Alexandria’s Ben Lowe retained his title as club champion, following his win over the weekend in the Glengarry Golf and Country Club’s two-day tournament, organized by Jean-Marc Titley.
On rounds of 72 and 74, Lowe prevailed over the field at the August 23-23 event, to win the A flight and, with it, the 2020 club championship. The Bishop’s University student-athlete was one stroke off his result from last year, when he carded a two-day score of 145.
Lowe tells me that he has “been playing quite a bit” of golf over the summer, competing in a few area tournament, “but still haven’t been able to practice as much as I’ve liked.”
He’s a familiar face at the Alexandria golf course, as he also works there.
The 20-year-old Glengarrian is scheduled to head back to university over the Labour Day weekend, and from what has been announced so far, the university golf season is still a go this fall in the province of Quebec, “fingers crossed.” It’s the lone jurisdiction in Canada to still have fall sports on the schedule, as associations in Ontario, western Canada, and the Atlantic region have pre-emptively cancelled all sports due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All national championships have also been nixed.
Nate MacMillan was the A Flight runner-up at the club championship tournament, shooting a two-day total of 154.
Marc Sauve won the B Flight (164), with Marc Rolland placing second (172)
Gilles Leroux topped the C Flight (182).
In the senior group, Denis Barsalo won, recording a 157, while Bill Shields placed second, with a 161.
Prior to the shutdown, the region’s junior ‘A’ league held its annual bantam protect draft.
Hawkesbury’s first pick came fourth in the first round, as the Hawks chose Brad Horner, a defenceman from Vankleek Hill. He played last season with the Eastern Ontario Wild ‘AAA’ major bantam hockey team.
Other members of the Hawks 2020 draft class were Marc-Olivier McCarthy (forward, Glen Robertson), Yanick Blanchard (forward, Embrun), Derek Larocque (forward, Alexandria), Lucas Peever (forward, St. Albert), Mathieu Levesque (defenceman, Hawkesbury), Antoine Dorion (forward, Orleans), Jake Pulkinghorn (defenceman, Ottawa), Justin Flamini (defenceman, Cumberland), and Jayson McIntyre (forward, Orleans).
Of note, two of the draft selections are students at Alexandria’s École secondaire catholique Le Relais. Another student from the school was picked by the Cornwall Colts.
The Hawks ended the 2019-20 season second in the Yzerman Division, with a record of 36 wins, 24 regulation losses, and 2 overtime defeats, for 74 points. The squad was slated to open the CCHL playoffs against the third-place team from the Robinson Division, the Smiths Falls Bears (33-24-5, for 71 points). Interestingly, the teams had identical regular-season powerplay and penalty kill percentages, at 18.3 and 86 percent, respectively.
On the cancellation of the playoffs, Alexandria’s Felix Sauve, a rookie defenceman with the Hawks, admitted to me, “It sucks! We had a lot of key pieces this year which could have brought us far in the long run. It’s hard to say goodbye to some of the boys since you don’t know when you will meet or cross paths again.” However, the teen acknowledged, “The safety of everyone is the number 1 priority, so it was the right move.”
Sauve saw action in 52 games, notching 1 goal and 5 assists, along with 32 penalty minutes.
He was among several local athletes who were mainstays on the roster this season, including forwards Mathieu Sabourin and Jeremy Quesnel.
Hawk Luke Grainger was honoured with a league award as the 2019-20 Top Graduating Player. The skater from Beaconsfield led the CCHL in scoring with 82 points (34 goals, 48 assists) in 56 games. He’s committed to playing NCAA hockey next season at Western Michigan University for next season.
In the league’s announcement, head coach Rick Dorval was quoted as saying, “Luke’s development with and without the puck has been tremendous. He is one of the most electrifying players in this league and is always a threat to opponents. He can move as fast east-west as north-south. We will miss him next year but wish him the best of luck at WMU.”
Aside from Grainger, the Hawks bid adieu to Matt Gasuik, Azzaro Tinling, Sebastien Paquette, Shane McGrath, and Zach Johnson.
2020 Summer Camp
Registration for the Hawkesbury Hawks summer camp is now open. The event is scheduled for June 19 to 21, but is subject to change due to Hockey Canada mandates around the COVID-19 situation.
The camp will be held in Gloucester, at the Richcraft Sensplex. Entry is $250, and players will each have approximately 4.5 hours of ice time spread over three games.
With five regular-season CCHL games remaining, the Hawkesbury Hawks have already clinched a playoff position, currently placed second in the Yzerman Division, on a record of 34-21-2-0.
The team includes a trio of players from Alexandria.
Mathieu Sabourin is a 19-year-old forward, who checks in 6 ft., 146 lb. and wears jersey number 7. He’s played in 31 games this season with the junior ‘A’ hockey club, notching 10 points and 22 penalty minutes. Last season, Sabourin was in the CCHL2 with the Char-Lan Rebels.
Wearing jersey 15 is Jeremy Quesnel, also 19 and playing forward. The 5 ft. 8 in, 150 lb. skater has suited up for 56 Hawks games this season, scoring 31 points and taking 80 PIM. He was a member of the Cornwall Colts for the previous two seasons.
On defence is Felix Sauve, number 79. The 17-year-old blueliner, a rookie, is 5 ft. 11 in., 170 lb. He’s recorded 5 points and 28 PIM with the Hawks. Last season, he skated at the junior ‘B’ level with the Alexandria Glens.
Hawkesbury has one hometown player: Jeremie Payant is a rookie forward who wears jersey number 71.
The team’s roster of defensive players also includes St. Eugene’s Austin Gaspar and Samuel Mayer from L’Orignal.
All five of Hawkesbury’s remaining CCHL regular-season games this season are road contests, starting with February 28 in Brockville.
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.
Alexandria racecar drive Chris Raabe and team member Emelie Sauve have been recognized by Plattsburgh, New York’s Airborne Speedway with the 2019 Award of Excellence. The honour acknowledges professionalism and positive promotion of the race track.
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.