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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Junior ‘B’ hockey returned to the county last night, as the Alexandria Glens and Char-Lan Rebels skated in a modified, non-contact scrimmage, the first of the exhibition season for both clubs. The action at the Glengarry Sports Palace, in Alexandria, was played in front of a limited number of spectators, due to COVID-19 regulations, as the Rebs edged their northern rivals 3-2.
Owen Carter, Seamus O’Connell, and Nathan Faubert scored for Char-Lan, with assists netted by Brant Woodside, Liam MacDonald, Ryan Grant, Alexxi Paquette, and Hunter MacPherson. Goaltending duties were shared by Anthony Innco and Dawson Irving.
Kyle Joly scored both Alexandria goals, in the first period, with assists awarded to Alexandre Saul and Nico Pozzebon. Masters of the mash mansion were Tanner Gillies and Tyler Desjardins.
The two teams are slated to go at it again tonight in Williamstown, at 8:15 p.m. Tickets to the same are now sold out. Only those with a previously purchased ticket will be admitted due to COVID-19 restrictions at the arena. The game will be broadcast online at Hockey TV (subscription required).
Junior ‘B’ hockey action returns to the ice at the Glengarry Sports Palace tonight, where the Alexandria Glens will host the Char-Lan Rebels in a modified scrimmage, the first exhibition play of the 2020-12 EOJHL season.
Both clubs have been training independently for more than a month, awaiting the green light for game play. However, current COVID-19 restrictions limit what can be done.
As such, the Glens and Rebels will skate in a non-contact scrimmage, with regular rules and timing applying, in front of a limited number of spectators, all of whom were required to by tickets in advance, online.
General manager Derick Viau tells me that the club was limited to selling 50 tickets. Anyone showing up tonight at the rink without a ticket will not be permitted entry.
Those attending should be aware of the Glens’ spectator safety policy that has been enacted due to COVID-19 protocols.
Physical distancing must be maintained at all times.
Please arrive early to accommodate for the check-in procedures that will be in place each game, which include temperature checks and COVID-19 screening questions.
Non-medical face masks are mandatory for all spectators while attending Glens home games. Masks will be available for purchase at each game.
Masks must be worn at all times, unless you are seated.
Please purchase your tickets in advance, online at tickets.alexandriaglens.com to guarantee your entry into the game, and prevent long wait times to enter the arena at check-in. No tickets will be sold at the arena until further notice.
Members of the same household may sit together; however, members of different households must maintain a 2-metre distance at all times and sit next to a socially-distanced marker.
Please do not leave your seat during the game unless you are going directly to the washroom or exiting the facility.
A “No Re-Entry” policy will be in effect throughout each home game.
All staff, players, and spectators are required to self-screen.
If you are experiencing any symptoms or feeling unwell, please stay home.
At the end of the game, fans will be directed to exit the arena at specified intervals. This will be guided by announcements over the PA system and Glens’ ushers to ensure everyone can maintain physical-distancing measures.
Any fans that are not following the social distancing guidelines will be asked to leave.
Group gathering on the concourse will not be permitted.
All aisle seats will be unavailable.
Standing areas for viewing will not be available.
Tonight’s game will be broadcast online, on the Hockey TV platform, with Liam Arkinson providing play-by-play commentary. Start time is set for 8:15 p.m.
The Alexandria Glens of the CCHL2 have a new head coach, and his name is a familiar one in local hockey circles, as Carl Robillard has been named to the post to guide North Glengarry’s junior ‘B’ hockey team into the 2020-21 season.
The Wendover resident has an extensive coaching background at the top level of minor hockey.
As Robillard puts it, “I actually know many of the players on the current roster and others who will compete for roster spots on this team.”
The new bench boss notes, “Although there are definite changes on the horizon, I know there is potential for this group of young men. We expect to ice a young team with a sprinkle of key veterans to help lead the way. Our goal is to make the playoffs this coming season while establishing a reputation within the league as being a very hard team to play against every single night. This is a staple of my teams from the past and this team will be no different.”
