Fans of the Alexandria Glens and Char-Lan Rebels won't have a chance to see their teams on home ice this weekend, as the clubs participate in the CCHL2 season-opening showcase in Ottawa.
First home game for the Glens is set for Friday, Sept. 15, with the Rebels skating on home ice the next night.
At this weekend's showcase, the Rebels are slated to play Saturday at 5:30 pm and Sunday at 8:15 pm. Alexandria's games in Ottawa are booked for Saturday at 8:30 pm and Sunday at 5:15 pm. The league is using the Sensplex at 813 Shefford Road for all over the weekend, as each of the CCHL2 teams is scheduled to play twice.
As we reported in this week's edition of The Glengarry News, the junior 'B' training camp season is winding down, with an exhibition game between the Alexandria Glens and Char-Lan Rebels booked for tonight, at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria. Start time is 8 pm.
Both teams enter the game with a 0-1 record, with Char-Lan's loss coming last night, 5-3, in Casselman.
For the third straight season, the CCHL2 will open its season with a 16-team showcase, in Ottawa, on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 at the Richcraft Sensplex.
As part of the action, the Alexandria Glens and Char-Lan Rebels will each play a game on each of the days of the showcase. Be sure to check out The Glengarry News for a preview of the season from the perspective of our local clubs.
Aside from opening weekend, the CCHL2 (Eastern Ontario's junior 'B' hockey league) has many other exciting matchups of note throughout the regular season.
On Tuesday, September 12, the new Carleton Place Jr. Canadians will host the Athens Aeros in their inaugural home opener. Two days later, it's a rematch of the Barkley Cup final series, as the four-time defending champion Casselman Vikings host the Richmond Royals.
On Friday, September 15, the new Embrun Panthers host the Ottawa Canadians in their home opener. The next night, the new Whitewater Kings bring hockey to Cobden, as they open against their closest rival, the Renfrew Timberwolves.
The CCHL2 regular season will conclude on Sunday, February 25.
The Casselman Vikings are Barkley Cup Champions, having defeated the Richmond Royals 5-1 Wednesday night to sweep the series and win their fourth straight CCHL2 title.
Rookie goaltender Seth Carter was on top of his game once again, making 27 saves to win his 10th straight game and finish the playoffs with eye-popping numbers: a 12-2 record, with a 2.05 goals against average and a 0.939 save percentage.
The Vikings continued to do what they did all season long, and that was score by committee, as five players tallied markers in this one. Jeremie Lefebvre (1G, 2A), Brendan Doherty (1G,1A), Joel Hunt (1G, 1A), Isaac Barr (1G), and Tyler Somers (1G) all lit the lamp.
Patrick Kealey made 26 saves in the Richmond net, while Matt Veaudry had the lone goal.
It is a rarity at any level, but especially in junior hockey, that a team can have as much success as the Vikings have had in their franchise history. Each season the club puts the work in to build a contender.
As the CCHL2 news release puts it, "The Vikings continue to be a model franchise, a fun place for players to play, and a great organization for young players to develop before moving up the ladder."
Tonight will be your final opportunity of the season to see the Char-Lan Rebels and Alexandria Glens in action, as the two CCHL2 teams will play on the Alexandria ice at the Glengarry Sports Palace, beginning at 8pm.
The Alexandria Glens CCHL2 hockey team lost 6-2 on the road last night to the Ottawa West Golden Knights and will wrap up their 2016-17 season with a pair of home games this weekend.
Tonight, the boys will host the Westport Rideaus, and on Sunday night, it will be the final edition this year of the Battle of Glengarry, as the Char-Lan Rebels will skate into the Glengarry Sports Palace. Both are 8pm starts.