Glens, Rebels look towards play­offs

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

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).

ACHY

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

TURF WARS: Aaron Keuret­jes, of the Bar Flies, faces the chal­lenge of McCrim­mon’s Andy Brit­tle, as goal­tender Ni­cholas Wenger strug­gles to main­tain his fo­cus, in Glen­garry Soc­cer League ac­tion, at the dome.

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