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BREAKING NEWS: Cornwall Nationals pro hockey team announces immediate shutdown

sean Feb 20, 2018 - 5:43pm

Cornwall's professional hockey team, the Nationals of the Federal Hockey League, today announced it would cease operations effective immediately. Here's the club's press release: 

The Cornwall Nationals of the Federal Hockey League have ceased operations, effective immediately. 

"This is a really sad day for hockey in Cornwall," said Rodney Rivette, owner/president. "Unfortunately, due to our financial situation, we can no longer continue."

Saturday night's attendance was announced at 358 in what turned out to be the team's last game at the Ed Lumley Arena inside the civic complex.

"We've exhausted every avenue possible to save the team," said Rivette. "This is so unfortunate because owner Will Beauvais has done everything possible to make this work."

The organization would like to thank its small but loyal fan base as well as all local sponsors and volunteers.

The Nats have had Glengarry connections over their short tenure in the Seaway City, including current head coach Joel Trottier, of Alexandria. This was the club's second year of operations, following on the heels of the Cornwall River Kings, which played in the Quebec-based LNAH.

CCHL Raiders upset Colts 2-1 in Cornwall

sean Feb 9, 2018 - 11:27am

Brennan Markell’s third-period, short-handed goal was all the offence the Colts could muster in a 2-1 loss to Nepean Thursday night at the Ed Lumley Arena, in Cornwall.

The Raiders outshot the Colts 32-28, with Michael Carr making 30 saves in the loss. Cornwall's record falls to 26-21-4-2 (58 points) for sixth place in the CCHL standings.

The Hardest Working Colts Player of the game was Konnor MacCormick. Three Stars were first Alexander Bourhas (NEP), second Joey Laird (NEP), and third Brennan Markell (COR).

The Colts have a week off before hosting the Brockville Braves next Thursday, at 7:30 p.m.

files from David Murphy

Catching up with the CCHL Cornwall Colts

sean Jan 31, 2018 - 6:41pm

The junior 'A' Cornwall Colts will next see action on home ice Thursday, Feb, 1, when the team will host the Kanata Lasers, at 7:30 p.m.

Last Thursday night, the Colts prevailed in overtime 4-3 against Smiths Falls, as JD Pogue potted a pair of goals and chalked up an assist.

Josh Barnes had a goal and one helper. Tommy Tanner also scored. Liam Lascelle made 24 saves for the victory, as the Colts outshot the Bears 30-27.

For the second home game in a row, the Hardest Working Colts Player was the county's own Ethan Mulhearn. Three Stars were first JD Pogue (COR), second Josh Barnes (COR), and third Ethan Coltart (SF).

Prior to the game, Liam Lascelle was recognized for becoming the Cornwall Colts franchise leader in wins, saves, and games played.  All three milestones were accomplished in the last month of Colts games. 

Two days later in Ottawa, the Colts edged the Senators 2-1.

The team is scheduled to play tonight on the road, in Nepean to wrap up the January schedule.

with files from David Murphy

Junior A Colts prevail on home ice

sean Jan 19, 2018 - 2:32pm

Thursday night action at the Cornwall Civic Complex saw the Colts skate to a 6-2 CCHL victory over the Pembroke Colts. 

The county's Ethan Mulhearn was among the goal scorers for the home side.

There was also a Glengarry connection to the officiating crew for this game, with Alexandria's Yannick Rochon working as one of the linesmen.

Alumni of Colts, Royals invited to play in upcoming charity hockey game

sean Jan 15, 2018 - 4:49pm

Alumni from the Cornwall Royals and Cornwall Colts will suit up for a charity game on Saturday, March 17, in the Seaway City. The contest is scheduled to coincide with the nationally televised Hometown Hockey, which Cornwall is hosting that weekend.

Alumni from all generations of Royals and Colts are being invited to participate, as players and coaches.

The game, in support of the Ghost Walk For Charity will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lead into the kickoff for the community events portion of the Hometown Hockey telecast, from the Cornwall Civic Complex.

This is only the second such game (the first one opened the 2015 Fred Page Cup).

Alumni from both clubs are encouraged to contact David Murphy (dmurphy10@cogeco.ca) or Lorne Taillon (ltaillon@cornwall.ca) to confirm their participation.

files from David Murphy

Junior 'A' Colts felled by Senators

sean Jan 12, 2018 - 2:38pm

The Ottawa Jr. Senators showed why they’re one of the top junior 'A' hockey teams in Canada, scoring a 5-2 Thursday night win over the Colts, at the Ed Lumley Arena.

The Jr. Senators came into the game sixth overall in the country and now own a record of 35-6-1-2 (73 points).

JD Pogue (14) and Keegan Mulhearn (12) each had a goal for the Colts.  

The Jr. Sens outshot the Colts 33-26, with Michael Carr taking the loss.

Cornwall's record drops to 22-16-4-1 (49 points), leaving them in a tie for fourth in the CCHL standings.

Hardest Working Colts Player honours went to the newest Colts defenceman, Alex Wilkins. Three Stars were first Finn Evans (OTT), second  Owen Guy (OTT), and third Keegan Mulhearn (COR).

