Char-Lan Rebels ‘ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions,’ played Vikes tough

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Ed­i­tor Liam Vipond, of the Char-Lan ju­nior ‘B’ Rebels, summed up his team’s di­vi­sion semi­fi­nal se­ries with the first-place Cas­sel­man Vik­ings best, when he said, “We ex­ceeded ex­peca­tions; that’s for sure.”

The Vikes were se­cure atop the leader­board all sea­son, while their play­off op­po­nents from Char-Lan only clinched their post- sea­son berth late in the sched­ule.

Sta­tis­ti­cally, Cas­sel­man was headand-shoul­ders above the Rebels; how­ever, the boys didn’t let the num­bers de­ter them, as they made a se­ries of it from the get-go.

Char-Lan won twice in the hos­tile con­fines of the Cas­sel­man rink, tak­ing game three 4-1 and game five 4-3.

On home ice in Wil­liamstown on Feb. 24, with the Vik­ings lead­ing the se­ries two games to one, the Rebels iced a gritty ef­fort, back­stopped by a 34- save per­for­mance from Ryan Cooper.

Phil Veilleux’s third-pe­riod tally tied the con­test at 2-2.

How­ever, 5: 42 into over­time,

Cas­sel­man’s Ethan Wensink scored his sec­ond of the match to deal the home side a heart­break­ing 3-2 loss.

Two days later, the se­ries was back in Cas­sel­man, where the Rebels ral­lied for a come-from-be­hind 4-3 vic­tory. The game-win­ner was notched by Quin Mac­Donell with un­der three min­utes left in the sec­ond pe­riod.

Mean­while, Cooper had an­other great night be­tween the pipes, turn­ing aside 40 of 43 shots.

Game six in Wil­liamstown on Feb. 28 was an­other must-win sit­u­a­tion for the Rebels.

After a score­less open­ing frame, Cas­sel­man broke the ice late in the sec­ond, though Char-Lan’s Jake Mayette tied it up be­fore the in­ter­mis­sion.

The of­fence on both sides stepped up in the third, and while the Rebels stayed close, they were never able to grab the lead.

Mayette’s hat trick marker at the 17:42 mark had his team within one, un­til Wensink iced it for Cas­sel­man with a late empty-net­ter.

The other Char-Lan goal in this game was scored by David Poirier, while Jamie Lepine recorded three as­sists. Ad­di­tional helpers went to Thomas Har­grave, Jesse Fon­taine, Scott Hope, and Brian Landry.

Cas­sel­man ad­vances to play Winch­ester in the di­vi­sion fi­nal se­ries.

De­fence­man Jesse Fon­taine is the lone Rebel who is wrap­ping up his ju­nior hockey years.

In recog­ni­tion, the team posted this mes­sage to Twit­ter: “Con­grats to our only grad­u­at­ing player this sea­son @Fonzzy04 [Jesse Fon­taine]on a great JR B ca­reer. We'll miss Ya ! #GoRebs”

Mac­Donell was the team’s lead­ing play­off scorer with six points. Sev­eral play­ers – Mayette, Bren­nan Markell, Har­grave, and Lepine – were tied with five points each.

JU­NIOR

‘ B’ GLENS

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

CHASE: A Cas­sel­man player tries to push Char-Lan’s Scott Hope off the puck, ad­ja­cent to the Vik­ings net. Check out more pho­tos on­line at www.glen­gar­rynews.ca/pho­tos

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