On what he predicts for fans, Robillard says, “We will bring a mix of skill, speed, and compete in all phases of the game. Once we build our young core, we expect to compete for a championship for years to come. That is our ultimate goal once the puck drops to start our season.”
In announcing the new head coach of the Glens, general manager Derick Viau described the 50-year-old Robillard as “a bright coach and great leader who has a track record of both effectively developing young players and successfully motivating veterans.” He added, “We love his coaching resume and are confident that he has learned from every stop during his career, and has the best skill set to get the maximum potential out of our team.”
Viau was my guest for the inaugural edition of the sportsguysean podcast:
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In addition to taking the helm of the junior ‘B’ Glens, Robillard will serve as head coach of the Eastern Ontario Wild major bantam ‘AAA’ team during the 2020-21 this season.
Viau notes that his new bench boss “has over 12 years of coaching experience” and “his coaching philosophy is pretty simple… [building] around these three basic principles: TEAM FIRST, HARD WORK, and DISCIPLINE.”
The general manager, who’s entering his second year in that capacity with Alexandria’s CCLHL2 hockey club, says, “In order to achieve these principals, Carl strives to build an environment that encourages players to learn and develop on and off the ice, while creating a positive learning atmosphere in both good and hard times. All players need to be given the opportunity to develop their skills in a structured and disciplined learning environment that constantly challenges them while providing encouragement and support. He firmly believes that, when dealing with highly motivated and committed athletes, strong communication skills in both a group and/or an individual setting is the cornerstone of any coach’s responsibility.”
Robillard’s coaching resume includes…
2014-15 regular-season championship with major peewee ‘AAA’
2014-15 playoff championship major peewee ‘AAA’
2014-15 provincial silver medal
2014-15 OEMHL ‘AAA’ Coach of the Year
2015-16 regular-season championship minor bantam ‘AAA’
2015-16 playoff championship minor bantam ‘AAA’
2015-16 Toronto Marlies Holiday Classic ‘AAA’ Championship
2017-18 TELUS Cup Central Region Midget ‘AAA’
2018 OHL drafted players: 10 from the Eastern Ontario Wild and 6 from the Hawkesbury Hawks
The new Glens head coach recently connected with some of his players by way of video conference.
Prior to the announcement of Robillard taking the team’s coaching reins, the Glens announced that last year’s head coach, Marc Rousseau, would not be returning. “We thank him for his time served with us [and wish him] best of luck in future endeavours.”
The Glens also parted ways with their assistant coaches, Marco Pozzebon and Stephane Ouellette.
Subject to Hockey Canada rules regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alexandria CCHL2 Glens have scheduled their 2020 training camp for the Glengarry Sports Palace, beginning August 22.
Heading into the second season of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League, we now know that the region’s senior ‘A’ hockey loop will feature two new franchises, one of them based in Alexandria.
The Glengarry Pipers, as the club will be known, are owned by Ryan McLeod. Jamie Lavigne will serve as general manager and coach. Last season, he was an assistant coach with the championship-winning Cornwall Prowlers.
The Pipers will play out of the Glengarry Sports Palace (Billy Gebbie Arena), in Alexandria.
Lavigne tells me that he has received confirmation from the GSP that they can accommodate the team’s schedule. A future meeting will finalize the details.
The club will be looking for volunteers to help out with ticket sales, provide game-day security, and assist with other tasks to help make competitive senior ‘A’ hockey a success in Alexandria.
“This is my first year acting as a GM for a team so I’m nervous,” Lavigne admits, adding that he is “very confident that we will have a competitive team that will also draw in decent crowds.”
The GM notes that the EOSHL “showcases exceptional hockey,” drawing players with junior hockey experience through to the professional ranks in North America and internationally.
“This is top-calibre hockey, which I found out last year when I was the assistant coach with the championship Cornwall Prowlers. I was given a chance from general manager and head coach Mitch Gagne, and I’m forever grateful.” Lavigne stresses that he gained coaching experience along with an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of how a club at this level operates.
