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.
A solid crowd of spectators was on hand Friday night at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria, where the hometown Glens succumbed to the Char-Lan Rebels 5-1 in round two of this season’s CCHL2 Battle of Glengarry.
The Rebs held a three-goal lead after 40 minutes of play, adding another at the 11-minute mark of the third period, as Joseph Samson scored on a power-play shot from the point that eluded Glens goaltender Tyler Desjardins. Noah Konink assisted.
Alexandria finally got on the scoreboard 61 seconds later, off a Tyson Allard tally, set up by Kyle Joly and Reese Donnelly.
Soon after, the Glens were handed their 10th man-advantage opportunity of the game. The team called a timeout to plot strategy, opting to pull Desjardins from the hemp hut in favour of an additional attacker. Unfortunately, the Rebels made them pay, as Samson notched his hat-trick goal of the game into the empty net.
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Char-Lan’s other goals on the night were scored by Isaac Testani. Picking up assists were Alexandre Elie, Owen Carter, and Griffin Patterson.
Desjardins made 45 saves on the night, while Rebels netminder Ceili Picard turned aside 43 of 44 directed his way.
The Glens went zero for 10 on the power play, and Char-Lan was one for two.
This result marked the second straight loss for Alexandria to their southern cousins, as the Rebels prevailed 5-2 back in October. The teams will meet twice more this season, both times in Williamstown. Encounters are booked for February 18 and 22.
The Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria will be rocking tonight, January 31, as the arena hosts the Battle of Glengarry, junior ‘B’ hockey’s rivalry between the Glens and the Char-Lan Rebels.
The Glens are looking for their third straight home-ice win, after prevailing the last two Fridays over Richmond and Whitewater, respectively. Alexandria lost last night on the road to the Ottawa West Golden Knights, 5-3. Nicolas Corry scored twice, with the other Glens tally netted by Andy Lightle-Blais, who also nabbed an assist. Other helpers went to Nicolas Ouellette, Reese Donnelly, and Zachary Power.
Char-Lan is also coming off a loss, having dropped a January 26 road game in Richmond, 5-2.
In the only previous meeting this season, back on October 11, the Rebels prevailed over the Glens 5-2.
In the division standings, Char-Lan is sixth, with 32 points, while the Glens are relegated to the basement, with 17 points.
The OPP hockey team, the Badgers as they are known, skated to an 11-5 victory over the Glengarry DHS Gaels, in an exhibition game held December 16 at the Glengarry Sports Palace, in Alexandria.
The cops lived up to their moniker, badgering the teens throughout the contest. For the Gaels, this game was their first (and likely only) hockey action this winter, as the school didn’t enter a team to compete in the high school league.
Coached by Ryan Winter and Brian Caddell, the Gaels hadn’t even had time for practice as a group, but the boys nevertheless iced a determined effort. Goaltender Nathan Noel got into the seasonal spirit, donning a Santa hat. His counterpart at the other end of the ice, Luc Sarao, was solid between the pipes for the OPP.
Ethan Attridge scored twice on Sarao, notching the boys’ first and second goals of the match, both on penalty shots. Also scoring for GDHS were John Caddell, Seamus Hardy, and Alexim Veilleux.
The Badgers were coached by Simon Hardy.
This friendly game is an annual event for the police and Gaels boys, with students and teachers from the school filling the stands to take in the action.
Alexandria’s atom hockey team recently enjoyed an on-ice workout with Kieran Craig of the Gatineau Olympiques. The 18-year-old QMJHL player hails from Alexandria himself, having graduated last June from École secondaire catholique Le Relais.
The students and staff from Glengarry District High School are slated to take in some hockey action on Monday, as the Gaels boys hockey team will play members of the Ontario Provincial Police, starting at 1 p.m.
The December 16 game at the Glengarry Sports Palace is an exhibition contest for the Gaels boys, as the school hasn’t iced a hockey team to compete in league play this year.
This is typically an annual event for the kids and the police, providing entertainment for all.
Ryan Winter will stand in as coach for the Gaels boys.
The school’s girls hockey team, under the guidance of Glen Campbell, is scheduled to compete Monday at an SDGAA league tournament in Finch.