With just over a month until the start of the 2018 season at the Cornwall Motor Speedway, it's a good time to preview the regular divisions.
Great things are expected this year in the entry-level Mini-Stock class, with 13 to 15 drivers scheduled to be at the track on a regular basis.
Marc Dagenais: The 2017 track champion will be back to defend his crown. The big guy will be looking at having an even better season this year, having captured 5 event wins in 2016.
Mike Gaucher: The veteran runner is expected to be back competing at the speedway. He's always one to watch, taking 3 wins last season.
Francis Desjardins: After finishing third in the points in 2016, Desjardins will be looking to challenge again for the title. He acquired a new car for this year and will look to collect a few wins in the process. Desjardins came close on several occasions last summer, with numerous second-place finishes.
Alexis Charbonneau: The French-speaking driver has committed again for 2018. Charbonneau enjoys the competition in Cornwall, and he is always one to watch. He finished fourth in the points last season. Expect the bright orange #49 car amongst the front five on many occasions.
Karl Potvin: The rookie of the year made his mark last season by finishing fifth in the points, collecting one feature win and being frequently in the front pack. Potvin will look to move up the ranks in the division this year.
Skylar Ladouceur: Ladouceur did well last season, finishing in sixth. He will be sporting a new number for the upcoming year with two cars at his disposal. Race fans can also expect to see a father-and-son duo in action on some occasions, with dad Terry also taking the wheel.
Drivers such as Corey Gates, Patrice Moniere, Justin Jodoin, Richard Thornton, and Dylan Kirkland who all ran part of the schedule in 2016 have committed to be at the Cornwall track every Sunday evening this year. Veteran racer Chris James is also making his return to competition. Others such as Justin Leroux, Dominick Merckley, and Tyler French are expected to run in a few events as well.
– files from Martin Bélanger
Tonight, the season will come to an end for one junior 'A' hockey team, while the other moves on to the second round of CCHL playoffs. Game seven for the Cornwall Colts and Hawkesbury Hawks will take place at the Robert Hartley Complex, starting at 7:30 p.m.
The Colts have twice staved off elimination, having won the last two games to even the series.
On Sunday, it was a 4-3 overtime triumph, as Cameron Hebert’s second goal of the game was the winner. Cornwall's Noah Williams and Alex Wilkins also scored. For the Hawks, Kieran Craig (of Alexandria), Chris Smith, and Nicolas Guillemette were the marksmen. Craig also picked up an assist.
The Hawks outshot the Colts 49-41, with Liam Lascelle making 47 saves for the victory.
Three stars were first Cameron Hebert (COR), second Liam Lascelle (COR), and third Kieran Craig (HAW).
Last Friday, it took double overtime for Cornwall to prevail, as the Colts won in Hawkesbury, 3-2.
Amongst the county crew in the game, Craig scored for Hawkesbury, and Ethan Mulhearn found the net for Cornwall. Simon Besner picked up an assist for the Hawks, and David A. Poirier chalked one up for the Colts.
Last night in Hawkesbury, Josh Barnes of the Cornwall Colts scored 9:20 into the second overtime period to give his team a 3-2 victory over the Hawks.
The win staved off elimination for the Colts, who will again face a do-or-die situation in game six at the Cornwall Civic Complex, on Sunday, March 25, starting at 7 p.m. The Hawks, with a win, will advance to the next round of CCHL playoffs, currently leading the series three games to two.
The marathon in Hawkesbury saw the county's own Ethan Mulhearn open the scoring for Cornwall 4:20 into the contest, before Kieran Craig, who hails from Alexandria and plays for the Hawks, scored to tie nine minutes later. North Lancaster native Simon Besner set up Colin Stevens for Hawkesbury's go-ahead tally later in the frame.
After a scoreless second stanza, county boy David A. Poirier assisted Cameron Hebert's equalizer for Cornwall, at the 15:03 mark of the third.
Should the Colts prevail on Sunday night, the series will go to a game seven back in Hawkesbury on Tuesday.
The CCHL (junior 'A') hockey season could come to an end tonight in Hawkesbury for the Cornwall Colts, as the Hawks hold a 3-1 lead in games, in the opening-round playoff series.
Last night, in Cornwall, the Hawks grabbed a commanding lead in the series, with a 3-1 victory in game four.
All four goals were scored in the third period, with J.D. Pogue notching the lone Colts marker. That goal tied the game 1-1, but Hawkesbury reclaimed the lead the for good only 49 seconds later, before sealing the victory with an empty-net goal in the final minute of play.
Hawks tallies came from Kari Belac (2) and Alex Beaudin-Tougas.
The county's Ethan Mulhearn picked up an assist on the Cornwall goal.
Game five is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex, in Hawkesbury.
