The Alexandria atom B Glens are on their way to the championship finals. The Glens secured a spot after defeating South Stormont 1 with a 5-3 effort on Saturday at Billy Gebbie Arena.
The win gives Alexandria three victories in the playoff round-robin, more than any other team in the Lower St. Lawrence Minor Hockey League. This assures the Glens of at least second place, because they would have more wins than Akwesasne in case the Wolves also get to six points. The Char-Lan Rebels are also in the driver’s seat, with two wins in two games. The Rebels could clinch the other spot by beating last place North Glengarry-Stormont on Wednesday.
The Glens close out their round-robin actiion at 6 p.m. on Wednesday against the Cornwall Colts 2, in Cornwall.
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.
The Seaway Valley minor atom 'A' Rapids participated in the Oshawa Cup Tournament 2016, and they came home with gold medals.
The team, coached by Miguel Delisle who was assisted by Scott Butter Thompson, Mark Novosad, and Peter Bowen, went undefeated in round-robin play, beating their opponents by large margins: 15-2, 7-1, 9-1, and 17-0.
SVR’s winning record advanced them to the semifinals where they met the North York Knights. The Knights proved to be a stronger opponent than had been seen in round-robin play. They pressured the Rapids until the third period when SVR made their move, stealing the game from North York 11-6.
The final game of the tournament matched SVR versus league opponent Gloucester Rangers Green. The contest was action-packed as the squads attacked the net with vigour, pressuring both net-minders up to the final seconds.
Coming back from a 2-0 deficit, the Rapids tied the game and then pulled ahead during the beginning of the third period. Even play ensued, and the score was tied again during the last minutes of the match. An SVR goal with just 47 seconds remaining sealed the win for the Rapids. The final score was 6-5.
Over the course of the tournament, the team boasted a whopping 65 goals for and a 2.5 goals against average.
Player of the Game honours were awarded to:
Owen Corput – Forward (Game 1)
Logan Villeneuve – Defence (Game 2)
Chancey Novosad – Defence (Game 3)
Parker Thompson – Forward (Game 4)
Hunter Thompson – Defence (Game 5)
Eli Seguin – Goalie (Game 6)