Last month, the Cornwall Prowlers of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League convinced Chris Cloutier to sign with the senior ‘A’ club.
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 Pétroliers 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.
The Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’) expansion draft is scheduled for tonight, May 5, beginning at 8 p.m. It will be conducted remotely, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Three new teams – the Glengarry Pipers (Alexandria), the Frontenac Phantoms (Godfrey), and the Smiths Falls Rideaus – are joining the EOSHL for the league’s second season, set to take to the ice this fall.
The expansion draft will have four rounds, with the clubs selecting in the following order: Frontenac, Glengarry, and Smith Falls.
The four original franchises previously each announced their respective 25-man protected lists, leaving five players from each team exposed and available in tonight’s draft.
For background on the Maxville Mustangs, please see this previous post, which includes the team’s list of protected and unprotected players.
To read about the Alexandria-based Glengarry Pipers, please see this story.
The EOSHL is committed to a seven-team schedule for the 2020-21 season, though there is a possibility of one more new franchise joining the fold before play begins. Should that happen, there will be no additional expansion draft; rather, the team will take to the ice with players it signs directly.
The main draft for 2020, involving all seven clubs, is booked for Saturday, May 9, starting at 1 p.m. There will be four rounds, with teams picking in the following order:
The defending-champion Prowlers have been busy of late re-signing players. Among those inked to date are Tristan Perrault-Gagnon, Storm Adams, James Kirkwood, Jesse Fontaine, Dylan Stacey, Devon Burns, Frederick Roy (EOSHL regular-season leader for wins, goals-against average, and save percentage; voted league’s best goaltender for the 2019-20 season), and Marc-Andre Labelle.
Cornwall has scheduled its prospects camp for July 25, at the multi-sport complex, with participants guaranteed two scrimmages and lunch. Pre-registration via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org is required.
Prowlers general manager and head coach Mitch Gagne has hired Wayne Disotell as assistant coach, replacing Jamie Lavigne who is now part of the new Glengarry Pipers franchise. Disotell has been involved in senior ‘A’ hockey for the past two seasons. He was with the Prowlers in 2018-19 in the LHSAO and with the Maxville Millionaires last year.
Award-winners from the 2019-20 season:
Brian Landry and Jacob Dawson: co-winners of hardest worker honours
James Kirkwood: top defenceman
Devon Burns and Frederick Roy: co-winners of most dedicated award
Storm Adams: sportsmanlike award
Marc-Andre Labelle: top forward
Marc-Andre Labelle and Frederick Roy: co-winners Prowlers regular-season MVP
Marc-Andre Labelle and Frederick Roy: co-winners Prowlers playoffs MVP
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a hard-fought 4-3 victory on home ice, the Cornwall Prowlers have drawn even in the 2020 EOSHL championship series with the West Carleton Rivermen.
Despite a short bench as some players were missing due to illness, work obligations, or injuries, the Prowlers battled tough, backstopped by a 43-save effort from goaltender Frederic Roy.
Roy was named first star for his effort in the hemp hut. Marc Andre Labelle, with a three-point night (1 goal, 2 assists) was the game’s second star.
West Carleton opened the scoring in the first period. In the second, James Kirkwood scored for Cornwall, to draw the Prowlers even. Assisting were Labelle and Devon Burns.
The Rivermen responded 10 minutes later, before Cornwall went on to score three in a row, still in the second stanza. Marksmen were Brandon Watt, JP Carey, and Labelle, with assists to Brian Landry (2), Eddie Slade, and Labelle.
West Carleton got one back in the third period, but that was as close as they would get.
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.
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.
The Cornwall Prowlers of the EOSHL rallied from a game down, winning two straight over the Deseronto Bulldogs, capped off by a 10-7 triumph in the deciding tilt last weekend, to secure a berth in the senior ‘A’ hockey championship finals.
The February 15 contest saw the Prowlers build a 6-0 lead by the 5-minute mark of the second period, en route to the victory on home ice.
Marc Andre Labelle led the Cornwall offence, with a goal and 4 assists. Dylan Stacey potted a pair and added two helpers, and Gabriel Veilleux scored one and chalked up a pair of assists.
Storm Adams banged home two goals, as did Jeff Clarke.
Other point-getters were Devon Burns (1 goal, 1 assist), JP Carey (2 A), Tristan Perreault-Gagnon (2 A), James Kirkwood (1 A), Charles Landry (1 A), and Jesse Fontaine (1 A).
South Glengarrian Jacob Dawson also chalked up a helper in the contest. Following the match, he reconnected with Brandon Gilmour, who plays for the Bulldogs. It was Gilmour who convince Dawson to return to competitive hockey this year.
Cornwall lost game one of the semifinal series 6-5 on the road, rallying on home ice to tie the battle with a 10-3 thrashing of Deseronto in the second match.
The West Carleton Rivermen, the league’s top team from the regular season, prevailed in the other semis with a two-game sweep of the Maxville Millionaires, on scores of 8-7 and 13-1.
The first-ever championship series for the EOSHL is set to open tonight, February 21, at the Cavanagh Sensplex, starting at 8 p.m.
Game two of the best-of-five series is booked for Saturday night, beginning at 7:30 p.m., on rink 1 at Cornwall’s multi-sport complex.
West Carleton gets to host game three on February 28, at 8 p.m., with the fourth contest, if required, booked for the next night in Cornwall, at 7:30 p.m., at the multi-sport complex. Should a fifth contest be needed, it’s set to be played March 6 at the Cavanagh.
Their EOSHL semifinal series comes down to a third and deciding game Saturday afternoon, when the senior ‘A’ Cornwall Prowlers will face off against the Deseronto Bulldogs. Game time at the Civic Complex is set for 3 p.m.
After the Prowlers were surprised with a 6-5 loss in game one, Cornwall rallied on home ice last Sunday, pasting the Bulldogs 10-3.
Storm Adams (named second star of the game) paced the offence with a hat-trick contribution, while first-star selection Tristan Perreault-Gagnon notched four assists.
Marc Andre Labelle had five points, including a goal, and Gabriel Veilleux checked in with three points (3 goals, 1 assist). Other contributors included Kenny Neil (1 G, 2 A), Charles Landry (1 G, 1 A), James Kirkwood (1 G), Jeff Clarke (2 A), JP Carey (2 A), and Brandon Watt (2 A).
Goaltender Frederic Roy made 30 saves in the hemp hut.
The winner of Saturday afternoon’s contest will face the league-leading West Carleton Rivermen in the championship series.