Pipers senior hockey team skates in scrimmage, hoping for a 2020-21 season

The Alexandria-based Glengarry Pipers skated in an intra-squad scrimmage last Saturday in Alexandria, where Team White prevailed 5-3.

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Glengarry Pipers senior A hockey scrimmage action, November 7. (Pipers photo)

The Pipers are a first-year team in the region’s senior ‘A’ hockey league, the EOSHL. (The ‘S’ stands for Super, not Senior though.)

The team continues to train and prepare for a 2020-21 season, which, to date, has been on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under current health guidelines, teams are permitted to practise and hold non-contact scrimmages.

Last month, the Pipers held an inter-squad scrimmage with the Maxville Mustangs.

Off the ice, the business of hockey also continues, as the club signs players. Amongst the recent signees is Maxim Lalancette-Fortier, a 21-year-old goaltender from Saint-Constant, Quebec. Last season, he was a member of the Waterloo Maroons of the LHSR, suiting up for 7 games in which he recorded a 6.42 goals-against average.

The team also recently tipped its goalie mask to netminder Bryce Luker, who was recently recognized as one of three best goalies of all-time for the BCHL’s (junior ‘A’) Burnaby Express. The team has since moved to Coquitlam. You can read more about Luker’s honour here.

The Glengarry Pipers acknowledge past Luker’s success on the ice, which includes his win at the RBC Cup, the national championship of junior ‘A’ hockey clubs. In five games at the 2006 tournament, he posted a 2.29 goals-against average. In league play that season, he manned the hemp hut for 42 regular-season games (3.03 GAA) and 20 playoff matches (2.51 GAA).

Luker, now 35, hails from Rigaud, Quebec.

In other EOSHL news, the league previously announced that it has expanded to eight teams for the 2020-21 season.

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