Ju­nior ‘B’ Glens nab a pair of week­end wins

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

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.

Fri­day night

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).

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

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.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

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.

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