Rebels upset Glens, again
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.
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.
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.