Rebels on a roll
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
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