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Junior B Rebels prevail on Kent McDonell night

Saturday night hockey returned to the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown on January 25, as the Char-Lan Rebels skated to a 9-4 triumph over the Brockville Tikis, on a special evening that celebrated former professional hockey player Kent McDonell.

Prior to the start of the CCHL2 contest, the hockey club recognized the Williamstown native with an on-ice ceremony.

KENT MCDONELL NIGHT A SUCCESS! With a good community crowd in attendance, including his family and friends, a banner was revealed that will hang in the Char-Lan Rec Centre in his honour. The @CharLanRebels rewarded the crowd with a 9-4 win.

Twitter post from the Rebels official account
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Kent McDonell drops the puck for a ceremonial faceoff, between Brockville’s Tyler Tomey and Char-Lan’s Joseph Samson. (Rebels photo)

Joseph Samson was the offensive hero of the night, potting a hat trick and a pair of assists. For his effort, he was named the game’s first star. Second-star pick Noak Konink notched four points (1 goal, 3 assists).

Goaltender Summy Mughal backstopped the victory, making 21 saves.

Other Rebels point-getters were Liam MacDonald (1G, 1A), Tara Fiacco (2A), Griffin Patterson (1G), Rylan Iwachniuk (1G), Cuyler Molinaro (1G), Paul Waldhauser (1G), Lochlan MacDonald (1A), Isaac Testani (1A), Alexandre Elie (1A), and Tim Cook (1A).

On Sunday, Char-Lan dropped a 5-2 road decision to the Richmond Royals. Konink and Dillon Spinner had the Char-Lan goals, with assists from Samson (2) and Owen Carter.

The loss wrapped up a busy stretch of three games in four days. It began last Thursday in Casselman, where the Rebels were felled 4-2. Samson and Elie scored for Char-Lan, while Spinner (2) and Patterson assisted.

McDonell retired from professional hockey following the 2016-17 season. That capped off a 17-year career which began in 2000-01, a season split between the ECHL Dayton Bombers and the AHL Syracuse Crunch. His NHL career included 32 games playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets, over two seasons.

The forward went on to play in Europe, primarily in Sweden. In 361 games in the CHL, McDonell notched 175 points.

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Vikings double off Rebels in Thursday night CCHL2 hockey

The Char-Lan junior ‘B’ Rebels suffered a 4-2 defeat in Casselman Thursday night.

Dillon Spinner
Dillon Spinner

Alexandre Elie and Joseph Samson had the goals for the Rebs who trailed this one from the 17:13 point of the first period on.

Dillon Spinner assisted on both tallies and earned third-star honours.

Griffin Patterson also picked up a helper on the Elie marker.

Goaltender Summy Mughal made 28 saves in the loss, while Casselman netminder Nicholas Campbell saw 34 pucks directed his way.

Char-Lan went one for eight on the power play, while the Vikings scored twice on four man-advantage opportunities.

Next action for the Rebels (14-16-1-1) is set for Saturday night on home ice in Williamstown, with the Brockville Tikis (16-16-1-2) providing the opposition. Opening puck drop is booked for 8 p.m.

January 25 will also be Char-Lan’s second try at hosting its Kent McDonell recognition night. The club has a pre-game ceremony planned to honour the former professional hockey player who hails from Williamstown.

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Rebels announce rescheduled Kent McDonell night

Williamstown native and former professional hockey player Ken McDonell will be celebrated during a special CCHL2 hockey game on January 25, when the Rebels host the Brockville Tikis.

McDonell, now 40, played his junior hockey with the Cornwall Colts (CJHL) and Guelph Storm (CCHL). He was drafted into the NHL in 1997 by the Carolina Hurricanes and then again in 1999 by the Detroit Red Wings, though he never played for either team.

His professional hockey career started in the 2000-01 season, when he suited up for the AHL Syracuse Crunch and the ECHL Dayton (Ohio) Bombers. The forward’s NHL debut came in the 2002-03 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Over two years, he played 32 games at the NHL level.

During the 2004-05 season, he played in Norway and Germany, before returning to North American the following year for one last AHL stint, this time with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

His European career continued in 2006-07, as he moved to Finland. McDonell went on to compete for clubs in Sweden through the 2015-16 season. His final year, 2016-17, was played in Denmark, after which he retired from the pro game.

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