The novice girls volleyball team from Char-Lan District High School recently won a championship, beating Glengarry DHS in the final.
With South Glengarry announcing the closure of all recreation facilities for the next three weeks due to COVID-19 concerns, the Char-Lan Skating Club was forced to abruptly end its season, with means the cancellation of this year’s showcase event, which had been scheduled for March 29, at the arena in Williamstown.
Reportedly, the ice-making machine at the rink will be turned off this weekend.
The club has cancelled, as a result, all remaining skating days, in addition to the annual showcase, which skaters had been preparing for under the theme, ‘Ice, Camera, Action.’ The event is traditionally held at the end of each skating season, with stands packed full of family members and friends, as all athletes from the club skate in group performances.
Here’s the club’s official announcement:
The skating club says it plans to hold a small awards ceremony at a later date. In years past, awards have been presented to skaters on the ice, following the performances.
Recently, the skating club held its assessment day for competitive skaters.
From the club’s Facebook post: “A huge shout out to the Township of South Glengarry for all their hard work and support in preparing our facility and ice surface for this special day, and to our Assessment Coordinator and wonderful CLSC families for organizing a fun-filled after-party for all.”
Williamstown’s Tyson Spink, a 27-year-old hockey player in the Finnish elite league, was recently honoured as the league’s most valuable player for the month of February.
A member of the Ässät Aces, which play in Pori, Finland, Spink tied for the most goals last month, notching 6 in 11 games.
On the season, the left winger has 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) in 50 games.
Today, he learned that the league is cancelling the remainder of the season and will not hold playoffs, nor award a championship, due to concerns over COVID-19.
Spink tells me that he and his twin brother Tylor (who also plays for Ässät), are “trying to get on the next plane out” of Finland and return home to Glengarry.
In the Liiga this season, Tylor had 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 52 games.
The Spinks played their junior hockey with the Char-Lan Rebels of the CCHL2, before graduating to the CCHL Cornwall Colts and an NCAA career with the Colgate Raiders. Their professional careers a season in the ECHL, followed by the last two campaigns in Sweden. This was their first winter in Finland.
Ässät finishes in 9th place in the 15-team Liiga, with 20 wins, 12 ties, and 27 losses.
Tyson ends up 44th overall in player scoring, while Tylor finishes in 56th spot in the league. The men were one-two in scoring for their team.
Glengarry’s edition of the Great Canadian Kilt Skate is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, beginning at noon.
As South Glengarry’s announcement notes, “Help us celebrate our Scottish Heritage in Ontario’s Celtic Heartland at the Char-Lan Community Centre.” The event is free to attend, running from 12 through 3 p.m. at the arena in Williamstown.
There will be an official opening ceremony featuring township politicians and the South Glengarry Pipe Band. This will be followed by a performance from members of the Char-Lan Skating Club. Then the arena ice surface will be opened for participants on the Great Canadian Kilt Skate, through to 2 p.m.
From 12:30 through 2 p.m., the canteen will serve up free hot chocolate and Scottish flag tattoos will be available in the lobby.
In the Tartan Hall (upstairs), a cash bar will be open. There will be a Great Canadian Kilt Skate cake and Scottish shortbread cookies. Scheduled performances on the stage include the MacCulloch Dancers, McFee Fiddlers, Coleman Highland Dancers, and the Hallions.
Outside, planned activities include a fire pit with marshmallows, a snow slide, and horse-drawn wagon rides.
The 2019-20 CCHL2 season for the Char-Lan Rebels will conclude tonight, when the team skates on the road against the playoff-bound Winchester Hawks. Game time at the Winchester Community Centre is set for 8:15 p.m.
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Char-Lan won its home-ice finale Tuesday night against the very same Hawks, rebounding from a two-goal deficit to score five unanswered and extend the Rebels winning streak to four games.
Despite skating hard and carrying the play through the first period of their February 25 contest at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, the Rebels found themselves trailing 1-0 at the first intermission.
At the 5:20 mark of the second stanza, Winchester scored again, but the Hawks would be shut down from that point onward.
Late in the period, with 1:25 left, Alexandre Elie got Char-Lan on the board, assisted by Ryan Grant and Isaac Testani. Thirty-five seconds later, Cuyler Molinaro potted the equalizer, set up by Elie and Parker Tallman.
The Rebels took control in the third, as Noah Konink scored a natural hat trick. Assists went to Testani (2), Elie, Paul Waldhauser, Justice Brownlee, and Tallman.
Goaltender Summy Mughal started the game, switching at the midpoint with Ceili Picard. Together, they combined for 27 saves, while Char-Lan snipers had 33 shots at the Winchester net.
