Junior ‘B’ Glens upset top-ranked Canadians in OT thriller
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor The modest number of fans in attendance at last Friday night’s Alexandria Glens CCHL2 hockey game at the Glengarry Sports Palace witnessed a thrilling upset, as the boys handed the Ottawa Canadians just their second loss of the season.
From start to finish, the Glens kept pace with the league’s best squad, which has won 24 of its 26 contests.
Late in the second period, with the home side down a goal, Shonwahnonkon Thompson tipped a blue-line shot past Ottawa goaltender Ryan Whitehurst, for the power-play equalizer, as the team’s hard work with the man advantage was rewarded. Hunter MacPherson and Maverick Baxtrom earned the assists.
The third period saw the visitors step up their game. Behind on the shot clock 25 to 15 through 40 minutes, the Canadians fired 17 on Glens netminder Nicolas Rousseau, but he proved to be an unbreakable wall.
Still tied at the end of regulation, the game moved into a three-on-three overtime session.
With plenty of open ice, play was fast and crisp, though it appeared at one point that Ottawa had too many skaters on the ice – something the two referees missed.
Moments later, the Glens were called for holding in their defensive zone; however, the Canadians responded by taking a penalty of their own, a hold whilst on the attack to end the power play.
Ottawa managed a breakaway, only to be thwarted by Rousseau not once, but twice, on the same play.
As the Glens penalty expired, play resumed four-on-three, as Alexandria went on the attack. From the corner, Joshua Desjardins fed Dylan Stacey, who was driving to the net, and he made no mistake, scoring the 3- 2 game- winner with 12 seconds left on the clock. MacPherson also picked up an assist on the play.
That set off a player celebration, as the boys recognized they had achieved the upset that many, or even most, observers might have thought unlikely heading into the match.
Ottawa opened the scoring at the 16:51 mark of the first period, potting a shorthanded tally. The visitors went ahead 2-0 eight minutes into the second stanza.
Fifty-three seconds later, whilst on a power play, the Glens got on the board, as Stacey found the back of the Ottawa net off a feed from Rousseau.
In all, Alexandria fired 34 shots on the Canadians net to Ottaw’s 41.
The Glens took just 12 minutes in penalties, on six infractions, to 20 and nine for the visitors.
Road win in overtime
Less than 24 hours later, the boys were back at it, on the road in Westport, facing one of the top teams from the Richardson Division.
And for the second straight night, the Glens found success, prevailing in overtime, 5-4 in this one.
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Alexandria held a 4-2 lead by the eightminute mark of the third period, only to see the Rideaus battle back with two to square the contest.
Westport began the extra session shorthanded, flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, and the Glens took advantage, as Nathan Sauve scored, unassisted, to snag the victory.
Earlier in the game, Mathieu Parent and Reggy St-Surin also scored unassisted, while Mikael Gibault returned to the lineup and chalked up one, off a feed from Tyler Villeneuve, who then himself scored, set up by Parent and Kodiak Whiteduck.
The Glens (13-11-1-1), riding a threegame win streak, will be looking to extend their run of success back on home ice Friday, Dec. 14, when the boys host the Winchester Hawks (9-14-1-1), at 8 p.m.
Also this weekend, the squad is scheduled
to skate in Williamstown, against the county rival Char-Lan Rebels (13-9-1-1). Start time at the Rec. Centre is set for 8 p.m.
On points, the Glens are tied for third spot in the Martin Division, as both Alexandria and Char-Lan have 28, though the Rebels hold two games in hand.
Alexandria added a new body to the roster last week, signing Kodiak Whiteduck, who hails from Maniwaki.
He most recently played for the Forestiers of the LHSAO ( senior ‘ A’), suiting up for five games in which he recorded 5 points and 18 penalty minutes.
In two matches so far with the Glens, the 19-year-old left winger had 1 assist and 4 PIM.