Keller, Simpson Help Ravens Pummel Canadiens 7-2
Publish Date: July 19, 2013 by Mark Baccoli

The Ravens played their first game under the new league format and found themselves against a depleted Canadiens squad. The previous time these teams met was last season in the quarter finals when the Ravens eliminated the Canadiens from the double elimination bracket.

The Ravens got off to a slow start in the first, as Shawn Rae tapped home a loose puck in front off a rebound to put the Canadiens up 1-0. Nate Keller (2) had an answer with 8:13 remaining to even the scoring 1-1 after the first period. The Ravens had been buzzing throughout the opening period and finally broke through in the second, scoring three goals to hold a 4-2 advantage after two. Second period goal scorers were Billy Storoniak (12) and two from Keller to complete his first Ravens hat trick (3,4). Keller's "Hatty for Daddy" put the Ravens in a comfortable spot going into the final period, but they were not done yet. In the third, Ravens defenseman Joe Simpson turned up the heat with two goals :43 apart to open the lead 6-2. Kevin Eck poured a little salt in the wound in the final two minutes by skating up the wing shorthanded, cutting across the front of the net and beating the Canadiens goaltender five-hole for his first in a Ravens uniform. The win boosted the Ravens to a 4-2-0 record on the season. Mark Baccoli stopped 18 of 20 shots in the game. Simpson also recorded one minor penalty in the third period, making him the third player in Ravens history to reach the 200 career penalty minute mark.