Play­off po­si­tions on the line in last week­end of CCHL2 games

The Glengarry News - - Sports in the Glens -

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Holy Trin­ity stu­dent-ath­lete Tay­lor Beitz is seen here with mem­bers of her fam­ily, as she signs her let­ter of in­tent to at­tend on a full soc­cer schol­ar­ship the Univer­sity of Min­nesota Golden Go­phers, a Divi­sion 1 school that com­petes in the Big Ten...

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

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.

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