Konink, with his three goals, was named the game’s first star. Testani, with three assists, was tagged as second star.
Char-Lan went three-for-six on the power play, while the Rebels penalty killers grounded the Hawks through seven opportunities.
Char-Lan’s CCHL2 regular season is nearly over, with just two games remaining, both against the Winchester Hawks.
The first, which will be the Rebels’ last home game of the season, is set for tonight, February 25, starting at 8 p.m., at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown. The boys are also booked to play February 28 in Winchester, at 8:15 p.m.
Char-Lan is riding a three-game winning streak entering play this evening, while the Hawks are coming off a lopsided loss in Westport.
Winchester is playoff-bound, holding the final post-season position in the Martin Division, and will play the Casselman Vikings in round 1. The Rebels are 11 points behind the Hawks in the standings.
Last season, Char-Lan took on the Alexandria Glens in the first round of the playoffs, before bowing out in the second round in a four-game sweep by the Ottawa Jr. Canadians, who went all the way to the CCHL2 finals, where they fell to the Perth Blue Wings.
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.
On Saturday night in Williamstown, the Char-Lan Rebels skated to a 4-3 CCHL2 win over the Alexandria Glens, completing the four-game season sweep of their county cousins.
Liam MacDonald, who hails from Dunvegan, was named the game’s first star. The Rebel scored three of his team’s goals and assisted on the other.
The 20-year-old forward has scored at a point-a-game pace this season.
Char-Lan’s other goal was netted by Paul Waldhauser, while picking up the other assists were Parker Tallman (3), Isaac Testani (2), and Alexandre Elie.
Ceili Picard backstopped the victory with 21 saves.
Glens goaltender Tyler Desjardins, with 18 saves, took the loss. Alexandria’s goals were netted by Nico Pozzebon, Nicolas Corry, and Graham Robertson, with Ryan Leonard picking up the only assist.
At the first-ever South Glengarry Showdown, hosted by the CCHL2 Char-Lan Rebels, girls hockey teams representing Char-Lan District High School and Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School skated to a 1-1 tie, with both goals notched short-handed.
Opposing goaltenders – Reina Faubert for the Crusaders and Lauren McCready for the Falcons – were stellar.
Playing in front of an enthusiast throng of family members and students filling the stands, the girls on both teams iced a terrific show of high-tempo hockey, showcasing the high school game.
Through two periods of play, the contest was scoreless. Holy Trinity was first to crack the ice, when Annie Bacchiochi collected a short-handed rebound and tapped it home with 9 minutes remaining in the game.
On a Char-Lan penalty kill later, the Crusaders found themselves under pressure, as HT looked for the insurance. However, the girls escaped, advancing the puck. Tessa Ramsey capitalized in the offensive zone, wristing a shot over the goalie’s glove hand for the equalizer, with just 80 seconds left in the contest.
Holy Trinity, still on a power play, again pressed. The frantic play continued at even strength in the dying seconds, as Char-Lan was twice forced to ice the puck, affording the Falcons faceoffs in their offensive zone.
The final buzzer relieved the pressure, sealing the 1-1 draw. Following player handshakes, the girls from both teams tapped their sticks on the ice, saluting the fans in the stands.
For both teams, this was a playoff tune-up of sorts. Holy Trinity is the third-ranked team heading into the SDGAA post-season with 8 games played and a record of 4 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie, while Char-Lan sits fourth on 10 games played with a 2-7-1 record. For more background, please see this earlier post. Note, the playoff tournament date has been changed to March 4, starting at 8 a.m. in Long Sault.
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Prior to the Saturday, February 22 CCHL2 hockey game at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown, there will be a pair of high school contests, as the Rebels host teams from Char-Lan DHS and Holy Trinity CSS.
The girls game featuring the Falcons and Crusaders will start at 5 p.m. Holy Trinity completed the SDGAA league regular season in third place, with 8 games played and a record of 4 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie, while Char-Lan ended up fourth, having played 10 games and a record of 2-7-1.
At 6 p.m., the boys will take over the ice. Char-Lan completed the regular season in second place, percentage points out of top spot, with 10 games played and a record of 8-1-1. Holy Trinity finished fourth, with 9 games played on a record of 2-7-0.
These exhibition games in Williamstown will serve as a showcase of the calibre of local high school hockey, as well as a tune-up for playoff action, as the teams are all set to skate in the SDGAA playoff tournaments, slated for early March.
For more background on the Battle of Glengarry featuring the CCHL2 Alexandria Glens and Char-Lan Rebels, please see this post. The junior ‘B’ hockey game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start.