Jr. ‘B’ Rebels skate to weekend split
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor It was a decent weekend for the Char-Lan CCHL2 Rebels, who skated to split results in a pair of home games.
On Saturday night, the Rebs fell behind the visiting Casselman Vikings, the league’s second best team based on record, 4-0, when starting goaltender Grant Craig got the hook in favour of Dawson Irving. That change seemed to jolt the Char-Lan squad, which shut down the Vikes, while going to work on offence, nearly staging an improbably comeback.
With under a minute left in the second stanza, Brennan Markell cracked the goose egg for the Rebels, assisted by Mathieu Sabourin and Sam Ferland, on a power play.
Twenty-nine seconds into the third, Char-Lan got another manadvantage tally, when Ryan Reifler found the back of the Casselman net, set up by Ferland and Markell.
Four minutes later, Ferland scored, for his third point of the night, assisted by Reifler, but that’s as close as the Rebels could get, as the boys fell short, 4-3, extending the team’s losing skid to three games.
A rare Sunday afternoon tilt in Williamstown saw the Rebels right the ship, backstopped by a 32-save effort from Irving, as Char-Lan prevailed over the Carleton Place Jr. Canadians 4-1.
Markell notched the game-winning tally at the 18:21 mark of the first period, after Reifler had opened the scoring on a power play.
Jacob Cook added a goals in the second and third frames. Chalking up the assists in the match were Dillon Spinner (2), Jake Amo, Reifler, Ferland, Shane Gaudreau, Justice Brownlee, and Campbell Craig.
Heading into week nine, the Rebels find themselves in third place of the Martin Division, tied with county rival Alexandria, at 8-6-1-1, for 18 points.
Dunvegan’s Liam MacDonald, an 18-year-old centreman, was resigned to the team on Oct. 18, after starting the season with the junior ‘A’ Cornwall Colts. Thus far he’s played in six games with Char-Lan, yet to record a point while chalking up 20 penalty minutes.
The team has three games on tap this weekend, including road action Nov. 8 against Ottawa West and Nov. 11 in Richmond.
Saturday, Nov. 10 will see the boys skating at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, in Williamstown. Game time is set for 8 p.m., with the Brockville Tikis providing the opposition.