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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

Mezzagno, Dolgy spark Nationals to home-ice win

sean Dec 30, 2016 - 2:15pm

The Nationals scored early and often on Thursday night, en route to a 9-2 victory over the St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints. Anthony Mezzagno and Jason Dolgy led the Cornwall offence, each with a four-point night. The victory, in front of 496 fans at the Civic Complex, snapped a two-game losing skid for the Nationals.

Mezzagno opened the scoring for Cornwall 2:02 into the contest when he beat Andy DiCristofaro short side. Mezzagno added his second of the period when his shot just trickled over the goal line at 5:04. Mezzagno then set up Cornwall’s leading scorer, Dolgy, who gave the Nationals a 3-0 lead at 7:39 of the opening frame. Moments later, Zachary Zulkanycz got the Fighting Shores on the scoreboard with a power-play marker at 10:50.

The Mezzagno show continued in the second period. The talented forward found a wide-open JC Houde, who buried a shot past DiCristofaro for a shorthanded goal at 5:50 of the second.

Moments after a crushing hit dished out by the Nats' Jacob Dawson,(who hails from Martintown), MJ Graham found the back of the net to give the Cornwall side a 5-1 advantage at 11:17 of the middle frame. With the Nationals moving the puck around nicely on an effective powerplay, Maxime Guyon fired a wrist shot past DiCristofaro with 2:34 left on the clock in the second.

Guyon added a power-play marker 3:24 into the third for his second of the night, with a perfectly placed wrist shot. Moments later, Zulkanycz tapped in his second of the night at 4:48 of the final frame.

Cornwall’s Jeff Legue set up Dolgy with a perfect pass to give the Nationals an 8-2 lead with 6:36 to play in the game, before Jason Lepine one-timed an absolute blast to the top corner with 3:09 to play to round out the scoring.

St. Clair Shores outshot Cornwall 43-42. Mezzagno (first), Dolgy (second), and Guyon were the announced stars.

The Nationals will be back in action in the New Year, when the team will travel to Port Huron Friday, Jan. 6 to take on the Prowlers. The Nationals will host the Berlin River Drivers on Saturday, Jan. 7. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

ROAD LOSS: On Wednesday night in Danbury, Taylor Bourne scored twice to lead the Titans to a 3-0 victory over the Nationals. Nikita Ivandikov turned aside all 21 shots he faced to earn the shutout in goal. Dalton Jay also scored for the Titans. Delongchamps was tagged with the loss in goal for Cornwall, which was outshot 37-21. The speedy MJ Graham accounted for eight of the Nationals shots himself.

with files from Rodney Wilson

Cornwall Nationals return to home ice tonight, ink Dawson

sean Dec 29, 2016 - 12:15pm

After a short break for the Christmas holidays, the Cornwall Nationals are getting back to work.

The FHL Nationals will be back on home ice tonight (Dec. 29) when the St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints visit the Ed Lumley Arena at the Civic Complex. Game time is 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, and $5 for children under the age of 12.

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Sylvester Bzdyl of the Nations (submitted photo)

More team news

The Nationals have come to terms with Martintown's Jacob Dawson, a defenceman who last suited up for La Tuque in the QJAAAHL. The 24-year-old hadn't been able to join the Nats until now, due to work commitments that had him in northern Ontario. 

County hockey followers will recall that Dawson also played for the Char-Lan junior 'B' Rebels.

While the expansion Cornwall Nationals have had a respectful start to their first season, there have been critical things happening recently off the ice too.

The Nationals are proud to announce that a new local investor, Will Beauvais, has stepped up to partner with the team.

“Will has such a huge passion for sports and we’re so excited to have him on board with us,” said Rodney Rivette, owner and president of the Nationals. “It’s business as usual for the Cornwall Nationals right now; we’re moving forward full steam ahead.”

Meanwhile, part owner and general manager Mitch Gagne is no longer with the organization. Rivette has bought Gagne’s share of the team.

“Mitch had a major role in bringing semi-pro hockey back to Cornwall and we are grateful for all of his efforts,” said Rivette.

Basem Awwad, who has suited up for the Nationals in 12 games this season, will take over the general manager duties. The 37-year-old from Orleans has been involved in the FHL since 2011.

“Basem is quite familiar with the FHL and its nuances,” said Rivette.

The head coach remains Al Quenneville.

“With Al and Basem, and veterans such as Joel Trottier (from Alexandria), we believe we have the best leaders possible to keep this thing heading in the right direction,” said Rivette.

In other news, rugged defenceman Kris McCarthy, currently sidelined with a broken finger, will be assisting the Nationals as the sales & marketing director.

“With his background in sales and marketing, Kris is the perfect guy to help us get our name out there in the community and work on a better in-game experience for our fans,” said Rivette.

Nationals forward Jason Dolgy currently leads the FHL in points and assists. Dolgy has 6 goals and 23 assists for 29 points in 16 games ... The speedy MJ Graham is fourth in league scoring (8-17-25 in 18 games) ... Sparkplug Anthony Mezzagno is second in the league with 13 goals … Cornwall ranks fourth in the FHL in attendance. The Nationals are averaging 741 spectators through their first eight home games.

with files from Rodney Wilson

Nationals set to open training camp on Saturday

sean Oct 6, 2016 - 11:44am

On the eve of their first training camp, the Cornwall Nationals have officially moved into the Civic Complex. The FHL team office, located downstairs, is now open. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information after hours, please call 613-363-4708.

Training camp will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Cornwall Civic Complex.

Three Glengarry county hockey players – Joel Trottier, Jacob Dawson, and Tristen Elie – have been signed to the Nats' roster.

Saturday's public activities begin with a 2 p.m. player skate (free admission for fans), followed by the Nationals intra-squad game at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for all ages (general admission). There will also be a BBQ at Mocktails (located at the rear of Civic Complex) from 3-7 p.m.

Meanwhile, a head coach has been hired but the announcement will only be made public in a couple of weeks.

NEW HIRES: Alain Quenneville, who has suited up for the Cornwall Colts, Cornwall Comets, and Akwesasne Warriors, has been hired as a part-time assistant coach, and Shannon Fergerson has been hired for Marketing and Special Events.

files from Rodney Wilson