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Hockey is back in Alexandria and the Glens gave their fans something to cheer for last weekend, with a big 7-5 win against the Morrisburg Lions at the Glengarry Sports Palace.

"There's a lot of new faces on the ice but I liked what I saw,” said Glens fan Jared Sinclair. “The first period wasn't our best, but we blasted their goalie with like 20 shots in the second frame. My hopes are up with this team.”

The Glens took the lead early on when Vankleek Hill's own Ryan Allen, who played with the Cougars last season, scored his first junior B goal.

But it didn't take one minute for the Lions to orchestrate a comeback with an unassisted goal by Landon Veenstra. Alexandria got its lead back before the end of the first frame, thanks to forward Luca Ciale.

In the second, the Lions mounted an early comeback but the Glens opened the flood gates for three goals in eleven minutes by Ryan Sabourin, Gabriel Cuillerier and assistant Adam Cooke.

With 22 shots on goal during the second period, the Glens pushed goalie John Gilmer out of the game and welcomed Keiran Weir with more offensive.

The third period was a little bit more on the rough side, but Alexandria was able to counter a two-goal comeback from Morrisburg with two goals of their own. The Lions scored their fifth of the game with less than a minute of play, but Callum Cassidy-Matthews stayed strong between the pipes to earn his first win with the Glens.

Alexandria then took its winning antics on the road for a game in Williamstown, home of the Rebels. Nicholas Maheux was perfect in goal for 23 minutes for the Glens, giving his team time to get the upper hand in the first. With a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes of play, the Glens stunned the Rebels with an early goal in the third by Luca Ciale, assisted by Adam Cooke and Justin Rousseau. In desperation, the Rebels removed their goalie to put pressure on Alexandria’s defense with a sixth player, but the Glens didn't buck and answered by scoring two goals in Char-Lan's empty net.

With two wins in two, Stephan Nadeau's crew is up to a good start. At press time Thursday, the Glens were in Casselman to clash with the Vikings, the junior B champions and Don Johnson Memorial Cup winners. The Glens will be back at the Palace this Saturday to face the Winchester Hawks. Winchester lost its first game of the season in a shootout against Casselman but bounced back with a 7-4 victory over Morrisburg, September 20.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 8:15pm
Stephane Lajoie
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