North Dun­das, St. Joseph’s top boys hockey stand­ings

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Ed­i­tor What a dif­fer­ence a day makes! Head­ing into Dec. 19 SDGAA high school boys hockey league play in Mor­ris­burg, Char-Lan DHS was sit­ting pretty, atop the stand­ings in a three-way tie with North Dun­das and St. Joseph’s.

Af­ter the ice chips had set­tled fol­low­ing this event, though, the Cru­saders had slipped to sec­ond play, leav­ing the Pan­thers and Dev­ils to bat­tle for first.

The piv­otal ac­tion came in the sec­ond game of the day, with Char-Lan fac­ing off against St. Joseph’s.

The Pan­thers opened the scor­ing mid­way through the first pe­riod, but the Cru­saders re­sponded less than a minute later, when Sea­mus O’Con­nell found the tar­get, set up by Ai­dan Leroux and An­drew Dixon.

Be­fore the pe­riod was over, though, St. Joe’s re­stored its lead. There was no scor­ing in the sec­ond and third pe­ri­ods, as the Pan­thers held on to pre­vail 2-1.

Later in the day, the Cru­saders looked to bounce back against la Ci­tadelle.

How­ever, it was les Pa­tri­otes who got on the board first, pok­ing the puck un­der the pads of CharLan goal­tender Hunter Mader, late in the first pe­riod.

The Cru­saders re­sponded in the sec­ond, though, tak­ing play to their op­po­nents.

The equal­izer came two minute in, on a power play, when Nathaniel Faubert tipped it down low. Lach­lan McDonell and Kurt Alexan­der earned the ap­ples.

Just 14 sec­onds later, they had the go-ahead (and game-win­ning) goal, as An­drew Dixon scored his first of three. Dono­van Fran­cis pot­ted a pair in the third pe­riod, to ice the 6-1 vic­tory.

Pick­ing up as­sists were Alexan­der (2), McDonell, Faubert, Leroux, and Roan MacLennan.

With the split re­sults on the day, Char-Lan’s record dropped to 3-1, while North Dun­das and St. Joseph’s im­proved to 4-0.

The Dev­ils blanked Holy Trin­ity 4-0 and Tagwi 1-0. The Pan­thers also put up a shutout over their Catholic ri­val Fal­cons.

In other ac­tion, Tagwi lost 3-2 to Se­away, de­spite goals from Kade McMil­lan and Noe­lan Spink. As­sists went to Nolan MacMil­lan, Zayne Pit­blado, and An­dre Doyon.

The War­riors en­ter the Christ­mas break with a 1-3 record, in a tie for fourth place.

The last game of the day at the Dec. 19 tour­ney in Mor­ris­burg saw the host Se­away Spar­tans blanked by la Ci­tadelle 1-0.

League play is sched­uled to re­sume on Wednes­day, Jan. 9, in Wil­liamstown, with a slate of games at the Char- Lan Rec. Cen­tre, be­gin­ning at 8 a.m. with a fea­ture match be­tween the Tagwi War­riors and host Cru­saders. An­other key game has North Dun­das and St. Joseph’s col­lid­ing at 11 a.m.

Stand­ings

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

PUSH IT: Char-Lan Dis­trict High School’s An­drew Dixon, fend­ing off the chal­lenge of a skater from la Ci­tadelle, breaks out of his de­fen­sive zone. More game im­ages on­line at glen­gar­rynews.ca/pho­tos

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