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Gaels senior girls capture SD&G soccer championship

sean Oct 27, 2016 - 6:12pm

The senior girls of GDHS are once again champs of the pitch, having beaten rival Char-Lan in today's SD&G final. We will have all the details in the next edition of The Glengarry News.  In the meantime, here is a photo of the action. For more photos, please see our gallery

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GDHS and Char-Lan battled today for the senior girls SD&G soccer title. (Sean Bray photo)


Video: soccer players protest UCDSB threatened school closures

sean Oct 27, 2016 - 4:54pm

As the referee blew his whistle to start the SD&G senior girls soccer championship match at GDHS this afternoon, athletes from both teams – the Gaels and the Char-Lan Crusaders – came to the midfield stripe and sat down as one, aiming to draw further attention to UCDSB's threat to close both of the English public high schools in Glengarry county.

The girls from both schools were silent for a time, then chanting in unison "save our schools."

The action today was part of a larger movement in North and South Glengarry to stop the school board from abandoning our communities.


FHL makes a great first impression in Cornwall

sean Oct 25, 2016 - 5:04pm

Austin Daae scored his third goal of the game with 41 seconds to play in overtime to lead the Watertown Wolves to a come-from-behind, 8-7 victory over the Cornwall Nationals at the Civic Complex. Despite the tough loss on home ice, the Nationals and Federal Hockey League made a great first impression on Saturday night. The three-on-three overtime put a nice cap on an exciting evening of hockey.

Cornwall jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the contest, but the Wolves fought back with a shortened bench for a gutsy victory in front of 786 fans.

Alexandria’s Joel Trottier opened the scoring 12 seconds into the contest with an absolute blast that beat Alex Vazano. Trottier then added his second at 9:44 of the first with a nifty deke to his backhand. Sylvester Bzdyl and Justin Rutley scored goals 17 seconds apart late in the first to give Cornwall a 4-0 lead. Then, Anthony Mezzagno beat Vazano top shelf for a power-play marker at 17:17 of the opening frame. Daae then beat Cornwall’s Brandon Billie with a power-play goal of his own with 56.6 seconds to play in an entertaining first. The comeback was on. 

Daae scored his second of the contest 1:57 into the middle frame, and John Schivao scored 24 seconds later. Then, moments after Nicolas Dilabio replaced Billie in the Cornwall crease, Schivao buried his second of the game at 11:17 of the second to make it a one-goal contest.

MJ Graham banked a shot off a Watertown defenceman’s skate and in at 3:19 of the third to stop the bleeding for Cornwall.

But, with the teams skating four-on-four, Dustin Jessau brought Watertown back to within a goal when he beat Dilabio at 7:39 of the third. Cornwall native Jeff Legue got one past Ed Zodolshek with a gorgeous wrist shot upstairs at 9:52 of the third. Sixty-five seconds later, however, Jeremy Akeson brought the Wolves back to within a goal once again. 

Then, with 7:56 to play, Schiavo netted his third of the evening to level the score at 7-7.

While the FHL isn’t known for fisticuffs, stay-at-home defenceman Kris McCarthy dropped the mitts with Shane Halaas in a spirited first-period scrap.

Daae (first), Legue (second) and Dickenson, with three assists, were the announced stars. 

The game was delayed 30 minutes as the Wolves were held up at customs prior to the contest. Four Russians and a Belarusian didn’t have working visas to cross, leaving Watertown with a short bench in the contest.

The Nationals' inaugural home opener is set for Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. versus the Danville Dashers.

Road loss

On Friday night in Watertown, the Wolves doubled up the Nationals 6-3. Joseph Tadiello had a natural hat trick for Cornwall in the second period. Marley Keca and Trottier picked up a pair of assists each for the Nationals.

Roster moves

Prior to the weekend exhibition action, the Nationals made their first Federal Hockey League transaction, as general manager Mitch Gagne acquired forward MJ Graham. In 49 games with the Brewster Bulldogs last season, the 23-year-old from Montreal had 11 goals and 43 assists for 54 points. The 5-foot-10, 194 lb. Graham will add even more speed to an already talented group of forwards. 

Cornwall also came to terms with Sean Blunden and Marley Keca. 

Blunden, a former Cornwall Colt, has previously suited up for Orleans and Gloucester in the CCHL. The 26-year-old spent the last four seasons with Concordia University in the CIS. In 17 games last season, he had three goals and 10 assists for 13 points. The versatile Blunden can play both forward and defence. 

Keca, a 23-year-old from Montreal, has also played for Concordia. He appeared in two LNAH contests last season with the Laval Predateurs, picking up a pair of assists. 

files from Rodney Wilson 

Action from last weekend's exhibition game (submitted photo)



Video: Tyson Spink dominates with Toledo Walleye of the ECHL

sean Oct 24, 2016 - 11:58am

Williamstown native Tyson Spink is off to a terrific start with the ECHL Toledo Walleye this season. In an Oct. 22 game, he nabbed four goals, including the game-winner.

Wet day of high school football on tap for today in Cornwall

sean Oct 21, 2016 - 12:23pm

The Seaway City will host a pair of high school football games today to wrap up the SDGAA regular season.

First up, Tagwi will visit St. Lawrence in the battle of winless squads. Start time is set for 11am.

At 2pm, Glengarry will play at Holy Trinity in what's already being billed as the "Mud Bowl."

UPDATE: Tonight's game, the so-called Rose Bowl, has been moved to Monday. It will be played under the lights at Joe St. Denis Field, where La Citadelle and St. Joseph's are slated to collide, starting at 6pm.

