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Dickenson leads Nats to win; busy March Break ahead

sean Mar 14, 2017 - 12:37pm

Lou Dickenson’s six-point night ignited the Cornwall Nationals to a wild 9-7 victory over the Port Huron Prowlers on Sunday evening at the Civic Complex, in front of 612 fans.

Dickenson had two goals and four assists, as the Nationals managed to outlast the Prowlers and the potent line of Ahmed Mahfouz, Branden Parkhouse, and Matt Robertson. The trio, 1-2-3 in Federal Hockey League scoring, combined for 14 points on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough.

Storm Adams kickstarted the offence for the Nationals, just 96 seconds into the contest, when his shot beat Port Huron goaltender James Robbins. The Prowlers responded with a power-play goal by Parkhouse, who beat Cornwall goaltender Francis Dupuis upstairs at 4:00. Forty-six seconds later, the Nationals regained the lead when Mitchell Porowski’s wrist shot beat Robbins above the blocker. But Mahfouz quickly levelled the score, when he banged in his own rebound for a second power-play marker at 6:05.

Port Huron then took the lead with a short-handed goal at 11:19. After a nice play at his own blue line, Austin Daae took off on a breakaway and beat Dupuis. Thirty-seven seconds later, on the same powerplay, the Nationals tied it up when Gabriel Levesque’s one-timer beat Robbins. Jay Croop’s perfectly placed wrist shot, just 51 seconds into the second, gave the Nationals a 4-3 lead. But, Mahfouz then set up Mike Baker for a one-timer that levelled the score at 3:28 of the second.

Dickenson found a loose puck in the crease for a tap-in goal at 7:38 of the middle frame to chase Robbins from the Port Huron crease. Adams made a nifty individual play on the goal to draw the assist. Curtis Martinu replaced Robbins in goal for the Prowlers.

Curtis Warren finished off a pretty passing play with Jason Lepine and Dickenson, as the Nationals opened up a 6-4 lead at 12:44 of the second. Robertson cut into the lead for Port Huron with a tap-in goal at 13:56 of the second. The Prowlers tied the game up at 6-6 just 17 seconds into the third when Mahfouz set up Robertson

Dickenson, with a nifty deke to his backhand, then gave the Nationals a 7-6 lead at 6:55 of the third. Warren, at the right place at the right time, was the recipient of a great individual effort by Adams, as Cornwall opened up a two-goal lead at 8:04 of the third. Robertson then absolutely rifled a wrist shot past Dupuis with 2:53 to play. Moments after Lepine saved a goal by clearing a loose puck from the Cornwall crease, MJ Graham iced the game with an empty netter, with 24.3 seconds to play.

Cornwall outshot Port Huron 41-40. Dickenson (first), Adams (second), and Mahfouz, with six points himself, were the announced stars.

Road Loss

Last Friday in Danville, the first-place Dashers drubbed the Nationals 6-1. Marc Thompson led the way for Danville with a goal and two assists. Adams had the lone goal for Cornwall, which was outshot 45-31. Brandon Billie took the loss in goal for the Nationals.

March Break

Cornwall has 10 games remaining this season, which includes three home contests at the Civic Complex during March Break. The Nationals host Watertown on Tuesday, March 14 (7:30 p.m.), Danbury on Friday, March 17 (7:30 p.m.), and Watertown on Saturday, March 18 (7:30 p.m.). Tickets for home games are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, and $5 for children under the age of 12.

The Nationals also visit Berlin on Sunday, March 19 (2 p.m.).

County Connections

For those who haven't heard, Alexandria's Joel Trottier recently took over the team as head coach. The veteran hockey player had started this season playing for the team, deciding mid-winter that it was time to hang up the skates and grab a whistle instead.

South Glengarry's Jacob Dawson is signed with the club but has seen limited action. The 24-year-old defenceman moved back to the area in late December. His junior career included stints with the Char-Lan junior 'B' Rebels and a junior 'A' club in Quebec.

with files from Rodney Wilson

Skills competition, first responders night coming for FHL Cornwall Nationals

sean Mar 10, 2017 - 1:40pm

The Cornwall Nationals will host an inaugural skills competition on Tuesday, March 21 at Cornwall's multi-sport complex, and fans are invited to attend. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on pad 1.

The Nationals will showcase their talents and will be joined by local first responders from the fire, police, and paramedic hockey teams. 

Once again, the Federal Hockey League team will take this opportunity to raise funds and awareness for a pair of great charities. The Nationals will support 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.

A 50/50 draw and raffles will also help supplement the team’s fundraising efforts. 

