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BREAKING NEWS: Cornwall Nationals pro hockey team announces immediate shutdown

sean Feb 20, 2018 - 4:43pm

Cornwall's professional hockey team, the Nationals of the Federal Hockey League, today announced it would cease operations effective immediately. Here's the club's press release: 

The Cornwall Nationals of the Federal Hockey League have ceased operations, effective immediately. 

"This is a really sad day for hockey in Cornwall," said Rodney Rivette, owner/president. "Unfortunately, due to our financial situation, we can no longer continue."

Saturday night's attendance was announced at 358 in what turned out to be the team's last game at the Ed Lumley Arena inside the civic complex.

"We've exhausted every avenue possible to save the team," said Rivette. "This is so unfortunate because owner Will Beauvais has done everything possible to make this work."

The organization would like to thank its small but loyal fan base as well as all local sponsors and volunteers.

The Nats have had Glengarry connections over their short tenure in the Seaway City, including current head coach Joel Trottier, of Alexandria. This was the club's second year of operations, following on the heels of the Cornwall River Kings, which played in the Quebec-based LNAH.

FHL-leading Nationals connect for fourth straight victory

sean Dec 19, 2017 - 12:46pm

Two Federal Hockey League teams heading in opposite directions collided at the Civic Complex on Saturday night, and the result was almost predictable. 

The Cornwall Nationals skated to a 5-4 victory over the North Shore Knights, in front of 682 fans. It was the first-place Nats’ fourth straight win and the Knights’ seventh straight defeat.

Maxime Guyon led the Cornwall attack with a five-point performance (two goals and three assists), as the Nationals improved to 9-2-0-2.

The Knights struck first on a goal by Patrick Porkka just 16 seconds into the contest. The speedy Guyon then dashed up the left wing, beat a North Shore defender, and found a wide-open Ahmed Mahfouz, who levelled the score for Cornwall at 5:33 of the first. Brandon Vuic gave the Nationals a 2-1 lead with 3:02 to go in the opening period. Guyon’s shot was stopped, but Vuic pounced on the rebound to beat North Shore goaltender Adam Zeman for a power-play marker.

Cornwall opened up a two-goal lead just 46 seconds into the second period on a Guyon goal. The Knights fought back, however, on a pair of Matyas Kasek markers at 6:21 and 10:19 of the middle frame. Moments after taking a hard hit from Dominik Fejt, Mahfouz gave the Nationals the lead once again with 4:28 to go in the second, burying a perfect pass from Guyon.

On the ensuing faceoff, Cornwall defenceman Jay Kenney dropped the gloves with Fejt to the delight of the local fans.

Guyon then scored his second of the evening with an unassisted effort with 1:48 to play in the second to give the Nationals a 5-3 lead. 

But, North Shore fought back on a goal by Kasek, who beat Sebastien Dube-Rochon once again for his third of the contest, at 12:06 of the third.

Cornwall outshot North Shore 47-35. Guyon (first), Mahfouz (second), and Kasek were the announced stars. 

Road victory

On Friday night in Watertown, Guyon scored a hat trick to lead the Nationals to a 5-3 win over the Wolves. Sylvester Bzdyl and Tom Tsicos also scored for Cornwall, while Mahfouz and defenceman Patrick Harrison chipped in a pair of assists. Tyler Beskorowany was outstanding in goal for the Nationals, turning aside 57 of the 60 shots faced to earn the victory.

–  files from Rodney Wilson

First-place Nationals sweep defending FHL champs

sean Dec 11, 2017 - 11:08am

The Nationals went toe-to-toe with the defending champion Danville Dashers last weekend at the Civic Complex, scoring a weekend sweep.

Maxime Guyon scored the game-winning goal late in the third period, and captain Ahmed Mahfouz found the back of the net twice to lead Cornwall to a 6-5 victory over the Dashers on Sunday afternoon, in front of 618 fans. 

With back-to-back victories over the Dashers, the Nationals improved to 7-2-0-2 and sit first overall in the Federal Hockey League.

Danville opened the scoring 1:44 into the contest on a trickler that ricocheted past Sebastien Dube-Rochon. The goal was eventually credited to Jimmy Soper. 

The Teddy Bear toss goal was scored by Justin Portillo, who took a pass from Brandon Vuic and wired a perfectly placed wrist shot past Danville’s Aaron Taylor. More than 200 teddy bears were tossed onto the ice, to be collected for charity.

Moments later, at 11:04 of the first, Nationals Mahfouz teed up a slap shot that chased Taylor from the game in favour of Gregory Hussey. Just 54 seconds later, Daniel Martin welcomed Hussey into the contest with a wrist shot above his trapper to give Cornwall a 3-1 lead. The Dashers responded, however, on a Sean Reynolds marker with 6:32 to play in the opening period. 

Mahfouz gave the Nationals a 4-2 lead with 4:39 to play in the middle frame, with his second of the afternoon. Mahfouz took a pass from Eric Witzel and tucked a nifty backhander past Hussey. 

Ben Boukal riffled a shot from the point past Dube-Rochon 59 seconds into the third for a power-play marker that brought the Dashers to within a goal. The Nationals restored their two-goal lead when Portillo sprung loose the hulking Antoine Guimond, who beat Hussey at the 6:17 mark. Then, Danville’s Seth Ronsberg beat a sprawling Dube-Rochon with 7:28 to play, before Soper tapped in his second of the contest exactly one minute later to level the score at 5-5. 

