Defence wins championships, and the Alexandria atom 'B' Glens are on their way to proving that true.
The Glens pounced out of the regular season to win their first two playoff games over the weekend, allowing only one goal. Hopes got higher Sunday that the Glens could qualify for the finals, after edging the Lower St. Lawrence Minor Hockey League regular-season champs, South Stormont 2, with a gutsy 2-1 performance. It was only the Selects’ third loss of the year, not including tournament play.
Adding Alexandria’s 5-0 shutout Saturday over North Glengarry-Stormont, the Glens are now 2-0 with two contests remaining.
Against South Stormont, call-up Donnie McDougald got the all-important first goal, unassisted, less than one minute into the match, played at Long Sault Arena. Brandon Borris then scored the eventual game-winner on a pass from Macauley Blaine.
The Glens’ defence continued to frustrate the South Stormont attack, leading to a scoreless second period.
South Stormont managed to finally get one past hot Glens goalie Grayson Andre-McNeil to make it 2-1. But Alexandria re-grouped and hustled after the Selects to preserve the crucial win.
Against Maxville, Glens captain Samuel Dupuis led his line of Borris and Blaine to a combined 11 points for an opening playoff victory. Dupuis had a hat trick and one assist, while Blaine had one goal and two assists, and Borris counted three assists. William Jeaurond had the Glens’ third goal, unassisted.
Andre-McNeil was sharp when called upon, which wasn’t often thanks to is stingy D-core.
The Glens’ third round-robin playoff game will be played at the Billy Gebbie Arena, at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, against South Stormont 1, followed by their final match, 6 p.m. Wednesday against Cornwall Colts 2 at Cornwall's multi-sport complex.