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The Nationals powered their way to a 7-5 victory over the North Shore Knights on Sunday night in Federal Hockey League action at the Civic Complex, extending the Cornwall professional hockey team's home-ice unbeaten record.
Captain Ahmed Mahfouz had a hat trick and added four assists as the first-place Nationals improved to 5-1-0-1. Cornwall is now a perfect 3-0 on home ice this season.
With the Nationals on a power play, Maxime Guyon found a wide-open Eric Witzel at the side of the net for a tap-in goal 7:16 into the contest, to open the scoring. But, some sloppy play and a turnover at the blueline resulted in a North Shore marker with 2:08 to play in the first. Vito Scaringi eventually tipped a shot from the point past a helpless Brandon Billie, who was making his first start of the season for Cornwall.
Mahfouz then out-waited North Shore goaltender Christian Pavlas and found a wide-open Guyon, who made it 2-1 for Cornwall, only 59 seconds into the second period. The Knights levelled the score 68 seconds later, however, as Josh Newberg tucked a backhander past Billie.
Justin Portillo gave the Nationals a 3-2 lead at 6:24 of the middle frame.
With Cornwall on the power play, Mahfouz did all the work and found Portillo, who buried a wrist shot into an empty net.
With 5:33 to go in the second and the Nationals on another power play, Mahfouz gave Cornwall a two-goal lead with a nifty backhander from a tough angle.
Radoslav Konecny beat a sprawling Billie with 34.9 seconds to play in the second to cut the margin.
Sylvester Bzdyl was the next recipient of a slick Mahfouz pass, as he gave the Nationals a 5-3 lead three minutes into the third. North Shore fought right back, however, with a perfectly placed wrist shot by Marvin Powell.
Mahfouz then threw the puck toward the net and got a lucky bounce off a North Shore defenceman’s leg to give the Nationals a 6-4 lead with 9:02 to play in the third. It was Cornwall’s fourth power play of the game.
Newberg brought North Shore back to within a goal with 6:59 remaining on the clock.
But the captain completed the hat trick by finishing off a perfect tic-tac-toe play with Guyon, with 1:10 to play in the game.
Cornwall outshot North Shore 43-29 on the night. Mahfouz (first), Guyon (second), and Witzel were the announced stars. The attendance was 649.
The Nationals travelled to Port Huron, Mich., for a pair of games against the Prowlers. On Friday night, Cornwall sustained its first loss of the season in regulation, 6-2. Brandon Gilmour and Guyon had the Nationals markers, while Yianni Liarakos and Dalton Jay led the Port Huron offence with a pair of goals each.
On Saturday, Witzel scored twice to lead Cornwall to a 3-2 victory. Guyon added his fifth of the season, while Sebastien Dube-Rochon stopped 29-of-31 shots to earn the win in goal.
– files from Rodney Wilson
Photos from Saturday night hockey in Williamstown and Alexandria are posted to new galleries on our website. For the full story on the county's junior 'B' hockey teams, be sure to check out this week's issue of The Glengarry News.
New photo galleries showcasing women's volleyball and men's soccer at the Alexandria dome are now available online here. Photo reprints, which make terrific gifts, are available to order from our office. Please contact us for more details.
The Nov. 29 issue of The Glengarry News includes the latest updates from both leagues.
Each night this weekend there will be junior hockey at county rinks. Tonight, Nov. 24 at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria, the junior 'B' Glens will host the Embrun Panthers at 8 p.m.
The Glens will also skate Saturday night on home ice, hosting the Westport Rideaus at 8 p.m.
Down south on Nov. 25, the Char-Lan junior 'B' Rebels will take on the Richmond Royals. That's an 8 p.m. start at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown.
On Sunday, starting at 7:30 p.m., the junior 'A' Hawkesbury Hawks will play at the Glengarry Sports Palace.
For the full story, be sure to read The Glengarry News.
After the Alexandria Glens junior 'B' hockey team plays at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria on Friday and Saturday nights, the CCHL Hawkesbury Hawks get the ice Sunday night, for a 7:30 p.m game versus the Brockville Braves.
For the full story on the CCHL and CCHL2 be sure to read The Glengarry News this week.
A photo gallery from the Nov. 17 junior 'A' game in Alexandria between the Hawks and Cornwall Colts can be viewed here.
The SD&G high school boys basketball season opens on Monday, Nov. 27, with a pair of games, including the boys from Char-Lan playing at La Citadelle, beginning at 1 p.m.
Nov. 28 games of interest have GDHS at St. Lawrence, and Holy Trinity visiting Tagwi. Both events are 1 p.m. starts.
The Glengarry News will again be providing full coverage of league play throughout the season.