A third-period comeback saw Reese Donnelly and Evan Huntley score to knot Saturday night CCHL2 hockey action in Williamstown at 4-4, which was enough for the Char-Lan Rebels to salvage a point, as the squad went on to fall in a shootout to the visiting Richmond Royals.
Potting markers earlier for the Rebs were Owen Carter and Isaac Testani. Liam MacDonald and Alexandre Elie each chalked up two assists in the game. Testani, Rylan Iwachniuk, Noah Konink, and Dillon Spinner had the other apples.
Devon Popp manned the hemp hut for Char-Lan, making 22 saves in 65 minutes of play.
The Royals, with the win, are nipping at the heels of the Rebels in the Martin Division standings, just two points back, with both teams at 11 games played.
Char-Lan, which currently holds sixth place, has a record of 4 wins, 5 regulation losses, and 2 overtime/shootout losses. The Winchester Hawks are in fifth, four points better than the Rebs.
One of the offensive bright sports for Char-Lan in the early going this season has been Joseph Samson, who leads the team in points. He’s scoring at a 1.67 points-per-game pace and is 17th overall on the points table, with 15, despite having played fewer games than many of the other skaters above him. Samson is 19 years old and hails from Cornwall. The 6ft. 180 lb. forward wears jersey number 27.