The annual Raisin River Canoe Race is scheduled for Sunday, April 19, along the usual route from St. Andrew's West downstream to Williamstown. Online registration and more details are available here.
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(By David Murphy) Former Cornwall Colts star forward Kyle Baun has signed a two-year entry-level agreement with the Chicago Black Hawks of the NHL.
Baun spent the past three seasons playing at Colgate University where he collected 79 points in 113 games. The squad has other links to our area, including twins Tyson Spink and Tylor Spink who hail from near Williamstown. Before that, Baun spent two years as a member of the Colts (103 points in 98 games).
The 22-year-old Baun was being touted as one of the top prized prospects from the US College ranks this season. Detroit, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg were said to be in the running to sign Baun, the grandson of Toronto Maple Leafs legend Bobby Baun.
Kyle Baun joins the list of former Colts with NHL experience, including Chad Kilger, Eric Meloche, Kent McDonell, Cam Barker, Yann Danis and Jesse Winchester.
A turbelunt Cornwall River Kings season came to an end recently, with a game 7 playoff loss to the Sorel Eperviers. However, the series going that far was a surprise to many, as the Kings struggled on and off the ice all season. Cornwall had a 3-2 lead in the opening-round LNAH playoff series, only to have the Eperviers battle back to take the next two games to oust the River Kings.
In game seven, Nicolas D'Aoust scored the lone River Kings goal in a 3-1 loss.
The River Kings, under new ownership that took the helm mid-season, promise to be back next year.
In the meantime, the team is having a blowout sale on River Kings merchandise.
In the words of a club release, "Everything must go: 25-50% off all merchandise this Friday (Noon to 8 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) in the River Kings dressing room. Method of payment: Cash/Debit/Credit. Hats, shirts, hoodies, cards, replica jerseys (adult and youth), game socks & more!"
The junior A Cornwall Colts are 1-1 in their CCHL semifinal series with the Carleton Place Canadians. The series opener was a 3-2 win for the Colts, who then lost 4-0 in the next contest. Interestingly, it was the winning team that prevailed in both cases.
Game three is set for April 1 in Carleton Place, with game four back at the Cornwall Civic Complex on Thursday, starting at 7:30pm.
(By Rodney Wilson) On a night the River Kings honoured their team captain, Steve Simoes scored a huge third-period goal to lift Cornwall to a 5-1 victory over Sorel. With the win, the River Kings evened the best-of-seven series at 2-2 in front of 1,285 fans at the Civic Complex.
Goaltender Pete Karvouniaris was named the game’s first star with a 29-save performance.
With the River Kings leading 2-1 in the third period and the Eperviers pressing, Simoes scored perhaps the biggest goal of the season for Cornwall. Midway through the third, Simoes went in on a semi-breakaway and outwaited Sorel goaltender Adam Russo to give the River Kings a two-goal lead.
Antony Courcelles, with his fourth of the playoffs, opened the scoring for Cornwall with a highlight reel goal 43 seconds into the second. With the River Kings on a powerplay, Courcelles finished off a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play from Sasha Pokulok and Julien Corriveau. Michael Stinziani gave the River Kings a 2-0 lead with 3:49 to play in the middle frame. After Pierre-Luc Faubert’s shot was stopped by Russo, Stinziani pounced on the rebound for his second of the post-season. Etienne Brodeur got the Eperviers on the scoreboard when he beat Karvouniaris with only 52 seconds to play in the second.
Cue captain Simoes’ clutch effort, a shorthanded marker with 9:04 to play.
Andre Sandrzyk, with 3:52 to play, beat Russo with a backhander before Francois Ouimet iced it with an empty netter.
Referee Jim Chandik was forced to leave the game mid-way through the third period when he was accidentally tripped up and hit his head on the ice. He would return later in the third.
Sandrzyk (second) and Simoes were the other stars. Sorel outshot Cornwall 30-23.
SIMOES: Prior to the game, the River Kings honoured Simoes, who will retire at the end of the season. Simoes has been the heart and soul of the team since setting up shop in Cornwall in the fall of 2012. The 36-year-old from Brossard is the only River King to ever wear the “C”. After five seasons in the Central Hockey League with the Laredo Bucks, Simoes came home and played his final seven seasons of pro hockey in the LNAH, with stops in Sherbrooke, Thetford-Mines, Riviere-du-Loup, and finally in Cornwall, where he will retire as a River King.
FRIDAY AT SOREL: Nicolas Larocque-Marcoux scored two goals and added an assist to lead the River Kings to a victory over the Eperviers in Sorel on Friday night in Game 3. Nik Pokulok, Ouimet, Sandrzyk, and Jason Lepine also scored for Cornwall. Karvouniaris earned the victory in goal with a 41-save performance.
Game 1: Sorel 6, Cornwall 3
Game 2: Sorel 5, Cornwall 2
Game 3: Cornwall 6, Sorel 3
Game 4: Cornwall 5, Sorel 1
Game 5: Friday, March 27 at Sorel, 8 p.m.
Game 6: Saturday, March 28 at Cornwall, 7:30 p.m.
Game 7: x-Sunday, March 29 at Sorel, 4 p.m.
With the ice chips on their first-round victory barely settled, the Cornwall Colts are ready for their next playoff opponent, Carleton Place.
The puck drops on the best-of-seven series on Friday, March 27 in Carleton Place, before returning to the Cornwall Civic Complex for game two on Sunday. Here's the full schedule:
Game One: Friday, March 27th – 7:30pm in Carleton Place
Game Two: Sunday, March 29th – 3pm @ Ed Lumley Arena
Game Three: Wednesday, April 1st – 7:30pm in Carleton Place
Game Four: Thursday, April 2nd – 7:30pm @ Ed Lumley Arena
Game Five (if necessary): Saturday, April 4th – 7:30pm in Carleton Place
Game Six (if necessary): Sunday, April 5th – 7pm @ Ed Lumley Arena
Game Seven (if necessary): Tuesday, April 7th – 7:30pm in Carleton Place
The Colts beat the Hawks four games to two in round one of the CCHL playoffs. In six regular-season meetings between the Canadians and Colts, Carleton Place won the first four, while the Colts prevailed in the last two matchups.
The Colts have a number of Glengarry County boys on their roster, including Ross Craig, Keegan Mulhearn, Tristen Elie, Jeremy McFarlane, Tanner Spink, and Lawson MacDougall.
The Lancaster Curling Club will hold the 30th edition of the Glengarry Cup on Saturday, March 28, with games running from 8am through 5pm. Men's, women's, and mixed rinks from clubs in Alexandria and Maxville, as well as the host club, will battle it out for county bragging rights.
The Glengarry Cup challenge started 30 years ago, inaugurated by Joan P and Coleman MacDonald, and the tradition lives on. It encourages the sport, camaraderie, and, of course, the competition of curling in Glengarry County.
8:00 a.m. Lancaster vs Alexandria (mixed)
10:15 a.m. Lancaster vs Maxville (women) and Lancaster vs Maxville (men)
12:30 p.m. Maxville vs Alexandria (mixed) and Maxville vs Alexandria (women)
2:45 p.m. Lancaster vs Maxville (mixed) and Lancaster vs Alexandria (men)
5 p.m. Alexandria vs Maxville (men) and Lancaster vs Alexandria (women)
5 points for a win. If there is an overall tie in points, then ends will decide first, and then percentage. 2 points per end.
Lunch will be available at a cost of $5. Soup and sandwiches will be served.
Supper $10 (teams), $15 (guests)
Enjoy the day! Good curling!