Cue sniper Guyon. 

With the Nationals on the powerplay, Guyon picked up the loose puck in the slot and fired a wrist shot right under the crossbar to give the Nationals the lead for good with 3:33 to play. 

Cornwall outshot Danville 37-32. Cornwall defenceman Cam Bakker, with three assists (first), Portillo (second), and Guyon were the announced stars. 

files from Rodney Wilson

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Nationals fall in shootout

sean Dec 5, 2017 - 2:08pm

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.

Road loss

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

FHL Cornwall Nationals maintain perfect home-ice record

sean Nov 28, 2017 - 4:08pm

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.

Road trip

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

Streaking Nats victorious on home ice

sean Nov 21, 2017 - 11:23am

The Nationals stretched their winning streak to three games, with a 5-3 victory over the Watertown Wolves on Sunday evening at the Civic Complex.

With the triumph in front of an announced gathering of 678, head coach Joel Trottier’s squad improved to 3-0-1 on the season.

Brandon Vuic gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead 5:55 into the game, with a power-play marker. Vuic, parked in front of the net, was the beneficiary of a slick pass from captain Ahmed Mahfouz.

The speedy Maxime Guyon gave Cornwall a 2-0 lead at 11:34 of the first. Guyon, who was sprung loose on a breakaway by Mahfouz, was originally stopped by Watertown’s Bobby Bowden but then buried his own rebound with a great second effort. 

Mahfouz showed his incredible vision 69 seconds into the second when he found a wide open Eric Witzel, who scored his first of the season to give the Nationals a 3-0 lead. Twenty-eight seconds later, however, Matt Caranci beat Sebastien Dube-Rochon, who was making his second start in as many nights for Cornwall. 

At 8:24 of the second, Witzel’s one-timer tricked past Bowden for his second of the contest as Cornwall took a 4-1 lead. Then, Cameron Dimmitt, on a breakaway, beat Dube-Rochon with a perfectly placed wrist shot with 5:45 to play in the second. Caranci, with his second of the evening, brought the Wolves to within a goal with a power-play goal with only 4.5 seconds left in the middle frame. 

Clinging to a one-goal lead, the Nationals put their work boots on in the third period. Cornwall’s Tom Tsicos outmuscled a Watertown defenceman to bury Brandon Gilmour’s rebound 3:54 into the third.

On the night, Cornwall outshot Watertown 37-29. Mahfouz (first), Witzel (second), and Vuic were the announced stars. 

files from Rodney Wilson

FHL Cornwall Nationals get into Christmas Spirit, celebrate minor hockey

sean Nov 15, 2017 - 6:23pm

The Nationals, Cornwall's professional hockey team, are back in action this weekend with back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday, and the hockey team is looking to spread the holiday cheer. 

The franchise is inviting all children under 12 years of age to attend the game for free, when accompanied by a paying adult (one adult per child).

Santa will be making a stop at the game after he is done his route for Cornwall's Christmas parade. He's also expected to be dropping the puck for the match's ceremonial faceoff. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s game against the Watertown Wolves is also Minor Hockey Night, in support of CHEO. Minor hockey players are encouraged to wear their team jerseys to be recognized and have a chance to win tons of giveaways and prizes.

The two teams are right back at it the following night at the Civic Complex. Sunday’s contest is Chuck Charlebois Night, as the team honours the longtime community booster. The game begins at 5:30 p.m. and is being held in support of Diabetes Canada. 

with files from Rodney Wilson

Alexandria's Trottier coaches Nationals to home-opener win

sean Nov 7, 2017 - 12:06pm

Alexandria's Joel Trottier is back this season as head coach of the FHL Cornwall Nationals hockey team, which dropped the puck on the home-ice portion of its 2017-18 campaign last weekend when the Nats thumped Watertown 5-2 in front of 1,508 fans, in an entertaining game at the Civic Complex.

Maxime Guyon had a five-point night for the Nationals, picking up two goals and three assists. 

It was Guyon who opened the scoring with a highlight reel goal 15:07 into the first. After a nifty toe-drag, the speedy winger fired a perfectly placed wrist shot right under the crossbar to give Cornwall a 1-0 lead. Tyler Gjurich levelled the score for Watertown at 5:56 of the second, when he beat Nationals goaltender Sebastien Dube-Rochon. 

Cornwall took over mid-way through the second, however, when captain Ahmed Mahfouz and Guyon scored 22 seconds apart, to the delight of the home-town crowd. Then, with 6:17 to play in the middle frame, Brandon Vuic’s blast beat Watertown goaltender Matt Kaludis, opening up a 4-1 lead. 

The Wolves, enjoying a five-on-three power play to start the third, scoring 22 seconds into the period on a goal by Matt Caranci. But, that’s as close as the Wolves would get, as Dube-Rochon shut the door the rest of the way. 

Simon Sefcik’s shot from the point squeezed past Kaludis with 16.5 seconds to play to round out the scoring. 

Cornwall outshot Watertown 42-35. Guyon (first), Dube-Rochon (second), and Mahfouz were the announced stars. 

In Watertown on Friday night, Matt Caranci scored 24 seconds into overtime, as the Wolves beat the Nationals 5-4 in the first Federal Hockey League game of the season for both teams. Mahfouz, with his second of the contest, tied the game with 7:35 to play in the third. Tom Tsicos and Cam Bakker had the other Cornwall goals.

files from Rodney Wilson

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