River Kings ready to rumble in LNAH playoffs

The LNAH Cornwall River Kings will get another opportunity to knock off the regular-season champions in round 1 of the playoffs, beginning this week. Cornwall, which took Sorel-Tracy to game 7 in the opening round of the post-season last spring, will face the first-place Jonquiere Marquis in a best-of-seven series starting on Friday.

The Marquis finished 30 points ahead of the eighth-place River Kings this regular season. Still, head-to-head, Jonquiere had its hands full with Cornwall in 2015-16, narrowly winning the season series 3-2 after a victory in game 40 at the Civic Complex on Saturday night.

Come next Friday however, none of that matters. Here’s what you need to know:

First-round playoff schedule

Game 1: Cornwall at Jonquiere, Friday March 11 at 8 p.m.
Game 2: Jonquiere at Cornwall, Saturday March 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 3: Cornwall at Jonquiere, Friday March 18 at 8 p.m.
Game 4: Jonquiere at Cornwall, Saturday March 19 at 7:30 p.m.
x-Game 5: Cornwall at Jonquiere, Friday March 25 at 8 p.m.
x-Game 6: Jonquiere at Cornwall, Saturday March 26 at 7:30 p.m.
x-Game 7: Cornwall at Jonquiere, Sunday March 27, Time TBD
     x-If necessary

Ticket prices: $18 for adults, $13 for students/seniors and $8 for children under 12. Children under 4 get in free. Tickets will be available Tuesday to Friday at the Civic Complex box office during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). The box office is also open Saturday at 5:30 p.m. until puck drop.

What to watch for

BROTHERLY LOVE: River Kings defenceman Danick Malouin will face his younger brother Jeremie, a 23-year-old forward for Jonquiere.

CORNWALL CONNECTION: Both Marquis goaltenders, Loic Lacasse and Frederic Piche, once played in goal for Cornwall. Feisty forward Alex Bourret is also a former River King.

COACH BOB: Cornwall head coach Bob Desjardins will also face his former team in Round 1. On Dec. 12, with Desjardins on the Jonqueire bench, the River Kings came from behind to beat the Marquis 5-3 at the Civic Complex. Two days later, the team announced that Desjardins was the new head coach.

THESE THREE KINGS: The revamped River Kings blueline came largely at the expense of the Marquis. Full-time Cornwall defencemen Danick Malouin, Jonathan Parisien, and William Lacasse all patrolled the point for Jonquiere earlier this season.

STREAKING KINGS: Before losing their last four regular-season contests, the River Kings went on a 7-1-1 stretch.

files from Rodney Wilson