Through its Facebook page, last week the Glengarry Golf and Country Club officially announced the season end at Alexandria’s golf course.
The facility closed for 2020 on November 2. The board thanks all for their patronage in what was a challenging season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We wish you a happy and healthy winter season and hope to see you again next spring.”
One commenter noted the unfortunate timing of the season end, as we have since been experiencing mild weather. However, the season closure was dictated by a number of factors, beyond the weather.
In other news, the Glengarry Golf & Country Club was pleased to announce support from Desjardins. The financial institution’s momentum fund is supporting the club’s outdoor kitchen, which will provide a range of food options for golfers without them having to enter the clubhouse.
The Alexandria-based Glengarry Pipers skated in an intra-squad scrimmage last Saturday in Alexandria, where Team White prevailed 5-3.
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.
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).
Curling clubs in Alexandria and Alexandria are working towards the launch of their respective 2020-21 seasons as soon as possible, with both currently registering members new and returning.
The Alexandria Curling Club is aiming for a November 9 season start, with a number of adjustments. There will be no gender-based leagues, at least for now, and the industrial league won’t play this year. As well, a raft of COVID-19 health and safety protocols are in place, details of which can be viewed via this link.
Maxville’s Glengarry Curling Club previously announced that it would not be open this fall, setting early January for a potential season start.
The Lancaster Curling Club had hoped to open in October, providing that sufficient members registered. That target was not met, so the club’s executive has deferred opening until January, seeking to boost its membership numbers by then. See this earlier story for more details.
There is some junior ‘B’ hockey on tap for tonight at the Glengarry Sports Palace, where the Alexandria Glens are booked to host the Char-Lan Rebels in an exhibition, non-contact scrimmage, the fifth of their pre-season series.
As with the previous scrimmages, current COVID-19 health and safety rules place a number of restrictions on the event, including limiting the number of spectators who can attend. Tickets were sold online in advance and are not available at the door.
The game is scheduled to be broadcast online via Hockey TV (subscription required). Liam Arkinson will have the play-by-play call.
Thus far, the Rebs have had the upper hand in the series of scrimmage. Char-Lan won the first three meetings. The fourth, played in Williamstown on October 17, saw Alexandria prevail 4-3 in a shootout, with Patryk Kostrzewa scoring the game-winner.
Off the ice, both clubs remain active. Recently, the Glens and Rebels conducted a trade, the details of which can be read here in a previous post.
October 23 saw the Alexandria Glens hold an intra-squad scrimmage, with Team Yellow (Braden Legue, captain) winning in double overtime, 8-7.
The Rebels announced that forward Tyler Branchaud has signed with the team. He skated with the U18 Colts for the 2019-20 campaign, recording 24 points and 51 penalty minutes in HEO 37 games. The 17-year-old hails from Metcalfe. He’s already somewhat familiar with Char-Lan’s junior ‘B’ team as last season he played as an affiliate with the Rebs in 9 games, notching 3 points. In two contests with the CCHL Colts, Branchaud didn’t hit the scoresheet.
Worthy of note, Branchaud is a dual-sport athlete who also competed for Canada at the U18 men’s softball world cup last year.
Meanwhile, 20-year-old defenceman Dillon Spinner has committed to returning to the Rebels for another go-round this winter. He was the team’s recipient of the Ken MacDonald award for overall proficiency last season. Char-Lan is glad to have him back “to solidify a strong D-corp.”
The 2020-21 hockey season is shaping up to be anything but normal, as a limited number of local fans of the senior ‘A’ game got a chance recently to check out a competitive scrimmage between the Maxville Mustangs and the Glengarry Pipers, in Alexandria, with the latter coming out on top.
The Pipers seemed to be playing the right tune in the October 24 contest, edging their North Glengarry rival 5-4.
Helping out the Alexandria-based squad which is a new entrant this season in the league was Jason Leroux, a coach of the NGS Braves U13 hockey team. He donned the goalie pads to serve as back up tendie.
The modified (non-contact due to COVID-19 restrictions) followed the Pipers training camp, which was held at the Glengarry Sports Palace back on October 10. The team’s coach and general manager, Jamie Lavigne, tells me that he had 35 guys on the ice for the workout, with the players skating in a three-period intra-squad contest which finished in a 4-4 tie. The equalizer came with 30 seconds remaining on the clock, notched by former Alexandria Glen Reggy St. Surin.
Lavigne admits, “It was different not having any contact or fighting, but it made for some good hockey.”
He tells me that the league is still is planning for a January 2021 season start date. The Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League recently added its eighth team, the Pontiac Comets, which will play out of Fort-Coulonge, Quebec.
Lavigne says the hope is now that it will be a 14-game season with each team playing each other twice.
In addition to the Alexandria squad and the Comets, the new clubs entering the EOSHL this season are the Frontenac Phantoms (from Godfrey) and the Smiths Falls Rideaus. The Cornwall Prowlers won the inaugural playoff championship last year, while the West Carleton Rivermen were tops in the regular season and playoff runners-up. The Deseronto Bulldogs are also set to return for a second go-round, as is the Maxville entry, which has been renamed the Mustangs after playing last season, under different ownership, as the Millionaires.
The Char-Lan Rebels have two new players this week, having received Graham Robertson and Alexim Veilleux from the Alexandria Glens in a trade.
The EOJHL Glens dealt the duo to their southern rivals in exchange for a player development fee (PDF) and future considerations.
Robertson, who hails from Maxville, is 18-years-old and plays forward. Checking in at 5 ft. 8 in. and 165 lb, the teen started last season with the Rebels before being signed by the Glens. He had one goal in five games with Char-Lan. In Alexandria, Robertson skated in 38 games, notching 15 points. He’s a product of the Seaway Valley Rapids hockey club.
