Major midget Rebels force game 5 in title series
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.
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