Ma­jor midget Rebels force game 5 in ti­tle se­ries

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Ed­i­tor A week ago, things looked dire for the Char-Lan midget ‘B’ Rebels rep. hockey team, as the boys trailed the North Dun­das Demons four points to none in the UCMHL cham­pi­onship se­ries.

Fin­ish­ing atop the stand­ings in the reg­u­lar sea­son, with a record of 25 wins and 3 losses, the Rebs have run up against a tough Demons squad in the play­off fi­nals. North Dun­das ended the 2018-19 cam­paign in third place, 15 points be­hind Char-Lan.

Game one of the five-point se­ries was played March 19 in Winch­ester, where the Demons edged the Rebels 5-4.

Alexi Pa­que­tte scored twice in the los­ing cause, with other Char-Lan goals net­ted by An­drew Dixon and Colby Car­riere. Pick­ing up the as­sists were Cale McKen­zie, Find­lay Hope, Roan MacLen­nan, and Josh Van­dr­ish.

In Wil­liamstown the next night, the Rebels were look­ing to get back on even terms, but North Dun­das had other ideas, deal­ing CharLan a 3-2 loss.

The Rebels goals came in the first pe­riod, as Kurt Alexan­der scored from Sea­mus O’Con­nell, as did Ethan Mac­Don­ald from Car­riere and Ai­dan Ler­oux. North Dun­das ral­lied in the sec­ond stanza, with a three spot.

On March 22, in Wil­liamstown for game three, the Demons needed just a tie to take the ti­tle, and it was the vis­i­tors who got the first goal, but from there the tide turned, as Char-Lan skated to a de­ci­sive 6-1 vic­tory.

Dixon scored four times, in­clud­ing the game- win­ner. Also find­ing the tar­get were Nathaniel Faubert and Pa­que­tte. As­sist­ing were Lach­lan McDonell (2), Faubert (2), Alexan­der, Van­dr­ish, O’Con­nell, MacLen­nan, and McKen­zie.

On Mon­day night, the se­ries switched back to Winch­ester, where once again the Demons had the op­por­tu­nity to close it out.

How­ever, with one goal in each pe­riod, Char-Lan earned a 3-2 win, ty­ing the se­ries at four points.

Marksmen were Dixon, Alexan­der, and McDonell, with as­sists from Hope, McDonell, Dixon, Car­riere, and Pa­que­tte.

The fi­nal, and de­cid­ing game of the se­ries, is sched­uled to be played tonight, March 27, in Wil­liamstown, at 8 p.m.

Dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, Char-Lan swept the four meet­ings with the Demons.

BUST­ING

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

UN­DER DURESS: Bren­nan Nadeau, of the Bar Flies, strives to hold off the chal­lenge of McCrim­mon’s Jonathan Ri­card, in se­nior men’s play­off ac­tion, at the dome.

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