The Glengarry News


FHL Nationals win on home ice, make roster moves

sean Dec 15, 2016 - 5:55pm

Three power-play goals propelled the Nationals to a 7-4 victory over the Danbury Titans on Sunday at the Cornwall Civic Complex.

Local hockey fans certainly got their money’s worth on Sunday afternoon as they were treated to fast, exciting Federal Hockey League action for only $5. The announced attendance was 672.

With the Nationals on a 5-on-3 powerplay, Anthony Mezzagno opened the scoring at 8:45 of the first with a perfectly placed wrist shot that beat Bobby Bowden over the shoulder. Moments later, Maxime Guyon buried a nice feed from Lou Dickenson for another powerplay marker at 9:43. Dalton Jay tipped a shot past Nicolas Delongchamps at 12:53 to put the Titans on the scoreboard. 

Sylvester Bzdyl then batted a Joel Trottier (Alexandria's own) rebound out of mid-air and past Bowden at 4:50 of the second period. Trottier sent Mezzagno in on a breakaway with a nifty alley-oop pass and he made no mistake at 9:49 of the middle frame. Taylor Bourne beat Delongchamps with a shot between the legs 1:12 into the third period, but Trottier tipped a blast from the point off the stick of Green Valley's Tristen Elie and in at 6:23 of the third.

With the Nationals on another powerplay, Maxime Guyon one-timed a Jason Dolgy pass to the back of the net at 8:51 of the third. With Danbury on a 5-on-3 powerplay, the Titans pulled their goalie with nine minutes to go in the third, and it resulted on a Steve Brown marker.

But with the Nationals shorthanded, Marley Keca forced a turnover and beat Bowden with a perfectly placed wrist shot with 7:41 to play in the third. Alexander Taulien rounded out the scoring late in the game for Danbury.

Danbury outshot Cornwall 51-43. Trottier (first), Mezzagno (second), and Keca were the announced stars.

The Nationals will be back in action on Friday, Dec. 16 when they visit Port Huron to take on the Prowlers (7:30 p.m.). Cornwall then returns to the Civic Complex for a pair of home games over the weekend. On Saturday, Dec. 17, the Nationals will host the St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints at 7:30 p.m. And on Sunday, Dec. 18, Cornwall hosts the Watertown Wolves for a 1 p.m. game at the Civic Complex.

After Sunday’s game, there will be a meet-and-greet with the Nationals downstairs at the Civic Complex in Salon B. There will also be a special appearance from Santa Claus. 

Roster moves

The Nationals have dealt forward Lou Dickenson’s rights to the Port Huron Prowlers in exchange for the rights to Jeff Legue and Williamstown native Jonathan Jasper. The Prowlers had recently claimed Legue and Jasper on waivers. 

“The rules in the Federal Hockey League are much different than what fans around here are used to,” explains general manager Mitch Gagne, who has pushed the FHL for a rule change which would prevent teams from holding others hostage with players they’ve acquired off waivers. “I believe the league will look into this after the season is over,” adds Gagne.

Another FHL rule is that teams can only carry 18 players. A challenge early on for the Nationals has been icing different teams from one game to another, which led to the Dickenson transaction.

“Unfortunately, Lou had a hard time making Friday games because of work, and we just can’t keep sending 12 or 13 players on the road,” said Gagne. “I’m also very close to adding an extremely talented forward to fill the void.” 

Up next for Gagne is to add a defenceman. Yan Dumontier suited up in his final game for the Nationals on Sunday; he departs this week for France, where he’ll finish the season.

Cornwall is also dealing with injuries to blueliners Jason Lepine and Kris McCarthy.

The Nationals are currently tied for fourth in FHL standings with a 6-8-2 record (wins-losses-overtime wins).

with files from Rodney Wilson

Nationals ready to rock in Sunday opener with addition of Jasper

sean Oct 29, 2016 - 7:56pm


The Cornwall Nationals added local defenceman Jonathan Jasper days before their first Federal Hockey League home opener.

The 24-year-old from Williamstown will suit up for Cornwall on Sunday afternoon, when the Nats host the Danville Dashers at the Civic Complex. The puck drops at 1 p.m. 

After four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kitchener Rangers and Peterborough Petes, the 6-foot-3, 200 lb. Jasper suited up for the Cornwall River Kings for four seasons. In 90 LNAH contests, Jasper chipped in 26 points and 123 penalty minutes. Jasper is also a former Cornwall Colt (junior 'A'), a former Char-Lan junior 'B' Rebel, and a product of the Char-Lan Rebels hockey program.

Jasper joins a Glengarry county contingent on the roster that includes Alexandria's Joel Trottier and Green Valley's Tristen Elie.

Tickets for Sunday’s game are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Kids wearing a Halloween costume to the game will be entered into a draw for great prizes.

Other additions

Earlier in the week, general manager Mitch Gagne inked deals with defenceman Michael Pregent and forward Sylvester Bzdyl.

Pregent, a 28-year-old defenceman from Valleyfield, appeared in 32 LNAH contests, including a pair of games with the Cornwall River Kings in 2014-15.

Bzdyl, a 25-year-old forward, played overseas in Poland last season, appearing in 13 games with the STS Sanok.

files from Rodney Wilson