Glens, Rebels look towards playoffs
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor The Alexandria Glens and Char-Lan Rebels head into the final weekend of regular-season CCHL2 play secure in their playoff positions, as the fourth and fifth seeds in the Martin Division, respectively, setting up a collision in the wildcard round.
First, though, the Glens have one more game to play, skating Feb. 22 in Winchester, at 8:15 p.m.
The Hawks put a late-season scare into the Rebels, nipping at their heels in the standings, as Char-Lan struggled to pick up points. However, the boys now find themselves on an upswing, winners of three of their last four games.
The lone loss over that stretch was to the leagueleading Ottawa Canadians last Sunday, a 7-3 decision.
Grant Craig took the loss in net, despite a 58-save performance. Char-Lan goals were netted by Rylan Iwachniuk, Mathieu Sabourin, and Liam MacDonald, while picking up assists were Brennan Markell, Shane Gaudreau, Iwachniuk, and MacDonald. The Rebels had 28 shots on goal. On Saturday night, on home ice, Julien Cholette notched his first career junior hockey shutout in a 2-0 win over the Arnprior Packers, making 24 saves.
After a scoreless first period, Jacob Cook cracked the goose egg, assisted by Markell and Gaudreau, at the 3:44 mark.
The Rebs iced the victory in the latter stages of the final frame, when MacDonald potted a powerplay marker, set up by Sabourin and Justice Brownlee.
Char-Lan (19-19-3-1) has two regular-season tilts to play. The boys are booked to play on the road Feb 21, taking on the league’s third best overall team, the Ottawa West Golden Knights (27-13-1-1).
Their regular-season finale comes on home ice in Williamstown, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m., with the Athens Aeros (13-20-5-1) visiting.
The Alexandria Glens have gone 3-2 in February, with Brennan Nadeau between the pipes, as starter Nicolas Rousseau sits out his five-game suspension.
All the results have been close, with the losses both one-goal decisions.
Last Friday night, the powerhouse Casselman Vikings were at the Palace, firing 35 shots on the Alexandria net in a 3-2 win over the Glens, who had 43 shots on goal.
The Vikes scored twice in the first period, with the Glens drawing even in the second stanza, on tallies from Dylan Stacey (assisted by Sylvain Gravel and Mathieu Parent) and Braden Legue (Mikael Gibault, Nathan Sauve).
Casselman notched the game-winner with two and a half minutes left in the middle period.
On the action, Nadeau said, “That was one of the most [exciting] games I ever played. [It was] so much faster, and the guys are more skilled, [making] it really fun and challenging.”
On Feb. 13 in Winchester, the Glens scored a 3-1 win, as Nadeau made 37 saves.
Gibault score twice, including the game-winning marker on a power play. Reggy St-Surin sealed the victory with a late empty-netter. Assists in the game went to Sauve, Kodiak Whiteduck, and Gravel.
The league announced its all-stars on Monday, and the lone selection from the county teams was Char-Lan’s Brennan Markell. Named a first-team all-star, the Cornwall 20-year-old leads his team in points (65) and is third overall.
Other first-team all-stars: F – Andrew McIntyre (Renfrew Timberwolves), F – Blake Kettyle (Westport Rideaus), D – Robbie Pickard (Ottawa Jr. Canadians), D – Daniel Stratis (Ottawa West Golden Knights), G – Ryan Whitehurst (Jr. Canadians), HC – Andrew Dickson (Brockville Tikis), GM – Michael Seed (Rideaus). Second-team: F – Joel Hunt (Vikings), F – Luka Marinic (Timberwolves), F – Mack Miller (Perth Blue Wings), D – Gabriel Rousselle (Vikings), D – Mike Hall (Jr Canadians), G – Cameron Scott (Arnprior Packers), HC – Tasso Vasilas (Jr. Canadians), GM – David Graham (Tikis).
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