Cru­saders crush it in SD&G hockey, claim crown

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens - BY SEAN BRAY Sports Ed­i­tor

The boys from Char-Lan Dis­trict High School in Wil­liamstown have topped the league all sea­son, so it prob­a­bly isn’t a surprise that they are also now SD&G hockey play­off champions.

The Cru­saders, sport­ing a 9-1 reg­u­lar-sea­son record, en­tered the Feb. 27 play­off tour­na­ment at their home rink heav­ily favoured, and the boys made sure to live up to their billing.

The SDGAA cham­pi­onship game pit­ted the Char-Lan boys against third- ranked North Dun­das, with the Cru­saders tak­ing charge from the out­set, en route to an 8-4 tri­umph.

Char-Lan scored four times in the first pe­riod to set the tone that the boys weren’t go­ing to be de­nied their ti­tle.

Coach Sean O’Far­rell beams with pride over the suc­cess of his troops, say­ing that the boys “play as hard as they can each and ev­ery shift.”

He ex­tends his com­pli­ments to the Devils, not­ing, “Twice we were up by four, and they came back to within two.

“We came so close to win­ning SD&G last year, [so] it was nice to get back and take it home this time.”

One of the vet­eran play­ers of the squad, Kurt Alexan­der, has skated with the Cru­saders all three years he’s been at the school. He says of their suc­cess this sea­son, “We are play­ing re­ally well as a team. We’re mov­ing the puck and mak­ing strong passes. It showed today [in the SD&G play­off tour­na­ment].”

Camp­bell Craig de­scribes his team’s ef­fort in the fi­nal as “re­ally a solid three periods.

“Our team has worked hard to get to this point, and all lines are re­ally solid. We can rely on each line to pro­duce qual­ity chances and plays.”

As the SDGAA play­off cham­pion, Char-Lan earned a berth at EOSSAA, which was sched­uled to be played yesterday, March 6, in Arn­prior. Please see our web­site sportsinth­e­glens.com for up­dates, and we will have more in The

News next week.

First semi­fi­nal: Char-Lan 6 vs. Se­away 3. Ethan MacDonald scored twice to pace the of­fence. Other marks­men were An­drew Dixon, Dono­van Fran­cis, S. O’Con­nell, and one uniden­ti­fied.

Sec­ond semi­fi­nal: North Dun­das 2 vs. St. Joseph’s 0.

Cham­pi­onship game: Char-Lan 8 vs. North Dun­das 4. Dixon pot­ted a pair, with other Cru­saders goals notched by Lan­don Fraser, Lach­lan McDonell, Alexan­der, Shane McFar­lane, and two uniden­ti­fied.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

SD& G CHAMPS: Char-Lan DHS’ boys hockey team is the SDGAA league cham­pion for 2017-18. Stand­ing in the back row, from left, are coach Sean O’Far­rell, Danik Martin, An­drew Dixon, Nathaniel Faubert, Bren­don Wat­son, Bray­den Dupuis, Camp­bell Craig, Dono­van...

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