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Crusaders crush Falcons in high school boys hockey clash

Saturday evening’s showcase of high school hockey at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, hosted by the CCHL2 Rebels, included a boys game between the Char-Lan Crusaders and the Holy Trinity Falcons, with the former putting the boots to the Green and Gold, 9-1.

Playing to a jam-packed house of enthusiastic friends and family members, the boys iced a fine show of high-tempo, physical play. The contest was close through the first period.

Char-Lan’s opening goal came midway through the first period shortly after a power play expired, as the Crusaders continued to cycle the puck in the offensive zone. Later, Crusaders goaltender Nick Oeggerli, playing his first full game for the team, made solid back-to-back saves off HT snipers to preserve the lead.

In the second stanza, Char-Lan took control, scoring five times. A blast from the blue line early in the third made it a 7-0 advantage.

Holy Trinity got on the board with 7:13 remaining in the game, as a shot was tipped in from the edge of the blue ice.

The Crusaders quickly replied off a rush play, going on to add two more to salt away the decisive victory.

Char-Lan’s goals were tallied by Seamus O’Connell 3, Nat Faubert 2, Andrew Dixon, Cole MacCrimmon, Rowan MacLennan, and Thomas Pasco.

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In SDGAA league play, which recently concluded, Char-Lan, on 10 games played, had a record of 8 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie, for second place, percentage points behind regular-season champion St. Joseph’s. Holy Trinity, with a 2-7-0 record on 9 games played, is ranked fourth.

Both teams will compete in the March 3 playoff tournament, in Long Sault.

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Falcons, Crusaders skate to tie in girls South Glengarry Showdown

At the first-ever South Glengarry Showdown, hosted by the CCHL2 Char-Lan Rebels, girls hockey teams representing Char-Lan District High School and Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School skated to a 1-1 tie, with both goals notched short-handed.

Opposing goaltenders – Reina Faubert for the Crusaders and Lauren McCready for the Falcons – were stellar.

Playing in front of an enthusiast throng of family members and students filling the stands, the girls on both teams iced a terrific show of high-tempo hockey, showcasing the high school game.

Through two periods of play, the contest was scoreless. Holy Trinity was first to crack the ice, when Annie Bacchiochi collected a short-handed rebound and tapped it home with 9 minutes remaining in the game.

On a Char-Lan penalty kill later, the Crusaders found themselves under pressure, as HT looked for the insurance. However, the girls escaped, advancing the puck. Tessa Ramsey capitalized in the offensive zone, wristing a shot over the goalie’s glove hand for the equalizer, with just 80 seconds left in the contest.

Holy Trinity, still on a power play, again pressed. The frantic play continued at even strength in the dying seconds, as Char-Lan was twice forced to ice the puck, affording the Falcons faceoffs in their offensive zone.

The final buzzer relieved the pressure, sealing the 1-1 draw. Following player handshakes, the girls from both teams tapped their sticks on the ice, saluting the fans in the stands.

For both teams, this was a playoff tune-up of sorts. Holy Trinity is the third-ranked team heading into the SDGAA post-season with 8 games played and a record of 4 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie, while Char-Lan sits fourth on 10 games played with a 2-7-1 record. For more background, please see this earlier post. Note, the playoff tournament date has been changed to March 4, starting at 8 a.m. in Long Sault.

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Panthers, Crusaders tied atop boys hockey standings

With 14 points each, the high school boys hockey teams from Char-Lan and St. Joseph’s are atop the standings.

At the tournament last week in Williamstown, the Crusaders nabbed three victories, beating Holy Trinity (the host school) 3-1, topping Tagwi 6-2, and edging La Citadelle 4-3.

Meanwhile, the Panthers pounded Seaway 6-1 and got past les Patriotes 3-1.

Other action saw the Falcons beat the Warriors 5-2, La Citadelle top the Spartans 4-1, St. Joseph’s clip les Patriotes 3-1, and Seaway blank Holy Trinity 5-0.


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The next tourney is scheduled for February 5 in Long Sault.

