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