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Glengarrians Barillaro, Besner contribute to Panthers NCAA hockey

Two county residents are skating for an American collegiate hockey this season, as Brandon Barillaro and Simon Besner have joined forces with the Plymouth State University Panthers, in New Hampshire.

Barillaro is a 5 ft. 9 in., 180 lb. forward who hails from Alexandria. Through four games, he’s he’s notched one assist in his first year with the Division III team.

A defenceman, Besner checks in at 6 ft. 1 in., 195 lb. He’s from North Lancaster and in his second season with the Panthers has chalked up a goal and an assist in three games thus far. His marker came last night, November 21, as the icing on the cake in a 5-3 victory over Worcester State.

Plymouth has a 3-2 record and is next scheduled to see action on the road Saturday versus UMass Dartmouth.

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Brandon Barillaro, left, and Simon Besner play NCAA hockey for the Plymouth State University Panthers. (submitted photo)
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County boys part of Concordia University football team

Two Glengarrian boys are part of the 2019 education U-Sports football team at Concordia University, in Montreal, and one of them, Rylan Duhart of North Lancaster, is getting his first opportunity to dress for a game this Friday.

Duhart, a first-year biochemistry student, was invited to join the team at the start of the school year when the squad suffered a shortage of linemen due to injuries. He’s been training with the boys and working out in the gym, looking for his opportunity. This week, he got it, as coaches informed him that he would be dressing for the September 27 game versus Université de Montréal. As a freshman, his playing time is likely to be limited, if at all. An offensive lineman, Duhart, should he be sent in, most likely would work on special teams or as a replacement for an injured teammate.

On the opportunity, Duhart tells me, “I’m very excited for it, but I don’t think I’ll be hitting the field unless someone gets hurt.” In preparing, he adds, “I’ve been looking over the plays a lot.”

The other Glengarry athlete with the Stingers is Alex Zarifi. He’s in his second year with the team, though he hasn’t yet played, due to injury. Zarifi, of Alexandria, is currently assisting the coaches as he recovers from a cracked collarbone.

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Rylan Duhart, left, and Alex Zarifi.
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