In Saturday night junior ‘B’ hockey at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, the Rebels hosted the Athens Aeros, a team that had yet to register a single point in 20 previous outings. The visitors pushed the Char-Lan boys to the limit, with this one going to the sixth round of a shootout, where Kale MacCormick finally salted it away for the Rebels to secure the victory, officially a 4-3 decision, but for the Aeros, it also meant they had for the first time this season achieved something: they earned a point.
The Rebs got a scare right from the outset too, as Athens took a 2-0 lead in the game by the early stages of the second period. Char-Lan drew even in the frame on goals from MacCormick and Paul Waldhauser, assisted by Nathaniel Faubert and Nolan MacMillan, and Aiden Leroux and Taran Fiacco, respectively.
Athens took another lead in the third period, before Char-Lan once more evened the contest, as Alexandre Elie found the back of the Aeros net, set up by Evan Huntley and Noah Konink, on a power play.
After a scoreless five-minute overtime session, it was on to a shootout.
Athens’ first shooter scored, and it wasn’t until Char-Lan’s third, Joseph Samson, that the Rebels drew even. That forced the extended battle, eventually decided on MacCormick’s winner.
According to the team, the night featured a number of firsts. It was defenceman Aiden Leroux’s first game with the team, and he picked up his first CCHL2 point, an assist. For Nathaniel Faubert it also was his first career assist at this level. As for the shootout winner, that was a first for Kale MacCormick’s hockey career. And to top it off, the evening saw Athens earn its first point of the season.
Devon Popp backstopped the Char-Lan win, making 14 saves, while Rebels shooters fired 46 shots at Athens goalie Justin Lafrance.
On Friday night in Perth, the Rebels lost 4-3, despite a 28-save effort from goaltender Ceili Picard. Char-Lan marksmen were Liam MacDonald, Konink, and Tyler Branchaud. Assists went to Samson (3), Owen Carter, and Huntley.
The Rebels went the final week of November sporting a record of 8 wins, 9 regulation losses, and 2 overtime/shootout losses, for sixth place in the Martin Division.