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Alexandria Glens: reflecting on last season, looking forward to new campaign

With all that has been going on in the world of late, it seems as though the season for the Alexandria Glens concluded a lifetime ago. Officially, the team’s 2019-20 CCHL2 campaign ended on February 25, with a 5-1 victory on home ice over the Athens Aeros.

It was one of few bright spots on the season that saw the Glens win just 9 of 44 games. The squad lost 31 in regulation time and a further 4 in either overtime or a shootout.

Following the team’s final contest of the winter, I interviewed alternate captain Nico Pozzebon and first-year general manager Derick Viau.

As Viau notes, it was right back to business looking towards next season. Little did he and the players know at the time what was in store for them and us in the weeks that followed.

In mid-March, we learned of the passing of Mike (Michel) Depratto. He was key in saving the Glens a few years back, leading a group of individuals who established the club as a community not-for-profit entity.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have just learned of the passing of Mike Depratto. He was involved in keeping the Glens in the community and he was HEO’s current 1st VP. He will be truly missed in the Community of Alexandria and Hockey.”

Alexandria Glens statement, March 14

A Hockey Eastern Ontario note, attributed to minor president Gary Hopkins, probably summed it up best: Depratto’s “contributions to hockey in Eastern Ontario cannot be overstated, but more importantly he has been a friend and a mentor to many of us on a personal level. We will miss him.”

The unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic altered plans for the Glens during the off-season as well, with the team having to cancel its annual team banquet and awards ceremony. Instead, award-winners were announced remotely.

  • Most Improved Player: #17 Elijah Boisvert
  • Glens Manager’s Trophy for Top Scorer: #11 Nico Pozzebon
  • Glens Sportsmanship & Ability Award: #8 Zachary power and #16 Ryan Leonard
  • Glens Leadership Trophy: #11 Nico Pozzebon
  • Glens Best Defenceman: #21 Nicolas Ouellette and #12 Zachary Bigras
  • Ernest Bellefeuille Award: #28 Alexim Veilleux
  • President’s Trophy for MVP: #11 Nico Pozzebon

From the general manager’s perspective, his first foray into leading a junior ‘B’ hockey club was a whirlwind, with Viau telling me that he has nothing but pride for all the players who contributed to the Glens over the course of he 2019-20 season.

Looking Towards the 2020-21 Campaign

General manager Viau’s to-do list is a lengthy one. Initially, a spring skate for players and potential Glens was planned, but that had to be nixed due to the hockey shutdown.

Regardless, planning for the new season had to continue. Online recruitment for the team’s August (hopefully) camp has been set up on the Glens website and can be accessed here. The team invites hockey players ages 16 through 20 years old to sign up or contact the general manager (derick@alexandriaglens.com or at 613-360-0077) for more information. Payment of camp fees has been waived until further notice.

In terms of staff behind the bench, the Glens are looking for an equipment manager / trainer. Anyone interested should contact Viau.

Last year’s coaches – Marc Rousseau, Stephan Ouellette, and Marco Pozzebon – were slated to return for a second kick at the can, but the team has since parted ways with the trio. (See the updated story here.)

As things stand now, the Glens camp is scheduled to begin in late August, followed by the CCHL2 pre-season and regular season in September.

The hockey shutdown mandated by Hockey Canada in March curtailed the league’s 2019-20 playoffs in the second round, meaning there was no league champion declared.

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Alexandria junior B Glens cap disappointing season with home-ice win

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.

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Alexandria Glens to close out regular season at home Tuesday night

Heading into their final game of the 2019-20 CCHL2 hockey season, the Alexandria Glens are mired in a four-game slump, with just one win in nine tries this month.

The boys will close out the campaign on home ice at the Glengarry Sports Palace on Tuesday, February 25, at 8:30 p.m., playing the Athens Aeros.

Regardless of the outcome tomorrow night, the Glens will finish the season out of the playoff picture, in last place of the Martin Division.

Among the brights spots for the squad have been the play of Nico Pozzebon and Zachary Power, who are one-two in team points, with 42 and 41. The skaters hail from Bourget and Rockland, respectively.

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T-Wolves manhandle Glens in Friday night romp

On the road in Renfrew Friday night, the Alexandria Glens, fresh off their upset win three nights earlier, found themselves humbled by the Timberwolves, who skated to a decisive 9-1 result.

Nico Pozzebon
Nico Pozzebon

The loss was the Glens’ third of 2020, to go against just one victory, the aforementioned Tuesday evening success over one of the league’s better teams, the Ottawa Jr. Canadians.

Friday’s action saw the Glens fall back to Earth, as Alexandria has struggled all season to find the win column, languishing in the basement of the CCHL2 Martin Division’s standings.

Nico Pozzebon notched the only goal for the White and Green boys, assisted by Nicolas Ouellette.

Tyler Desjardins started in net, pulled at the 28:56 (with Renfrew leading 4-1) mark in favour of Danik Martin who manned the hemp hut the rest of the way. Together the backstops made 23 saves.

The Alexandria squad was scheduled to play Saturday night in Williamstown, against the rival Char-Lan Rebels, but that game was postponed due to the weather and road conditions. A new date for this one is to be determined.

The next confirmed action for the Glens (5-21-2-1) is set for January 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Casselman, where the boys will take on the Vikings (18-12-2-0).

