Rebs top county rival, extend points streak
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor The Char-Lan Rebels drew first blood in this year’s edition of the Battle of Glengarry, in the process extending their junior ‘B’ hockey points streak to five games to start the 2018- 19 CCHL2 season.
Skating Sept. 28 at the Glengarry Sports Palace, the Alexandria Glens built a 3-0 lead in the first period, only to see it eroded, as the Rebels responded with a fourspot in the second stanza, en route to a 5-4 victory.
It was the second straight homeice contest that saw Alexandria give up an early lead. The last time, the Glens led 2-0, before going on to fall 4-2 to Carleton Place.
Goals from Nathan Sauve, Reggy St- Surin, and Nolan Guertin staked the Glens to their first-frame advantage, while Adam Paquette added one late in the contest. Picking up assists were Dylan Stacey, Mikael Gibault, Lochlan MacDonald, Adam Porter, Austin Ladouceur, and Syane Dickie.
Jacob Cook started the CharLan comeback, scoring on a power play, assisted by Mathieu Sabourin and Brennan Markell.
The game-winner, potted 6:40 into the third, came off the stick of Zenin Biron, set up by Sabourin.
Sabourin, who hails from Alexandria, also notched a pair of goals, for a four-point night.
Additional assists were collected by Campbell Craig, Jake Amo, Tara Fiacco, and Markell, as Grant Craig backstopped the win, with a 28-save performance.
Nicolas Rousseau was tagged with the loss, on 26 saves.
The second half of the game was a spirited one, with plenty of penalties called.
Following a perplexing crosschecking infraction against the Glens, with nine seconds left in the game and the Alexandria side short- handed, goaltender Rousseau drew the ire of an official, while a near line brawl broke out in the neutral zone.
Out of that chaos, just one fight was identified, as part of 23 minutes in penalties for the Glens and 21 for the Rebels.
In the game, Alexandria spent
78 minutes in the sin bin, to 47 for Char-Lan
Next collision between the clubs is booked for Dec. 15, in Williamstown.
Streak ends at home
The Rebels’ point and win streaks, were snapped Saturday night on home ice, at 5 and 3 respectively, when Char- Lan dropped a 5-2 decision to the Perth Blue Wings.
Second- period goals from Markell (short-handed) and Zack Auger (on a power play) had the Rebels tied going into the final frame, when the Wings potted three in a span of 10 minutes and 47 seconds.
Char-Lan apples went to Markell and Sabourin.
Dawson Irving took the loss in the hemp hut, despite a 40-save effort.
League power rankings put the Rebels seventh (of 16 teams in the CCHL2) heading into the second month of the season, while the Glens sit 10th.
Home games this week: Alexandria hosts Embrun on Oct. 5, and Char-Lan enterains Richmond on Oct. 6. Both are 8 p.m. starts.
TIGHT QUARTERS: Officials struggle to separate a pair of tussling CCHL2 hockey players, CharLan Rebel Cambell Craig, left, and Alexandria Glen Reggy St-Surin, in a third-period brouhaha that punctuated this season’s inaugural edition of the Battle of Glengarry.