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The Watertown Wolves edged the Cornwall Nationals 7-6 in a shootout on Saturday night at the Civic Complex.
Watertown’s John Scully and Francis Wathier beat Nationals goaltender Sebastien Dube-Rochon in the shootout, while Wolves goaltender Matt Kaludis stopped all four shooters he faced.
The Nationals got off to a quick start on the night, with power-play goals 36 seconds apart from Cam Bakker and Eric Witzel, early in the first period. Maxime Guyon then gave Cornwall a 3-0 lead at the 7:19 mark.
Watertown fought back on goals by Nate O’Brien and Jesse Facchini, to cut the lead to 3-2. Daniel Martin, with his first of the season, then gave the Nationals a 4-2 lead with 1:08 to play in the opening period.
The Wolves took over in the second period, however, levelling the score on goals by Anton Lennartsson and Brett Angel. Scully’s short-handed effort, with 1:11 to play in the middle frame, gave Watertown its first lead of the contest. The Wolves outshot the Nationals 19-8 in the second.
Cornwall tied the game 3:48 into the third with its third power-play goal of the game, Witzel’s second of the night. Brandon Vuic put the Nationals in front once again with 8:27 to play in the third period. But the Wolves fought back again, getting the equalizer with 1:36 to play in regulation, from Scully.
Watertown outshot Cornwall 44-33, including 3-2 in overtime. Bakker (first), Guyon (second), and Scully were the announced stars, in front of a gathering of 532.
On Friday night at Watertown, the Nationals were shut out for the first time this season, as the Wolves skated to a 4-0 victory. Jesse Facchini led the Watertown attacked with two goals, while Kyle Powell and Tyler Gjurich added singles. Matt Kaludis stopped all 19 shots he faced.
– files from Rodney Wilson
Our latest additions to our online photo galleries can be found here. New images from Char-Lan rebels junior 'B' hockey, women's indoor soccer at the dome (Alexandria vs. Dalhart), and high school boys basketball (Tagwi vs. Holy Trinity) have been added.
For the story on these events, check out this week's edition of The Glengarry News.
Char-Lan's junior 'B' Rebels of the CCHL2 added to their defensive crew last week, re-signing Andrew Mercer. For more news from the team, be sure to check out this week's edition of The Glengarry News.
@CharLanRebels welcome the return of @AndrewMercer8! The Gander, Newfoundland native had 22 pts in 46 gms for the Rebs last season. The 18 yr old D man had been with @CougarsHockey of the @OJHLOfficial...welcome back Andrew! @CCHLTier2 pic.twitter.com/aLTltt11St— Char-Lan Rebels (@CharLanRebels) November 30, 2017
The Cornwall Colts of the CCHL usher in December with a number of events scheduled to give back to the community.
The annual Teddy Bear Toss in support of the Optimist Toy Drive will take place at this Thursday’s home game, against the Kemptville 73’s. Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently used stuffed animal. When the Colts score their first goal (or the end of the first period), all stuffed animals will be tossed onto the ice.
Also this week, fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the game in support of the Stuff the Studio effort. Your Colts will bring all collected items to the St. Vincent De Paul Society office on Friday morning. Puck drop for the game is set for 7:30 p.m., at the Ed Lumley Arena, in Cornwall Civic Complex.
On Sunday (December 10), the Third Annual Colts Charity Hockey Game in support of the St. Vincent De Paul Society will be held. Local celebrities will team up with the Colts in a fun game of hockey at 2 p.m. at Cornwall's multi-sport complex (pad 1). Admission will be $5 or a non-perishable food item in support of the St. Vincent De Paul Society.
Local celebrity players scheduled to participate include Rob Ariagno - Seaway Yarns, Marty Benson – Benson Group, Steve Bernier – Scotiabank, Pierre Brousseau – AXXIS Optical, Paul Desnoyers – CKDM, Tom Everson – Cornwall Toyota, Andrew Frei – Riverside Auto Group, Mike Graham – Shoeless Joe’s Cornwall, Guy Lauzon – MP, Ian MacInnis – Cornwall Colts, Josh MacMillan – Riverside Auto Group, Brock McBride – Own The Ice, Tim McCuaig – Cornwall Hyundai, David Murphy – Cornwall City Council, Andre Pommier – Pommier Jewellers, Neil Sandilands – Cornwall Royals Alumni, Mike Turcotte – Foot & Ankle Clinic, Pierre Voisine – City of Cornwall, and Scott White – Scotiabank.
Celebrity coaches include Dan Allaire – BOOM 101.9, Bill Halman – BOOM 101.9, Trish McCormick – Boston Pizza, Jim McDonell – MPP, and David Smith – South Stormont Council.
Santa Claus is coming to the Ed Lumley Arena! Santa will visit the Colts game against Hawkesbury on Thursday, December 21. Santa will be handing out treats to Colts fans of all ages.
– files from David Murphy
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.