Season ends for junior hockey teams
As the second-place team from the regular season, the Alexandria Glens expected to still be playing now, but their run came to an abupt end last Saturday, when the boys were thumped 6-1 by the Winchester Hawks.
That Glens loss in game six of the St. Lawrence Division semifinal series eliminated Alexandria, as the Hawks advanced with a 4-2 series win.
The series had been close for the most part, featuring two overtime games, both of which ended up as wins for Winchester. Two other games were one-goal decisions in regulation time, and these were the only two which the Glens won.
Alexandria won the series opener 4-3 back on Feb. 18, then proceeded to drop the next three matches, placing the boys in a must-win situation in game five on home ice.
The Glens opened with a decisive offensive effort, building a four goal lead in the Feb. 27 contest, only to see the Hawks battle back, thanks in large part to Alexandria penalties.
In the end, Ryan Allen’s third-period tally stood as the game winner in a 5-4 decision.
The next night, the series switched to Winchester’s barn.
A short-handed tally in the opening frame put the hosts ahead, until Alexandria’s Francis Landerstied the contest 49 seconds into the second. Then the Hawks went to work, scoring five unanswered, three of which came on power plays, for the 6-1 result that ended the Glens’ season.
In the series, Alexandria’s top point-getter was Simon Cousineau (6 points), followed by Connor MacLeod and Christian Bueti (each with 5).
Goaltender Liam Lascelle played the entire series, recording a 3.86 goals against average.
Winchester advances to play Casselman in the division finals.
“It’s a sad day when the playoff beard has to go.”
– Ryan Allen, as posted on Twitter –
DRIVING HOME: Christian Bueti of the Glens crashes the net occupied by Winchester goaltender Dylan Brind Amour.