If Cornwall wins to extend the series, the sixth match will go at the civic complex on Sunday evening, starting at 7 p.m.
On Monday night in Hawkesbury, a double-overtime game same the Hawks take a two-games-to-one lead in their opening-round CCHL playoff series with the Cornwall Colts. Be sure to check out our story in this week's edition of The Glengarry News, with an emphasis on the county boys playing for both teams.
The series continues this week, with action Thursday in Cornwall and Friday in Hawkesbury.
With the teams tied 1-1 in their opening-round playoff series, the Cornwall Colts will skate into Hawkesbury tonight for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Hawks.
For more on the series, check out this week's edition of The Glengarry News. Our coverage includes highlights on the county boys from both rosters.
The teams are set for the 2018 Cornwall Royals/Colts alumni hockey game, on Saturday morning.
The General managers were Brent Loney and Gilles Crepeau. The draft was held at Shoeless Joe’s Cornwall, with Team Loney drawing the first overall selection and picking former Colts star Jesse Winchester.
Team Crepeau built his roster after selecting another Colts alumnus, Brock McBride.
Admission is free. Doors to the civic complex open at 10:30 a.m., with the game slated for an 11:30 a.m. start.
Team Loney: WHITE
Jesse Winchester Mark Evans Scott Birnie
Ian MacInnis Landon Lavictoire Troy Gleason
Jason Lepine Jeremy Leroux Rob Lefebvre
Steve Bisson Rod McKenzie Ryan Cooper
Darcy Findlay Rick Dorval
Todd Walker Dave Stathos
Tyler Sunday Yves Leger
Travis Duhaime Billy Ulrick David James - Trainer
Chris Nichol - Coach Gary Leroux - Coach Gerry Barden - Coach
Team Crepeau: BLUE
Brock McBride Gerard Peltier Brennan Barker
Scott Pearson Ryne Gove Luc Duval
Jeff Legue Kevin Hope Jordan Bent
Neil Sandilands Eric Calder
Brett Liscomb Alain Quenneville
Derek Grant Josh Loney
Mark Mackisoc Brian Abrams
Chad Samson Casey Torres Mike Pollard - Trainer
Mike Conway - Coach Mario Vien - Coach Mike Ruest - Coach
Capping off a busy final stretch of play in the CCHL, the Cornwall Colts junior 'A' hockey team will, on March 8, will pay tribute to local hockey icon Dave Ezard in the pre-game ceremony.
A new banner will be unveiled, recognizing Ezard’s retired number 6. The original banner dedicated to Ezard disappeared from the Civic Complex a few seasons ago.
Ezard patrolled the blueline for his hometown Royals from 1975 to 1980. He earned the 1980 Memorial Cup MVP. The D-man was also the first Quebec league defenceman to score 40 goals (105 points) in 1979-80.
Sadly, Ezard passed away in 1995, at the young age of 36. Shortly after, the Cornwall Colts retired Ezard’s number 6 and unveiled a banner that hung from the rafters at the Si Miller Arena and then the Ed Lumley Arena.
Members of Ezard’s family and former teammates will be in attendance for the rededication ceremony on March 8, at 7:30 p.m.
– with files from David Murphy
Home games Feb 27, March 1
The Colts also have home games at the Civic Complex booked for tonight (Feb. 27) and March 1, both starting at 7:30 p.m. Rockland provides the competition for tonight's tilt, while Navan will visit on Thursday night.
Sitting in third place in the Yzerman Division with 62 points, seven in arrears of the Hawkesbury Hawks, the Cornwall Colts have five games in all remaining in the regular season.
The Colts include a heavy Glengarry gang: David Poirier, Ethan Mulhearn, Keegan Mulhearn (all from the Williamstown area), Alexandria's Jeremy Quesnel, Dunvegan's Liam MacDonald, and Benjamin Dirven from Bainsville.
On Thursday night at the Cornwall Civic Complex, the CCHL Colts saw the visiting Ottawa Jr. Senators pot a pair of second-period goals 1:16 apart en route to handing Cornwall's junior 'A' hockey team a 2-1 loss.
The Colts opened the scoring in the first on JD Pogue’s 21st tally of the season. Ottawa sealed the victory with an empty-net goal late in the third frame.
The Jr Sens outshot the Colts 30-20, with Liam Lascelle getting tagged with the loss. Hardest Working Colts Player of the game was Konnor MacCormick. Three Stars were first Elie Boulerice (OTT), second Finn Evans (OTT), and third JD Pogue (COR).
Cornwall's record falls to 28-22-4-2 (62 points) for sixth place in league standings.
The Colts’ next game is a rare Tuesday night tilt, as they host the Rockland Nationals. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Ed Lumley Arena.
– with files from David Murphy