With 10 days of play remaining in the CCHL2 regular season, the Char-Lan Rebels remain in a playoff position, currently holding down sixth spot in the Martin Division with a six-point advantage over the Richmond Royals.
The Rebs, along with their northern cousins the Alexandria Glens, have been busy on the ice of late, largely due to make-up games squeezed into the schedule.
Char-Lan enters the second last weekend of the season having played three games in four nights, capped off by Tuesday’s home-ice win over the Glens, 3-2 in overtime.
Alexandre Elie potted the game-winner 1:43 into the extra session, set up by Isaac Testani and Noah Konink. The victory marked the third this season for the Rebels over the Glens in three tries. The teams are scheduled to play once more, on Saturday night in Williamstown.
Elie, who formerly played in Alexandria, opened the scoring for Char-Lan in the February 18 contest, assisted by Joseph Samson and Rylan Iwachniuk, with 29 seconds remaining in the first frame.
The Glens drew even and then took the lead, as Jacob Lefebvre and Nico Pozzebon tallied goals in the second stanza. Pozzebon assisted the former along with Zachary Power, who had the lone helper on the go-ahead marker.
At the 15:43 mark, Iwachniuk potted the equalizer, making it a 2-2 game. Assisting were Owen Carter and Liam MacDonald.
There was no scoring in the third period.
Char-Lan goaltender Summy Mughal was named first star, credited with 41 saves. Elie took second-star honours, with Alexandria’s Graham Robertson named third star.
The Glens and Rebels will next collide at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown, on Saturday, February 22, starting at 8 p.m. The contest will be preceded by an exhibition of high school hockey, with teams from Char-Lan DHS and Holy Trinity CSS playing. The girls are set for a 5 p.m. start, with the boys on the ice at 6 p.m. See this post for more details.
Char-Lan’s other action last weekend saw the team lose 5-3 on home ice versus the Ottawa West Golden Knights and win 7-4 on the road against the Richmond Royals.
In the defeat to the Knights, Rebels affiliated player Nolan MacMillan scored his first career CCHL2 goal.
Next weekend, Char-Lan will conclude regular-season play with back-to-back contests against the Winchester Hawks, Friday on the road and Saturday (February 28) in Williamstown.
The Alexandria Glens enter this weekend coming off playing five games in six nights, which ended with the aforementioned OT loss to the Rebels on Tuesday.
The team’s hectic stretch began February 13 on the road, where the Glens fell 7-5 to Ottawa West. The next night, in Alexandria, the Casselman Vikings prevailed 6-4. Last Saturday saw the boys win 7-5 in Athens, and on Sunday they were defeated 6-4 in Embrun.
In a highlight of the results for the Glens, Alexandria’s Zachary Power was named the league’s first star for the week ending February 16. His effort included 11 points and his first career four-point game (versus Embrun). The Rockland native, who joined the team in December, has 12 goals and 12 assists, in 17 games.
The Glens have known for a while that they will be missing out on the CCHL2 playoffs this year, holding down the basement position.
Tonight, February 21, the team is booked to play in Winchester, and tomorrow in Williamstown. The Glens will conclude the 2019-20 campaign on home ice at the Glengarry Sports Palace, on Tuesday, February 25, hosting the Athens Aeros at 8:30 p.m.