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Colts charity game supports St. Vincent de Paul

sean Dec 12, 2017 - 1:06pm

The Cornwall Colts junior 'A' hockey team joined several community partners to help raise $4,500 for St. Vincent De Paul Cornwall. The money was raised through the 4th Annual Colts Charity Hockey Game held last Sunday afternoon.

The Benson Group, Scotiabank, and Shoeless Joe’s Cornwall headline the list of supporters for the event.  Each local celebrity paid $100 for St. Vincent De Paul to participate. 

Team MacInnis has bragging rights over Team McBride this year, thanks to a 10-8 victory.  

"The players have a lot of fun getting to know some of our community partners," said Coach Ian MacInnis. "The local celebrities get to see just how good some our players are.  It’s a lot of fun for everyone involved."

files from David Murphy

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From left are Mike Graham (Shoeless Joe's), Pauline Bray (Benson Certified Auto Service), Tom Thompson (St. Vincent De Paul), Ian MacInnis (CornwallColts), and Steve Bernier (Scotiabank). (photo courtesy icelevel.com)

First-place Nationals sweep defending FHL champs

sean Dec 11, 2017 - 12:08pm

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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Cornwall junior A Colts extend winning streak to four games

sean Dec 9, 2017 - 2:42pm

Konnor MacCormick and Jeremy Quesnel each had a hat trick, as the Colts whipped Kemptville 9-3 on Teddy Bear Toss night at the Ed Lumley Arena. David Poirier also had a career game, with a goal and four assists.

The Colts improved 17-13-4-1 (39 points) and are now on a four-game winning streak.

Ethan Mulhearn and Joseph Samson also scored for the Colts. Brennan Markell recorded three assists. Thirteen different Colts players picked up at least a point.

Liam Lascelle earned the victory in goal as the shots were tied 34-34.

The Hardest Working Colts Player was Jeremy Quesnel. Three Stars were first Konnor MacCormick (COR), second David Poirier (COR), and third Ashton Fry (KEM).

The game was also Teddy Bear Toss Night with hundreds of stuffed toys being thrown onto the ice after the Colts scored their first goal of the night. The stuffed toys were collected by the Optimist Club for their annual Christmas toy drive.

Looking ahead, the Colts will be back in action on Thursday, Dec. 14, when they host Pembroke. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Ed Lumley Arena (Cornwall Civic Complex).

The Colt's next road game is booked for Friday, Dec. 15 in Alexandria, against the Hawkesbury Hawks at the Glengarry Sports Palace. This one will be an 8 p.m. start.

Tomorrow, Dec. 10, tthe Colts will be taking part in the 3rd Annual Benson Colts Charity Hockey Game in support of St. Vincent De Paul Society. Local celebrities will be lining up alongside the Colts. Admission is $5 or non-perishable food items. Post-game party will be held at Shoeless Joe’s Cornwall with proceeds of all food sales being donated to St. Vincent De Paul.  Game time is 2 p.m. at Cornwall's multi-sport complex (Pad 1).

files from David Murphy

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From left are Chantal Gilmour, Melinda Summers, and Ralph Brunton of the Optimist Club with the stuffed animals from Teddy Bear Toss. (submitted photo)

Nationals fall in shootout

sean Dec 5, 2017 - 3:08pm

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

Junior 'A' Colts schedule series of community events in December

sean Dec 5, 2017 - 2:15pm

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

FHL Cornwall Nationals maintain perfect home-ice record

sean Nov 28, 2017 - 5:08pm

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 - 12:23pm

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

Junior 'A' Colts drop close one on home ice

sean Nov 17, 2017 - 7:16pm

JD Pogue’s first goal of the season with 26 seconds left in the third period brought the Colts to within 1, but it was too little, too late as Carleton Place edged Cornwall 3-2 at the Ed Lumley Arena, on Thursday night.

Konnor MacCormick also scored for the Colts, as their record drops to .500 at 12-12-3-0 (27 points) for seventh place in the CCHL standings.

Carleton Place outshot the Colts 35-24, with Liam Lascelle making 32 saves in the loss.

For their part, the Canadians are an impressive 25-2-0-2 and have earned 52 out of a possible 58 points so far this season to lead the CCHL and rank number 2 in Canada.

The Cornwall Hardest Working Colts player was Liam Lascelle. Three Stars were first Tim Theochraidis (CP), second Liam Lascelle (COR), and third Geoff Kitt (CP).

The Colts are back in action with two road games this weekend. Cornwall plays Hawkesbury tonight (Friday) in Alexandria. Game time at the Glengarry Sports Palace is 8 p.m. 

Cornwall then travels to Pembroke to face off against the Lumber Kings Sunday night. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Pembroke Memorial Centre.

Next home game is booked for Thursday, Nov. 23 against the Brockville Braves. Opening puck drop is booked for 7:30 p.m., at the Ed Lumley Arena (Cornwall Civic Complex).

files from David Murphy

FHL Cornwall Nationals get into Christmas Spirit, celebrate minor hockey

sean Nov 15, 2017 - 7:23pm

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