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The Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria will see a full day of high school hockey action on Friday, as Le Relais hosts a pre-Franco boys hockey tournament. The event serves as a final warm-up for the area's French-language high schools, which will have teams competing early next month in the Tournoi Franco-Ontarien.
Here's the schedule of matches for March 24:
There are several all-county matchups in Lower St. Lawrence Minor Hockey League championship playoff action, including the Alexandria Glens and Char-Lan Rebels who meet at the atom B and bantam B levels.
Both of these have games slated for March 22, with the atoms playing in Williamstown at 7pm, while the bantams will play in Alexandria at 7:30pm.
Also that night, at 8pm in Finch, the NGS Braves midget B team will host the Char-Lan Rebels.
The Cornwall Nationals and local first responders will put their talents on display tonight at Cornwall's multi-sport complex on Seventh Street, as the Federal Hockey League team hosts its inaugural skills competition. The event will take place on pad 1, beginning at 6 p.m.
Former Ottawa 67’s star Dan Tessier will join the fire, police, and paramedic team, as the Nationals look to raise funds for a pair of charities: Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, as well as Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
The event will be free to fans of all ages, with a donation to these two worthy charities. Events will include shooting accuracy, shootout, passing challenge, hardest shot, and fastest skater.
In addition to Tuesday’s event, the Nationals are currently supporting 25 local initiatives and charities.
With three games upcoming this weekend, the Cornwall Nationals are offering a special promotion to fans tonight. You can purchase tickets to all three FHL contests for $30.
On Friday, March 24, Cornwall hosts the Berlin River Drivers at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, March 25, the Nationals take on the Danbury Titans on home ice, at 7:30 p.m. And finally, Cornwall hosts the last-place St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints on Sunday, March 26, at 6 p.m.
Tickets for home games are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, and $5 for children under the age of 12.
FIRST RESPONDERS NIGHT: Friday’s game will be dedicated to local first responders. This event will help raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and raise funds for the Champlain East branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. The game will be dedicated to local police officers, firefighters, and paramedics, who selflessly put themselves on the front lines every day to help save lives. Nationals players will be sporting promotional jerseys, which will be auctioned off. There will also be a silent auction, as well as the Rotary Club of Cornwall 50/50.
Q & A WITH NATIONALS: On Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., Nationals season ticket holders, fans, and sponsors will have the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session with the team. Will Beauvais (owner), Rodney Rivette (president), Basem Awwad (general manager), and Alexandria native Joel Trottier (head coach) will be on hand at the Civic Complex, in Salon C to answer questions, as the team begins to look towards the 2017-18 FHL season. Snacks and refreshments will be available.
The Cornwall Nationals snapped a three-game skid on Sunday afternoon, with a 4-2 victory over the River Drivers in Federal Hockey League action. Lou Dickenson’s power-play goal, his second of the contest, with 32 seconds left in the third period, iced the victory for Cornwall. Curtis Warren also scored twice for the Nationals.
But the star of the game was unquestionably Francis Dupuis, was outstanding in goal, with a 56-save performance. Cornwall was outshot 58-29.
On Saturday, Danila Alistratov made 49 saves to backstop the Watertown Wolves to a 3-0 victory over the Nationals at the Civic Complex, in front of 416 fans. Colin Macintosh scored twice for the Wolves, while former Nationals forward Jason Dolgy added a single. The speedy MJ Graham had a game-high eight shots on goal for the Nationals, who outshot the Wolves 49-42. Dupuis was tagged with the loss in goal despite a 39-save performance.
Last Friday's contest saw Matt Graham notch a hat trick to lead the Danbury Titans to a 7-5 victory over the Nationals, in Cornwall, as 296 fans took in the action. Taylor Bourne added two goals and three assists for Danbury. JC Houde, Jay Croop, MJ Graham, Tristan Perreault-Gagnon, and Mitchell Porowoski scored for the Nationals. The Titans outshot Cornwall 53-42.
South Glengarry's Jacob Dawson had been the lone county player on the roster, until he was recently released by the club.
Now, the only current Glengarry connection to the Nationals is the team's head coach, Joel Trottier.
– with files from Rodney Wilson
Be sure to check out the March 22 issue of The Glengarry News for sports stories about area teams winning provincial broomball titles, GSL indoor soccer playoffs, The Glengarry News Hockey Cup, curling, high school sports, and more
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Tim McCuaig shares this summary of minor hockey playoff games slated for the Char-Lan Rec. Centre this week:
MARCH 22 ATOM B VS ALEXANDRIA CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES AT 7PM
MARCH 23 NOVICE AA SEAWAY RAPIDS VS KANATA TIED 3 POINTS EACH BEST TO 7 POINTS FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT 7PM
MARCH 23 BANTAM B1 VS ALEXANDRIA CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES AT 8PM
MARCH 24 NOVICE C1 VS CORNWALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES AT 6PM
MARCH 24 ATOM C VS CORNWALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES AT 7PM
MARCH 24 MIDGET HOUSE VS NGS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES AT 8PM
MARCH 25 NOVICE B VS ALEXANDRIA CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES AT 10AM
MARCH 25 ATOM REP VS SMITH FALLS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES AT 11AM
MARCH 25 ATOM B VS ALEXANDRIA CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES AT 12PM
Playoff action for the Glengarry Soccer League's minor teams kicks off tonight at the dome, with quarter-final play for U12 boys teams. At 6L30pm, Green will play Blue, and an hour later, it will be Red versus Silver.
Winners advance to next Monday's semis. The 6:30pm game will feature Team Orange versus the lowest-seeded squad, while at 7:30pm it will be Team Yellow against the other victor.
