Gaels senior boys edge Crusaders
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.