Jr. ‘B’ Glens, Rebels ready for 2019 play­off push

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Ed­i­tor As the county’s ju­nior ‘B’ hockey teams look to­wards the 2019 por­tion of the CCHL2 sched­ule, they find them­selves in good stead with re­spect to the like­li­hood of mak­ing the play­offs; how­ever, both the Alexan­dria Glens and Char- Lan Rebels will be look­ing to im­prove upon their po­si­tions in or­der to avoid hav­ing to play in the wild­card round.

The league play­off for­mat grants the top three fin­ish­ers in each divi­sion byes, while league-wide the next four teams with the best over­all records bat­tled in wild­card ac­tion.

That’s where the Glens and Rebels would likely find them­selves, with­out a strong push through the re­main­ing third of the sched­ule.

Alexan­dria has 15 games left to be played, start­ing on Fri­day, Jan. 4 on home ice at the Glen­garry Sports Palace, where the leaguebest Ot­tawa Jr. Cana­di­ans will visit. The open­ing puck drop is set for 8 p.m.

The Glens last reg­u­lar-sea­son con­test is booked for Feb. 22, in Winch­ester.

Char-Lan has 16 matches left on the docket, set to be­gin 2019 with four straight games on the road. The first is slated for Jan. 4 in Em­brun. The Rebels will end their road run in Alexan­dria on Jan. 11 and con­clude the reg­u­lar sea­son on Feb. 23, on home ice in Wil­liamstown.

Of­fen­sively thus far, Char-Lan has re­lied

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on vet­eran play­ers Bren­nan Markell (who hails from Corn­wall), Sam Fer­land (Long Sault), and Mathieu Sabourin (Alexan­dria), along with mid-sea­son ad­di­tion Ryan Rei­fler (Bing­hamp­ton, N.Y.).

Mean­while, in net, Char-Lan is count­ing on new­comer Ju­lian Cho­lette, from Alexan­dria, and vet­eran back­stop Grant Craig (Wil­liamstown).

The Glens’ of­fence has been led by cap­tain Mikael Gibault (from St. Al­bert), Dy­lan Stacey (Kah­nawake, Que.), and Mathieu Par­ent (Ka­puskas­ing).

Be­tween the pipes, Alexan­dria’s own Ni­co­las Rousseau car­ries the load, backed up by Bren­nan Nadeau (Glen Robert­son).

Holy Trin­ity’s boys hockey team tan­gles with North Dun­das.

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