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New Alexandria-based team joins EOSHL as part of 2020 expansion

Heading into the second season of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League, we now know that the region’s senior ‘A’ hockey loop will feature two new franchises, one of them based in Alexandria.

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The Glengarry Pipers, as the club will be known, are owned by Ryan McLeod. Jamie Lavigne will serve as general manager and coach. Last season, he was an assistant coach with the championship-winning Cornwall Prowlers.

The Pipers will play out of the Glengarry Sports Palace (Billy Gebbie Arena), in Alexandria.

Lavigne tells me that he has received confirmation from the GSP that they can accommodate the team’s schedule. A future meeting will finalize the details.

The club will be looking for volunteers to help out with ticket sales, provide game-day security, and assist with other tasks to help make competitive senior ‘A’ hockey a success in Alexandria.

“This is my first year acting as a GM for a team so I’m nervous,” Lavigne admits, adding that he is “very confident that we will have a competitive team that will also draw in decent crowds.”

The GM notes that the EOSHL “showcases exceptional hockey,” drawing players with junior hockey experience through to the professional ranks in North America and internationally.

“This is top-calibre hockey, which I found out last year when I was the assistant coach with the championship Cornwall Prowlers. I was given a chance from general manager and head coach Mitch Gagne, and I’m forever grateful.” Lavigne stresses that he gained coaching experience along with an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of how a club at this level operates.

“I’m extremely excited for the season to approach and look forward to seeing the county (Glengarry) come together to support the team and continue to grow the great game.”

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In addition to the Pipers, the EOSHL confirms that the North Frontenac Phantoms will join the league for the 2020-21 season. The club will play out of the North Frontenac Community Arena, in Godfrey. The Phantoms are owned and operated by Colton Distefano and his wife, Sydony.

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As noted in a separate post, senior ‘A’ hockey will return to Maxville for a second season, under new ownership and with the club renamed the Mustangs.

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New ownership saves senior hockey in Maxville

Senior ‘A’ hockey will return to Maxville for the 2020-21 season, as new ownership has taken over the community’s EOSHL club.

As previously reported in this post, the Maxville Millionaires franchise was taken over by the league in March, following the failure of the club to complete payment of league fees for the inaugural campaign.

On March 27, Matt Thompson and Maxime Boucher purchased the Millionaires roster from the EOSHL, committing to keep the club in Maxville, albeit under a new moniker, the Mustangs (Junior ‘C’ hockey fans may recall that name previously used by the Maxville team which played in the EOJCHL/NCJHL from 1998 through 2010, when the club was purchased by new investors and moved to Papineuville, Quebec.)

In preparation for the second season of senior ‘A’ hockey, the Mustangs have announced details on their recruitment and training camp.

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EOSHL reveals league awards for inaugural season

On Monday, the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League announced its 2019-20 league-wide award winners.

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Season play concluded on March 6, when the second-ranked Cornwall Prowlers claimed the inaugural EOSHL championship over the regular season’s top team, the West Carleton Rivermen.

The Prowlers had hoped to celebrate the triumph with two community events on March 21, but those events have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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EOSHL working to find new ownership for Maxville Millionaires

Earlier this week, the Maxville Millionaires announced on their Facebook page (which has since been deleted) that they were ceasing operations after just one year of senior ‘A’ hockey. The Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League, of which the Millionaires were one of four inaugural franchises, stated on March 24, “The EOSHL disappointed to announce that the Maxville Millionaires will no longer operate in the EOSHL as of this morning.”

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Further, the league noted, “The Maxville organization was given a final deadline on March 22, 2020, to pay the team’s outstanding league fees. The payment was not received by the EOSHL on that final deadline date. This deadline was an extension from the original March 15” due date.

The remaining three ownership groups subsequently held a video conference call to explore options moving forward.

Ideally, the EOSHL will find a new ownership group for the Millionaires, keeping the team in Maxville and recovering “some or all the money owed by the Millionaires.”