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Char-Lan DHS boys skate to split results in Thursday hockey

On Thursday in Morrisburg, the SDGAA high school boys hockey season opened, with the Char-Lan Crusaders skating to a win and a loss.

The boys blanked Holy Trinity 4-0 and fell to St. Joseph’s 2-1.

The win for the Panthers was one of three that SJ scored on the day, as the team also beat Seaway 5-2 and Tagwi 1-0.

La Citadelle went unbeaten on the day as well, skating to 7-2 triumph over Holy Trinity and a 4-0 blanking of the Spartans.

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The next high school boys hockey tournament is scheduled for December 17 in Finch.

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Crusaders name boys hockey team

Char-Lan District High School boys hockey team coach Sean O’Farrell has announced the final roster of his squad that will compete in the 2019-20 SDGAA league season, which is scheduled to begin play this week.

The Crusaders’ goaltender will be grade 11 student-athlete Hunter Mader. Defencemen are set to be Owen Robertson (11), Cale McKenzie (12), Thomas Pasco (10), Duncan McRae (12), Aidon Leroux (12), and Jack MacLachlan (12).

Up front the team is slated to include Tristan McDougall (12), Seamus O’Connell (11), Danny Flaro (11), Roan MacClennan (11), Donovan Francis (11), Jack Vandrish (9), Andrew Dixon (12), Jack Cayer (12), Hunter Latreille (9), Chad Watson (9), Curtis St Onge (11), Cole MacCrimmon, Nat Faubert, and Nick Oeggerli.

The puck had been slated to drop on the new high school boys hockey season Wednesday but that has been nixed by the planned provincial strike by teachers unions. As such, the league convenor tells me that he is working to reschedule games for Thursday.

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Crusaders junior girls basketball team splits round-robin results at EOSSAA

Last week, the SD&G champion Char-Lan DHS Crusaders hosted EOSSAA junior girls ‘A’ basketball, achieving split results in their round-robin action.

After dropping their opening game 51-20 to Perth, the girls were looking to end their run at the November 13 event on a positive note with a win versus the St. Thomas Ravens, from Russell.

Char-Lan trailed through the first half, behind 27-17 at the break. The Ravens, with a short bench and their key players in foul trouble in the third quarter, saw their lead evaporate though, as the Crusaders clawed back in the second half, taking the lead just before the buzzer to end the third quarter at 34-33.

The home side’s lead was tenuous in the final period, however, hampered by Char-Lan’s struggles from the free-throw line, as St. Thomas continued to rack up the fouls. With 49 seconds left, the Crusaders held a 43-42 lead and possession. Their coaches called a timeout to plot strategy.

Almost immediately, Char-Lan was fouled but went 0/2 from the line. An offensive rebound maintained possession for the Crusaders, forcing the Ravens to foul again. This time one free throw dropped, and once more, Char-Lan got the offensive board. The girls passed the ball around, killing off seconds, until Grace Rouleau got free at the side of the basket for a layup to make it a four-point edge for Char-Lan.

St. Thomas added a late foul shot, as did Char-Lan, to round out the scoring, as the Cruaders prevailed 47-42.

Lilah Mines had 15 points to lead Char-Lan in the game. Her contribution included a pair of three-pointers. Maggie Hope scored 14 points.

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Char-Lan’s Grace Eamer is fouled by St. Thomas player Kate Landriault in the EOSSAA junior girls basketball ‘A’ final, as the Crusader attempts to break away with a defensive zone rebound. (Sean Bray photo)

In the earlier match, the girls collectively were 9 for 29 from the foul line, while in their second game the Crusaders improved, but still shot under 50 per cent.

Coach Jim Fourney, in his 38th year of coaching local basketball, says he is pleased with the season this group of Crusaders had. Aside from their SD&G championship, they completed their league play with a perfect record. They are young, athletic, and strong, and they continue to develop their basketball skills.

To that end, the work continues, starting this week. Tuesday evenings from November through June will see Fourney, along with his coaching pal Bob Blackadder, lead Crusaders in workouts at the high school’s gym. There’s a 90-minute session for girls in Grade 7 and 8, followed by a separate 90-minute training for those in Grades 9 through 12.

