Saturday night hockey returned to the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown on January 25, as the Char-Lan Rebels skated to a 9-4 triumph over the Brockville Tikis, on a special evening that celebrated former professional hockey player Kent McDonell.
Prior to the start of the CCHL2 contest, the hockey club recognized the Williamstown native with an on-ice ceremony.
KENT MCDONELL NIGHT A SUCCESS! With a good community crowd in attendance, including his family and friends, a banner was revealed that will hang in the Char-Lan Rec Centre in his honour. The @CharLanRebels rewarded the crowd with a 9-4 win.Twitter post from the Rebels official account
Joseph Samson was the offensive hero of the night, potting a hat trick and a pair of assists. For his effort, he was named the game’s first star. Second-star pick Noak Konink notched four points (1 goal, 3 assists).
Goaltender Summy Mughal backstopped the victory, making 21 saves.
Other Rebels point-getters were Liam MacDonald (1G, 1A), Tara Fiacco (2A), Griffin Patterson (1G), Rylan Iwachniuk (1G), Cuyler Molinaro (1G), Paul Waldhauser (1G), Lochlan MacDonald (1A), Isaac Testani (1A), Alexandre Elie (1A), and Tim Cook (1A).
On Sunday, Char-Lan dropped a 5-2 road decision to the Richmond Royals. Konink and Dillon Spinner had the Char-Lan goals, with assists from Samson (2) and Owen Carter.
The loss wrapped up a busy stretch of three games in four days. It began last Thursday in Casselman, where the Rebels were felled 4-2. Samson and Elie scored for Char-Lan, while Spinner (2) and Patterson assisted.
McDonell retired from professional hockey following the 2016-17 season. That capped off a 17-year career which began in 2000-01, a season split between the ECHL Dayton Bombers and the AHL Syracuse Crunch. His NHL career included 32 games playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets, over two seasons.
The forward went on to play in Europe, primarily in Sweden. In 361 games in the CHL, McDonell notched 175 points.