Junior ‘B’ Rebels clip Glens in OT
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor The county’s junior ‘B’ hockey rivals put on quite the show last Saturday night, in Williamstown, where the Glens and Rebels battled into overtime to decide matters.
Tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, Char-Lan pressed from the drop of play in three-on-three action, driving into the attacking zone, where Ryan Reifler collected the puck in the corner, skated across the front of the goal, and wristed it home. It took all of 33 seconds of extra play, and this one went into the books as a 2-1 victory for the host Rebels.
Char-Lan opened the scoring 9:24 into the first period, when Sam Ferland found the target behind Alexandria goaltender Nicolas Rousseau, on a power play. Reifler and Brennan Markell picked up the assists.
The lead held until the latter stages of the second stanza, when, on a man advantage situation, Glen Braden Legue blasted a screened shot from the blue line to knot the affair. Hunter MacPherson and Joshua Desjardins earned the helpers.
That was it for the regulation scoring, but it wasn’t for wont of opportunities, especially for the Glens, who were afforded eight power plays in all, to four for Char-Lan.
The Rebels began the third period with the man advantage, but the Glens had little trouble killing it off.
That seemed to swing momentum, as the visitors sustained an attack that had the Char-Lan boys on their heels, though netminder Julien Cholette remained steady in his hemp hut.
On a subsequent Glens power play, it was Char-Lan’s Ferland who had the best scoring opportunity, only to be denied by Rousseau.
Alexandria did manage one shot on net with the man advantage, while also providing for a few anxious moments as a loose puck sat enticingly outside the goal crease with Cholette out of position from having made the initial save.
Later, the Glens got another power play, and though they had some pressure, they were again unable to capitalize, as a fast-paced third period ended without a goal scored.
Char-Lan’s overtime winner was assisted by Dillon Spinner and Markell.
All three meetings so far this season in the ‘Battle of Glengarry,’ have ended in one-goal decisions, with the Rebels winning the first game 5- 4, before the Glens responded with a 4-3 victory.
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The clubs will meet just once more this season, on Jan. 11, in Alexandria.
On last Saturday’s action, CharLan coach Jeff Carter says, it was a “great game of hockey” between “two evenly-matched teams.”
He believes that both sides played well, noting that his Rebels won, despite not making it easy on themselves with the penalties taken.
Char-Lan defenceman Dylan Seguin, who hails from Alexandria, adds, “It was a tough battle. Every time we play Alexandria, it seems that there is a little more up for grabs. We played a very good game despite our penalty troubles. Cholette stood on his head, and we also had another big game from Markell.”
Meanwhile, Glens blueliner and rookie Hunter MacPherson notes, “It was a tough game against a good team,” adding that it was “disappointing to see the [fourgame] win streak come to an end.
“They’re [the Glens] a really gifted team with a lot of good talent, and we’ll be ready for next time we play them. We were missing a few guys, but that’s not an excuse to use.”
On the season, the D-man says there have been “some ups and downs,” but suggests, “It’s felt really good to find our groove over these last five games. We’ve worked hard every game, and it feels good now that it’s starting to pay off.”
Glens win at home
Last Friday evening at the Palace, the Alexandria Glens nabbed their fourth straight victory, defeating the Winchester Hawks, 5-1.
Rousseau backstopped the win, with 26 saves, as Reggy St-Surin potted the game-winning tally at the 19:13 mark of the first period, set up by Mikael Gibault and Mathieu Parent.
Shonawahnonkon Thompson scored twice in the match, including a shortie, with Parent and Kodiak Whiteduck accounting for the other markers.
Maverick Baxtrom picked up two assists, and Legue, Nathan Sauve, and Tyler Villeneuve had singles.
Alexandria fired 41 shots on the Winchester net.
Char-Lan falls on road
The Rebels’ Saturday night win at home was sandwiched between a pair of road losses, including Sunday evening in Casselman, where Char-Lan was blanked 7-0.
South Lancaster’s Riley MacDonald, an affiliated player with the Vikings, nabbed three points, including a goal.
In three games with the junior club, the 15-year-old centreman has five points. His primary team is the OHA Gold U18, where MacDonald flirts with a point-agame pace through 22 matches.
Cholette took the loss in net, despite a 31-save effort, while Char-Lan mustered just 24 shots on the Casselman goal.
On Dec. 12 in Brockville, Cholette faced 39 shots in a 5-2 loss.
With the game tied 2-2 into the third period, Winchester scored twice on successive power plays, icing the win with a late emptynet short-handed marker.
Rebels goals were netted by Campbell Craig and Ferland (on a power play), with assists collected by Ferland, Jacob Cook, Markell, and Reifler.
One more game
(14-11-2-1) are slated to wrap up the 2018 portion of their CCHL2 schedule with a Saturday, Dec. 22 contest in Williamstown, as the league- leading Ottawa Canadians (24-2-1-0) will visit. Opening puck drop is set for 8 p.m.
The team will begin 2019 in Embrun on Jan. 4, with their first of four straight road games.
DRIVING HOME: Glengarry Gael Ethan Attridge soars past a trio of St. Joseph’s senior basketball players, driving to the basket to score two of his 10 points in the SD&G high school boys league match.