Gaels senior boys edge Cru­saders

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Edi­tor A last-minute push by the CharLan Cru­saders senior bas­ket­ball team for the equal­iz­ing shot was stymied by the vis­it­ing GDHS Gaels, who man­aged to hold on for a 47-45 vic­tory at the H. Tay­lor Coombs Gym­na­sium.

The contest was tied after one quar­ter, with the lead see-saw­ing back and forth from there.

The home side opened the fi­nal period with a 32-31 edge, be­fore Dove Rick­erd took con­trol to grab the ad­van­tage back for the Gaels.

The vis­i­tors never led by more than four points, and in the fi­nal minute, the Cru­saders drew even, with the score 45-45.

Once again, it was Rick­erd to the res­cue, as he drove to the bas­ket for what would be the win­ning points.

None­the­less, the Cru­saders made the wan­ing mo­ments in­ter­est­ing, get­ting off a shot that re­bounded harm­lessly off the rim.

The host side re­tained pos­ses­sion, as time ticked off the clock.

Even­tu­ally the ball was knocked out of bounds, and with 1.9 sec­onds re­main­ing, Char-Lan took a timeout to plot strat­egy.

How­ever, the in­bound was in­ter­cepted, and that was that.

Rick­erd led all point-get­ters with 18 points, while Liam MacDon­ald had 16.

Char-Lan shone from three­p­oint range, get­ting seven to drop from out­side the cir­cle.

Ben Dir­ven was tops amongst the Blue Shirts, scor­ing 20 points in all, in­clud­ing four treys.

Ty­lor Spink of South Glen­garry spent a three-game stint with the Al­bany Devils of the AHL, sign­ing on Jan. 12 and re­leased on Mon­day.

This was the third time Spink cracked an AHL lineup. Last year, he played two games with the Toronto Mar­lies, and ear­lier this season hit the ice for one with the Mil­wau­kee Ad­mi­rals.

Dur­ing his brief stay with the Devils, Spink recorded two shots on goal, four penalty min­utes, and was a -3 rat­ing, in three Al­bany wins.

With the ECHL Toledo Wall­eye, Spink had 36 points in 33 games. The team ros­ter in­cludes his twin brother Tyson, who has 39 points in 37 games.

Both boys grad­u­ated from Col­gate Univer­sity last spring and are prod­ucts of Char-Lan DHS.

Maxville curlers pre­vail on home ice

Round two of the senior men’s in­ter-club curl­ing club com­pe­ti­tion, bet­ter known as the Four-City Tour, was held Jan. 9 at the Glen­garry Curl­ing Club in Maxville, where the home-ice play­ers scored a pair of vic­to­ries to move into a first-place tie with Lan­caster. Both clubs now have 34 points.

Alexan­dria, which won one game and lost the other (as did Lan­caster), has 28 points, while Van­kleek Hill (losers of two matches) rounds out the stand­ings with 16 points.

Feb. 2 will see the ac­tion move to the Alexan­dria Curl­ing Club for round three.

Ju­nior ‘A’ Colts see win­ning streak snapped

The CCHL Corn­wall Colts let a 5-3 third-period lead slip away, en route to los­ing a 6-5 over­time de­ci­sion to Kanata on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

On a pos­i­tive note, the point al­lows the Colts to re­main in third place over­all in the CCHL, tied with Hawkes­bury, with 55 points.

Nick Lalonde paced the Colts of­fence with a hat trick and an as­sist for a four-point ef­fort. Tanner Spink chipped in with four as­sists, Bren­nan Markell had a goal and two helpers, and Kee­gan Mul­hearn also found the back of the Lasers net. The loss ended Corn­wall’s win­ning streak of eight games. Look­ing ahead, the Colts open a three-game-in-four-days stint with a home contest on Jan. 19, ver­sus the Kemptville 73’s. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Corn­wall Civic Com­plex.

It’s Pink In The Rink Night, where fans are en­cour­aged to wear pink in sup­port of women’s can­cer re­search and the Canadian Can­cer So­ci­ety. Sun­day at 3 p.m., Corn­wall will host the Glouces­ter Rangers.

Fans are in­vited to take to the ice after the ac­tion to skate with Colts play­ers.

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