(By Rodney Wilson) Cornwall River Kings fans are invited to bring their skates, cameras, and pens to Sunday’s game vs. Jonquiere. After the LNAH contents, fans can skate with the River Kings at the Ed Lumley Arena. game time is 2pm.
The River Kings also ghave a home game Saturday at 7:30pm against the Thetford-Mines Isothermic.
Kings deal Cloutier to Laval
Fresh off a four-point weekend, the Kings completed a blockbuster trade with the Laval Predateurs. General manager Rick Lalonde acquired veteran enforcers Curtis Tidball and Manuel Frechette as well as big defenceman Mathieu Brisson from Laval along with a 7th round pick at the 2015 LNAH draft. In return, Cornwall dealt Chris Cloutier, rookie defenceman Mathieu Leduc, Philippe Pepin, and a 9th round draft pick to Laval.
“We made a promise to our fans in the off-season that we wouldn’t be pushed around in our own barn,” said Lalonde. “We’ve addressed that now with this blockbuster deal. We’d like to thank Chris for what he’s done four our hockey club and wish him the best in Laval. But we believe we’re a much tougher team now.”
Tidball has 136 penalty minutes in 18 games for Laval and Thetford-Mines this season. Frechette has 79 penalty minutes in 17 games this season with the Predateurs. Cloutier has been limited to 12 games this season due to injury. He has 78 penalty minutes.
River Kings on winning streak
The River Kings came from behind to beat the Saint-Georges Cool FM 3-2 in a shootout last Sunday afternoon. Julien Corriveau and Derek Famulare had the shootout goals for Cornwall, which won back-to-back games over the weekend.
The boys trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes, but Andre Sandrzyk tied the game up for Cornwall with five minutes to play in the third period. Rookie defenceman Mathieu Leduc scored a power-play goal for the River Kings in the first. Marc-Olivier Phaneuf picked up an assist on the goal, giving him points in each of his first two games as a River King.
Pete Karvouniaris was sensational in goal, turning aside 41-of-43 shots in regulation and overtime. Karvouniaris stopped Jeremy Vigneault-Belanger in the shootout to end the game.
The River Kings, who have won three of their last four LNAH contests.