Junior ‘B’ Glens nab a pair of weekend wins
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor Two out of three ain’t bad, or so the Glens should feel, as Alexandria’s junior ‘ B’ hockey team capped off week 11 in the CCHL2 with back- to- back victories, following a decisive defeat earlier in the week.
In Williamstown last Saturday night, the Glens skated against their county cousins, the CharLan Rebels, in the second round of this season’s Battle of Glengarry.
When the teams last met, on Sept. 28, the Rebs won 5-4.
For a time in the Nov. 24 contest, it looked like Char-Lan might repeat the feat, as the hosts held a 2-1 edge through two periods. The third frame was a back-andforth affair.
Just 32 seconds into the stanza, Reggy St-Surin drew Alexandria even, set up by Nathan Sauve and Adam Paquette.
Brennan Markell, Char-Lan’s points leader, restored the lead for the Rebels, with three minutes remaining in the match, off a feed from Dylan Seguin.
Then Dylan Stacey, of the Glens, went to work. His power-play tally at the 18:54 mark, assisted by Mikael Gibault and Felix Sauve, squared the affair.
Nine seconds after that, he potted the game-winner, set up by Gibault and Joshua Desjardins.
Nicolas Rousseau earned the win in net, with 30 saves, while Grant Craig took the loss, despite a 26-save effort.
Alexandria had the lone firstperiod goal, from Desjardins, a call- up player from the U18 Hawkesbury Hawks. Lochlan MacDonald and Hunter MacPherson assisted.
Markell potted a pair in the second period, giving Char-Lan the lead. Ryan Reifler assisted on both, with Evan Huntley earning a point on the first, and Sam Ferland on the second goal.
The county rivals are next scheduled to collide on Dec. 15, in Williamstown.
The Rebels and Glens both had successful outings last Friday night, with Alexandria winning on home ice, while Char-Lan prevailed in Winchester.
Craig’s 25 stops were enough to backstop a 5-2 Rebels win over the Hawks.
Three game misconducts were called for checking from behind, two of them against Char-Lan players.
The Rebels scored short-handed during a five-minute penalty kill in the first period, when Markell drove home an unassisted tally.
Winchester took a brief lead in the second stanza, with the goahead goal on a check- frombehind power play.
However, Markell helped cue the comeback, setting up Seguin’s equalizer, which was also assisted by Ferland.
Markell then scored on a power play at the midpoint of the period, set up by Reifler and Huntley.
Reifler found the back of the net himself 80 seconds later, off a Ferland feed, to increase the Char-Lan lead to two.
Taran Fiacco iced the victory in the dying seconds with an empty-netter.
At the Palace, it was a penaltyladen affair, as the teams combined for 48 minutes of infractions, including a game misconduct against a Glen (for checking from behind) and a late-game ejection of a Brockville player (for cross-checking).
However, while the game was chippy at times, it was also a high-tempo match, where both goaltenders faced 39 shots.
Rousseau was in net for Alexandria, backstopping the 3-2 come-from-behind win.
With the teams tied 1-1 through two periods, the Tikis somehow squeezed the go-ahead goal past the Glens netminder, during a stretch of four-on-four play.
This came despite Alexandria carrying the bulk of offensive zone time, helped by Brockville penalties.
With 3:23 left, whilst on a power play, Gibault scored the equalizer, assisted by Desjardins and Otto Thomas.
Less than a minute later, a rather innocuous-looking shot by Tyler Villeneuve from the circle seemed to surprise the Tikis net nanny. Lacroix and Baxtrom earned the assists, on what would stand as the game-winner.
The Glens began the week with a tough test, a game they would probably rather forget, as the boys were humbled 10-1 by the league- leading Ottawa Jr. Canadians, a team that has lost just once in 22 contests this season.
N. Sauve had the lone Glens goal, scored on a power play, with an assist from Adam Porter.
The Glens (10-10-1-1) have a pair of league road games this week, booked to play against the Ottawa West Golden Knights (147-0-1) on Nov. 29 and the Embrun Panthers (6-11-4-1) the next night.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, Alexandria will host a junior club from Berlin, Germany. Game time for the exhibition contest is set for 8 p.m.
Week 12 for the Rebels (11-8-1-1) has the boys hosting the Richmond Royals (5-14-0-0) on Dec. 1, at 8 p.m., and playing Dec. 2, at 1:30 p.m., in Cobden, to face the Whitewater Kings (4-10-1-3).
The 2018 SDGAA high school hockey season opens next week in Chesterville, with girls games on Monday, followed by boys action Wednesday.Tagwi’s girls are scheduled to hit the ice twice on Dec. 3, playing North Dundas at 9 a.m. and la Citadelle at 11 a.m.The girls from Holy Trinity will begin their season a week later, with the Dec. 10 Sisters’ Cup, to be played at Cornwall’s multi- sport complex, where Catholic rival St. Joseph’s provides the opposition. The game is set for a 4:30 p.m. start and is a fundraiser for Baldwin House.Char-Lan’s first action is booked for Dec. 13.Glengarry DHS doesn’t have girls or boys hockey this year.In Chesterville on Dec. 5, the boys season will begin, with a slate of seven games.Amongst them, Holy Trinity and Char-Lan are scheduled to collide at 9 a.m., Tagwi will play St. Joseph’s at 10 a.m., Char-Lan will tangle with Seaway at 11 a.m., and Holy Trinity and Tagwi will dance at 1 p.m.With the winter season of sports set to begin in the SDGAA, boys basketball and girls volleyball will be taking over gymnasiums, starting this week.The opening girls volleyball tournament is booked to be held at Cornwall CVS on Nov. 29, followed by events at Seaway Dec. 5, Tagwi Dec. 11, St. Lawrence Dec. 13, and Char-Lan Dec. 18. All are 9:30 a.m. starts, except the tourney at St. Lawrence, which is set to begin 30 minutes earlier.The boys basketball season is set to tip off today, Nov. 28, with matches at three schools.Amongst them, GDHS will host St. Lawrence at noon, while Tawgi will entertain Holy Trinity at 4 p.m.Char-Lan’s first action comes the next day, when the school will host St. Joseph’s at 1 p.m.The Crusaders also get home court on Dec. 4, for a noon start versus Seaway.Tagwi is slated to open its season on Dec. 3 at St. Joseph’s, beginning at 1 p.m. BREAKOUT: In CCHL2 game action in Alexandria versus the Brockville Tikis, Glens defenceman Braden Legue leads an attack out of his zone, trailed by teammate Samuel Lacroix, who’s back in the lineup following a 10-game suspension.
IN THE ZONE: Alexandria goaltender Nicolas Rousseau eyes the action in front of him, as Char-Lan’s Ryan Reifler chases a loose puck, whilst Glens Maverick Baxtrom and Hunter MacPherson strive to corral him.