Junior ‘B’ hockey training camps open
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor It’s that time of year again, with the county’s junior ‘ B’ hockey teams holding their respective training camps.
The Alexandria Glens got things started first, hosting their opening inter-squad skates on Friday and Saturday. And for the first time in many years, the boys were able to have their camp on their home ice at the Glengarry Sports Palace, with the ice having been installed early last week.
The Glens had their first preseason game on Sunday afternoon, hosting the Athens Aeros.
The visitors prevailed 7-3, with Glens goals notched by Adam Paquette, Jordan Bisson, and Gerrald Haney. Alexandria players picking up assists were Austin Ladouceur, William Beaupre, J. Bisson, Victor Bisson, Nick Andre, and Mickael Seguin.
Brennan Nadeau and Sebastien Moreau split the goaltending duties, collectively stopping 18 of 24 shots. Athens’ last goal was an empty-netter, scored with the goalie out in favour of an extra attacker.
The Glens were scheduled to see action Monday night in Cornwall against the Char-Lan Rebels, but the game was cancelled as the Rebs were unable to ice a full squad.
Alexandria head coach and general manager Stephan Nadeau says he is happy with the turnout for his team’s training camp, noting he’s seen “some talent” on the ice competing for roster spots.
The Glens are scheduled to host their final exhibition game on Friday, Sept. 1, starting at 8 p.m., with the Char-Lan Rebels providing the opposition.
Nadeau says the team won’t be rescheduling Monday’s cancelled contest and will instead use practice sessions, as well as the game on Friday night, to assess players in camp.
In other team news, the club has signed Jamie Lavigne as team trainer and Gilles Brassard as an assistant coach.
The Alexandria Glens’ season opener is slated for Saturday, Sept. 9 in Ottawa, as part of the league’s two-day showcase.
The team’s first game on home ice is booked for Friday, Sept. 15, against the Char-Lan Rebels.
Jeff Carter returns as head coach of the CCHL2 Char-Lan Rebels this season, adding the role of general manager as well.
His new assistant coaches are Rod McKenzie and Luc Sabourin.
Brock McBride is also on board as director of hockey operations.
Char- Lan’s camp opened Sunday in Cornwall.
The Rebels are booked to play exhibition matches against the Casselman Vikings on Thursday, Aug. 31, in Casselman, and Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Williamstown, as well as the game Friday night in Alexandria versus the Glens.
Char-Lan will open the regular season at the CCHL2 showcase in Ottawa, scheduled to play Sept. 9 and 10.
The team’s home opener in Williamstown is booked for Saturday, Sept. 16.