More information will soon be available with regards to some very special guests.

Events will include: shooting accuracy, shootout, passing challenge, hardest shot, and as fastest skater.

First Responders Night

The Nationals will be dedicating their game on Friday, March 24 (versus. Berlin) to all local first responders. This game will help raise awareness to 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, paramedics, and even tow truck drivers 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.

Last Night on the Road

The first-place Danville Dashers dealt the Cornwall Nationals a 7-3 loss last night in Federal Hockey League action. The two teams are right back in action tonight in Danville, which is running away with the FHL regular season title.

On Thursday, Danville outshot Cornwall 51-19 en route to their seventh straight victory. Daniel Turgeon led the Dashers attack with two goals and two assists. The speedy MJ Graham had two goals and an assist for Cornwall, while Tristan Perreault-Gagnon also scored. Kris McCarthy and Chris Cloutier each chipped in a pair of assists for the Nationals.

Looking Ahead

The Nationals are back on home ice this Sunday when the Port Huron Prowlers visit the Civic Complex. The puck drops at 6 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors/students and $5 for children under the age of 12.

Meanwhile, the FHL has announced a make-up game between Cornwall and the Watertown Wolves. The game will be held on Tuesday, March 14 at the Civic Complex. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

with files from Rodney Wilson

Nationals fall, as River Drivers explode in third

sean Mar 7, 2017 - 12:53pm

The River Drivers exploded for seven goals in the third period en route to a 9-4 victory over the Nationals on Sunday afternoon in Berlin. Vojtech Zemlicka led the Berlin attack with a hat trick, while eight other players had multiple-point games.

Lou Dickenson and MJ Graham each had a pair of goals for Cornwall, while Gabriel Levesque chipped in a pair of assists.

The River Drivers outshot the Nationals 34-23.

Trade news

The Cornwall Nationals have dealt forward Darick Ste Marie to the Port Huron Prowlers. In return, the Nationals receive future considerations. 

The Prowlers get immediate assistance in acquiring an offensive player that will help them in their Federal Hockey League playoff push. The Nationals are excited about the transaction, which will help the team for the 2017-18 season.

“This deal is another step to help us build a contender for next season,” says Nationals general manager Basem Awwad.

Ste Marie scored the overtime winner on Saturday night at the Civic Complex, as the Nationals defeated the Berlin River Drivers 4-3.

Schedule ahead

Cornwall travels to Danville for road games on Thursday (8 p.m.) and Friday (8 p.m.) this week. The Nationals are back on home ice this Sunday, when Ste Marie and the Port Huron Prowlers visit the Civic Complex. The puck drops at 6 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, and $5 for children under the age of 12.

with files from Rodney Wilson

Alexandria native named new head coach of FHL Cornwall Nationals

sean Feb 28, 2017 - 2:39pm

Alexandria's Joel Trottier is the new head coach of the Cornwall Nationals. Formerly the Nationals captain, he has been dealing with a nagging groin injury and is hanging up the skates. 

Trottier has agreed to coach the team for the remainder of this season as well as the 2017-18 Federal Hockey League campaign.

In 32 games with the Nationals, Trottier scored 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points. But, a long FHL schedule has taken its toll on Trottier, who turned 40 in February.

Trottier, who starred with the Ottawa 67's in the Ontario Hockey League, was a draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 1997.

The veteran quit his full-time job at the start of the season to be a full-time player/coach for the Nationals, and despite a rocky inaugural season, Trottier, has kept a positive outlook for this franchise's future. 

While the expansion Nationals are well out of the FHL playoff race, general manager Basem Awwad and coach Trottier will take this opportunity to use the remainder of the season as a tryout for players who are looking for jobs for next season. Owner Will Beauvais and team president Rodney Rivette are fully supportive of the transition.

The Nationals are back in action with three games this weekend, all against the rival Berlin River Drivers. 

On Friday, March 3, Cornwall travels to Berlin (8 p.m.). On Saturday, March 4, Berlin visits Cornwall. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. The Nationals and River Drivers go at it once again on Sunday, March 5 in Berlin at 2 p.m.

with files from Rodney Wilson

Trottier
Joel Trottier is seen here in game action. (Entelechy Media photo)

Nationals drop fifth straight FHL contest

sean Feb 28, 2017 - 11:18am

The Danbury Titans showed up late to the party on Sunday afternoon but still skated to a 6-4 victory over the Cornwall Nationals in front of 431 fans at the Civic Complex. It was the expansion Nationals’ fifth straight Federal Hockey League defeat.