Next game is scheduled for tonight (Jan. 12) on the road against the Brockville Braves, at 7:30 p.m.

The Colts next home game is set for Thursday, January 18, when the team is slated to host the Pembroke Lumber Kings. Staff and students from CCVS will be honoured. Game time is 7:30 p.m., at the Ed Lumley Arena (Cornwall Civic Complex).

files from David Murphy

High school girls hockey a go for Tuesday

sean Jan 8, 2018 - 2:27pm

Despite the weather-related bus cancellations today, Jan. 8, tomorrow's high school girls hockey tournament scheduled for Morrisburg is a go.

Here is the schedule for the day:

7:30 a.m.: Char-Lan vs. Seaway
8:30 a.m.: Tagwi vs. Holy Trinity
9:30 a.m.: Char-Lan vs. La Citadelle
break
noon: Tagwi vs. North Dundas
1 p.m.: Seaway vs. St. Joseph's
2 p.m.: La Citadelle vs. North Dundas

There are also two games booked for Thursday, Jan. 11, at Cornwall's multi-sport complex.

1:45 p.m.: St. Joseph's vs. Holy Trinity
3 p.m.: Char-Lan vs. St. Joseph's

Junior A Colts doubled off by Rockland

sean Jan 5, 2018 - 12:34pm

Five third-period goals were too much to overcome, as the Rockland Nationals doubled the Colts 6-3 Thursday night at the Ed Lumley Arena.

The night could be summed up at the 13:47 mark of the third with Liam Lascelle out of the net for the extra attacker for an upcoming Rockland penalty, when one of the Colts forwards made a drop pass from centre ice that curled into the Colts net. Rockland added two short-handed markers in the frame to seal the victory.

Tommy Tanner (with his 8th of the season) paced the Colts offence with a goal and an assist. Konnor MacCormick (14) and the newest Colts forward Noah Williams (1) also scored.  

Rockland outshot the Colts 41-22 with Liam Lascelle getting tagged with the loss.

Cornwall's record falls to 20-15-4-1 (45 points) in sixth place in the CCHL standings.

The Hardest Working Colts Player award went to Tommy Tanner. Three Stars were first Shawn Kennedy (ROC), second Trevor Coykendall (ROC), and third Tommy Tanner (COR). JD Pogue was honoured as the Colts Player of the Month.

The Colts and Nationals wrap up their home-and-home series Friday night in Rockland. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Next home game is Sunday, January 7, when they host the Kemptville 73’s. Children 12 and under receive FREE Admission to the game, which is set for a 3 p.m. start at the Ed Lumley Arena (Cornwall Civic Complex).

files from David Murphy

FHL-leading Nationals connect for fourth straight victory

sean Dec 19, 2017 - 1:46pm

Two Federal Hockey League teams heading in opposite directions collided at the Civic Complex on Saturday night, and the result was almost predictable. 

The Cornwall Nationals skated to a 5-4 victory over the North Shore Knights, in front of 682 fans. It was the first-place Nats’ fourth straight win and the Knights’ seventh straight defeat.

Maxime Guyon led the Cornwall attack with a five-point performance (two goals and three assists), as the Nationals improved to 9-2-0-2.

The Knights struck first on a goal by Patrick Porkka just 16 seconds into the contest. The speedy Guyon then dashed up the left wing, beat a North Shore defender, and found a wide-open Ahmed Mahfouz, who levelled the score for Cornwall at 5:33 of the first. Brandon Vuic gave the Nationals a 2-1 lead with 3:02 to go in the opening period. Guyon’s shot was stopped, but Vuic pounced on the rebound to beat North Shore goaltender Adam Zeman for a power-play marker.

Cornwall opened up a two-goal lead just 46 seconds into the second period on a Guyon goal. The Knights fought back, however, on a pair of Matyas Kasek markers at 6:21 and 10:19 of the middle frame. Moments after taking a hard hit from Dominik Fejt, Mahfouz gave the Nationals the lead once again with 4:28 to go in the second, burying a perfect pass from Guyon.

On the ensuing faceoff, Cornwall defenceman Jay Kenney dropped the gloves with Fejt to the delight of the local fans.

Guyon then scored his second of the evening with an unassisted effort with 1:48 to play in the second to give the Nationals a 5-3 lead. 

But, North Shore fought back on a goal by Kasek, who beat Sebastien Dube-Rochon once again for his third of the contest, at 12:06 of the third.

Cornwall outshot North Shore 47-35. Guyon (first), Mahfouz (second), and Kasek were the announced stars. 

Road victory

On Friday night in Watertown, Guyon scored a hat trick to lead the Nationals to a 5-3 win over the Wolves. Sylvester Bzdyl and Tom Tsicos also scored for Cornwall, while Mahfouz and defenceman Patrick Harrison chipped in a pair of assists. Tyler Beskorowany was outstanding in goal for the Nationals, turning aside 57 of the 60 shots faced to earn the victory.

–  files from Rodney Wilson