Glens, Rebels suffer late-sea­son swoon

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

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.

A fresh sheet of ice is ready for Satur­day night CCHL2 hockey ac­tion.

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