Chal­lenge lies ahead

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - SPORTS -

the Fed­eral hockey league’s Corn­wall na­tion­als have a big chal­lenge com­ing up on Fri­day night at the civic com­plex. they’ll be try­ing to beat what’s been the league’s dom­i­nant team, the high-fly­ing Port huron Prowlers from Michi­gan, who are cur­rently en­joy­ing an eight-game win streak. the Prowlers are 24-5-0-2-2 for 78 points, with a first-place win­ning per­cent­age of .788. the na­tion­als come into the show­down with a sec­ond-place record of 17-12-0-0-3 (.563 win­ning per­cent­age). the Prowlers have been get­ting the job done at both ends of the ice, lead­ing the league with a whop­ping 174 goals, and hav­ing sur­ren­dered a league low of 95 mark­ers. the game will fea­ture two of the league’s slick­est for­wards, Corn­wall’s Maxime Guyon and Port huron’s Bran­den Park­house, the Jan­uary player of the month. the play­ers are cur­rently tied atop the Fhl points race with 63 apiece. the na­tion­als, com­ing off a 1-2 week­end in Win­ston-Salem, against the Carolina thun­der­birds ear­lier this month, saw first-hand just how good the Prowlers are. In a pair of games at Port huron, Corn­wall fell de­ci­sively both times, by scores of 6-2 and 8-2. Game time on Fri­day is 8:30 p.m. the na­tion­als are also on home ice on Satur­day, host­ing the lowly north Shore Knights at 7:30 p.m. the Knights are in last place in the six-team league, with a record of 4-25. Fri­day’s game is akwesasne War­riors night, honour­ing the for­mer Fhl team, and a con­test in sup­port of the Univer­sity of ot­tawa heart In­sti­tute. Satur­day is oSPCa night in sup­port of the Sd&G an­i­mal Cen­tre.

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