Led by Isaac Testani’s three-goal effort and the shootout winner, the Char-Lan Rebels skated to a 6-5 Friday night win in Embrun.
His was the only tally in the shootout, as three Panthers failed to score, making a winner of Char-Lan goaltender Ceili Picard, who was named the game’s second star for his 27-save performance.
Testani, meanwhile, earned first-star honours. The 18-year-old forward hails from Ogdensburg, N.Y. and now has 13 goals in 10 games played with the Rebs.
Char-Lan built a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play, but Embrun came back with a three-spot in the second stanza.
The Panthers stretched their advantage to 4-2 at the 22-second mark of the third. Testani, with his second goal of the game, cut into the deficit. Shortly after another Embrun marker, Char-Lan’s Alexandre Elie scored. The Rebels fought the rest of the way to get back onto even terms and finally, with just 87 seconds left in the game, Testani scored his hat-trick goal to square the affair.
Liam MacDonald also scored for Char-Lan, with assists on the night credited to Justice Brownlee, Taran Fiacco, Elie, and Joseph Samson.
Earlier in the week, the Rebels acquired Griffin Patterson from the Westport Rideaus, in exchange for a player development fee. The Morrisburg native wasn’t in the lineup Friday night. In 18 games with the Rideaus, the 5 ft. 10 in., 210 lb. forward scored 18 points.
Next up for Char-Lan is the capped on the 2019 portion of their CCHL2 schedule, as the team is scheduled to host the Richmond Royals on Saturday starting at 8 p.m.