Bantam Glens garner glory
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor It was a night to celebrate on Sunday, as Alexandria’s bantam boys rep. ‘B’ hockey team scored the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League championship on home ice, icing an unbeaten playoff run.
Heading into the March 25 contest, the Glens needed just a tie to claim the crown, and that’s what they got, as the boys skated to a 1-1 draw with the Kemptville Panthers.
Just 45 seconds into the game, the visitors, facing elimination, got one past Tristan Rochon, who slammed the door shut from that point onwards.
Late in the first period, momentum swung towards the Alexandria side, helped by powerplay opportunities.
The tying goal came with 40.4 seconds on the clock, as a low wristshot by Derryk Gauthier found the back of the net.
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Assisting were Nicholas Leroux and Jeffrey Willard.
The second stanza saw Kemptville take play to the Glens, who withstood the onslaught, until the tide turned.
In the third, the Panthers’ best chance came on a break where the Kemptville player got a free shot on net, only to ring it off the iron and then see it land on the blue ice, whence a defender cleared it out of harm’s way.
The Glens weren’t really pressed in the waning minutes, though Rochon did have to make one last save at the buzzer, and then the celebration was on.
Game one of the five-point final series on March 24 went into the books as a 3-2 win, on goals from Andrew MacMaster, Willard, and Gauthier. Leroux picked up the lone Glens assist.
The next day, it was a 4-1 win, as Maxime Pilon notched a hat trick to lead his tribe.
Olivier Chagnon had the other tally, while Leroux chalked up two assists. Tyler McBain and Derreck Larocque also had helpers.
SNIPE: Andrew MacMaster eludes a Kemptville check, as he snaps a shot on goal.