No matter what happens in these matches, this will be the end of the season for Glengarry, St. Lawrence, and Tagwi. St. Joseph's is likely to finish atop the standings, barring a loss to La Citadelle tonight, which would require a tie-breaker to decide matters. Other playoff-bound teams are Holy Trinity, CCVS, and La Citadelle, with the playoffs set to open on Oct. 27 in Cornwall.

FHL Nationals announce coach, new defenceman

sean Oct 20, 2016 - 5:41pm

new coachCornwall Nationals general manager Mitch Gagne has found the perfect candidate in his eyes to guide the new team in its inaugural Federal Hockey League season. Cornwall native Alain Quenneville, who suited up for the Akwesasne Warriors and Thousand Island Privateers in the FHL, is the new head coach.

Quenneville, 38, also played for the Cornwall Colts and Cornwall Comets. He’s had previous coaching experience with the Akwesasne Jr. B Wolves and with the Ontario Hockey Academy.

"I’m grateful for this opportunity,” said Quenneville. “Coaching at the semi-pro level is an honour and I look forward to this great challenge.”

You won’t find anyone more passionate about the game than Quenneville, who would love nothing more than to bring a championship to his hometown.

“The ‘work hard and play hard’ attitude is what Al brings to the table,” said Gagne. “Like myself, Al has great passion for the game and that’s why we will build this first-year team into a top contender.”

Quenneville was a member of the Warriors team that captured the first ever FHL playoff championship in 2011.

Gagne and the Nationals have also come to terms with Antonios Roumeliotis, a 23-year-old defenceman from Montreal. Roumeliotis is a former Cornwall Colt. He also suited up for the Hawkesbury Hawks and the Tottenham Steam of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League.

Cornwall hosts Watertown in FHL pre-season play this Saturday at the Civic Complex. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults/seniors/students and $5 for children under the age of 12. Tickets are available at the Civic Complex box office.

The Nationals’ inaugural FHL home opener is Sunday, Oct. 30 versus Danville. The puck drops at 1 p.m.

files from Rodney Wilson


Seaway Valley atoms start hockey season strong

sean Oct 19, 2016 - 5:15pm

The Seaway Valley minor atom 'A' Rapids are headed in the right direction, logging five wins in the team’s first five games of the regular season.  

The Rapids played their home opener in Maxville on Sept. 25, hosting the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven Black.  SVR started the game strong, netting two goals just over two minutes into gameplay.  Silver Seven tied the game up at two, but the Rapids responded with two more goals, taking back the lead just before the first intermission.  SSB continued to pressure and tied the game up again early into the second period, but the Rapids regained the lead with three more markers.  Again, Silver Seven fought back with a quick goal to start the third, but it was all SVR afterwards, as the team outscored the Silver Seven 5-2.

The final score was 12-6 in favour of Seaway Valley.  Parker Thompson, Tristan Delisle, Warren Lalonde, Alex Delormier, and Owen Corput scored for the Rapids.  Assists were earned by Dean Fawthrop, Jenson White, Logan Villeneuve, Ayden Baumann, Corput, Chancey Novosad, Lalonde, Gabrielle Bowen, and Delisle.  

On Oct. 1, the Rapids hosted the Rideau St. Lawrence Kings.  The Kings came off the bench with high intensity, taking early control of the play and capitalizing on a breakaway just three minutes into the game.  Shaking off the rough start, SVR changed the momentum of the game with a goal of their own, ending the first period 1-1.  The second period proved to be a battle of the goalies, with both goaltenders fending off quality offensive attempts.  The Rapids broke through first, making the score 2-1 by the end of the second. While the Kings put extensive pressure on SVR’s defensive squad for the remainder of the game, Rapids’ netminder, Eli Seguin, held fast between the pipes, solidifying the Rapids’ 3-1 win.  Delisle notched a hat trick, assisted by Novosad.

Tow days later, Seaway Valley was on the road for the first away game.  In Casselman, SVR met the Eastern Ontario Cobras.  The game proved to be one-sided, with the Rapids scoring five goals before EOC netted its first.  Rapids goalie Tristan Pacquette (who played for the Cobras last season) shut down the opponent’s offensive attempts, allowing only two goals for a 7-2 victory. Delisle, P. Thompson, and Delormier logged tallies for SVR, while Corput, Lalonde, Hunter Thompson, P. Thompson, Villeneuve, and Fawthrop earned the helpers.

Back on home ice on Oct. 5, the Rapids faced off against the Cumberland Jr. Grads.  Gameplay moved end-to-end, but numerous offensive attempts by both squads came up short.  SVR managed to get only three pucks past the Grads’ goaltender: one in the first and two in the second period.  The contest finished up 3-0.  P. Thompson, Delisle, and White pocketed goals, assisted by H. Thompson, Delormier, and Lalonde.  Seguin earned his first shutout of the regular season.

In Ottawa over Thanksgiving weekend, Seaway Valley collided with the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven White, and this one was a high-scoring match-up.  First-period play was even, as evidenced by a close 2-1 score for SVR.  Pucks flew during the second period, with seven goals netted in total (five for SVR and two for SSW), bringing the score to 7-3.  

Despite scoring twice in the third period, it wasn’t enough for the Ottawa team to prevail, as Seaway Valley scored two of its own and skated away with the 9-5 win.

files from Carrie Seguin

Video: SD&G high school cross-country running championships

sean Oct 19, 2016 - 5:01pm

This video was broadcast live on Periscope showing the early stages of the midget boys race today, at Holy Trinity in Cornwall.


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