The CCHL2 Char-Lan Rebels hockey club will begin the 2019-20 season with an August 21 practice and scrimmage, at Cornwall’s multi-sport complex. The session will run from 8:30 to 10 p.m., and interested players are invited to contact Rebs head coach / general manager Jeff Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-360-0711.
A subsequent practice and tryout is booked for the rink in Williamstown, on September 5, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Over the following two nights, players will skate in back-to-back exhibition games with the Alexandria Glens. Warm-ups are set to start at 7:30 p.m., with the Friday night match at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre and the Saturday game at the Glengarry Sports Palace.
The Rebels will hold an official registration day on September 8. Two day later in Casselman, the squad will skate in its third exhibition game (7:30 p.m. start). A final practice to prepare for the regular season is slate for September 12, in Williamstown.
Off the ice, plenty has been going on over the past few weeks. Goaltender Dawson Irving, who last season split his time between the junior ‘B’ Rebels and the Morrisburg junior ‘C’ Lions, has been signed to return to the hemp hut for Char-Lan. The net minder will juggle this role with his studies at Carleton University, in Ottawa.
Forward Joseph Samson has also committed to playing for the Rebels this season. He will be attending Algonquin College. He’s previously played at the junior ‘A’ level with the Cornwall Colts and Kemptville 73’s.
The Rebels are seeking an assistant coach and a trainer to join the club behind the bench. Interested individuals should contact Jeff Carter.
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.
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.
Photos I shot last week for The Glengarry News can be be viewed online here. The additions are from high school senior girls ‘A’ basketball playoffs, CCHL2 hockey in Williamstown (Rebels vs Knights), and peewee rep ‘B’ hockey in Alexandria (Glens vs Rebels).
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.