Colts rally past Hawkes­bury

Team is com­ing to­gether well head­ing into back third of 2018-19 reg­u­lar sea­son

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A night af­ter their three-game win streak came to an end, the Jr. A Colts found them­selves jump­ing right back into the win col­umn.

The gritty Colts had an­other come­back ef­fort, and ral­lied past long-time ri­val Hawkes­bury, 3-2 in front of an an­nounced crowd of 895 at the civic com­plex on Thurs­day night.

Kon­nor MacCormick net­ted what turned out to be the gamewin­ning goal, con­nect­ing on a Corn­wall power play with 9:02 re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion time to snap a 2-2 tie. Alex Gagnon and Philippe Gil­mour drew as­sists on the play.

Colts head coach Ian MacIn­nis is thrilled with Gil­mour’s lead­er­ship qual­i­ties, and with quite a few roster moves in the last few weeks, he’s seen a lot more en­ergy at the rink and on the ice.

“Af­ter (deals) there’s of­ten much more spirit and lead­er­ship in the room,” the coach said. “This group is very ea­ger to come to the rink and get things go­ing. . . it’s a great mix of young and older play­ers, (and) it’s kind of a joy to hang around with this group.”

The Colts had pulled into a 2-2 tie a short time ear­lier, their highf­ly­ing for­ward Tris­tan Pois­sant con­nect­ing with 10:47 to go, on a setup in­volv­ing MacCormick and Gil­mour.

Hawkes­bury’s Xavier Leveille had opened the scor­ing 4:46 into the game, and the Colts evened things up 5:08 into the mid­dle frame on a Gagnon goal, with Josh Barnes and Alex Stuck­ert draw­ing as­sists.

Corn­wall would fall be­hind once again, 2-1, when Bradley Shaw con­nected for the vis­i­tors 3:20 into the third pe­riod.

Hawkes­bury out­shot the Colts 28-24, with Corn­wall goalie Michael Carr mak­ing 26 saves. Matthew Pe­tizian took the loss.

The an­nounced stars were Gagnon (first), Gil­mour (sec­ond) and Hawkes­bury’s Shaw.

The quick re­cov­ery af­ter a 3-2 over­time shootout loss in Rock­land on Wed­nes­day night means the Colts have now won four of their last five games. But the last two Corn­wall losses have gone to a shootout, mean­ing that the Colts have col­lected at least a point in each of their last six games dat­ing back to Nov. 25.

“Any points we could get this week against two re­ally good teams (Hawkes­bury and Rock­land) is a plus, they’re both top teams, and we’ve been play­ing a lot of hockey,” MacIn­nis said.

It’s been a very busy stretch for Corn­wall, which has just played five games in eight days. The Colts have a week-long pe­riod be­fore they play their net Cen­tral Canada Hockey League reg­u­lar sea­son game, next Thurs­day at home against the Ot­tawa Jr. Sen­a­tors.

Corn­wall has a record of 17 wins and 13 losses, with three over­time losses and two shootout set­backs, for 39 points, putting the Colts in sixth place in the 12-team league.

The hot streak for Corn­wall has al­lowed the Colts to get a lit­tle bit of sep­a­ra­tion in the stand­ings from sev­enth-place Kanata (36 points), and it has the team within strik­ing dis­tance of the up­per-ech­e­lon clubs.

In fact, com­ing into week­end play, Corn­wall is only 10 points out of a first-place tie, as it’s the Car­leton Place Cana­di­ans cur­rently oc­cu­py­ing the top rung with 49 points, with the sea­son at its mid­way point.

In Rock­land on Wed­nes­day night, the Colts twice hit the come­back trail, fall­ing be­hind the Na­tion­als 1-0 and 2-1, but ex­tend­ing the game into OT and get­ting a point for their ef­forts.

In front of a listed crowd of 190, the Na­tion­als grabbed a 2-1 lead 7:46 into the third pe­riod, on a David Lafrance marker.

But the Colts quickly an­swered, Henry Bishop scor­ing 58 sec­onds later at the 8:44 mark.

Corn­wall out­shot Rock­land 4-1 in the over­time pe­riod, but the game went on into a break­away shootout, and the home side won it on goals by Josh Nor­man and Si­mon Houle.

Gagnon had a shootout goal for the Colts.

Over­all for the game, the Nats out­shot Corn­wall 32-29, with Joseph Gi­a­cobbo get­ting the goal­tend­ing win, and Carr tak­ing the loss.

ROBERT LEFEBVRE/SpE­CiAL TO THE CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREEHOLDER

Corn­wall Colts Kon­nor McCormick (No. 23) and Tris­tan Pois­sant (No. 7) lead the line af­ter scor­ing the sec­ond goal against the Hawkes­bury Hawks on Thurs­day.

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