Char-Lan Rebels stumble into new year
The junior ‘B’ Char-Lan Rebels have opened 2019 with a pair of road losses.
In Embrun last Friday night, the Rebs got an early lead, when Dillon Spinner scored just 73 seconds into the match, off a feed from Liam MacDonald. The Panthers tied it up four minutes later, setting the stage for what would be a see-saw affair. Evan Huntley’s short-handed tally, at the 9:48 mark of the first frame, restored Char-Lan’s lead which held for 10 minutes. The lone helper went to Mathieu Sabourin.
The Rebs opened a two-goal advantage in the second stanza, off goals from Brennan Markell and Huntley, with assists netted by Huntley, Sam Ferland, Sabourin, and Rylan Iwachniuk.
Embrun went on to pot the next three goals, dealing Char-Lan the 5-4 loss.
Julien Cholette was credited with 38 saves, while the Rebels fired 36 shots on the Panthers net.
Char-Lan was one-for-three on the power play and successful in killing off six of seven penalties.
The next night, in Carleton Place, Grant Craig got the call between the pipes, turning aside 26 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss.
Once again, this was a contest where the Rebs held leads, only to see the Canadians fight back late to force the extra session, where Carleton Place potted the game-winner just 27 seconds in.
Char-Lan’s goals were netted by Ryan Reifler, Markell, and Reese Donnelly. Sam Ferland bagged two assists, with other helpers from Markell, Reifler, Shane Gaudreau, and Sabourin.
With the single point from the OT loss, Char-Lan enters play this week with 31 points in 30 games.
Indoor soccer at the dome in Alexandria has returned this week. In senior men’s play, two games are on tap for Thursday, Jan. 10, with the Bar Flies and Pine Grove taking to the turf at 7:30 p.m., followed an hour later by a battle between McCrimmon and Alexandria FC.
The senior women’s group was scheduled to play last night (Jan. 8). Looking ahead, the teams will be back in action at the dome next Tuesday, when Alexandria and Dalhart will play at 7:30 p.m., and Glen Nevis and Dunvegan will tangle at 8:30 p.m.
Hawks tame Colts
In Cornwall last Thursday night, the junior ‘A’ Hawkesbury Hawks scored a 4-1 win over the Colts.
The Hawks went on to prevail Friday night at home, 5-0 over the Nepean Raiders, and Sunday against the Navan Grads, 3-2 in overtime.
Meanwhile, the Colts lost to Smiths Falls, 5-4, and Rockland, 2-1 in overtime. Amongst the county crew, Jeremy Quesnel had two assists, while Ethan Mulhearn and Ben Dirven each had one versus the Bears.
Next up, Cornwall hosts Rockland on Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
GOALTENDER GRANT CRAIG