#5: Men’s Hockey: The inaugural Colonel By Classic
With an exciting hockey team established at Carleton and the return of the uOttawa Gee-Gees hockey program, the Colonel By Classic (CBC) game was born in 2016-17, joining the Capital Hoops Classic and Panda Game to complete the trifecta of large sporting events contested between the Ravens and Gee-Gees in the nation’s capital. Carleton celebrated a gratifying victory, 6-2, over the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the event’s debut at the Arena at TD Place in October thanks to team captain and hat-trick hero Michael McNamee.
#4: Football: 3-Peat at Panda
A modern-day U SPORTS attendance record of 23, 329 fans, an electric atmosphere and a win over your biggest rival would be the best way to sum up Carleton’s 43-23 blowout victory over the University of Ottawa at TD Place Stadium in October. With both teams ranked in the national Top 10, it was the Ravens who handed the Gee-Gees their first loss of the season while claiming a third straight Panda Game title in the process. The win propelled Carleton to a 6-2 regular season finish and the program’s first home playoff victory in 30 years.
#3: Nordic Skiing: Ravens Nordic teams capture gold
It was a historic year for the Carleton Nordic teams, as both the Ravens men and women captured gold at the 2017 OUA Championships at Mountainview Ski and MTB Centre in Midland, ON. It had been 13 years since the last Carleton teams completed a double-gold sweep at the conference’s pinnacle event, as the women collected a second straight OUA banner and the men took home top honours for the first time since 2015. Twelve Ravens – six men and six women – garnered All-Star awards, highlighted by standout performances from Aidan Kirkham and Zoë Williams.
#2: Men’s basketball: Ravens notch seventh consecutive national championship
After completing their first undefeated regular season since 2013-14, the Ravens men’s basketball team breezed past McMaster in the quarterfinals and Brock in the semifinals to set up an OUA final with nemesis Ryerson. Despite their valiant efforts in the gold medal game, the Ravens would fall short and watch the Rams lift the Wilson Cup for a second consecutive season. However, Carleton earned a measure of revenge in the most satisfying way imaginable as they defeated Ryerson in the national championship game a week later in Halifax. The Ravens hoisted the W.P. McGee Trophy for a record 13th time overall and for a seventh straight year to match the great Victoria Vikes’ seven-peat in the 1980s.
#1: Women’s basketball: An unforgettable season
In a season of many firsts for the Ravens women’s basketball team, Carleton would finish the regular season with a program-best 18-1 record. In the postseason, Carleton continued its exceptional play with an unprecedented run to the OUA championship, where the Ravens knocked off McMaster and Queen’s to capture the Critelli Cup for the first time in school history. A first-ever U SPORTS Final 8 victory for Carleton followed against the host Victoria Vikes, before coming up short in the national semifinal against McGill. The team would end their fairytale year by defeating Queen’s in the bronze medal game, winning the program’s first national medal.
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