Junior ‘B’ Rebels open 2-0
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor One week into the 2016- 17 CCHL2 season, and the CharLan Rebels are sitting pretty, atop the Martin Division standings with a perfect 2-0 record.
The boys opened the season last Friday, as the puck dropped on the league’s weekend showcase in Kanata, with the Rebs spanking the Renfrew Timberwolves, 6-0.
Veteran goaltender Cory Garrow made 29 saves for the shutout win.
Char-Lan scored in each period and went three-for-eight on the power play, as the Wolves drew 61 minutes in penalties, to 22 for the Rebels.
Hunter Duchesne led the team offensively, with a pair of goals, the other markers notched by Matt Gregoire, Derek Lister, Landon Veenstra, and Sam Ferland.
Picking up assists were Duschesne (2), Gregoire (2), PierreLuc Sabourin ( 2), and Travis Marshall.
“Good start for sure, better than last year.”
On Monday, it was a tighter battle, with rookie goalie Grant Craig backstopping a 4-3 win over the Perth Blue Wings.
The teams traded tallies in the first and second periods, before the Rebs iced the victory in the final frame.
Duchesne potted an emptynetter at the 18:16 mark of the third, an insurance tally that proved key, as Perth managed a late reply.
Finding the net earlier for CharLan were Andrew Mercer, T. Marshall, and Ferland, while earning helpers were Lister ( 2), Sabourin, Ryan Thomas, Duchesne, and Matthew Harrington.
Craig made 36 saves in net.
Head coach Max Ming, in his second year at the helm, was elated by the weekend’s success, stressing it was significant getting off to a much better start than a year ago when the club wasn’t able to hit the win column until its 12th game of the season.
On the big shutout victory to start this year, Ming credits Garrow, who turns 21 on Sept. 11, for his steady work between the pipes, particularly early on, which allowed the rest of the players to “find their legs.”
Craig, a 17-year-old, is expected to learn under the tutelage of the veteran backstop.
Char-Lan’s other senior player is Gregoire.
There had been talk of the league eliminating eligibility of 21-year-olds, in line with the CCHL, but instead, for this season only, the league will allow each team to have two. In past years it had been four.
Looking ahead, Char-Lan is slated to play twice this week.
The team’s home opener in Williamstown is set for Saturday, Sept. 10, with opening puck drop at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, the boys will hit the road to take on the Metcalfe Jets in a 2:15 p.m. start.