Cornwall Nats Break Losing Streak on Ste. Marie Goal MARCH 5, 2017

Cornwall Nats Break Losing Streak on Ste. Marie Goal MARCH 5, 2017

 

Ste Marie gets OT winner for Nats

CORNWALL ONTARIO – Darick Ste Marie scored with 6.9 seconds left in overtime to spark the Cornwall Nationals to a 4-3 victory over the Berlin River Drivers on Saturday night at the Civic Complex.

Lou Dickenson, with a heads up play, set up Ste Marie for the tap-in goal that snapped Cornwall’s six-game losing streak in front of 617 fans.

Josh Pietrantonio opened the scoring for the River Drivers on a wraparound that beat Cornwall’s Francis Dupuis at 12:13 of the first.

Mitchel Porowski leveled the score with 4:27 to play in the opening frame when he pounced on a rebound and beat Berlin goaltender Cory Simons. MJ Graham then set up Dickenson with a perfect pass for a powerplay marker with 2:38 to play in the first.

Sylvester Bzdyl gave the Nationals a 3-1 lead at 7:40 of the second period when he was sent in all alone on a nice feed from Kris McCarthy. Simons stopped the first shot, but Bzdyl banged in the rebound with a great second effort.

The River Drivers came out flying at the beginning of the third. Nick Wright, left alone in the slot, beat Dupuis 1:21 into the period. Fourteen seconds later, Pietrantonio scored his second of the contest to tie the game at 3-3.

That set up an exciting three-on-three overtime. Cornwall outshot Berlin 5-0 in the extra period and 38-37 overall.

Graham (first), Dupuis (second) and Bzdyl were the announced stars.

The two teams are right back in action on Sunday afternoon in Berlin. Game time is 2 p.m.

ROAD LOSS: Jiri Pestuka scored his second goal of the game at 2:21 of overtime to give the River Drivers a 5-4 victory over the Nationals on Friday night at Berlin. David Brancik had a goal and two assists for the River Drivers. Porowski, with a pair, Gabriel Levesque and Bzdyl scored for Cornwall. Graham assisted on all four Nationals goals. Dupuis took the loss in goal for Cornwall, which was outshot 42-27.

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