Colts get the jump on Pembroke Lumber Kings
The Cornwall Colts came out early and strong in their Thursday evening game against the Pembroke Lumber Kings, holding onto a lead and getting a 3-2 win.
Alex Gagnon opened scoring for the Colts just after the five-minute mark of the opening frame, with assists from Ethan Mulhearn and Nick Abbott.
Cornwall added another marker to the board about four minutes later, as Tristan Poissant scored his first of two for the night, off assists from Konnor MacCormick and Cedric Matte.
A hooking penalty to Matte at 11:12 of the first opened the Lumber Kings’ first chance to get one past Colts’ goaltender Michael Carr, which Michael Douglas did off an assist from Connor Warnholtz 19 seconds after Matte entered the box.
The second period didn’t produce many goals for either team, but did rack up most of the game’s penalty minutes, with nine penalties assessed to both teams including a head-checking misconduct to Pembroke’s Jacob McIntyre.
Poissant’s second goal of the game, which stood as the winner for the night, came just as the second period was entering its back half, an unassisted marker at 9:42.
The Lumber Kings would pull goaltender Darian McTavish with just over 90 seconds left in the game for the extra attacker, a strategy that worked as Alex DiCarlo scored Pembroke’s second goal of the night with 53 seconds left in the game.
The Colts offence was busier than it has been through much of the season so far, with Thursday’s game being one of few where Carr has faced fewer shots than the guy between the pipes at the other end of the ice. Both goalies were kept busy though, as McTavish faced 40 shots and Carr faced 34.
Poissant was named the night’s first star, with Carr its second and McTavish its third.
The Colts’ win brings the team to 10-11-3-0 for the season, with 23 points keeping them in seventh-place overall in the Central Canada Hockey League and locked comfortably into fourth place in the Yzerman division. Cornwall is seven points behind third-place Ottawa in the division, with fifthplace Navan seven points behind the Colts.
In other team news, Benjamin Dirven, Konnor MacCormick and Ethan Mulhearn were all named to the CCHL Yzerman Division team for the upcoming Eastern Canadian Jr. A All Star Challenge tournament, scheduled for Nov. 19-21 in Trenton, Ont. The challenge provides 12 teams made up of players from Jr. A leagues across Canada an opportunity to play a weekend tournament before Canadian university, U.S. collegiate and NHL scouts.
Cornwall wash eaded to Rockland to face the Nationals as this article was being written. They return to the LumDome on Nov. 15, hosting the Kanata Lasers with a 7:30 p.m. start.
Cornwall Colts Tristan Poissant skates away from a shot on the Pembroke Lumber Kings net on Thursday. The Colts won 3-2.