Due to COVID-19 concerns and a Hockey Canada directive to cease all hockey-related activities, as well as an order by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit to close community and recreation facilities, the Alexandria Glens of the CCHL2 have deferred their board meeting, scheduled for March 25.
At this time of uncertainty in the sports world and otherwise, a new date for the meeting has not been set.
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.
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.
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.
The winter storm that struck our region over the past two days forced the postponement of two CCHL2 hockey games last night involving the county’s clubs.
Char-Lan was slated to play in Winchester on Friday night. That game has been rescheduled for Friday, February 28.
Alexandria was scheduled to host Athens. Instead, the teams will play Tuesday, February 25, at 8:30 p.m., at the Glengarry Sports Palace.
The Rebels and Glens will both be back in action tonight on home ice. In Alexandria, the Glens (7-25-2-1) have the Winchester Hawks (19-12-5-1). Williamstown will see the Char-Lan (16-18-1-1) tangling with the Casselman Vikings (25-12-2-0). Both contests are 8 p.m. starts.
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.