The 2019-20 CCHL2 hockey season came to an end last night for the Alexandria Glens, as the team skated in a rare home-ice Tuesday night affair.
What has been a disappointing “rebuilding” season for the team ended on a positive note, as the boys nabbed a 5-1 victory over the Athens Aeros.
The Glens scored in every period, 2 in the first, one in the second, and 2 in the third, as they fired 32 shots at the Athens net. Zachary Power, Andy Lightle-Blais, Nico Pozzebon, Kyle Joly, and Nicolas Corry were the Alexandria marksmen on this night. Picking up assists were Pozzebon (2), Jacob Lefebvre (2), Ryan Leonard (2), Joshua Weatherall, Graham Robertson, and Zachary Bigras.
The result made a winner of goaltender Danik Martin, who faced just 18 shots on goal.
The small number of fans in attendance witnessed a determined Glens effort and a largely quickly played game that had its physical moments, particularly in the second stanza which featured a centre-ice fight between Alexandria’s Alexim Veilleux and Joel Brennan of the Aeros.
Pozzebon, with his three-point contribution, was named the game’s first star, and Leonard took second-star honours.
The Glens were one-for-three on the power play, and the penalty kill was perfect, shutting down Athens in two opportunities.
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The Glens finish the season with just nine wins. The only team worse was Athens, which has zero with one game remaining to be played. Alexandria recorded 22 points, on a 9-31-3-1 record. I will have more analysis in an upcoming story.
The region’s junior ‘A’ hockey league, the CCHL, yesterday announced that the Kanata Laser franchise, owned by Cory Greer and Nick Urbisci, has been transferred to Jim Seyers and Ryan Leonard who plan to move the club to Renfrew for the 2020-21 season, to play as the Renfrew Wolves.
Renfrew is located northwest of Ottawa, just off Highway 17 at Highway 60, approximately 194 km from Alexandria. The rink is known as the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre and is located in the western part of the community.
Renfrew is currently home to the junior ‘B’ Timberwolves, which, according to renfrewtoday.ca, will be relocated to another community yet to be confirmed. Speculation is that the likely new home would be Comben, as the team now playing there, the Whitewater Kings, is working to move to Petawawa.
The Timberwolves and Kings play in the Richardson Division of the CCHL2, with the former in fourth place in the standings and playoff-bound, on a record of 25-14-1-4, while the latter will be watching the post-season from the stands, as Whitewater stands seventh, on a record of 10-29-3-2. Both teams have completed their 2019-20 regular-season schedules.
Renfrew will take on neighbouring Arnprior in round one of the junior ‘B’ playoffs, starting next week.
As for the Lasers of the CCHL, Kanata is currently fifth of six teams in the Richardson Division, with four games remaining. Their regular season continues through March 8. The Lasers play out of the Kanata Recreation Complex.
On the team’s relocation, league commissioner Kevin Abrams says, “This represents full-circle closure of the CCHL’s plan to expand from 10 to 12 teams and relocate two city-based teams to outside markets. This has been 12 years in the making, after expansion to Kemptville and Carleton Place, and relocation of [the] Gloucester [club] to Rockland.”
Abrams describes Renfrew as “a vibrant community that will embrace everything that CCHL hockey is about,” adding, “and I look forward to welcoming them to the world of Junior A hockey. I would like to thank the Greer family for their commitment to the Lasers and the CCHL, and welcome Jim Seyers and Ryan Leonard to our league.”
The CCHL2 (junior ‘B’ hockey league) today announced its all-star selections.
Joseph Samson, of the Char-Lan Rebels, was named a forward on the second all-star team. The 20-year-old, who is eligible for another season of junior next winter, enters play tonight tied league-wide in goals for 10th place, with 26.
He leads his team in points (56), goals, assists (30), and points-per-game (1.44).
The Cornwall resident has played in 39 games for Char-Lan and is not unfamiliar with the sin bin, having taken 102 penalty minutes thus far. His junior hockey career formerly saw him skate in the CCHL (junior ‘A’) with the Cornwall Colts and Kemptville 73’s.
