Germans edge Jr. ‘B’ Glens in shootout

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - Alexan­dria (11-11-1-1) has a light

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Edi­tor The tour­ing Teu­tons earned a hard-fought win, Satur­day night at the Glen­garry Sports Palace, at the ex­pense of the home­town Glens, to go 2-0 against CCHL2 clubs in their Cana­dian visit.

The Ber­lin U20 hockey team quickly fell be­hind the Alexan­dria boys, as just 31 sec­onds into the match, Mikael Gibault got the home side on the board, as­sisted by Reggy St-Surin and Dy­lan Stacey.

Alexan­dria man­aged just 6 shots in the frame, to 15 from the Germans.

Early in the sec­ond stanza, the Glens went ahead 2-0, as Jakob Brunette snapped a hard wrist shot over the hand of the Ber­lin back­stop.

Less than two min­utes later, though, the Germans had a re­ply, driving the net from the blue line.

On a Glens penalty, the best scor­ing chance went to Alexan­dria, as St-Surin broke in, only to be stymied. Ber­lin man­aged some pres­sure for the last half of the in­frac­tion, but was kept at bay.

The high-tempo match show­cased the tal­ent of the Euro­pean side, though the Glens skated with them step- for- step, un­daunted.

With 8:38 left in the pe­riod, goal­tender Ni­co­las Rousseau gave way to Bren­nan Nadeau, as it had been de­cided prior to the game that the boys would split net­mind­ing du­ties for this one.

The equal­izer for the Germans came with 1:51 re­main­ing, off scram­bly play in the Glens zone.

With the game tied 2-2, Nadeau was tested early and of­ten in the third frame, as Ber­lin con­tin­ued to rack up the shots.

The trav­ellers seemed to have a lit­tle ex­tra jump in their skates for this pe­riod against the Glens, who were play­ing their third game in as many nights.

Ber­lin pulled in front when a point shot found its way to the back of the net.

A late-game in­frac­tion by the Ger­man side– their only penalty of the game – af­forded Alexan­dria a man ad­van­tage, and with their goal­tender pulled, the Glens played six-on-four, bat­tling to draw even in the match.

Char-Lan District High School’s boys hockey team re­cently skated in a tour­na­ment in Ot­tawa, as part of prepa­ra­tion for the up­com­ing SDGAA league sea­son.

At the Nov. 19-20 tour­ney, the Cru­saders earned 3 wins to just 1 loss, the de­feat com­ing in their open­ing game, 2-1 to the South Car­leton Storm, in what coach Sean O’Far­rell de­scribes as “a tight con­test.”

The boys went on to beat the The­ri­ault Flames, from Tim­mins, 3-1 and the Su­pe­rior Heights Steel­hawks, from Sault St. Marie, 7-4 (com­ing from be­hind, down 3-0 and 4-1).

Char-Lan fin­ished sec­ond in its pool, but lost on the tie-breaker, drop­ping the squad into the five-ver­sus-six game, where the Cru­saders skated over Ren­frew Col­le­giate 7-3, to end the 12-team tour­na­ment in fifth place.

The Cru­saders 2018- 19 ros­ter in­cludes Kurt Alexan­der, Roan MacLennan, Cur­tis St. Onge, An­drew Dixon, Thomas Pasco, Ai­dan Ler­oux, Cole MacCrim­mon, Con­nor Macdonald, Nathaniel Faubert, Dono­van Fran­cis, Danny Flaro, Lach­lan McDonell, An­drew Dir­ven, Jack MacLach­lan, Josh Van­dr­ish, Sea­mus O'Con­nell, and Hunter Mader.

First league play for the team, this win­ter, is slated for Dec. 5 in Ch­ester­ville, where Char-Lan will play Holy Trin­ity at 9 a.m. and Se­away at 11 a.m.

Girls hockey next week

Holy Trin­ity, and Char-Lan girls hockey teams will see their first ac­tion of the SD&G sea­son next week.

First up, on Mon­day, Dec. 10 at Cornwall’s multi-sport com­plex, the Fal­cons will tan­gle with Catholic ri­val St. Joseph’s, in the in­au­gu­ral Sis­ters’ Cup, a fundraiser for Bald­win House. Puck drop is set for 4:30 p.m., and good­will do­na­tions will be ac­cepted at the door.

The Cru­saders will take to the ice for their open­ing games on Thurs­day, Dec. 13, set to play Holy Trin­ity at 9 a.m., fol­lowed by the Pan­thers at 11 a.m.

Dun­ve­gan dumps Dal­hart

With a 7-0 vic­tory over Dal­hart on Nov. 27, the Dun­ve­gan se­nior women’s in­door soc­cer team im­proved its record to 5 wins, 0 ties, and 1 loss on the sea­son.

Ava Gan­dia and Robyn Gan­dia each scored twice to pace their team, while Michelle DeRe­pentigny, Emily McDon­ald, and one uniden­ti­fied player rounded out the scor­ing with sin­gles.

Dun­ve­gan re­mains atop the stand­ings, with 15 points, three bet­ter than Glen Ne­vis. Alexan­dria is third, with 9, fol­lowed by Dal­hart, 0.

Pine Grove nabs first win

The Pine Grove se­nior men’s in­door soc­cer team nabbed its first vic­tory of the sea­son, in a Nov. 29 match against Alexan­dria FC.

The week six win saw Pine Grove’s Dar­ren Bar­ton, Hugh Macleod, and Har­risan Mu­gun­than find the back of the op­pos­ing net, while Alexan­dria’s lone marker was notched by An­drew Wilkes.

