Glens, Rebels drop puck on new CCHL2 season
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor The county’s junior ‘B’ hockey clubs opened the 2018-19 season at the Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2 showcase, in Arnprior, where both the Alexandria Glens and CharLan Rebels picked up two points – though in decidedly different manners.
The Rebs played a pair of tight contests, neither of which was decided in regulation time.
Up first, on Sept. 15, Char-Lan squared off against the Athens Aeros, in a game that went to a shootout to decide matters. The Rebs fired a trio of blanks, while the Aeros got one past goaltender Grant Craig, for what stood as the winning tally, of a 3-2 decision.
Char-Lan’s goals were netted by Sam Ferland (on a power play, assisted by Mathieu Sabourin and Dylan Seguin) and Jacob Cook (from Jake Amo).
Dawson Irving got the call to the hemp hut for game two, the next day, when the Rebels faced the Renfrew Timberwolves.
Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, the ’Wolves bagged the winner with just 14 seconds left in overtime, handing Char-Lan its second straight 3-2 loss.
Rebels goalscorers were Justice Brownlee (on a power play, assisted by Zach Auger) and Campbell Craig (unassisted).
Irving made 50 saves in his season debut, while Craig fended off 31 shots in his game.
Over the two matches, the Rebels were 2 for 11 on power-play opportunities.
As a result of the shoot-out loss and the overtime loss, Char-Lan enters week two with two points in the standings.
Meanwhile, Alexandria’s weekend got off to a tougher start, as goaltender Brennan Nadeau faced a barrage of shots in a penaltyladen match, with the Brockville Jr. Braves, that ended in a 5-0 loss.
Nadeau made 36 saves along the way, as the teams combined for 82 minutes in penalties. The Glens went 0 for 7 on their power-play chances, while affording the Braves nine opportunities with the man advantage, two of which resulted in goals.
Sept. 16 saw better fortune for the Alexandria side, as the boys skated to a 9-2 triumph over the Whitewater Kings. Goaltender Nicolas Rousseau stopped 22 shots for the win.
The Glens capitalized on all four of their power-play chances, while holding the Kings off the scoresheet on all four of theirs.
Mikael Gibault paced the Alexandria attack, scoring three times and adding an assist.
Shonwahnonkon Thompson chalked up two goals and a helper.
Other marksmen were Ismail Prudent, Nick Andre, Adam Paquette, and Austin Ladouceur. Additional applies were claimed by Hunter MacPherson (2), Thompson, Braden Legue, Shayne Dickie, Lochlan MacDonald, Prudent, Mathieu Parent, Dylan Stacey, and Nolan Guertin.
New faces, returnees
The county squads feature a combination of new players and returnees for the 2018-19 CCHL2 season.
Amongst the newcomers for Alexandria are Glengarry boy Lochlan MacDonald, a 17year-old 5 ft. 9 in, 190 lb. skater who’s playing on the blue line for the Glens. Last season he was a member of the Cornwall U18 Colts
Another new addition is centreman Mathieu Parent, who joins the Glens all the way from Kapuskasing, in northern Ontario. Also 17, he checks in at 5 ft 8 in, 148 lb.
Goaltenders Nicolas Rousseau and Brennan Nadeau are back this year as Alexandria tandem in net.
As many junior ‘ B’ hockey players do, Nadeau is balancing his love of the ice game with his studies. The Alexandria resident began his first year of studies at Algonquin College, in Ottawa, where he is working towards a Bachelor of Public Safety degree, in a program affiliated with Carleton University.
Grant Craig is back for another season, his third, in net for the Char-Lan Rebels. He’s also attending university, in his second year of the journalism program at Carleton.
His mate in the twine tent is Dawson Irving, who hails from Ingleside.
Char-Lan has plenty of youth on its roster, including Monkland’s Graham Robertson, a forward, and Cornwall’s Shane Gaudreau, a defenceman. Both are 16 years old.
Of the returnees, there are Mathieu Sabourin and Dylan Seguin, both of whom hail from Alexandria.
Week two schedule
The Glens drop the puck on week two action tomorrow, Sept. 20, on the road against the Ottawa West Golden Knights.
Alexandria’s home opener, at the Glengarry Sports Place, is slated for Friday, Sept. 21, starting at 8 p.m. The Carleton Place Jr. Canadians will provide the opposition. Char-Lan is booked to play Friday in Embrun. Then, the boys will host the Winchester Hawks on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the CharLan Rec. Centre in Williamstown. Start time is set for 8 p.m.
NEXT DEADLINE: Monday, September 24, noon
ENCOURAGEMENT: Youngster Adie Nutt skates in a control drill, under the auspices of instructor Pascal Joanette, at the 2018 edition of the Glengarry Hockey School. More images can be viewed online at glengarrynews.ca/photos
ROOKIE: Campbell Craig is a first-year blueliner with the Char-Lan Rebels.