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.