Ju­nior ‘B’ Rebels stun Glens

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Ed­i­tor With the Alexan­dria Glens’ play­off hopes fad­ing as losses mount, the Char-Lan Rebels iced prob­a­bly their best full-game ef­fort of the sea­son, as Grant Craig back­stopped a 4-0 shutout vic­tory.

The Rebs are play­ing for pride at this point, but on Satur­day night they looked ev­ery bit the play­off con­tender.

That’s not to say the vis­i­tors didn’t play well – they did – but a propen­sity to draw the ire of the game’s ref­er­ees (yes, there were two red-banded ze­bras over­see­ing this match) and a stel­lar 25-save per­for­mance by Craig in the Char-Lan net stymied the Glens from start to fin­ish.

Alexan­dria was short-handed of­ten, hand­ing the Rebs two lengthy five-on-three ad­van­tages, on which Char-Lan was un­able to cap­i­tal­ize, though, as the Glens de­fence held, and goal­tender Ni­co­las Rousseau pro­vided steady work be­tween the pipes.

The Alexan­dria net­min­der made 27 stops through the con­test. But this was Char-Lan’s night. The home side got on the board just shy of the 10-minute mark, when Alexan­dre Seguin struck for an unas­sisted tally.

Five min­utes later, Hunter Duch­esne scored, on a power play, as­sisted by Tyren Boots and Derek Lis­ter. There was no scor­ing in the sec­ond stanza. In the third frame, Ryan Vipond bagged a pair of helpers, set­ting up goals by Lis­ter and Joseph Sam­son. An­drew Mercer also picked up a helper on Sam­son’s tally, which came with the man ad­van­tage.

The vic­tory was Char-Lan’s sec­ond over a stretch of six games in 2017. The Rebels also have one point from a shoot-out loss.

Mean­while, the Glens have strug­gled since the Christ­mas break, with just one point gar­nered in six games. Over that pe­riod, Alexan­dria has been shut out twice. Two other games saw the boys score just once in both. Their goals against av­er­age over this span sits at 4.33.

Road losses

In their other games last week, but the Glens and Rebels suf­fered losses.

For Char-Lan, the de­feat was an 8-4 de­ci­sion in Cas­sel­man, where Craig faced 51 shots on goal.

Scor­ing for the Rebels were Vipond, Sam Fer­land, Duch­esne, and Sam Gau­dreau.

As­sists went to Cur­tis Ger­vais, Duch­esne, Fer­land, Dy­lan Seguin, and Sam­son.

Alexan­dria fell 6-2 to the Ot­tawa West Golden Knights on Thurs­day.

Nash McLean had both Glens tal­lies, with helpers net­ted by Josh Pe­ladeau (2), Jakob Brunette, and Chris­tian Bueti.

Drew Karle took the loss be­tween the pipes, fac­ing 47 shots.

Bran­don McCul­loch re­mains far and away the top Glens point-get­ter this sea­son, cur­rently with 59 points. Jakob Brunette is sec­ond (38), fol­lowed by Josh Pe­ladeau (27), Chris­tian Bueti (25), and Nash McLean (18).

Lead­ing Char-Lan’s of­fence is Hunter Duch­esne, with 38 points. Sam Fer­land sits sec­ond (35), fol­lowed by Matthew Gre­goire (27), Derek Lis­ter (22), Matthew Har­ring­ton (18), and Pierre-Luc Sabourin (18).

Char-Lan’s next sched­uled home game is set for Satur­day, Feb. 4, when the boys will host the Cas­sel­man Vik­ings, start­ing at 8 p.m.

The Glens will next see ac­tion on Fri­day, Jan.27 on home ice at the Glen­garry Sports Palace, where the boys will en­ter­tain the Clarence Beavers, be­gin­ning at 8 p.m.

Next week, on Feb. 1, there will be a rare Wed­nes­day night treat in Alexan­dria, fea­tur­ing an­other edi­tion of the Bat­tle of Glen­garry, at 7:30 p.m.

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SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

VIC­TO­RI­OUS: Mem­bers of Char-Lan’s atom ‘B’ hockey team gather to mark their tri­umph at a tour­na­ment in Long Sault.

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