In January 12 CCHL hockey action on the road in Rockland, Alexandria’s Felix Sauve, playing for the Hawkesbury Hawks, potted his first career junior ‘A’ goal, in his team’s 4-3 loss to the Nationals.
The 17-year-old defenceman’s tally came 6:27 into the third period, as the Hawks fought their way back into a game that they trailed 3-1 entering the frame. Sauve’s goal was assisted by Jeremy Quesnel, also from the Alexandria area, and Zachary Lefebvre.
Hawkesbury’s other goals were netted by Mark Cooper and Brendan McCarthy, with Azzaro Tinling, Dovar Tinling, and Sean E. Clarke nabbing the helpers.
Sauve, who checks in at 5 ft. 11 in., 170 lb, also has 4 assists on the season.
Last year, he split the campaign between the CCHL2 Alexandria Glens and the U18 Hawkesbury Hawks, recording a combined 38 points.
Since the January 12 contest, the CCHL Hawks have skated to a pair of wins, beating Kanata 4-2 and blanking Brockville 3-0.
Hawkesbury currently sits second in the Yzerman Division, with a record of 26 wins, 16 regulation losses, and 2 overtime losses.
Hawkesbury’s junior ‘A’ hockey team is on a roll, riding an eight-game win streak. The squad’s most recent triumph came Sunday, when the Hawks blanked the Pembroke Lumber Kings 4-0.
The road contest saw Mathieu Sabourin (of Alexandria) notch two points, including a goal. Jeremy Quesnel, also from the Alexandria area, also scored, as did Brendan McCarthy and Kris Pietroniro. Assists also went to Luke Grainger (2), Evan Johnston, Sean E. Clarke, Patrick Calahan, and Sebastien Paquette.
Goaltender Mathieu Chenier stopped all 20 shots directed his way.
Sabourin was named the game’s first star, Chenier the third.
Two Hawks were named CCHL performers of the month for December.
In the league’s announcement, Grainger, a 20-year-old from Beaconsfield, Quebec is noted to have picked up points in all eight Hawkesbury last month, “while adding multi-point efforts in five games, including a hat trick and 1st-star performance against Ottawa. In all, he recorded 17 points to lead all players in December.
He’s committed to playing NCAA hockey stateside at Western Michigan University.
Chenier, who hails from Hammond, “posted a 5-0-1 record in December, while sporting a 1.81 goals against average and 0.938 save percentage, allowing 2 goals or fewer in five of his six starts. After making 37-saves in an overtime loss to Navan, Chenier reeled off five straight victories, stopping 129 of 137 shots.”
The rookie of the month for December was Vincent Labelle of the Rockland Nationals.
Hawkesbury’s next game action is set for January 9, when the squad will travel to Kemptville. The Hawks will complete the home-and-home the next night. Both contests are 7:30 p.m. starts.
The other county connection to the squad is rookie defenceman Felix Sauve.
On the December 1 roster cutdown day, Glengarry county’s CCHL2 hockey clubs were busy on the trade front, exchanging skaters in a multi-player deal that sees a pair of North Glengarry lads go south.
The Alexandria Glens dealt Lochlan MacDonald and Hunter MacPherson to the Char-Lan Rebels in exchange for Joshua Weatherall, Reese Donnelly, and Evan Huntley. Huntley was then shipped to the Casselman Vikings, in exchange for Mikaël Bissonnette.
MacDonald and MacPherson are 18-year-old defencemen who, respectively, call Alexandria and Dalkeith home.
Bissonnette, from Rockland, is a 6 ft. 3 in., 210 lb. blueliner. The 17-year-old is a 2018 OHL draft pick of the Niagara Ice Dogs.
Huntley and Weatherall are also D-men, while Donnelly is a forward. All players are expected to report to their new teams this week to participate in regular practices and prepare for upcoming games.
It’s been a particularly busy couple of days for Glens general manager Derick Viau. Yesterday, he picked up Nicolas Corry from the Winchester Hawks in exchange for future considerations. The 17-year-old forward from Gloucester had 6 points and 25 penalty minutes in 18 games with the Hawks this season.
Another 17-year-old, Zachary Power, was picked up by Viau from the Vikings, in exchange for a player development fee. The rookie centreman from Rockland had 12 points and 10 penalty minutes in 22 games with Casselman.
Jonathan Paquette, a defenceman, was waived by the Vikings and immediately signed by the Glens on Sunday.
In another December 1 move to reduce the team’s roster to 23 players, Daniel Scott was released.
Viau’s final move of the weekend was to sign a player sent down from the affiliated CCHL Hawkesbury Hawks, as forward Ryan Leonard will become a Glen. The Orchard Park, N.Y. 18-year-old dressed for 15 games with the Hawks without registering a point.
On losing MacDonald and MacPherson, Alexandria’s general manager admits that was his most difficult decision of the past few days, though he adds that the move was an important piece of the rebuild for his team and the Glens look towards the future.
Hockey Canada rules require junior hockey teams to cut down to 25 the number of signed and open cards they hold. This number is further reduced, to 23, on January 10.
