Dominik Synek scored a hat trick to lead the Berlin River Drivers to a 5-2 victory over the Cornwall Nationals on Saturday night in Federal Hockey League action.
Joel Trottier and Jean-Cristopher Houde replied for the Nationals. Arthur Drindrozhik and Lester Brown also scored for Berlin, while Cole Gunner chipped in three assists. Brandon Billie took the loss in the Cornwall crease. The Nationals outshot the River Drivers 33-31.
The expansion Cornwall Nationals are off to a 2-2 start, but general manager Mitch Gagne is still looking for ways to improve his hockey club.
The team recently claimed Jean-Christophe Houde off waivers from the Port Huron Prowlers. Houde, 23, is a forward from Boisbriand, Quebec. He suited up in two games with the Prowlers this season. Houde previously played with the University of Windsor.
Gagne has also come to terms with Kieran O’Neil, a 6-foot-1, 200 lb. centre. O’Neil recently suited up for Concordia University.
Service for the hospice
Meanwhile, the Nationals are organizing a Cornwall Hospice fundraiser. Fans can join the team at Deke & Squeaks Sports Bar on Sunday, Nov. 20, when players will serve the public from 5 to 7:30 p.m. All tips will be donated to Cornwall Hospice.
There will also be a silent auction, live auction, and door prizes. E-mail the Nats to reserve your table.
– files from Rodney Wilson