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