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Nats victorious in pre-season finale

sean Oct 31, 2017 - 12:51pm

The top line of Ahmed Mahfouz, Maxime Guyon, and Sylvester Bzdyl combined for six points on Saturday night to lead the Nationals to a 5-3 victory over the visiting Watertown Wolves. It was the final pre-season tune-up for Cornwall, played in front of an announced crowd of 486 fans at the Civic Complex.  The Nationals complete their exhibition schedule with a 3-1 record.

Veteran defenceman Jay Kenney chipped in a goal and an assist, but once again, it was Mahfouz (two assists), Guyon (one goal, one assist), and Bzdyl (one goal, one assist) who paced Cornwall’s offence.

Tom Tsicos and Brandon Vuic also scored for the Nationals, who received a 31-save performance from Tyler Beskorawany. 

Cornwall outshot Watertown 37-34. Mahfouz (first), Beskorawany (second), and Kenney were the announced stars.

On Friday at Watertown, the Nationals iced a rookie-packed lineup and fell 6-2 to the Wolves. Stephen Gallo led the way for Watertown with a two-goal effort. Brandon Gilmour had both Cornwall goals, while Brandon Billie took the loss in net.

The Nationals are now set for the regular season, which opens on Friday, Nov. 3 in Watertown versus the Wolves. The following evening, Saturday, Nov. 4, Cornwall hosts Watertown in its Federal Hockey League home opener. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

files from Rodney Wilson

Mahfouz impresses in home-ice debut for FHL Cornwall Nationals

sean Oct 24, 2017 - 1:04pm

Ahmed Mahfouz has officially arrived in Cornwall. The prized off-season acquisition scored four times last Saturday night to lead the Nationals to an 8-0 victory over the visiting Watertown Wolves in Federal Hockey League pre-season play at the Civic Complex. 

Mahfouz is the FHL’s all-time leading scorer and was named team captain during the off-season.

The speedy Maxime Guyon chipped in a goal and five assists. Sylvester Bzdyl, Yan Dumontier, and Brandon Vuic also scored for the Nationals. Sebastien Dube-Rochon and Ilya Zhurin split the goaltending duties for Cornwall. 

On Friday night at Watertown, Cornwall skated to a 5-0 victory over the Wolves. Connor MacLeod, Tom Tsicos, Martin Trudman, Brandon Gilmour, and Daniel Maltin were the goal scorers. 

files from Rodney Wilson

Cornwall Nationals wrap up inaugural FHL season

sean Apr 2, 2017 - 2:16pm

The Cornwall Nationals' inaugural season in the Federal Hockey League came to an end on Saturday night at the Civic Complex, where the Berlin River Drivers skated to a 6-3 victory over the Nats in front of 713 fans.

Jay Croop opened the scoring for the Nationals 5:06 into the contest, when he pounced on a rebound and finished with a backhanded shot over a sprawling Cory Simons. Berlin quickly levelled the score, when Yuto Osawa, left all alone in front of Josselin St. Pierre, buried a wrist shot at 7:30 of the opening frame. The River Drivers took a 2-1 lead, when Patrick Harrison trickled over the goal line for a powerplay marker with 4:36 to play in the first.

Moments later, with 2:03 remaining in the period, Jan Salak banged in John Celli’s rebound to give Berlin a two-goal lead. Mitchell Porowski fired an absolute blast past Simons with 3:07 to play in the second period, as Cornwall crept to within a goal.  Harrison beat St. Pierre with a nifty deke for his second of the contest at 4:02 of the third, but MJ Graham got the goal back for Cornwall just 52 seconds later with a great second effort. 

Jiri Pestuka and Charlile Sarault iced it with a pair of short-handed empty-net goals with 1:20 and 25.8 to play in the third.

Berlin outshot Cornwall 49-32.

Chris Cloutier (first, two assists), St. Pierre (second), and Harrison were the announced stars. 

The Nationals finish their inaugural season with a 16-34-4-3 record, placing sixth in the FHL standings.

Alexandria native Joel Trottier took over coaching the team late in the season and is expected to carry on at the helm as the Nats look towards their second year on the ice.

ROAD LOSS: The River Drivers skated to a 9-2 victory over the Nationals on Friday night in Berlin. Celli led the way for the River Drivers with a hat trick, while Dominik Synek had a goal and four assists. Maxime Guyon had both Cornwall markers. Olivier Gervais was tagged with the loss in goal for the Nationals, who were outshot 57-26.

with files from Rodney Wilson

FHL Nationals to wrap up season Saturday in Cornwall

sean Mar 31, 2017 - 11:06am

The Cornwall Nationals wrap up their inaugural season in the Federal Hockey League this weekend. And what better way to do so than with a home-and-home with their bitter rival, the Berlin River Drivers.

Cornwall travels to Berlin tonight for an 8 p.m. contest.

