Germans edge Jr. ‘B’ Glens in shootout
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).
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.