Ju­nior ‘B’ Rebels clip Glens in OT

The Glengarry News - - Sports in the Glens - The Char-Lan Rebels

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.

A group of ju­nior ‘B’ Rebels awaits a turn on the ice.

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