Dalton Jay opened the scoring for the Titans, just 50 seconds into the contest, when he beat Paul Bourbeau Jr. with a shot just under the crossbar. Michael Dolman, with a nifty tip, added a power-play marker at 15:26 of the opening frame.

Maxime Guyon buried a shot from the slot past Nick Niedert at 8:52 of the second period to give the Nationals some life. Moments later, Darick Ste. Marie tipped in a Mitchell Porowski shot for a power-play goal at 11:26 of the second to level the score. 

Danbury regained the lead with three minutes to play in the second, when a shot banked off Dolman and in for a power-play marker. Nine seconds later, PJ Hefferin squeezed a shot past Bourbeau Jr. give the Titans a 4-2 lead.

Cornwall didn’t quit, however, as Guyon fired a perfectly placed wrist shot past Niedert with 1:49 to play in the second. But, Matt Graham scored a back-breaker with 44.6 seconds to play in the middle frame, a weak shot that beat Bourbeau Jr. to restore the two-goal lead.

Fireworks ensued at the beginning of the third period as Joe Cannan and Chris Cloutier were ejected from the game. The Nationals killed off a 5-on-3 Danbury power play but,Jay would eventually add his second of the contest at 8:31 of the third to give Danbury a 6-3 lead. Danick Poirier of the Nationals rounded out the scoring at 10:20 of the third.

Cornwall outshot Danbury 43-31. Dolman (first), Guyon (second), and Jay were the announced stars.

Prior to the game, the Nationals presented Maison Baldwin House with a cheque for $460, which was raised a few weeks ago during special game that had the Grey Cup on hand.

Upcoming action

The Nationals are back in action with three games this weekend, all against the rival Berlin River Drivers. On Friday, March 3, Cornwall travels to Berlin (8 p.m.). On Saturday, March 4, Berlin visits Cornwall. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. The Nationals and River Drivers go at it once again on Sunday, March 5 in Berlin at 2 p.m.

Trading block

The Nationals dealt defenceman Stanislav Vlasov to Berlin on Friday, in exchange for forward Porowski. Vlasov played in 11 games for Cornwall after being acquired from Watertown. The 6-foot-4 Porowski appeared in two games earlier this season for the Nationals, picking up a pair of assists.

with files from Rodney Wilson, Media Relations Cornwall Nationals

Nationals host skate with players event following weekend game; results round-up

sean Feb 21, 2017 - 3:56pm

The Watertown Wolves skated to a 4-2 victory over the Cornwall Nationals on Sunday afternoon at the Civic Complex in front of 680 fans.

It was a rough weekend for the expansion Nationals, who lost all three Federal Hockey League games played.

Former Cornwall forward Jason Dolgy opened the scoring for Watertown at 13:15 of the first period, when he capitalized on a turnover at the Nationals blueline and beat Paul Bourbeau Jr. Watertown captain, and Long Sault native, Brett Liscomb then beat a sprawling Bourbeau Jr. to give the Wolves a 2-0 lead at 3:14 of the first. 

Darick Ste Marie gave Cornwall some life with a blast off the post and in with only 13.2 seconds to play in the opening period. The Nationals levelled the score when Storm Adams banked an intended pass off a Watertown defenceman and past goaltender Danila Alistratov at 16:10 of the second. 

But the Wolves regained their lead when Jesse Facchini, which turned out to be the game-winner, buried a Liscomb pass with 35.7 seconds to play in the middle frame.  Colin Mcintosh iced it with an empty netter with 1:05 to play.    

Watertown outshot Cornwall 38-28. Liscomb (first), Bourbeau Jr. (second), and Adams were the announced stars.

Immediately after the game, fans of all ages took to the ice to skate with their favourite Nationals players.

skate with Nationals
(submitted photo)

 

Cornwall is back in action this week, with a home-and-home against the Danbury Titans. On Thursday, Feb. 23, the Nationals visit Danbury (7:15 p.m.), before two teams collide once again on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Civic Complex. The puck drops at 3 p.m.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: Cornwall fans once again showed their generosity on Sunday by donating a total of 106 jars of peanut butter. The Nationals, who challenged their fans with a goal of 100 jars, will donate the peanut butter to The Agape Centre of Cornwall.

BERLIN 4, CORNWALL 3: At Berlin last Friday night, Dominik Synek’s goal at 9:34 of the third period proved to be the difference as the River Drivers edged the Nationals 4-3. Adams, Brock Bissonnette, and Sylvester Bzdyl had the Cornwall markers. Francis Dupuis took the loss in goal for the Nationals, despite a 32-save performance. 

