With his squad short-handed on a red card, Brennan Nadeau scored off a rebound for Alexandria’s senior men’s soccer team, in the 16th minute of double overtime, to secure a 2-1 victory and draw evening in the best-of-three Glengarry Soccer League championship series with Alexandria FC, at a game apiece.
The marathon contest, played August 28 on a slick Island Park field from day-long rain showers, remained scoreless into the second half, when FC broke through in the 75th minute, as Shawn Vink got one past goalkeeper David MacMaster. The pace remained good, though scoring chances were limited both ways, as FC looked to hold the lead to claim the championship. Meanwhile, the Alexandria side had other ideas.
Their persistence paid off, as a miscue in the 80th minute set up Nadeau for the equalizer.
Eighteen minutes into extra time, MacMaster made a brilliant diving stop off a free kick. Alexandria’s best scoring chance, by Liam MacDonald, came 10 minutes later, with the shot glancing off the outside of the goalpost behind FC netminder Nicolas Vaillaincourt. Later, FC had a shot of its own off the woodwork behind MacMaster.
In the second additional period, MacMaster was called upon again, making a fabulous save at the seven-minute mark.
Nadeau’s game-winning goal came after 151 minutes of play.
Game three, for the trophy, will go tonight at Island Park, starting at 8:30 p.m.
The county’s junior ‘B’ hockey teams, the Alexandria Glens and Char-Lan Rebels, are meeting this week in the 2019 CCHL2 wildcard playoff series. Here’s a little video clip of some game one action, where the Rebels scored a 1-0 win, thanks to 34 saves from their goaltender, Grant Craig.
It was a busy sports week for The Glengarry News, as I shot reams of photos, including images of junior boys high school basketball, senior boys high school basketball, peewee girls hockey, and junior ‘B’ hockey.
These galleries, along with my past ones, can be viewed online here. All photos are owned by The Glengarry News. Reprints are available for purchase from the newspaper.
The CCHL2 season enters the 2017 stretch, with teams currently having anywhere between 12 and 19 games remaining in their 48-game schedules.
When all is said and done in late February, the top three in each division will receive a bye of seven days, while the teams with the next best records overall records (those ranked 7th through 10th) will each play a best-of-three series to be completed within a week of the season’s end.
The winners will be seeded WC1 and WC2. If the winners of the wildcard round are from different divisions, the team will play the first-place team from their division. If the wildcard winners are from the same division, WC1 will meet the first-place team with the fewest points and WC2 will play the first-place team with the most points.
Quarter-finals: best-of-seven series, second versus third in each division and the top seeds against the wildcards as explained in the previous paragraph.
Semifinals: quarter-final winners seeded 1-4 based on regular-season points regardless of division or place of finish, both best-of-seven series.Final is the semifinal winners best of 7.
League championship final: semifinal winners compete in a best-of-seven series.
A part of my job is to cover the county’s junior ‘B’ hockey teams, the Alexandria Glens and the Char-Lan Rebels. Both play in the CCHL2.
I attend as many games as I can, usually one a week. Tonight it was a trip to Williamstown to see the Rebs host the Ottawa West Golden Knights. Unfortunately the result wasn’t what the home fans would have hoped. (And I will be honest with you that stories of losses are the most challenging to write.)
My lead item in the Nov. 2 issue of The Glengarry News was the league playoff soccer championship claimed by the senior girls team at GDHS. I also had stories on a local athlete qualifying for OFSAA in cross-country running and a junior ‘B’ hockey report for our county teams.
Looking ahead to the Nov. 9 edition, readers can look forward to more high school sports coverage, including boys volleyball and girls basketball, as well as updates from minor and junior hockey.
To stay on top of the Glengarry county sports scene, be sure to read The Glengarry News each week.
A primary component of my job at The Glengarry News each winter is covering junior B hockey, which this year is the new CCHL2. I cover our county’s teams: the Alexandria Glens and the Char-Lan Rebels, which have an ongoing rivalry that is revisited each time the clubs collide over the course of the season.
Their next battle is set for Sunday, Nov. 15, starting at 8pm, at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria.
Each week, I work to create a story for the newspaper to inform readers of some aspect of their favourite team, even if only the most recent results. As well, I regularly attend games to shoot photos, some of which are published in the newspaper. All the photos I take (at least the ones that turn out… haha) are posted to the website www.glengarrynews.ca/photos
Occasionally, I will tease some up here in my blog.