Ban­tam Glens garner glory

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

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.

Slowly but surely the win­ter blan­ket is re­ced­ing from county soc­cer fields.


SNIPE: An­drew MacMaster eludes a Kemptville check, as he snaps a shot on goal.

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