison came on to the Ravens four years ago, Steele joined the team a year before them. In the 2014-15 season.
While on the team, Steele’s save percentage has averaged at .894, while her goals against average has averaged at 3.94 goals against throughout her 80 games played. Steele recorded 15 wins, and 62 losses, while making 2,509 saves in net.
“Yeah, it’s crazy. To think five years is already over is just, wow. Looking back and remembering my first game at Carleton, and now leaving it, it’s just, the team’s so different,” Steele said.
“And every one is so different, and the one thing that has stayed the same is the support from the team and the coaching staff, and it’s been an amazing ride,” she added.
The Carabins would take the lead four minutes into the opening frame, as forward Alexandra Labelle found the back of the net against Steele.
Carabins defenceman Valerie St-Onge would grow her team’s lead to 2-0 with six minutes remaining in the first, as she fired a quick shot from the high slot that flew past Steele and into the net.
The Carabins would jump out to a 3-0 lead three minutes into the second period, as forward Annie Germain fired the puck past Steele while on the man advantage.
Eight minutes later, Montreal would score their fourth goal of the game, as forward Estelle Duvin netted her seventh goal of the season.
Two minutes later, defenceman Audrey Lavallee would make it a 5-0 game, as she fired the puck past Steele for her second of the season.
Four minutes into the final frame, Carleton would get on the board during the man advantage, as Ravens defenceman Jennifer Semkowski scored her first goal of the season.
Montreal would respond with a goal nine seconds later, as Carabins forward Catherine Dubois found the back of the net against Steele.
With thirty seconds remaining in the game, Steele would get pulled from net to allow Nieve Seeley to finish the game. During her skate off, Steele received a standing ovation from the crowd.
“Just amazing. To see the amount of respect I’ve gotten from the team and from other teams that we’ve played against through the five years I’ve been here,” Steele said.
“Just to see that everyone has recognized it is absolutely huge, and to see that I made an impact like that, it’s just something you’ll never forget,” she added.