WATERTOWN 5, CORNWALL 1: In Watertown on Saturday night, Colin Mcintosh had a pair of goals to lead the Wolves to a 5-1 victory over the Nationals. Adams, with his fourth goal in five games for Cornwall, had the lone marker for the Nationals. Bourbeau Jr. was tagged with the loss in the Cornwall crease. 

with files from Rodney Wilson

Cornwall Nationals invite fans to join players on the ice

sean Feb 16, 2017 - 9:31am

The Cornwall Nationals may be an expansion team, but they have already established a couple of fascinating rivalries in the Federal Hockey League.

Cornwall travels to Berlin on Friday night to take on the River Drivers at 8 p.m. The Nationals held on to beat second-place Berlin 7-5 last Sunday at the Civic Complex.  No matter the venue, when Cornwall faces Berlin, fireworks typically ensue. Case in point, the two teams combined for 105 penalty minutes on Jan. 29 in Cornwall.

The Nationals will wrap up the weekend with a home-and-home series with their closest rival, the Watertown Wolves. Cornwall travels to Watertown on Saturday night (7:30 p.m.) before welcoming the Wolves to the Ed Lumley Arena inside the Civic Complex on Sunday afternoon. FHL action begins at 1 p.m.

Immediately after Sunday’s game, fans can skate with the Nationals. The event is completely free to anyone who has a ticket to the game.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, and $5 for children under the age of 12. 

with files from Rodney Wilson

Nationals prevail on home ice, succumb on the road

sean Feb 14, 2017 - 12:05pm

Patience paid off for the Nationals on Sunday afternoon, as Cornwall snapped a two-game losing streak with a 7-5 victory over the Berlin River Drivers in front of 424 dedicated fans.

The start of the game was pushed back nearly four hours because of poor weather-related driving conditions that delayed the River Drivers.

The FHL Nationals took advantage with a quick start, jumping out to a 2-0 first-period lead, on goals by Joel Trottier and Anthony Mezzagno before the game was five minutes old. JC Houde gave the Nationals a 3-0 lead with 5:51 to play in the first, when he beat Matt Kaludis. Brad Gabbour got Berlin on the scoreboard with 58 seconds to play in the first.

Newly-signed forward Storm Adams of Akwesasne extended Cornwall’s lead to 4-1 at 3:14 of the middle frame before Mezzagno added his second of the contest, with a short-handed effort at 6:22. Berlin’s Dominik Synek returned the favour, with a short-handed goal of his own, beating Francis Dupuis at 9:32 of the second.

Trottier added his second of the game with a power-play marker at 10:33 of the second, before Stanislav Vlasov recorded a goal on the man advantage with 1:16 to play in the second. Berlin’s Kristaps Nimanis added a power-play goal at 10:30 of the third. Jiri Pestuka then took off on a semi-breakaway and beat Dupuis up high with a nifty backhand.

With 2:04 to play, Nimanis buried a cross-crease pass to bring the River Drivers to within two goals. Berlin fired 20 shots on net in the third period.

A chippy second period featured three scraps, as Cornwall and Berlin renewed their heated rivalry. Cornwall’s Joe Cannan took care of Berlin’s Andre Niec, before Nationals sniper Ian Boots dropped the mitts with John Celli. Veteran Cornwall defenceman Chris Cloutier then had his way with Mitchell Porowski of the River Drivers.

Berlin outshot Cornwall 37-30. Adams (first), Trottier (second), and Mezzagno were the announced stars.

Next up, Cornwall travels to Berlin to take on the River Drivers on Friday, Feb. 17 (8 p.m.). The Nationals then wrap up the weekend with a home-and-home with the Watertown Wolves. On Saturday, Feb. 18, Cornwall visits Watertown (7:30 p.m.) and on Sunday, Feb. 19, the Nationals host the Wolves at the Civic Complex. The puck drops at 1 p.m.

