Ju­nior ‘B’ Rebels open 2-0

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

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.

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