The championship final will be played March 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, it will be quarter-final action for the U15 boys. At 5:30pm, Orange will play Blue, and at 6:30pm, Yellow will take on Red.
On Thursday, Green, the top seed, will play the lower-ranked winner, while the other semifinal will hit the turf on March 28 at 6:30pm, when Silver will take on the other winner.
The final is booked for March 30, at 6:30pm.
Girls schedule for March 26
As we report in this week's edition of The Glengarry News, U12 and U15 girls playoffs will take place on Sunday, March 26.
Here's the schedule for the day:
- 9am: U12 semifinal, Green vs Orange
- 10am: U12 semifinal, Blue vs Yellow
- 11am: U12 championship match
- noon: U15 quarter-final, Blue vs Green
- 1pm: U15 quarter-final, Silver vs Yellow
- 2pm: U15 semifinal, Orange vs lower-ranked QF winner
- 3pm: U15 semifinal, Red vs higher-ranked QF winner
- 4pm: U15 championship match
Two new galleries of photos have been added to our website. We shot images at last Saturday afternoon's youth flag football game at the dome in Alexandria, as well as Sunday evening's Williamstown ladies hockey league.
Danila Alistratov made 49 saves to backstop the Watertown Wolves to a 3-0 victory over the Nationals on Saturday night at the Civic Complex.
It was Cornwall's third straight Federal Hockey League loss in front of an announced gathering of 416.
Colin Macintosh scored twice for the Wolves, while former Nationals forward Jason Dolgy added a single.
The speedy MJ Graham had a game-high eight shots on goal for the Nationals, who outshot the Wolves 49-42. Francis Dupuis was tagged with the loss in goal despite a 39-save performance.
Cornwall is back on the road Sunday afternoon when they visit Berlin to take on the River Drivers. FHL action begins at 2 p.m.
– with files from Rodney Wilson
For the second time in as many games, a county boy scored the game-winning tally for the Cornwall Colts, who now find themselves leading their opening-round CCHL playoff series two games to none over the Smiths Falls Bears.
On the road Friday night, double overtime was needed to decide matters, with Ethan Mulhearn scoring 7:59 in to end the marathon and hand the Colts a 4-3 victory.
The win came 24 hours after Sebastian Dirven scored in OT on home ice in Cornwall, for the game-one victory. (See this post for more.)
The road match also saw Konnor MacCormick and Brennan Markell each score their second goal in as many games for the Colts, while Nick Lalonde notched his first of the post-season.
William Searle scored twice to pace the Bears. Ryan Gibson also found the net.
The Bears outshot the Colts 44-40. Liam Lascelle made 41 saves to earn the victory in goal.
The two teams return to Cornwall for game 3 in the best-of-seven series Sunday evening. Game time is 7pm at the Ed Lumley Arena (Cornwall Civic Complex).
The fourth match is scheduled for Tuesday at 7:30pm, in Smiths Falls.
– with files from David Murphy
Matt Graham had a hat trick to lead the Danbury Titans to a 7-5 victory over the Nationals on Friday night at the Civic Complex in front of 296 fans.
Taylor Bourne added two goals and three assists for Danbury. JC Houde, Jay Croop, MJ Graham, Tristan Perreault-Gagnon, and Mitchell Porowoski scored for the Nationals.
The Titans outshot Cornwall 53-42.
The Nationals are back in action tonight, when the Watertown Wolves visit the Cornwall Civic Complex. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors/students and $5 for children under the age of 12.
– with files from Rodney Wilson
Bainsville's Sebastian Dirven found the target, just 1:15 into overtime last night, to notch a 4-3 playoff victory for the CCHL Cornwall Colts.
The March 16 contest in Cornwall was the team's post-season opener of a best-of-seven series against the Smiths Falls Bears.
Tanner Spink and Nick Lalonde set up the game-winning tally.
The Bears had forced overtime with a late third-period goal, after Christopher Mammas had given the Colts a 3-2 lead. Konnor MacCormick and Brennan Markell also scored for the Colts.
Cornwall outshot Smiths Falls 36-20, with Liam Lascelle picking up the goaltending victory.
Game two goes tonight in Smiths Falls. Game time is 7:30 at the Smiths Falls Arena.
The Colts and Bears return to Cornwall for game 3 on Sunday evening. Game time is 7pm at the Ed Lumley Arena in Cornwall Civic Complex.
– with files from David Murphy
Just a reminder that no games in this year's edition of The Glengarry News Cup hockey tournament are scheduled for this weekend. The next action is slated for Tuesday night.
To stay on top of the schedule, results, and more, be sure to visit our dedicated web page here.
The senior women's division of the Glengarry Soccer League's indoor season has made another change to the schedule for the finals, moving game 2 to tonight, March 16, at 7:30pm.
Dunvegan prevailed in the opener last night, 3-0 over Alexandria, and could clinch the title with a win tonight. Of course, the Alexandria ladies have other ideas, looking to win and extend the series to a third and deciding match.
We will have full coverage in The Glengarry News.
Bumped from last night due to the snowstorm, game 1 of the Glengarry Soccer League's senior women's finals goes tonight at the dome in Alexandria, where the Dunvegan and Alexandria teams will battle. Start time is set for 7:30pm.
For more on the matchup, be sure to check out this week's edition of The Glengarry News.
There will be no soccer at the dome in Alexandria tonight, as the Glengarry Soccer League has opted to postpone matches due to the snowstorm.
As such, the senior women's division finals will kick off tomorrow night at 7:30pm.
For more on the indoor soccer playoffs, please see the March 15 edition of The Glengarry News.