Nationals power past Titans
CORNWALL ONTARIO – Three powerplay goals propelled the Nationals to a 7-4 victory over the Danbury Titans on Sunday at the Civic Complex.
Local hockey fans certainly got their money’s worth on Sunday afternoon as they were treated to fast, exciting Federal Hockey League action for only $5. The announced attendance was 672.
With the Nationals on a 5-on-3 powerplay, Anthony Mezzagno opened the scoring at 8:45 of the first with a perfectly placed wrist shot that beat Bobby Bowden over the shoulder. Moments later, Maxime Guyon buried a nice feed from Lou Dickenson for another powerplay marker at 9:43.
Dalton Jay tipped a shot past Nicolas Delongchamps at 12:53 to put the Titans on the scoreboard.
Sylvester Bzdyl then batted a Joel Trottier rebound out of mid-air and past Bowden at 4:50 of the second period. Trottier sent Mezzagno in on a breakaway with a nifty alley-oop pass and he made no mistake at 9:49 of the middle frame.
Taylor Bourne beat Delongchamps with a shot between the legs 1:12 into the third period, but Trottier tipped a blast from the point off the stick of Tristen Elie and in at 6:23 of the third.
With the Nationals on another powerplay, Maxime Guyon one-timed a Jason Dolgy pass to the back of the net at 8:51 of the third.
With Danbury on a 5-on-3 powerplay, the Titans pulled their goalie with nine minutes to go in the third and it resulted on a Steve Brown marker.
But with the Nationals shorthanded, Marley Keca forced a turnover and beat Bowden with a perfectly placed wrist shot with 7:41 to play in the third. Alexander Taulien rounded out the scoring late in the game for Danbury.
Danbury outshot Cornwall 51-43. Trottier (first), Mezzagno (second) and Keca were the announced stars.
The Nationals are back in action next Friday, Dec. 16 when they visit Port Huron to take on the Prowlers (7:30 p.m.). Cornwall then returns to the Civic Complex for a pair of home games next weekend as well.
On Saturday, Dec. 17, the Nationals host the St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints at 7:30 p.m. And on Sunday, Dec. 18, Cornwall hosts the Watertown Wolves for a 1 p.m. game at the Civic Complex.
After Sunday’s game, there will be a meet and greet with the Nationals downstairs at the Civic Complex in Salon B. There will also be a special appearance from Santa Claus.