Ju­nior ‘B’ Glens up­set top-ranked Cana­di­ans in OT thriller

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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.

Glens for­ward Nathan Sauve shines in this de­fen­sive ef­fort.

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