The Glengarry News


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

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

Grey cup promo

Nationals make roster moves, prepare for pair of home games

sean Jan 24, 2017 - 2:30pm

The Nationals shook things up on Monday night with a blockbuster trade. General manager Basem Awwad shipped Jason Dolgy’s rights to the Watertown Wolves in exchange for defenceman Stanislav Vlasov and former Nationals forward Lou Dickenson.

“Vlasov is a tough, rugged defenceman that will help secure our blue line,” said Awwad.

The 27-year-old defenceman from Russia won the Commissioner’s Cup title in 2015 with the Wolves. Dickenson suited up in 14 games for the Nationals earlier this season. The flashy forward had 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points. Unfortunately, Dolgy was no longer a fit in Cornwall.

The Nationals are back on home ice this weekend with a pair of Federal Hockey League contests at the Civic Complex. On Saturday, Cornwall hosts the Port Huron Prowlers at 7:30 p.m. And on Sunday, the Nationals take on the Berlin River Drivers at 2 p.m.

with files from Rodney Wilson

new Nationals player

FHL Nationals prevail in rare Monday night action

sean Jan 17, 2017 - 12:00pm

Third-period goals by Anthony Mezzagno and Brent Clarke were the difference, as the Cornwall Nationals skated to a 4-2 victory over the Watertown Wolves on Monday evening. Maxime Guyon and Sylvester Bzdyl also scored for Cornwall.

Nicolas Deslongchamps earned the victory in goal for the Nationals with a 40-save performance.

with files from Rodney Wilson