Char-Lan Jr. ‘B’ Rebels sea­son ends with 4-game sweep

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Edi­tor And that’s all she wrote for the Char-Lan ju­nior ‘B’ Rebels, as the boys have been forced to hang up their skates.

Their CCHL2 sea­son came to an end last week, at the hands of the league’s top club, the Ot­tawa Jr. Cana­di­ans, who ousted the Rebels in the Martin Di­vi­sion semifi­nals, in a four-game sweep.

De­spite that, the 2018-19 cam­paign was a de­cid­edly pos­i­tive one for the Char-Lan club, notes head coach Jeff Carter.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing the sea­son a year ago in sixth place, of eight teams in their di­vi­sion, and miss­ing the play­offs, this year’s Rebs qual­i­fied for post-sea­son ac­tion, ad­vanc­ing through the wild­card round with a twogames-to-one win over the Alexan­dria Glens, be­fore meet­ing the Cana­di­ans.

Carter, not­ing sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment yearover-year in his club, says his team is very young, aver­ag­ing 17.5 years of age.

In fact, just two play­ers are ag­ing out, as Corn­wall’s Bren­nan Markell and Alexan­dria’s Dy­lan Seguin com­plete their ju­nior hockey ca­reers.

On Markell, who led the Rebels in scor­ing in both the reg­u­lar sea­son (67 points) and play­offs (10 points), Char-Lan’s coach says he’s a leader and his MVP.

Markell “goes ev­ery night” re­gard­less of the op­po­nent. “With­out him, we wouldn’t have got­ten as far as we did.”

Seguin, a de­fen­sive stal­wart, was al­ways “steady on the blue line,” notes Carter, adding that the vet­eran D-man was great in the dress­ing room with the younger play­ers.

Young de­fence­man Dil­lon Spin­ner took to Twit­ter to ac­knowl­edge his grad­u­at­ing team­mates, post­ing, “Learned so much from th­ese guys in my first year of jrs [sic], couldn’t have asked for any bet­ter team­mates than th­ese two. Thanks boys!”

While Char-Lan got off to a strong start last fall, the team hit a lull mid-sea­son and down the stretch, ham­pered by in­juries and a lack of vet­eran depth. In fact, Carter notes the team was miss­ing two top for­wards dur­ing much of the play­offs.

Youth was par­tic­u­larly ev­i­dent on de­fence, which in­cluded Bainsville 16-year-old Bren­don Watson, who skated in five of Char-Lan’s seven play­off con­tests, as well as fel­low rook­ies Shane Gau­dreau and Owen Carter.

The youth­ful ros­ter, though, is just what gives the coach op­ti­mism for next sea­son, hop­ing for a strong start and a long play­off

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

YOUNG HORSE: Call-up blue­liner Bren­don Watson chugs into the at­tack­ing zone, chased by Ot­tawa’s Mike Hall.

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

STEL­LAR STOP­PER: Wil­liamstown’s Grant Craig played the bulk of the play­off min­utes, 372 in to­tal be­tween the two se­ries, for Char-Lan, record­ing a 4.04 goals against av­er­age, a 0.888 save per­cent­age, and two shut-out wins.

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