Alexandria Glens to meet Winchester Hawks in playoffs
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor The Alexandria junior ‘ B’ Glens finished the CCHL2 regular season on a four-game losing skid, including a pair of defeats last weekend, and will have to find their legs quickly, as they are set to collide with an energized Winchester Hawks team, starting tonight at the Glengarry Sports Palace.
The Hawks are coming off a big 5- 3 win Monday night, where they dispatched the Char-Lan Rebels in a one-game elimination tiebreaker.
The Glens are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games, a bit of a concern as they enter the post-season.
Meanwhile, Winchester is 4-5-1 over their last 10.
Alexandria, as the top seeded wildcard team, hosts the Hawks, the fourth wildcard team, with the opener tonight, Feb. 24, starting at 8 p.m. Game two of the best-of-three series will likely be played Friday night in Winchester, though this hadn’t been confirmed at press time.
The third contest, should it be needed, will be Sunday night, at 8 p.m., back in Alexandria.
The other wildcard series features Arnprior and Athens, while six teams – Casselman, Ottawa West, Metcalfe, Perth, Stittsville, and Westport – have byes through the first round.
Lan Rebels score a decisive 8-3 win over the Glens, a result that drew the Rebs even with the Hawks in the standings, to force Monday’s tiebreaker.
The Alexandria boys seemed to be back on their heels all night in this one.
The Char-Lan offence was led by Matt Gregoire, who scored four times and added one assist. Quin MacDonell also had a five- point effort, including a pair of goals. The other markers came from Kevin Hope and Brian Landry. Remaining assists went to Jamie Lepine, Ryan Thomas, and Andrew Ming.
Cory Garrow got the win in net, with 19 saves.
Scoring for the Glens were Stavros Soilis with two and Adam Cooke. Earning helpers were Ryan Allen ( 2), Ryan Fletcher (2), Connor MacLeod, and Ben Poirier.
On Feb. 19, the Glens led 4-1 after one period of play versus the visiting Casselman Vikings, only to see the Vikes stun Alexandria with a 7-5 loss.
Glens marksmen were C. MacLeod, Christian Bueti, Chris Wert, Zach Renfrew, and Nicholas Talarico.
James Hack took the loss in net, despite a 48-save effort.
Last Thursday, Char- Lan scored a 4-3 overtime win over Stittsville, with the Rebs Gregoire getting the equalizer with just 16 seconds remaining in regulation time.
Hope was the OT hero, scoring his second of the contest. Also finding the net was MacDonell, while Garrow
stopped 22 shots for the win in net.
Char-Lan finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak.
It was a wild year for the Rebels, who started the campaign with 11 losses and had to crawl out of the division basement.
Gradually, the boys made inroads, leapfrogging the Clarence Beavers and Ottawa Canadians in the process.
The team finished in a statistical tie with Winchester, with a .455 winning percentage, but got the edge to host Monday’s tiebreaker based on head-tohead record.
A packed house at the CharLan Rec. Centre had little to cheer about, however, as the determined Hawks kept CharLan largely in check.
There were stretches where the Rebels controlled play, particularly in the second period, only to be stymied by Winchester goaltender Brandon Lowry.
Char-Lan goal scorers were Hope, Derek Lister, and Gregoire.
Max Ming, the Rebels’ rookie head coach, was elated by the progress his team made over the course of the season, especially in the latter stages where games were virtual must-wins.
The club took to Facebook after the loss Monday night, posting, “On behalf of the directors and coaching staff we would like to thank these boys for a great season ... This is the best bunch of guys on and off the ice.”
Char-Lan bids adieu to graduates Kevin Hope, Larson Payette, Quinlin MacDonell, and Jamie Lepine.
The league announced its award winners for the 2015-16, with no Alexandria Glens among them.
The lone Char-Lan Rebel is Kevin Hope, who was named to the second all-star team.
Rounding out that group are Aaron Hickie (Stittsville), Colin Bradbury (Renfrew), Jake Oliver ( Stittsville), Kyle Richardson ( Winchester), Gianmarco de Meis (Casselman), and Brennan Kitchen (Athens). The coach nod went to Darrell Campbell of Metcalfe, and the GM pick to Norm Racine of Athens.
First-team all-stars: Sebastien Plante ( Casselman), Scott Conroy (Renfrew), Carl Faucher ( Casselman), Ted Suckow (Renfrew), Adam Morton (Perth), Michael Cullen (Westport), Mike Rouest (coach, Casselman), Ray Lavergne (GM, Casselman).
Top awards: Plante (MVP & Sportsmanship/Ability), Suckow (top defenceman), Cullen (top goalie), Oliver Castleman ( top prospect & top rookie, Casselman), Brayden Harvey, ( scholastic award, Arnprior), Tammy McNamara (top trainer, Ottawa West), Racine (executive).
SHUT THE DOOR: Alexandria goaltender James Hack turns aside Char-Lan’s Matt Gregoire in Saturday night CCHL2 action from Williamstown.
SILVER: Glengarry’s peewee Highlanders took silver at the recent Heartbreakers tournament in Alexandria. Back row from left: Russell Bacchiochi (head coach), Anne Ward (trainer), and Bryan Ward (ass’t. coach) Middle row: Geneva MacDonnell, Morgann Juneau, Mei Le Cumming, Ella Campbell, Mya Campbell, Lia Ward, Leslie Papps, and Lily Bacchiochi. Kneeling: Brianna Bellefeuille, Ainsley McCuaig, Chelsea Sauve, Sierra Sauve, and Annie Bacchiochi. In front in goaltender Reina Faubert. Absent from photo: Glen Campbell (ass’t. coach).