Calling Hawkesbury home, Veilleux started the 2019-20 campaign in the CCHL (junior ‘A’) with the Kanata Lasers, playing five games. He then joined the junior ‘B’ Glens. With the Alexandria squad, he suited up for 37 games, recording 16 points and 240 penalty minutes. The 19-year-old winger is 5 ft. 8in, 150 lb. In all, he played 36 games at the junior ‘A’ level, beginning with a stint two seasons ago as a member of the Cornwall Colts.
On the trade, the Glens organization stated, “We would like to thank Alexim and Graham for their service and wish them the best with Char-Lan.”
That Maxville Mustangs and the Glengarry Pipers of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’ men’s) will play an exhibition scrimmage on Saturday, October 24, in Alexandria.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic health and safety requirements, tickets must be purchased in advance, and the number of spectators permitted will be limited to 50. No ticket sales will take place at the door. The wearing of a face mask is mandatory.
For ticket purchase, you can reach out to Bubba Wensink by telephoner at 613-330-0474 or by e-mail at email@example.com
The teams are scheduled to warm up at 8 p.m., followed by the opening puck drop at 8:30 p.m.
The non-contact game at the Glengarry Sports Palace will be the first action of the season for both club, as regular play remains on hold.
Last Saturday in Williamstown, the junior ‘B’ Char-Lan Rebels hosted their first action of the season, skating to a 5-3 victory over the Alexandria Glens, in the second half of back-to-back non-contact scrimmages. With the win, the Rebs completed the weekend sweep of their northern rival, as the teams are set to collide again this weekend.
On the heels of a 3-2 win in Alexandria Friday night, Char-Lan maintained the pressure on the Glens an evening later in Williamstown, opening up a 2-0 lead in the first period, en route to prevailing at the final buzzer 5-3.
Tanner Gillies and William Zhang backstopped the Glens in the loss. Alexandria goals were netted by Nico Pozzebon, Kyle Joly, and Zachary Bigras. Picking up the assists were Nicolas Ouellette, Kyle Green, Tyson Allard, Pozzebon, and Alexandre Saul.
Taran Fiacco scored the game-winner for Char-Lan 14 minutes into the third period, on a power play, set up by Alexxi Paquette and an unidentified player. Cuyler Molinaro iced the victory in the late going, with an unassisted tally.
Earlier goals for the Rebels were scored by Ryan Grant (unassisted), Andrew Dixon (from Joseph Samson and Alexandre Elie) and Samson.
Ceili Picard came into the game midway through, backstopping the win, taking over for a young prospect who started.
“Home it was just nice to be back on home ice!! Call it a game, call it a scrimmage, it’s still the #BattleOfGlengarry. Another tight one! The Rebs take it 5-3! Thanks to the Township of South Glengarry for accommodating our fans tonight! #Safe #socialdistanced #GoRebsGo #EOJHL”
Char-Lan Rebels on Twitter
Here’s a video of the Glens during the warm-up.
Next scrimmages set for October 16, 17
On Friday, the Glens will again host the Rebels, with the teams switching to Williamstown for Saturday night to complete the four-game scrimmage series.
Both games are sold out. Anyone arriving without a ticket will be refused entry due to COVID-19 spectator limits.
The games can be viewed online, with a subscription to Hockey TV.
I am told that after these skates, the teams will focus on independent training and development, as much remains on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In other developments, former Rebel Rylan Iwachniuk has been traded from his current team, the CCHL Cornwall Colts, to the Nepean Raiders, also of the region’s junior ‘A’ hockey league. The Raiders also got Jack Parker and a player development fee in the trade, while Cornwall received Tyson Tomasini in return.
Iwachniuk was a mainstay of the Char-Lan lineup last season, skating in 43 games and notching 17 points. The forward who hails from Ingleside is 18 this year.
In the days leading up to last night’s first exhibition scrimmage of the fall, the Alexandria Glens announced the team’s player leadership group for the 2020-21 junior ‘B’ hockey season.
Braden Legue, who hails from Green Valley, will serve as the team’s 2020-21 season captain. The 19-year-old defenceman last season notched 15 points in 41 games.
Assistant captains will be Kyle Green, Nico Pozzebon, and Nicolas Ouellette. Green, an 18-year-old forward from Clarence, was with the Winchester Hawks last season (14 points in 44 games). Pozzebon is 17 and calls Bourget home. With the Glens last year, he scored at greater than a point-a-game pace (45 pts, 41 GP). Rockland 18-year-old Ouellette is a blueliner entering his second season with the Glens. Last season he recorded 16 points in 44 games.
In other player news, Alexandria recently announced a pair of new player signings. Forward Yan Bessette, age 17, skated for the Clarence-Rockland Crush last season, though he was also called up to the Glens for one contest. Defenceman Jacob Massie, from Lachute, was with Le Sommet Faucon through the 2019-20 campaign, and the 18-year-old has committed to the Glens this year.
Head coach Carl Robillard added some help behind the bench, Ryan Hand, owner of HandMade Hockey, joined the club in the capacity of assistant, bringing a “wealth of knowledge and experience” to the Glens.
The 35-year-old from Ottawa last played competitive hockey in the 2016-17 season, when he suited up for the LNAH Sorel-Tracy Éperviers. It marked his third, and final, campaign in Quebec’s semi-pro league. As a junior, he spent four season in the QMJHL. He went on to play for a number of minor professional teams in the USA before returning to la belle province to wrap up his playing career.
For the last two season, Hand served as an assistant coach with the Hawkesbury Hawks of the CCHL.