Alexandria’s Mathieu Sabourin, playing for the Hawkesbury Hawks of the CCHL, scored his first career junior ‘A’ hockey goal on Friday night, when his team beat the Pembroke Lumber Kings 5-2, at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex.
The 19-year-old forward, who was named the game’s third star, scored at the 3:10 mark of the second period, assisted by Owen Gonter and Sean E. Clarke. His tally drew the Hawks even at the time, 2-2, in the game, starting Hawkesbury’s run of four unanswered, en route to the victory.
The team also features two other players who call Alexandria home: Jeremy Quesnel and Felix Sauve.
Sabourin, who wears number 7 for the Hawks, has played in seven games thus far this season with the team. Last winter, he skated in 49 contests with the CCHL2 Char-Lan Rebels, recording 48 points and 73 penalty minutes.
The Hawks currently have a record of 13 wins, 12 regulation losses, and 1 overtime defeat, for third place in the Yzerman Division.
Alexandria’s Brandon Barillaro, 23, has signed to play university hockey with the Plymouth State Panthers this season, after two years skating for the University of Wisconsin – Superior Yellow Jackets.
The 5 ft. 10 in., 185 lb. forward played his junior hockey primarily with the CCHL Hawkesbury Hawks, though he spent the better part of the 2013-14 season with the CCHL2 Alexandria Glens. He attended Holy Trinity for high school.
He skated in 34 NCAA Division III games with the Yellow Jackets and now joins another Glengarrian, North Lancaster’s Simon Besner, at Plymouth State.
Besner, 22, is in his second season with the Panthers. As a freshman, the 6 ft. 1 in., 205 lb. blueliner recorded 4 points in 18 games.
Alexandria’s Jeremy Quesnel, playing for the CCHL Hawkesbury Hawks, was named first star of the game on October 4, when his junior ‘A’ hockey team skated to an 8-4 victory over the Rockland Nationals, at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex.
Quesnel, an 18-year-old centreman, scored two goals, including one on a power play, and added one assist, in the Hawks big home-ice win.
On the season, his first in Hawkesbury after being traded to the club from Cornwall during the summer, Quesnel has chalked up 7 points in 13 games thus far.
Other Hawks scoring in the game were Matt Gasuik, Evan Johnston, Dovar Tinling, Zachary Lefebvre, Patrick Callahan, and Azzaro Tinling.
The next night, the Hawks lost 5-1 in Ottawa (to the Jr. Senators), the lone Hawkesbury goal netted by D. Tinling.
Entering play this week, the Hawks sit third in the Yzerman Division, with a 0.538 winning percentage.
For the 2019-20 season, Alexandria native Felix Sauve has joined the junior ‘A’ Hawkesbury Hawks of the CCHL. Last season, the teen played with the organization’s U18 squad, recording 35 points in 44 regular-season games. He added 4 points in 9 playoff games.
The 2018-19 campaign also saw Sauve skate with the CCHL2 Glens in 7 regular-season games and 2 playoff matches, counting 3 assists.
So far this year, he’s suited up twice with the junior ‘A’ Hawks, yet to register a point. The 17-year-old is one of two Alexandria residents on the team. The other is Jeremy Quesnel, who I previously profiled in this post.
Next game for the Hawks is set for Thursday, September 19 in Cornwall, where the boys will take on the Colts at 7:30 p.m. Cornwall’s junior ‘A’ squad, which typically features a raft of county content appears light on Glengarrians this year, with, at last check, Apple Hill’s John Richer being the only representative.
McBain with U18 Hawks
Todd McBain, of Maxville, is in the Hawks system, skating in his second season with the U18 squad. The 16-year-old forward has already recorded 4 points in 6 games.
Jeremy Quesnel, of Alexandria, has flown north to Hawkesbury for the 2019-20 hockey season, having been traded during the summer from the Cornwall Colts to the Hawks.
The 2019 graduate of le Relais who was honoured in August as one of the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame high school athletes of the year played more than 100 career games with the Colts over the previous two seasons, after graduating from their U18 squad. That season (2016-17), he recorded 39 points in 45 regular-season games.
The Hawks play in the CCHL and are 1-1 thus far. Quesnel has dressed for both contests but has yet to notch a point. Against his former team, the Colts, he did register a penalty, though.
Next action for the team is this weekend, with three games on tap at the league showcase in Ottawa, starting tonight, September 13.
Alexandria’s CCHL2 Glens have made an off-season trade, dealing Maverick Baxtrom, who hails from Long Sault, to the Winchester Hawks, in exchange for Graeme Buffone and a player development fee. Baxtrom (a 1999-born player) skated in 42 regular-season games during the 2018-19 season, notching 24 points for the Glens. He added one goal in three playoff contests. Buffone, of Orleans, is a 2000-born defenceman who recorded 13 points in 36 games.
Billets sought: The Glens are seeking billet families for the upcoming 2019-20 season. Families would be compensated for hosting out-of-town junior ‘B’ hockey players. For details, please contact the team via its Facebook page.
Training camp: The team’s 2019 training camp is scheduled to open in Alexandria on Saturday, August 24. Details can be found in this post.