The two teams will be right back at in on Saturday night at Ed Lumley Arena inside the Civic Complex. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday will be “Race Night with the Nats”, presented by Beat Central Dance Company (BCDC) in support of the Missing Children’s Network.  The game will feature in-game racing promotions, including a parade of race cars during the second intermission that you won’t want to miss.  There will also be high energy performances from our official Dance Team from BCDC. In addition, the Nationals will be raising funds and awareness for the Missing Children’s Network.

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

with files from Rodney Wilson

Warren does the trick for Nationals last night, team back in action Sunday

sean Mar 26, 2017 - 3:39pm

The Nationals bounced back with a valiant effort on Saturday night, a 5-2 come-from-behind win over the Danbury Titans at the Civic Complex.

Curtis Warren scored a hat trick to lead the Nationals to the victory in front of 612 spectators.  After a tough loss on home ice the night before, the Nationals took on a Titans team that, coming into action on Saturday night, sat 40 points ahead of them in the Federal Hockey League standings. But Josselin St. Pierre stood tall in goal for Cornwall on Saturday with a 50-save performance. 

Dalton Jay opened the scoring for the Titans, when he pounced on his own rebound to beat St. Pierre at 3:22 of the second period. But, Warren beat Danbury’s Bobby Bowden with a perfectly placed wrist shot below the trapper to level the score at 8:35 of the period. The Titans regained the lead when Craig Skudalski found a loose puck in the crease and beat St. Pierre for a power-play goal with 5:36 to play in the middle frame.

The Nationals fought back to tie the game once again just 1:05 into the third. Sylvester Bzdyl was stopped on a breakaway but JC Houde followed and pounced on the rebound to beat Bowden, who was down and out.

Cornwall took its first lead of the game seven minutes into the third with a highlight-reel goal from Storm Adams, who showed patience as he walked in and put a gorgeous deke on a hopeless Bowden. Then, Warren took over. He buried his second of the night, with 6:55 to play in the third, on a pretty pass from Adams. Moments later, with 4:41 to play, Warren walked in and went upstairs for his third of the evening.

The Nationals had a good look at Russian forward Vyacheslav Chegrintsev on Saturday night. The 20-year-old had 103 points and 134 penalty minutes in 37 games this season with the Tottenham Steam of the Greater Metro Hockey League. Chegrintsev threw a devastating hit on Danbury’s Matt Graham late in the second period.

Danbury outshot Cornwall 52-31. Warren (first), St. Pierre (second), and Adams were the announced stars.

Back in action Sunday night

The Nationals are back in action tonight, when the last-place St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints visit the Civic Complex.

Puck drops at 6 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, and $5 for children under the age of 12. 

Nats fall on First Responders Night

Not even Cornwall’s finest first responders could save the Nationals on Friday night at the Civic Complex, as the Berlin River Drivers skated to an 8-2 victory over Cornwall in Federal Hockey League action in front of 657 fans. 

On the bright side and a look towards the future, a couple of youngsters were out to make solid first impressions on Friday night. Making their Nationals debuts were 20-year-old forward Chris Martin and 21-year-old defenceman Calvin Heffler.

The 6-foot-7, 230 lb. Martin suited up for Berlin and Port Huron earlier this season, collecting six points in eight games. Heffler is a 6-foot-2, 194 lb. defenceman from Ottawa.

The game was dedicated to First Responders, such as local police officers, firefighters, and paramedics, who were honoured in a special pre-game ceremony. Discovery Canada and Heavy Rescue 401 were also in attendance at the Civic Complex to feature Herb’s Towing for an upcoming episode.

with files from Rodney Wilson

Catching up with the Cornwall Nationals: recent results, skills competition on tap

sean Mar 21, 2017 - 2:37pm

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.

Nationals promo

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.

Recent Results

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.

Roster Notes

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

Nationals put up goose egg on home ice

sean Mar 19, 2017 - 12:50pm

Danila Alistratov made 49 saves to backstop the Watertown Wolves to a 3-0 victory over the Nationals on Saturday night at the Civic Complex. 

It was Cornwall's third straight Federal Hockey League loss in front of an announced gathering of 416.

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. Francis Dupuis was tagged with the loss in goal despite a 39-save performance.

Cornwall is back on the road Sunday afternoon when they visit Berlin to take on the River Drivers. FHL action begins at 2 p.m.

with files from Rodney Wilson

Titans clip Nationals Friday night; back on home ice again tonight

sean Mar 18, 2017 - 7:09pm

Matt Graham had a hat trick to lead the Danbury Titans to a 7-5 victory over the Nationals on Friday night at the Civic Complex in front of 296 fans.

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.

The Nationals are back in action tonight, when the Watertown Wolves visit the Cornwall Civic Complex. The puck drops at 7:30 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

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