Alexan­dria Glens to meet Winch­ester Hawks in play­offs

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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.

Week­end wrap-up

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.

CCHL2 awards

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).

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

SHUT THE DOOR: Alexan­dria goal­tender James Hack turns aside Char-Lan’s Matt Gre­goire in Satur­day night CCHL2 ac­tion from Wil­liamstown.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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).

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