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Preview: Gee-Gees and Ravens to battle for revived Alerts Cup in Colonel By Classic debut

Gee-Gee's Women's Hockey. Photo: Greg Mason.
Gee-Gee's Women's Hockey. Photo: Greg Mason.

During the 2004-05 season, the Alerts Cup was a new annual competition between the uOttawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens women's hockey teams. Now, with the creation of the women's hockey Colonel By Classic game, the teams will vie to capture the newly restored Alerts Cup.

 

The Ottawa Alerts were one of the first-ever competitive women's hockey club representing the City of Ottawa across Eastern Ontario from 1915 to 1930. The Alerts were mainly an exhibition team that traveled to play in Montreal, Renfrew, Cornwall, Toronto and Pittsburgh, before entering the Eastern Ladies Hockey League in Quebec. The Ottawa Alerts became the first-ever World Champions in 1917, beating the Pittsburgh Polar Maids.

 

Eva Ault who played for the Ottawa Alerts, was considered to be one of the best female hockey players in Canada during the 1920s. Ault helped commercialize women's hockey during the first World War as local men's hockey leagues were depleted due to deployment. By 1920, organized women's hockey was played across the country thanks to the efforts of these pioneering women.

 

  • The Matchup: Ottawa Gee-Gees (2-4) vs Carleton Ravens (0-5)
  • Location: University of Ottawa – Minto Sports Complex
  • Tip-off: 11 am
  • Watch Live: Tickets can be purchased at tickets.geegees.ca
  • Watch Online: OUA.tv
  • Previous Season Head to Head: Ottawa - 4 Carleton - 1
  • Last Meeting: Ottawa 3 Carleton 1 – November 1, 2018

 

OTTAWA GAME NOTES

  • Major Stat Leaders
  • Sara Lachance's team leading four goals also puts her tied for first in goals in the RSEQ this season.
  • Maude Lévesque-Ryan's current save percentage (.942) is the highest of her career. Her previous high for a season is .937 in 2015-2016.
  • The Gee-Gees will look to recapture some of the power-play magic they generated last year when they were ranked fourth in the country with a 20.3% success rate, compared to this year where they are currently ranked 11th in U SPORTS with a success rate of 16.7%.

 

CARLETON GAME NOTES

  • Major Stats Leaders
    • Points: Annie-Pier Tremblay - 2
    • Goals: Three tied with 1
    • Assists: Five tied with 1
    • Save Percentage: Katelyn Steele - .897
  • The Ravens have struggled mightily to create any offence this season ranking in the bottom five in U SPORTS in goals (3), shots (115), and power-play goals (1).
  • Despite the slow start, the Ravens still have a chance to better their record from last year in which they finished 3-15-2, ranking last in the RSEQ
  • The Ravens are still trying to break a regular season consecutive losing streak of 20, which has carried over from last season.