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EOSHL expands to eight teams for upcoming season

Should a 2020-21 senior ‘A’ hockey season take place in our region, the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League will have eight teams on the ice, up from four in its inaugural go-round last winter.

The newest club added, announced this week, is the Pontiac Comets, which will play out of Fort-Coulonge, Quebec. The team is owned by Danick Boisvert and Sebastien Bonnerot.

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Eight teams now comprise the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League – senior ‘A’

The Comets organization previously skated in the Quebec-based senior ‘A’ hockey league of which the Cornwall Prowlers were also a member before the creation in 2019 of the EOSHL.

League president Mitch Gagne describes the ownership duo as “two great leaders at the top of an established organization.”

In its first season of play, the EOSHL featured the Prowlers (winners of the championship), the Deseronto Bulldogs, the Maxville Millionaires, and the West Carleton Rivermen (regular-season champs and playoff runners-up).

The Millionaires were taken over by the league at the conclusion of the season, with new ownership subsequently found, as the Maxville team was renamed the Mustangs.

During the early stretch of the off-season, the league announced new entrants: the Glengarry Pipers (out of Alexandria), the Frontenac Phantoms (from Godfrey), and the Smiths Falls Rideaus.

Regarding play for a 2020-21 season, the league announcement says, “EOSHL owners have met a couple of times via video calls over the last month and are keeping optimistic about a shortened season to be played in the near future.”

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Senior A Prowlers lure Cloutier from LNAH

Last month, the Cornwall Prowlers of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League convinced Chris Cloutier to sign with the senior ‘A’ club.

Prowlers graphic showcasing Chris Cloutier

Coach and general manager Mitch Gagne says on the addition of the 37-year-old defenceman, the Prowlers “lacked some grit and physical play last season and needed to fill that gap.”

The veteran blueliner has been playing in Quebec’s semi-professional league, the LNAH, with the P├ętroliers du Nord. Last winter, he suited up for 23 games, amassing 144 penalty minutes and zero points.

“After a long chat with Chris about needing him to play hockey more than the shenanigans as he can play the game not just the tough guy role, he committed [to Cornwall’s senior ‘A’ team] due to the uncertainty of the LNAH this season,” explains Gagne.

As a semi-pro league, the LNAH relies on strong spectator attendance numbers for revenue to play salaries.

Meanwhile, the EOSHL, an amateur league, does, of course, have expenses too, and will need some fans in the stands in order to operate this winter. As of now, it is a waiting game on that, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing.

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Senior A Prowlers bolster roster heading into Friday night action

Before hitting the road this evening to take on the West Carleton Rivermen, the Cornwall Prowlers of the EOSHL made a few additions to their roster.

The Prowlers (6-1-2) are chasing the league-leading Rivermen (8-0-1), trailing three points in the standings heading into play this weekend.

Making their debut tonight are forwards Maxime Bonin and Kyle Quick, along with defenceman Matt Romain. General manager Mitch Gagne characterizes the new additions as “two speedsters up front and a solid defensive d-man.”

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Millionaires, Prowlers suffer Saturday losses

Local senior ‘A’ hockey on Saturday saw the Maxville Millionaires and the Cornwall Prowlers lose their home games, falling to the Deseronto Bulldogs and West Carleton Rivermen, respectively.

The Millionaires remained winless, dropping to 0-6 in their inaugural EOSHL campaign, with a 7-4 loss to Deseronto. Tristen Elie and Chris Newhook each had two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in the losing cause. Ryan Allen and Kenny Neil notched the other Maxville markers, while Mikael Dobson, Ian Boots, Stevie Ray Adams, and Mark Pearl added assists. Miguel D’aoust took the loss in net, facing 39 shots on goal.

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The Maxville Millionaires bench during November 2 game action. (submitted photo)

In Cornwall, the Prowlers had a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes of play, only to see the Rivermen score 4 times in the final frame, dealing the home side a bitter pill.

Following the game, Prowlers owner and general manager Mitch Gagne expressed his frustration with penalty calls at the 18:27 mark of the second stanza: “The whole momentum was swung by two calls by the referees… tossing our goalie and captain out in the middle frame saw a swing in things.”

Goaltender Frederic Roy and captain Marc Andre Labelle were both shown the door after being called for unsportsmanlike conduct. Roy also took a roughing call, as did West Carleton’s Dave Stathos. Roy left the game having stopped 26 of 28 shots.

Cornwall’s goal scorers were Storm Adams, Brandon Gilmour, and Jeff Clarke. Labelle had two assists before he left the game. Other assists went to Gabriel Veilleux, Brian Landry, Dylan Stacey, and JP Carey.

With the loss, the Prowlers record now stands at 4-1-2 for second place. The Rivermen lead the league at 6-0-1.

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