ROAD WOES: At Watertown last Friday night, the Wolves jumped out to a 4-0 first-period lead, en route to a 5-2 victory over the Nationals. Adams, in his Cornwall debut, scored both goals. The Nationals were outshot 62-33. The following night in Danbury, Nikolai Okhlobystin had two goals and an assist to lead the Titans to a 5-2 victory over Cornwall. Boots and Houde had the Nationals goals. Cornwall was outshot 32-29.

with files from Rodney Wilson

Cornwall Nationals host Grey Cup, raise funds for charity

sean Feb 9, 2017 - 2:36pm
Grey Cup photo
(Photo courtesy Entelechy Media)

 

In addition to welcoming the Grey Cup, Dan West of the Ottawa REDBLACKS, and local CFL legend Moe Racine, four local charities were presented with $1,000 each from the Cornwall Sunrise Rotary Club during a special pre-game ceremony at last weekend's home Cornwall Nationals hockey game. Representatives from the Rotary Club of Cornwall, Carefor Hospice, Masion Baldwin House, CHEO, and The Agape Centre were also on hand

Unfortunately, in the game action that followed, the Danbury Titans spoiled the party on Saturday night, edging the Nationals 5-4 in overtime. Danbury’s Taylor Love scored at 1:03 of 3-on-3 overtime to send 1,573 fans home disappointed. 

Matt Coleman opened the scoring for the Titans when his shot trickled past Francis Dupuis at 8:57 of the first. Veteran forward Lou Dickenson leveled the score for Cornwall with 1:17 to play in the opening period when his pass, intended for Brent Clarke, banked off a Titans defenceman and past a helpless Nick Niedert. 

Danbury regained the lead at 1:26 of the second, when Dalton Jay scored short-handed marker. Moments later, at 3:31, Darick Ste Marie pounced on a rebound and buried his shot for a power-play goal. MJ Graham then found a wide-open Clarke, who one-timed a shot past Niedert at 9:58 of the middle frame. But, Danbury’s Matt Graham batted a loose puck past Dupuis with 3:16 to play in the second to send the teams to the dressing rooms all square after 40 minutes of play.

Local defenceman Jason Lepine gave the Nationals a 4-3 lead with an absolute blast at 7:39 of the third. With Cornwall on the powerplay, Dickenson found a wide-open Lepine for the one-timer from the point.
But, Jay walked in and beat Dupuis with 3:30 to play to send the game to overtime.

Danbury outshot Cornwall 40-35. Lepine (first), Clarke (second), and Dickenson were the announced stars.

Looking ahead, the FHL Nationals have a busy stretch of play on tap, with three games in three days. On Friday, Feb. 10, Cornwall visits the Watertown Wolves (7:30 p.m.), and on Saturday, Feb. 11, the Nationals travel to Danbury to face the Titans (7:15 p.m.).

Cornwall is back on home ice Sunday, Feb. 12, when the rival Berlin River Drivers visit the Civic Complex. The puck drops at 2 p.m.

Last Friday night in Berlin, a furious third-period comeback by the Nationals fell short in a 5-4 loss to the River Drivers. Cornwall spotted Berlin a 5-0 lead before scoring four times in the third. Maxime Guyon, with a pair, Clarke and Joel Trottier had the Nationals goals. Dickenson chipped in three assists for Cornwall. Paul Bourbeau Jr. was tagged with the loss in goal, despite a 41-save performance.

with files from Rodney Wilson

Grey Cup to be in Cornwall on Saturday for Nationals game

sean Feb 1, 2017 - 3:16pm

The Cornwall Nationals are excited to host the Grey Cup on Saturday in what promises to be a historic evening at the Civic Complex. Dan West of the Ottawa REDBLACKS will be in attendance, along with the Canadian Football League’s championship trophy. Four-time Grey Cup champion, and Cornwall native, Maurice “Moe the Toe” Racine will also take part in the festivities.

The Nationals host the Danbury Titans in Federal Hockey League action at 7:30 p.m.

“I’m a huge CFL fan and I’m really excited to see the Grey Cup in person,” said Will Beauvais, owner of the Nationals. “It will be an honour to meet Dan and Moe, and it promises to be a great day for sports fans in Cornwall.”

Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, and $5 for children under the age of 12. They are available at the box office in the Civic Complex. For more information, please call 613-938-9400.

Fans in attendance will get the opportunity to take pictures with the Grey Cup, as well as meet West and Racine.

An exclusive after-party will also be held at Boston Pizza, where fans can interact with West, Racine and Nationals players.

Once again, the Nationals will be giving back to the community by raising awareness and supporting local charities. Proceeds from the after-party, the 50/50 draw, and a silent auction will go toward the Rotary Club of Cornwall, Carefor Hospice Cornwall, Maison Baldwin House, and CHEO. The team will also be accepting food donations for The Agape Centre.

ROAD CONTEST: On Friday night, the Nationals head to Berlin for a rematch with the River Drivers. Game time is 8 p.m. Cornwall defeated Berlin 5-3 last Sunday in a heated contest at the Civic Complex.

files from Rodney Wilson, Media Relations Cornwall Nationals

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