The Cornwall Nationals and local first responders will put their talents on display tonight at Cornwall's multi-sport complex on Seventh Street, as the Federal Hockey League team hosts its inaugural skills competition. The event will take place on pad 1, beginning at 6 p.m.
Former Ottawa 67’s star Dan Tessier will join the fire, police, and paramedic team, as the Nationals look to raise funds for a pair of charities: Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, as well as Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
The event will be free to fans of all ages, with a donation to these two worthy charities. Events will include shooting accuracy, shootout, passing challenge, hardest shot, and fastest skater.
In addition to Tuesday’s event, the Nationals are currently supporting 25 local initiatives and charities.
With three games upcoming this weekend, the Cornwall Nationals are offering a special promotion to fans tonight. You can purchase tickets to all three FHL contests for $30.
On Friday, March 24, Cornwall hosts the Berlin River Drivers at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, March 25, the Nationals take on the Danbury Titans on home ice, at 7:30 p.m. And finally, Cornwall hosts the last-place St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints on Sunday, March 26, at 6 p.m.
Tickets for home games are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, and $5 for children under the age of 12.
FIRST RESPONDERS NIGHT: Friday’s game will be dedicated to local first responders. This event will help raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and raise funds for the Champlain East branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. The game will be dedicated to local police officers, firefighters, and paramedics, who selflessly put themselves on the front lines every day to help save lives. Nationals players will be sporting promotional jerseys, which will be auctioned off. There will also be a silent auction, as well as the Rotary Club of Cornwall 50/50.
Q & A WITH NATIONALS: On Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., Nationals season ticket holders, fans, and sponsors will have the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session with the team. Will Beauvais (owner), Rodney Rivette (president), Basem Awwad (general manager), and Alexandria native Joel Trottier (head coach) will be on hand at the Civic Complex, in Salon C to answer questions, as the team begins to look towards the 2017-18 FHL season. Snacks and refreshments will be available.
The Cornwall Nationals snapped a three-game skid on Sunday afternoon, with a 4-2 victory over the River Drivers in Federal Hockey League action. Lou Dickenson’s power-play goal, his second of the contest, with 32 seconds left in the third period, iced the victory for Cornwall. Curtis Warren also scored twice for the Nationals.
But the star of the game was unquestionably Francis Dupuis, was outstanding in goal, with a 56-save performance. Cornwall was outshot 58-29.
On Saturday, Danila Alistratov made 49 saves to backstop the Watertown Wolves to a 3-0 victory over the Nationals at the Civic Complex, in front of 416 fans. Colin Macintosh scored twice for the Wolves, while former Nationals forward Jason Dolgy added a single. The speedy MJ Graham had a game-high eight shots on goal for the Nationals, who outshot the Wolves 49-42. Dupuis was tagged with the loss in goal despite a 39-save performance.
Last Friday's contest saw Matt Graham notch a hat trick to lead the Danbury Titans to a 7-5 victory over the Nationals, in Cornwall, as 296 fans took in the action. Taylor Bourne added two goals and three assists for Danbury. JC Houde, Jay Croop, MJ Graham, Tristan Perreault-Gagnon, and Mitchell Porowoski scored for the Nationals. The Titans outshot Cornwall 53-42.
South Glengarry's Jacob Dawson had been the lone county player on the roster, until he was recently released by the club.
Now, the only current Glengarry connection to the Nationals is the team's head coach, Joel Trottier.
– with files from Rodney Wilson