Playoff positions on the line in last weekend of CCHL2 games
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor With the last week of the inaugural season of the CCHL2, there is still quite a bit to be decided when it comes to playoff positioning.
We know the Alexandria Glens are in, but with two games remaining, the boys could finish anywhere from second to fourth in the Martin Division. Should the team be able to get second or third, they will get a bye through the first playoff round.
The Casselman Vikings, with just three regulation-time losses all season, have long since secured top spot. The other contenders for byes, along with the Glens (24-24-1-1), are the Metcalfe Jets (26-14-1-2) and the Ottawa West Golden Knights (24-14-1-1).
Should the Glens end up fourth, they will take the first of four league wildcard spots.
Two other wildcard teams will likely come from the Richardson Division, with the Arnprior Packers (23-18-2-0) and the Athens Aeros (23-18-1-0).
That leaves the last wildcard spot, which, if playoffs began this week, would be claimed by the Winchester Hawks ( 16- 20- 2- 4). However, the Char-Lan Rebels (15-21-3-3) and Renfrew Timberwolves (17-24-2-0) are both just two points back.
The bye teams in the Richardson Division are the Perth Blue Wings (37-4-1-1), the Stittsville Royals ( 28- 11- 0- 1), and the Westport Rideaus (25-16-1-0).
Already eliminated from the playoffs are the Clarence Beavers (13-28-0-1), the Ottawa Canadians (11-28-1-2), the Prescott Flyers (1027-2-3), and the Brockville Tikis (5-36-0-0).
Char-Lan picks up wins
is booked for Saturday, Feb. 20, when the Rebs will host the rival Alexandria Glens. Game time is set for 8 p.m. at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown.
The match could be important for both clubs: a last-ditch effort for the Rebels to make the playoffs, and an opportunity for the Glens to move higher in the standings to earn a first-round playoff bye.
Last Sunday evening in Athens, Char-Lan skated to a 6-0 lead through two periods, only to see the Aeros battle back somewhat in the third. The Rebels, nonetheless, held on for a 7-4 victory, backstopped by Cory Garrow, who made 27 saves.
Goal scorers were Kevin Hope and Phil Veilleux, each with a pair, Quin MacDonell, Landon Veenstra, and Larson Payette (gamewinning marker).
The contest also included a second-period bout between Dylan Seguin of the Rebs and Devin McCloy of the Aeros.
The win came 24-hours after Char-Lan had prevailed on home ice, 6- 4, over the Winchester Hawks, the team the Rebels are battling to catch in the standings.
K. Hope scored twice, including the gamewinner, to pace Char-Lan. Matt Gregoire also found the target twice, with other tallies from Veilleux and Derik Dionne.
MacDonell and Andrew Ming led all pointgetters, each counting five assists on the night.
Garrow got the win in net, turning aside 28 shots.
Last Thursday night, the Rebels were felled 10-4 by the Ottawa West Golden Knights.
Char-Lan goals were netted by Gregoire, Veilleux, MacDonell (who also had three helpers), and Brock Daze.
Glens drop a pair
Alexandria’s junior ‘ B’ squad suffered a pair of defeats over the weekend.
On home ice last Friday night, the boys fell 5-4 to Ottawa West. Connor MacLeod, Bradley Gabbour, Ben Poirier, and Zach Renfrew had the goals in the losing cause.
Sunday night in Renfrew, the Glens had a 3-2 lead into the third period, when the Timberlwolves came back to beat Alexandria 4-3.
Glens marksmen were Christian Bueti, Adam Cooke, and Nicholas Talarico.
The week started out in Brockville with a Feb. 10 win over the Tikis, 7-4. Scoring in this one were Gabbour (2), Bueti (2), Stavros Soilis, Chris Wert, and Mickael Tourangeau.
The Glens last home game of the regular season is set for Friday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m., when the division- leading Casselman Vikings will visit the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria. On Saturday night in Williamstown, the boys will play the Rebs.
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VETERAN: Quin MacDonell of the Char-Lan junior ‘B’ Rebels is one of four players in their final year of CCHL2 eligibility. He enters this week tied for second on the list of Rebels top point-getters.