Pois­sant happy to be a Colt

Speedy scorer en­joy­ing the CCHL and Colts are happy to have him in the lineup

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A three-game win streak, and some in­di­vid­ual player hon­ours.

Th­ese are good times, for the Jr. A Corn­wall Colts.

“For sure, it’s good to be win­ning games,” speedy for­ward Tris­tan Pois­sant said.

Pois­sant was chat­ting just be­fore board­ing the team bus for a trip to Rock­land late on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, the Colts car­ry­ing a three­game streak into their con­test against the Na­tion­als.

On Thurs­day, night, the Colts are back home, host­ing the Hawkes­bury Hawks.

Ear­lier in the week, the Colts found out that goalie Michael Carr had been named the CCM Hockey Player of the Week.

Carr, 20, of Colum­bus, Ohio, dur­ing the win streak has recorded a 2.25 goals against av­er­age, a .940 save per­cent­age and 110 saves on the 117 shots faced.

And, in Hawkes­bury on Tues­day night, Corn­wall for­ward Jeremy Ques­nel scored three times and was named the CCHL player of the game, in a 6-1 ex­hi­bi­tion game vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Ber­lin U20 squad from Ger­many.

And, Pois­sant was named the Gong­show Gear first star of the month, for Novem­ber. He siz­zled of­fen­sively, scor­ing 10 goals in 14 games, and be­ing named first star on four oc­ca­sions.

Pois­sant, 18, of Les Coteaux, Que., about 35 min­utes east of Corn­wall, leads the Colts this sea­son with 17 goals and 12 as­sists for 29 points in 33 con­tests.

But like the team did, Pois­sant strug­gled early in the cam­paign.

“I had to adapt to a new league, (and) the coaches were eval­u­at­ing play­ers,” said Pois­sant, who last year for his first sea­son of ju­nior A hockey crossed the bor­der but moved far from home, skat­ing for the Es­panola Ex­press in the North­ern On­tario Ju­nior Hockey League, where he had 24 points (nine goals) in 39 con­tests.

Not bad, but not nearly good enough for Pois­sant, who as­pires to play at the NCAA Divi­sion I level some day.

“With the year I had, I wanted to switch (leagues), I wanted to get closer to home,” he said. “I think this is a bet­ter league (than the NO­JHL).”

But dur­ing the sum­mer re­cruit­ing process, Colts head coach Ian MacInnis didn’t get much of an op­por­tu­nity to see Pois­sant on the ice, as the for­ward was nurs­ing a hand in­jury. In fact, MacInnis said on Wed­nes­day he saw Pois­sant skate only once, be­fore the coach went over­seas to Rus­sia for that world in­vi­ta­tional ju­nior event.

Ul­ti­mately, the Colts would trade for the rights to Poiss ant, and look­ing back, MacInnis sure is glad he did.

“I haven’t coached any­body who’s as fast as he is,” MacInnis said. “When you think you’ve seen him at top speed, he shows an­other gear. He’s got real high-end speed, and he’s skilled enough that he can see things (on the ice even) at his speed.”

Both MacInnis and Pois­sant th­ese days are very pleased, about how the team is gelling, and win­ning.

“In this league, any­body can beat any­body,” Pois­sant said. “We don’t have as many points as some teams, but I think we can go very far in the play­offs.”

In other league news, 10 play­ers from the CCHL will rep­re­sent Canada East at the an­nual World Ju­nior A Chal­lenge com­ing up next week, and the list in­cludes Ot­tawa Jr. Se­na­tors veteran de­fense man Adrien Bis­son, who’s from Corn­wall.

The event runs Dec. 9-16 in Bon­nyville, Alta.

Other CCHL ath­letes named to the 22-man ros­ter are goalie Liam Souliere (Brockville), de­fense­men Cade Tow­nend (Car­leton Place), Eas­tan Eckert (Car­leton Place), Si­mon Mack (Brockville) and Tyler McBay (Brockville), and for­wards Ry­land Mosley (Car­leton Place), John Beaton (Kemptville), Ryan Richard­son (Smiths Falls) and Owen Cole (Ot­tawa).

ROBERT LEFEBVRE/SPE­CIAL TO THE CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREE­HOLDER

If you're look­ing to find Tris­tan Pois­sant, check the op­po­si­tion net — he's of­ten in the area. Pois­sant (7), is seen here in last week's home game against Brockville. He was named the CCHL's first star for the month of Novem­ber.

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