With the win, Pine Grove im­proved to 1 win, 1 tie, and 4 losses, while Alexan­dria drops to 3-1-2.

In other ac­tion, the Bar Flies edged McCrim­mon 3-2, on goals from Lochlan MacDonald, Kenny MacMillan, and Cameron Poirier. Shawn Vink had both tal­lies for McCrim­mon.

The Bar Flies and McCrim­mon also sport a record of 3-1-2 en­ter­ing week seven GSL ac­tion.

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Leave it to cap­tain Gibault to pro­vide the hero­ics. As the sec­onds ticked down, the tow­er­ing ti­tan bat­tled down low, pok­ing the puck past the keeper, to tie the game at 3-3. Stacey and Brunette earned the helpers.

Still knot­ted at the buzzer, it was on to a five-minute ex­tra ses­sion of three-on-three play.

Two min­utes in, it ap­peared the Glens had the win­ner, as the boys cel­e­brated and the horn sounded, but wait! – the ref­eree waved it off, in­form­ing Alexan­dria’s coaches that he saw the puck kicked into the net.

The shot, sent in from the point, was de­flected by Gibault, who ar­gued that he got his stick on it, but to no avail. Play con­tin­ued.

Brunette later had a break­away chance, only to see that stopped, so it was on to a shootout.

Gibault, who shot first, was the only Glens player of five to score on the Ber­lin net­min­der, as Alexan­dria dropped the shootout 2-1, and the game 4-3.

The win for the Ger­man squad was the sec­ond in as many nights, as the trav­el­ling ju­niors were com­ing off a 5-2 vic­tory over the White­wa­ter Kings in Cob­den.

Last night, the Ber­lin­ers were sched­uled to skate in Hawkes­bury, ver­sus a team of CCHL (ju­nior ‘ A’) prospects, in­clud­ing Alexan­dria’s Jeremy Ques­nel.

The team is slated to con­clude game ac­tion tonight, Dec. 5, in Arn­prior.

Glens league re­sults

In CCHL2 league play last week, the Glens earned a win and a loss.

The 6-1 de­feat came on the road Nov. 29, against the Ot­tawa West Golden Knights, in a penalty-filled af­fair. The Glens and Knights com­bined for 162 min­utes of in­frac­tions.

Alexan­dria’s lone goal was net- ted by Mathieu Par­ent, set up by Nathan Sauve.

Rousseau took the loss in net, de­spite a 44-save ef­fort.

Two of Ot­tawa’s goals were scored on the power play, while the Glens went zero-for-three with the man ad­van­tage.

On Fri­day night, the ac­tion moved to Em­brun, where Rousseau, with 32 saves, posted a shutout against the Pan­thers, as the Glens pre­vailed 6-0.

Sam Lacroix started the scor­ing, just 2:45 into the game. Stacey dou­bled the lead for Alexan­dria, three min­utes later.

Just past the 18-minute mark, St-Surin pot­ted his team’s third goal.

The boys added two more in the sec­ond stanza, as Gibault and Kevin How­son hit the tar­get, and St-Surin rounded out the scor­ing in the third.

Earn­ing as­sists were Lochlan MacDonald, Kole Beaton, Hunter MacPherson, How­son, and Gibault.

Alexan­dria had 25 shots on goal and chalked up a mere 28 min­utes in penal­ties.

Head coach Stephan Nadeau was pleased with the ef­fort he saw from his play­ers in the Satur­day ex­hi­bi­tion con­test, not­ing the Euro­peans play a de­cid­edly dif­fer­ent style, fea­tur­ing speed, crisp pass­ing, smooth line changes, no give­aways, and lit­tle body check­ing.

It was a great learn­ing op­por­tu­nity for the Glens, who, in ad­di­tion to the game, en­joyed the op­por­tu­nity to so­cial­ize with the Ber­lin boys over a post-game pizza din­ner.

In ros­ter moves, the team re­leased Ja­cob La­tour, Jonah Peters, and Ish­mail Pru­dent, all on Dec. 1, the cut­down day for player cards.

The Glens added 17-year-old de­fence­man Mal­colm Bras­sard, ac­quired in a trade with Winch­ester, on Nov. 28, in

ex­change for a player devel­op­ment fee. The 6 ft 6 in, 220 lb. Man­otick na­tive had played four games with the Hawks, af­ter suit­ing up pre­vi­ously in 10 with the Perth Blue Wings.

Another new ad­di­tion on D, at least this sea­son, is Keean McEach­ern, who made his re­turn to the club on Nov. 29.

The blue­liner played 57 games with the Glens dur­ing the 201718 cam­paign, but this year has been skat­ing with the ju­nior ‘C’ Van­kleek Hill Cougars.

schedule of five games re­main­ing this month, start­ing with a Fri­day, Dec. 7 con­test at the Palace, where the 23-1-0-0 Ot­tawa Jr. Cana­di­ans will pro­vide the op­po­si­tion. Game time is set for 8 p.m.

The next night, the boys are booked to play on the road against the West­port Rideaus (13-7-1-1).

Dec. 14 will see the Winch­ester Hawks (8-12-1-1) skate into town, and the next night, the Glens will play in Wil­liamstown ver­sus the Char-Lan Rebels (12-9-1-1).

Their month will con­clude on Dec. 21, with a home date ver­sus the Rich­mond Roy­als (5-16-0-0).

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

PUSH IT: Alexan­dria Glen Jakob Brunette rushes the of­fen­sive zone, swarmed by a quar­tet of Ber­lin play­ers, in ex­hi­bi­tion hockey at the Glen­garry Sports Palace.

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