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Glens’ Pozzebon named one of November’s top performers

Nico Pozzebon of the junior ‘B’ Alexandria Glens has been named by the CCHL2 as one of three Performers of the Month for November.

Nico Pozzebon
Nico Pozzebon

The 17-year-old forward from Bourget was awarded Rookie of the Month honours in recognition of his 7 goals (4 on power plays) and 7 assists in November, over 8 games.

His month also included a five-point game, which came November 15 against Winchester, and a three-point effort versus Arnprior on November 1.

On the season, the first-year Glen has 10 goals and 10 assists in 19 games. Pozzebon is tied for 11th in the league in points (20).

The month’s other honourees were Ottawa West Golden Knights goaltender Brent Pledge-Dickson and Eric Vitale of the Winchester Hawks, who was named Player of the Month.

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Junior B Glens losing skid stretches to four games

With losses Friday Saturday night, the Alexandria Glens losing streak now stands at four games. In fact, the team has just one win this month in seven outings.

Nico Pozzebon
Nico Pozzebon

The team’s most recent defeat came Saturday night on the road versus the Whitewater Kings, a 3-2 loss. Nico Pozzebon and Zachary Bigras (on a penalty shot) had the goals for the Glens, while Kolten Oakes-Cook and Andy Lightle-Blais chalked up assists.

Henri Creighton took the loss in the hemp hut, despite a 32-save effort.

On Friday night at the Glengarry Sports Palace, Kyle Joly put the Glens in front in the first period, assisted by Lightle-Blais and Oakes-Cook, but that was it for the Alexandria offence, as the Ottawa Golden Knights took control for the next two periods, scoring four unanswered, to deal the Glens a 4-1 loss. Goaltender Danik Martin faced 41 shots.

The boys have one more game remaining this month, scheduled to play November 29 in Embrun. Note, there is no home game this weekend. Next game in Alexandria is slated for December 6.

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Jr. B Glens look to snap two-game losing streak tonight on home ice

The Alexandria Glens are back on home ice at the Glengarry Sports Palace tonight, November 22, hosting the Ottawa West Golden Knights at 8 p.m. and looking to snap a two-game losing streak.

The boys last won on November 15 in Winchester, when the Glens beat the Hawks 8-6, led by a five-point effort from Nico Pozzebon (4 goals, 1 assist). Austin Gàspàr also had five points (1 G, 4 A), while Jacob Lefebvre contributed four (1 G, 3 A). Other marksmen were Alexim Veilleux and Zachary Bigras, with additional assists chalked up by Hunter MacPherson and Daniel Scott. Danik Martin backstopped the victory, making 47 saves.

The next night in Carleton Place, the boys lost 5-2. Kyle Joly and Graham Robertson scored in the third period, after the Canadians had taken a four-goal lead through 40 minutes of play. Robertson and Pozzebon earned the assists. Martin took the loss in net, facing 22 shots through two periods. He was replaced in the third frame by affiliate Joshua Ivansky, who turned aside all eight pucks he faced. The fifth goal allowed was an empty-netter.

On Thursday night in Casselman, the Viking doubled off the Glens 8-4. The game saw former Alexandria defenceman Adam Paquette and Austin Ladouceur suiting up for the hosts. Though neither registered a point, they both saw time in the sin bin. Glens goals were netted by Elijah Boisvert, Brendon Watson, Lefebvre, and Veilleux. Assisting were Pozzebon (2), Sébastien Ouimet, Watson, Lochlan MacDonald, and Veilleux. Goaltender Henri Creighton took the loss, facing 36 shots on goal.

Alexandria enters play tonight with a record of 3 wins, 13 regulation losses, and 2 overtime losses for last place in the Martin Division. Only the Athens Aeros (still with 0 points) have a worse record in the CCHL2.

Creighton is a new addition to the group of goaltenders signed with the Glens. The 18-year-old hails from Lachine, Quebec, and was most recently part of the West Island Shamrocks, which play in the QJAAAHL.

Nicolas Rousseau, the 20-year-old veteran, has played in 11 games for Alexandria this season, while Martin, 17, has manned the pipes 8 times. Though they haven’t seen game action, the team has also called upon other affiliates, Maxime Brunet and Jordan Stairs, to serve as backups on occasion.

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Glens fall on home ice

A night after salvaging a point in an overtime road loss, the Alexandria Glens fell short on home ice, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Richmond Royals last Saturday night at the Glengarry Sports Palace.

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Brendon Watson and Kolten Oaks-Cook each scored their respective first Glens goals, but it wasn’t enough to pace their squad to victory. The other Alexandria tally was netted by Nico Pozzebon.

Earning assists were Austin Ladouceur, Pozzebon, Austin Gaspar, Watson, and Alexim Veilleux.

Nicholas Rousseau faced 33 shots on goal in the loss between the pipes.

Friday night saw the Glens drop a 2-1 OT decision in Perth.

Entering play this week, the team sits last in the Martin Division, with a record of 1 win, 5 regulation losses, and 1 overtime loss. To make matters worse, the teams above Alexandria in the standings all have games in hand.

Next up will be one of those squads that the Glens are chasing, county rival Char-Lan (3-3). The Rebels are scheduled to visit the Palace on Friday, October 11, for an 8 p.m. puck drop.

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