The program formerly called the Plain White Tees no longer has a moniker beyond Char-Lan Basketball. In addition to weekly workouts, there are tournament and exhibition games planned.

To read about Char-Lan’s SD&G league triumph, please see this earlier story.

Holy Trinity at EOSSAA

The Holy Trinity Falcons, as SD&G runners-up, earned a wildcard berth at EOSSAA and were seeded sixth.

They lost their first round-robin game to St. Mary 57-25. Top Falcon scorer was Clara Guyarre, with 11 points.

Game two also went into the books as a defeat, as HT fell 57-42 to Opeongo. Guyarre was again the leading point-getter, counting 35.

The Final

The top two seeds met in the EOSSAA championship match, with second-ranked St. Mary (Brockville) upsetting Perth 55-45 for gold.

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SD&G junior girls basketball championship for Char-Lan DHS

Williamstown’s Char-Lan District High School is celebrating its junior girls basketball team, which is the 2019 SD&G playoff champion.

The Crusaders captured the crown on their home hardwood at the H. Taylor Coombs Gymnasium on November 7 with a 42-36 win over the Holy Trinity Falcons. Maggie Hope scored 14 points to lead Char-Lan to the win, Frances McDonell had 7, and Paula Martinez, an exchange student from Spain, added 6. In all, nine Crusaders contributed points.

Earlier in the day, the team prevailed in semifinal action over North Dundas 35-17, led by Lilah Mines (14 points) and McDonell (5). The Falcons dispatched Glengarry DHS in the other semifinal.

Char-Lan coach Jim Fourney tells me that the league success achieved by this young group of Crusaders has actually taken some years to develop. In fact, most of the girls have actually been with him a number of years, under his tutelage as Grade 7/8 athletes in his winter program. The 13 who made the high school junior team roster (two young ladies were cut but still commit to attending practices knowing they will be part of the program going forward) began league play back in September dropping exhibition games to Holy Trinity and St. Joseph’s, but then went on to an 8-0 record in regular-season SDGAA action.

Fourney says he had an inkling that he had something special in this group, encouraging the school’s athletic director, Chantal Armstrong, to enter a bid for hosting EOSSAA.

Regarding his players, the coach notes that this team is something different from others he’s had in the past as there isn’t one or two stars. Rather, the individuals are athletic and big, wearing down opponents. Fourney is able to play his entire roster, which features “good balance,” challenging other squads defensively.

These girls, and their coaches, have worked hard to get to where they are, with daily, early morning practices. I am very proud of their accomplishment and am sure this hard work will serve them well at EOSSAA.

Chad Brownlee, Char-Lan DHS principal
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Char-Lan DHS’ junior girls basketball team captured the SDGAA championship. The squad includes, standing in the back row from left, Bob Blackadder (coach), Erika Andrews, Alison Oosenbrug, Grace Rouleau, Bryanna Rombough, Reina Faubert, Hannah Lamarche, Grace Eamer, Jim Fourney (coach), and Donna MacGillis (coach). In front are Emily Samson, Lilah Mines, Paula Martinez, Frances McDonell, Maggie Hope, and Paige MacLachlan. (submitted photo)

EOSSAA at Char-Lan on November 13

Char-Lan will host EOSSAA on Wednesday, November 13, with the SD&G champion Crusaders as the fourth seed, playing in pool A. Holy Trinity, the SD&G runners-up, earned a wild-card entry and is seeded sixth, in pool B.

Game one for the host team is set for a 10:30 a.m. tip-off, when the Crusaders will take on top-ranked Perth Collegiate. Char-Lan’s other round-robin match is slated for a 4:30 p.m. start, with fifth-seeded St. Thomas (Russell) providing the opposition.

The Falcons are booked to play at noon, versus second-ranked St. Mary (Brockville), and 3 p.m., against third-seeded Opeongo (Douglas).

Other round-robin games are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The EOSSAA championship contest, featuring the winner of each pool, is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.

Spectators are welcome to attend the games and asked to use the parking lot across the road at the arena.

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