Glens, Rebels suffer late-season swoon
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor As the saying goes, it’s important to finish a season strong. This appears to be something that both the Alexandria Glens and Char-Lan Rebels are failing to heed, as the squads struggle to garner points.
The Rebs, since Jan. 1, have picked up 6 points in 9 games (2 wins, 2 overtime losses, and 5 regulation losses), while the Glens have 9 points from 10 games (4 wins, 1 overtime loss, and 5 regulation losses).
That’s 6 of a possible 18 for Char-Lan, and 9 of a maximum 20 for Alexandria – not good enough with the CCHL2 playoffs looming.
Last weekend, penalty troubles reared their ugly head for the Glens. The league’s most penalized team (nearly 400 minutes more than the next squad) took costly late-game infractions in two games.
In Casselman last Thursday night, the Glens saw a 6-2 lead evaporate over a seven-minute span in the third period. Following the equalizing marker at 19:48, Alexandria goaltender Nicolas Rousseau was sanctioned for abuse of an official and tossed from the game, as Brennan Nadeau was called upon in relief.
Nadeau made 8 saves in overtime, before giving up two in the shootout, as the Vikes took the 7-6 comeback victory.
Tobias Commando- Odjick scored twice for the Glens, with singles notched by Lochlan MacDonald, Kodiak Whiteduck, Sylvain Gravel, and Mikael Gibault. Felix Sauve had two assists.
On Sunday in Richmond, the Glens and Royals were tied 2-2 until the late stages, when, with just 20 seconds left on the clock, Richmond’s Ethan Vaslet snuck the game-winner past Nadeau. At the time, the Glens were attempting to kill off a five-onthree disadvantage.
In the loss, Nadeau made 29 saves, while Cedryk Miron and Reggy St-Surin counted goals for Alexandria.
Rousseau began a five-game suspension on Sunday, so Nadeau will be expected to carry the load in the interim. Alexandria’s own Maxime Brunet has been called upon as backup.
The Glens (19-16-2-2) have five
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matches remaining on the regular-season slate, including just two on home ice (Feb. 9 versus Arnprior and Feb. 15 against Casselman).
Char-Lan skated in one CCHL2 game last week, playing one of the league’s top teams, the Ottawa Golden Knights, tough, but in the end they came up short, succumbing 4-3, despite a 26-save performance from goaltender Grant Craig.
The Feb. 2 contest in Williamstown saw the teams combine for just four minor penalties. Sam Ferland, Evan Huntley, and Brennan Markell had the Rebels goals. Markell also bagged a pair of assists. The other helpers went to Ferland, Ben Pineault, and Huntley.
Entering play this week, CharLan has two games in hand over the Glens, who they trail by six points (36 and 42, respectively).
The Rebels (16-17-3-1) next skate on home ice Feb. 9, when the boys will host the Casselman Vikings (27-7-2-1), at 8 p.m.