Char-Lan’s CCHL2 regular season is nearly over, with just two games remaining, both against the Winchester Hawks.
The first, which will be the Rebels’ last home game of the season, is set for tonight, February 25, starting at 8 p.m., at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown. The boys are also booked to play February 28 in Winchester, at 8:15 p.m.
Char-Lan is riding a three-game winning streak entering play this evening, while the Hawks are coming off a lopsided loss in Westport.
Winchester is playoff-bound, holding the final post-season position in the Martin Division, and will play the Casselman Vikings in round 1. The Rebels are 11 points behind the Hawks in the standings.
Last season, Char-Lan took on the Alexandria Glens in the first round of the playoffs, before bowing out in the second round in a four-game sweep by the Ottawa Jr. Canadians, who went all the way to the CCHL2 finals, where they fell to the Perth Blue Wings.
On the road in Winchester last night, the CCHL2 Alexandria Glens were doubled off by the Hawks 6-3.
The Glens fell behind 2-0 before getting on the board late in the first period, as affiliated player Landon Brownlee scored his first-ever junior ‘B’ hockey goal, assisted by Zachary Power and Nicolas Ouellette.
The Hawks put up a three-spot in the second stanza to salt this one away.
Nico Pozzebon, with back-to-back tallies in the third, rounded out the Glens scoring. Helpers went to Tyson Allard and Power on the first, and Power and Ouellette on the other.
Danik Martin and Tyler Desjardins split goaltending duties, facing 40 shots collectively.
Next up for the Glens is a trip down south to face off against the rival Char-Lan Rebels. Game time for the Saturday night tilt is set for 8 p.m. The junior ‘B’ hockey match will be preceded by a pair of high school exhibition contests between Char-Lan and Holy Trinity, with the girls teams playing at 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 6 p.m.
Prior to the Saturday, February 22 CCHL2 hockey game at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown, there will be a pair of high school contests, as the Rebels host teams from Char-Lan DHS and Holy Trinity CSS.
The girls game featuring the Falcons and Crusaders will start at 5 p.m. Holy Trinity completed the SDGAA league regular season in third place, with 8 games played and a record of 4 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie, while Char-Lan ended up fourth, having played 10 games and a record of 2-7-1.
At 6 p.m., the boys will take over the ice. Char-Lan completed the regular season in second place, percentage points out of top spot, with 10 games played and a record of 8-1-1. Holy Trinity finished fourth, with 9 games played on a record of 2-7-0.
These exhibition games in Williamstown will serve as a showcase of the calibre of local high school hockey, as well as a tune-up for playoff action, as the teams are all set to skate in the SDGAA playoff tournaments, slated for early March.
For more background on the Battle of Glengarry featuring the CCHL2 Alexandria Glens and Char-Lan Rebels, please see this post. The junior ‘B’ hockey game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start.
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.
Char-Lan’s junior ‘B’ Rebels will skate on home ice Saturday night, hosting the Martin Division-leading Ottawa West Golden Knights (32-6-1-1) at 8 p.m.
The action begins three games in four nights, as the team will play on the road Monday night against the Richmond Royals (14-19-3-1) and then back on home ice Tuesday night (at 8:15 p.m.) versus the Alexandria Glens (7-27-2-1).
It was an early start to this week for the team, with the boys playing Tuesday night against the Ottawa Jr. Canadians, who prevailed 10-3.
Alexandre Elie was named the game’s third star, after recording a goal and an assist.
Noah Konink and Joseph Samson notched the other Char-Lan tallies. Assists went to Paul Waldhauser, Liam MacDonald, Rylan Iwachniuk, and Hunter MacPherson.
Summy Mughal and Ceili Picard shared the goaltending duties, combining for 18 saves.
The Rebels currently have a record of 16-19-1-2 and hold sixth spot in the division, three points ahead of the Royals.