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.
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