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