“I’m extremely excited for the season to approach and look forward to seeing the county (Glengarry) come together to support the team and continue to grow the great game.”
In addition to the Pipers, the EOSHL confirms that the North Frontenac Phantoms will join the league for the 2020-21 season. The club will play out of the North Frontenac Community Arena, in Godfrey. The Phantoms are owned and operated by Colton Distefano and his wife, Sydony.
As noted in a separate post, senior ‘A’ hockey will return to Maxville for a second season, under new ownership and with the club renamed the Mustangs.
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.
Last weekend in Alexandria, the Glengarry Girls Hockey Association hosted its annual Heartbreaker Cup tournament, drawing teams from across Eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
The highlight for home squads was the play of the peewee Highlanders, who triumphed for the championship in their division.
Glengarry’s peewees opened the competition against the Ottawa Ice, as an eager Highlanders team skated to a 4-0 win. Jada Campbell notched the initial tally, followed by a late first-period goal from Madison MacLeod. The second period saw Campbell put another in the net, while the scoring was rounded out by Mary Ellen Fader. Madelyne Duval registered the shutout in net for Glengarry.
Game two versus the Westlake Wild proved to be much the same. While the contest stayed locked at zero after the first period, Campbell got the Highlanders on the board in the second. The third period brought her another goal, with MacLeod adding insurance. Duval once again registered the goose egg.
Sunday morning brought an undefeated Gloucester Sharks to face the Highlanders who fended off their opponents through to late in the second period. Back-to-back goals by the Sharks took the air out of the Glengarry peewee’s play. A penalty shot in the third sealed the game for the Gloucester, 3-0.
The loss dropped the Highlanders to second place and a semi-final meeting with the Westlake Wild, once again. This time the results would be closer. Campbell opened the scoring in the first. The second period brought two quick goals for the Wings, putting the Highlanders in a 2-1 deficit, until Campbell once again scored for Glengarry. The third period saw Campbell complete her a hat trick, which was enough for a 3-2 victory and a spot in the final versus Gloucester.
Glengarry opened the scoring with a goal from Emily Kate Bissonnette, but the Sharks soon responded to draw even. Early in the second, Margaret Fraser found a rebound to make it 2-1 Highlanders. Goal number three came on a penalty shot from Campbell. The Highlanders added a fourth from MacLeod.
The Sharks managed to score their second of the match, but dominant goaltending by Duval proved no match for Gloucester’s top players, as she stopped a few breakaways and blocked everything thrown at her in the third. The girls won gold with a thrilling 4-2 effort.
Glengarry’s atom team went 0-4 in the tournament, falling 2-1 to Carleton Place and 5-0 to Westlake on Saturday. Sunday’s third round-robin game was against the Nepean Hurricane, who prevailed a tough one, 1-0. This loss meant facing dominating Westlake in the semifinal, where the Wild skated 6-0 over the Highlanders. Westlake went on to win the division championship over the Nepean Ice Cats.
In bantam action, the Highlanders played in a three-team round-robin. Their first matchup against Nepean ended in a 2-0 loss, while game two ended in a rough 6-0 defeat by the dominant Westlake Wild. On Sunday, the rematches saw Glengarry tie Nepean 1-1 and fall to Westlake 8-1. With only 1 point, the Highlanders did not advance. Westlake took the division title, with the Ice Cats as runners-up.
The midget Highlanders faced off against the division rival Russell Coyotes in their tournament opener. Russell scored in the first period, hanging on to the 1-0 lead through to the end. Game two against the Blades of Dollard des Ormeaux went into the books as a 3-0 loss. On Sunday, Glengarry and Gloucester both scored a goal in the first period, en route to a 1-1 draw. The Highlanders’ fourth outing saw the girls drop a 4-0 decision to Gananoque, which went on to win the championship. Russell was the other finalist.