Rebels up­set Glens, again

The Glengarry News - - Sports in the Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Ed­i­tor It was quite the Satur­day night hockey game in Wil­liamstown last week­end, where the county’s CCHL2 squads squared off for round three of this sea­son’s Bat­tle of Glen­garry.

After their last lack­lus­tre per­for­mance, a week pre­vi­ous on home ice, the Alexan­dria Glens stepped up their game for this one, fir­ing 34 shots on Char-Lan Rebels goal­tender Grant Craig, who was up for the chal­lenge, as the Rebs skated to a 2-1 vic­tory, to lead the sea­son se­ries two games to one.

Alexan­dria’s per­for­mance was de­cid­edly bet­ter in this one, led by left winger Dy­lan Stacey, who ac­counted for the Glens’ only goal, a power-play tally as­sisted by Filip Ivanovic and Kevin How­son, five min­utes into the third pe­riod, which, at the time, tied the con­test.

Stacey, who hails from Kah­nawake, Que., joined the Glens in a mid-sea­son deal with Perth, after he be­gan the year with Athens. Com­bin­ing his points thus far with the three clubs, the 5 ft. 9 in., 160 lb. for­ward stands atop Alexan­dria’s list, with 45 points, five more than How­son.

Char-Lan’s Cole Bes­ner, off a set-up by Brennan Markell and Pierre-Luc Sabourin, opened the scor­ing in the Feb. 3 match, much to the de­light of the home­side fans.

The Glens had a bit of a push late in the sec­ond pe­riod, look­ing for the equal­izer, but the Rebels kept them at bay.

The early stages of the third saw Alexan­dria dom­i­nate puck con­trol on suc­ces­sive power-play op­por­tu­ni­ties, be­fore fi­nally be­ing re­warded.

Stacey’s goal came off a blocked shot low, with the puck out to the cir­cle where he took his shot and picked the top cor­ner of the twine tem­ple be­hind Craig.

That suc­cess seemed to give the vis­i­tors some mo­men­tum, as the Glens poured on the pres­sure and con­tin­ued to test the CharLan back­stop.

Near­ing the mid­point of the pe­riod, the Rebels turned the ta­bles, though, putting Ni­co­las Rousseau to work in the Alexan­dria net.

After a stretch of sus­tained play in the Alexan­dria zone, the puck came to the slot, where CharLan’s Derek Lis­ter col­lected the bis­cuit and fired it home for what would stand as the game-win­ning marker.

Hunter Duch­esne and Mathieu Sabourin col­lected the ap­ples.

The Rebels penalty kill was then put to work, hav­ing to kill off a five-minute in­ter­fer­ence ma­jor, and while the Glens had

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pres­sure and shots on goal, they couldn’t get an­other past Craig, who shut the door through to the fi­nal whis­tle.

Char-Lan was cred­ited with 23 shots on goal in this game.

Alexan­dria went one-for-five on the power play, while CharLan was zero-for-four.

The fi­nal meet­ing of the sea­son be­tween the clubs is sched­uled for Tues., Feb. 13, at 8 p.m., in Wil­liamstown.

Other re­sults

In other ju­nior ‘B’ hockey ac­tion last week, the Glens, look­ing to so­lid­ify (or im­prove) their play­off po­si­tion­ing picked up three of four pos­si­ble points.

Jan. 30 saw the Alexan­dria squad paste the Brockville Tikis 10-2. Mikael Gibault paced the charge with two goals and two as­sists, while Reggy St-Surin had two mark­ers and a helper. How­son con­trib­uted five points, all as­sists.

Also scor­ing were Nash McLean, Jakob Brunette, Ivanovic, Stacey, Nick An­dre, and Innes Ma­cLeod.

Alexan­dria’s other con­test was a 5-4 shootout loss to the Ren­frew Tim­ber­wolves. Ivanovic pot­ted a pair in the los­ing cause. Gibault and Brunette had the oth­ers.

Over their last five games, the Glens have won just once in reg­u­la­tion. Their losses in­clude two by shootout. This mod­est slide fol­lowed a pe­riod of suc­cess for the Alexan­dria side, that at one point into early Jan­uary had the squad win­ning nine of 10.

Char-Lan’s games last week in­cluded a back-to-back af­fair with the Ot­tawa West Golden Knights.

The Rebels dropped the home half, 5-3, be­fore pre­vail­ing on the road 3-2, in a shootout.

In the two games, Markell scored three in reg­u­la­tion, along with the shootout win­ner, to lead his team of­fen­sively.

Duch­esne and M. Sabourin had the other goals.

On tap

Look­ing ahead, the Glens are slated to host the Knights on Fri­day, Feb. 9, start­ing at 8 p.m. at the Glen­garry Sports Palace.

Char-Lan’s home game goes Satur­day night at the Rec. Cen­tre, where the Brockville Tikis will pro­vide the op­po­si­tion. It’s set for an 8 p.m. open­ing puck drop.

The bis­cuit is chipped over the blue line in Bat­tle of Glen­garry hockey.

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