Rebels on a roll

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Ed­i­tor Char-Lan’s ju­nior ‘ B’ hockey team is off to a strong start this sea­son, and the league is tak­ing no­tice, as the CCHL2’s power rank­ings have the Rebels up four spots into third over­all.

With four weeks of play in the books, Char-Lan has gar­nered at least a point in seven of eight games, for 12 points. In their di­vi­sion, the Rebels trail only the 9-0 Ot­tawa Jr. Cana­di­ans.

Last week’s ac­tion demon­strated the team’s re­solve thus far this sea­son, as they took two wins.

In the tra­di­tion­ally hos­tile con­fines of the Cas­sel­man arena last Thurs­day night, Char-Lan skated to a 6-3 win over the Vikings, as goal­tender Grant Craig made 39 saves.

Char-Lan came hot out of the gate, scor­ing twice in the first pe­riod, whilst shut­ting down the Vikes, who made a game of it in the sec­ond stanza, when Cas­sel­man pot­ted its trio.

Sam Fer­land paced the of­fence, scor­ing twice and chalk­ing up one as­sist. Other goal scor­ers were Jus­tice Brown­lee, Ryan Lamer, Math­ieu Sabourin, and Bren­nan Markell, with an emp­tynet­ter in the fi­nal minute.

As­sist­ing were Evan Hunt­ley (2), Zach Auger, Taran Fi­acco, Ja­cob Cook, and Markell.

Satur­day night on home ice, Char-Lan bounced back from an early goal against to beat the Rich­mond Roy­als 4-2. Daw­son Irv­ing back­stopped this vic­tory, with 29 saves.

Reese Don­nelly started the come­back in the sec­ond pe­riod, set up by Jake Amo. Markell’s short-handed tally, as­sisted by Fer­land, later drew Char-Lan even.

In the third, Cook banged home the game-win­ner, off a feed from Fer­land, and Fi­acco added a late empty-net­ter to round out the scor­ing.

The suc­cess­ful week­end for the Rebels pushed Cas­sel­man down to third place in the Martin Di­vi­sion stand­ings, two points be­hind Char-Lan.

The Rebs have two play­ers amongst the top 10 in scor­ing league wide, as both Markell and Sabourin check in with in 11 points, tied for ninth.

Look­ing ahead to week five ac­tion, the Rebels (5-1-1-1) are booked to play Fri­day, Oct. 12 on the road against Ren­frew (4-5-0-0). On Satur­day night, in Wil­liamstown, Char-Lan will get its tough­est test, host­ing the un­beaten Cana­di­ans at 8 p.m.

NEXT DEAD­LINE: Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15, noon


TIGHT QUAR­TERS: Holy Trin­ity se­nior Bella Gwanyama and Glen­garry’s Bri­anna Van Loon bat­tle for pos­ses­sion in SDGAA high school girls bas­ket­ball, at the Fal­cons’ Nest.

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