Other options including allowing the roster to be purchased by an expansion team that will enter the 2020-2021 season or holding a dispersal draft of all current Millionaires players sometime in July, after the league has accepted its expansion teams.

In a statement on March 25, the EOSHL announced “to all our fans and the fans in Maxville, especially, we are working on a new ownership group that has come forward to keep the team in Maxville. Hopefully by Monday [March 30] we can have some solid and positive news for everyone.”

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Prowlers postpone EOSHL championship celebrations due to COVID-19

As previously reported on this website, the Cornwall Prowlers of the EOSHL were looking forward to celebrating their championship, with a pair of community events on March 21; however, due to COVID-19 concerns, those plans have now been postponed.

The senior ‘A’ hockey team had scheduled a community skate for players, team staff, and fans, followed by a party at a local restaurant.

“No one will stop us from this party just a bit later now.”

Team message to fans posted on Facebook

The Prowlers hope to announce a new date for their celebratory events in the coming weeks.

Cornwall’s squad won the inaugural EOSHL championship in West Carleton on March 6 over the top-ranked and regular-season champion Rivermen.

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EOSHL sets league meeting for March 23

The Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’) has scheduled a meeting for March 23, officially setting the stage for the second season of play, which is expected to include an expanded roster of teams.

For its first go-round, the EOSHL had four teams, with the playoff championship recently wrapping up, as the Cornwall Prowlers captured the inaugural trophy.

Among items on the agenda are expansion, with Smiths Falls already confirmed to be joining the EOSHL for the 2020-21 campaign. As well, officials at the meeting will discuss the next draft, roster moves, and 2019-20 season award winners.

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Aside from the Prowlers, who played the bulk of their games out of Cornwall’s multi-sport complex, the first season of the EOSHL included the Maxville Millionaires, regular-season champions the West Carleton Rivermen, and the Deseronto Bulldogs.

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Prowlers announce community skate, party to celebrate EOSHL championship

Fans of the Cornwall Prowlers should set aside March 21 in their calendars, as the team has announced a community skate, followed by a celebratory party, for that date, in recognition of the team capturing the inaugural Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League championship.

March 17 UPDATE: celebratory events postponed.

With the EOSHL finals tied at a game apiece following the first weekend of competition, the title was decided in game three, played in Ottawa, where the Prowlers prevailed 7-5.

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Celebrating the 2020 EOSHL championship. (Cornwall Prowlers photo)

The March 6 contest saw Cornwall open with a 4-0 lead, which held at the end of the first period. Marc Andre Labelle, Tristan Perreault-Gagnon, Jeff Clarke, and Kenny Neil were the marksmen, with assists from Gabriel Veilleux, Devon Burns, Dylan Stacey, Labelle, Charles Landry, and Storm Adams.

West Carleton got two back in the second stanza, before Perreault-Gagnon scored again, set up by Veilleux and Jesse Fontaine. The Rivermen added another in the frame, making it a 5-3 game.

The hosts drew even in the third period.

Neil notched what would end up being the game-winner at the 3:38 mark, assisted by James Kirkwood and Adams. Labelle iced the victory with an unassisted shorthanded marker inside the final minute of play.

Here’s a video of the final few minutes of the game.

Goaltender Frederic Roy, with 36 saves, backstopped the victory and was named playoff MVP.

“It was a big team win, very happy that we came together as a team to bounce back from our last game and win the championship.”

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Following two years out of hockey, 27-year-old defenceman Jacob Dawson was lured back to playing, joining the Prowlers for their inaugural EOSHL campaign. He previously skated with the Cornwall Nationals of the FHL, in the 2016-17 season, and before that at the junior ‘A’ level in La Tuque, Quebec, following two seasons with the junior ‘B’ Char-Lan Rebels.

On the Prowlers’ triumph, Dawson admits to feeling pretty good, adding that he is “glad my family was able to make it up to watch the game.”

The championship series saw each of the three road games won by the road team. Top-seeded West Carleton hosted games one and three, which the Prowlers won, 7-6 and 7-5. The Rivermen prevailed in Cornwall, 6-2. Photos from that game can be viewed here.

