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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.”

Jesse Fontaine

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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Prowlers drop EOSHL finals opener, look to rebound on home ice Saturday

The Cornwall Prowlers lost the opening game of the best-of-five senior ‘A’ hockey championship finals on the road Friday night, falling 3-1 to the West Carleton Rivermen.

EOSHL cup
EOSHL cup

Jesse Fontaine’s first-period goal was all the offence that the Prowlers could muster, as the Rivermen drew even on a second-stanza marker, going on to add two more in the third frame for the victory.

Assisting on Fontaine’s tally were Devon Burns and Brian Landry.

Frederic Roy, despite making 38 saves, took the loss in net, while West Carleton goaltender Save Stathos made 30 stops for the win.

Game two of the series is set for tonight, February 22, on rink one of Cornwall’s multi-sport complex, starting at 7:30 p.m. The Prowlers will be looking to draw even and set the stage for a pivotal third contest next weekend on the road.

For further details on the championship series and background on how the teams got here, please see this previous post.

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Senior ‘A’ Prowlers set roster for new hockey season

With the new season just days away, the Cornwall Prowlers have announced their roster as it currently stands, for the inaugural campaign of the Eastern Ontario Senior ‘A’ Hockey League, and there are plenty of familiar names.

Forwards signed are Storm Adams, Marc Andre Labelle, Jeff Clarke, Gabriel Veilleux, Mitchell Gibson, Brandon Gilmour, Brian Landry, Adam Wensink, Nick Dixon, Devon Burns, Justin Rutley, Chris Rutley, Alan Legue, and Bobby Cormier.

On defence are Ryan Sullivan, Kieran Devine, Eddie Slade, Jesse Fontaine, James Kirkwood, Kris McCarthy, Jacob Dawson, Frederic Lojen, Russ Decourcie, Justin Lefebvre, and Patrick Gilmour.

Goaltenders are Frederick Roy, Nicholas Dilabio, and Justin Lalonde.

Blueliner Fontaine hails from Martintown and is probably best known locally for his time as a D-man with Char-Lan’s junior ‘B’ Rebels. He also spent time at the junior ‘A’ level with the Cornwall Colts and la Tuque (Quebec) Loups, before playing for St. Lawrence College and then last season with the Prowlers in the LHSAO. Currently working as a bookkeeper, he is looking forward to continuing to play high-calibre hockey again this year.

Another Martintowner, Dawson, is being drawn back to the ice game. The 27-year-old last played competitively during the 2016-17 season for the FHL Cornwall Nationals, but he says he has stayed active since then in various men’s tournaments while working in the construction industry. In recent months, leading up to the new hockey season, he worked out with prospective players to get himself back up to game readiness.

Up front, Wensink, of Maxville, should be a force to be reckoned with, as should be Decourcie, who is the son of former NHL tough guy Gino Odjick. Decourcie can play defence and forward. Rutley, at 6 ft. 5 in., 240 lb., brings some size and skill to the group of forwards as well.

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Thomson, Fontaine represent county in JWHL

The Junior Women’s Hockey League’s Ottawa Lady 67’s feature two Glengarrians this season: Hannah Thomson and Bri Fontaine.

For Thomson, a forward, it’s her second year with the squad that travels across North America for league games. As mom Christie puts it, there is a lot of travel, with the girls going to cities such as Winnipeg, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Washington, Pittsburgh, Boston, Stanstead, Buffalo, Stoney Creek, and Burlington.

Last winter, as an alternate captain, Thomson played in 24 games, notching 19 points. This year, she’s be named captain of the Lady 67’s.

In July at the Boston Beantown tournament, the Lady 67’s went as far as the final before bowing out to Team Nova Scotia, an elite provincial squad, in overtime.

Over the Labour Day weekend, the Ottawa squad beat a top-ranked USA team, the Bay Street Breakers, who hadn’t lost in 34 games.

More recently, the Lady 67’s competed in a 64-team tourney, the Stoney Creek University Showcase, going five and 0, before dropping the silver final in a shootout.

Noteworthy amongst the staff, Guy Boucher is an assistant coach this season.

The Ottawa Lady 67’s have and exhibition game scheduled for Saturday, September 21, at Cornwall’s multi-sport complex, versus the Ontario Hockey Academy, starting at 1:30 p.m.

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