Championship Celebrations

On Saturday, March 21, the team invites its fans to join players on the ice for a skate at Cornwall’s multi-sport complex, located at 800 Seventh Street West. The skate with players will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Afterwards, beginning at 8 p.m., the Prowlers will have a celebratory party at Kelsey’s, 960 Brookdale Avenue.

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Rivermen force game 5 in EOSHL finals with win over Prowlers

The Cornwall Prowlers entered Saturday evening’s EOSHL championship series’ fourth match riding a two-game winning streak and looking to clinch the trophy, but the West Carleton Rivermen had other ideas, skating to a 6-2 win over the host side to force a deciding game five this week.

The top-ranked Rivermen appeared hungrier in the February 29 contest, playing desperation hockey as West Carleton needed the win to stay alive.

After Cornwall’s Kenny Neil opened the scoring, assisted by Storm Adams, at the 9:56 mark of the first period, the Rivermen went on a run, scoring the next four goals, including two on near breakaways.

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Jeff Clarke, of the Cornwall Prowlers, strives to contain West Carleton’s Ryan Lough, who breaks away to score for the Rivermen. (Sean Bray photo)

James Kirkwood gave the Prowlers some life late in the second, set up by Gabriel Veilleux and Tristan Perrealt-Gagnon. However, West Carleton added two more in the third period to salt away the win and draw even in the series, at two games apiece.

The Prowlers had 41 shots on goal.

For more on the earlier games in the series, please see this post and this one.

Game five for the cup is scheduled for Friday, March 6 starting at 8 p.m. and will be played at the Cavanagh Sensplex. The Prowlers are looking at a fan bus. Contact the team through their Facebook page for more information.

To view the photo gallery at full size, or to purchase photos as downloadable files or prints, please follow this link.

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Senior ‘A’ hockey league eyes expansion for next season

The EOSHL, our region’s senior ‘A’ hockey league, is looking to expand for the 2020-21 season.

Its inaugural campaign, which will conclude Friday night in Ottawa when the West Carleton Rivermen host the Cornwall Prowlers in the deciding match of the championship series, featured four clubs. The others were the Maxville Millionaires and the Deseronto Bulldogs.

The league recently announced that Smiths Falls will join the fold this fall.

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There is an expectation that at least one more team will join the EOSHL.

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Can the senior ‘A’ Prowlers capture the cup on home ice tonight?

The Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League championship cup could be presented tonight, if the Cornwall Prowlers can prevail on home ice over the West Carleton Rivermen.

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Friday evening on the road, Storm Adams scored the game-winner, with just two seconds remaining in the game, to give the Prowlers the series lead, as Cornwall skated to a 7-6 comeback victory.

Entering the third period, the Prowlers held a 4-3 edge, until the Rivermen drew even 3:29 in. Jacob Dawson restored the lead two minutes later, but West Carleton wasn’t done, potting a pair to move in front, 6-5.

At the 15:05 mark Brian Landry found the target to get the Prowlers back on even terms, before Adams scored the late game-winner.

Cornwall’s offence began the contest clicking on all cylinders, as the Prowlers opened up a 4-0 lead, on two goals each from Marc Andre Labelle and Adams.

West Carleton got two back in the latter stages of the period and added another in the second stanza.

Cornwall goaltender Frederic Roy made 41 saves, while the Prowlers had 31 shots on Rivermen netminder Dave Stathos.

Despite Cornwall having five power-play opportunities and three for West Carleton, neither side scored with the man advantage.

Prowlers earning assists were JP Carey (2), Tristan Perreault-Gagnon (2), Jesse Fontaine (2), Labelle, Brandon Watt, Dylan Stacey, and Devon Burns.

The series, a best-of-five affair, sees Cornwall with a two-games-to one edge heading home to the multi-sport complex (rink 1) for a February 29 contest, at 7:30 p.m.

For a reminder on how we got to this point, please see this story about games last weekend.

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