Nationals fall to Fighting Saints on home ice
CORNWALL ONTARIO – The St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints edged the Nationals 4-3 on Saturday night at the Civic Complex in front of 607 fans.
Blake Naida scored the game-winning goal with a gorgeous deke to his backhand on a penalty shot at 4:42 of the third.
The Fighting Saints opened the scoring 3:30 into the game when Brandon Fehd beat a sprawling Nicolas Delongchamps. Cornwall responded on a goal by defenceman Mikael Pregent, who’s shot from the point squeezed past Andy DiCristofaro at 13:09 of the opening frame.
MJ Graham, with his 8th of the season, connected on a pretty feed from Jason Dolgy to give the Nationals a 2-1 lead with 3:31 to play in the second. But Zach Zulkanycz beat Delongchamps on a nifty deke with 39.3 seconds to play in the period.
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Marley Keca pounced on a rebound off the end boards to give the Nationals a lead 3:26 into the third but the Fighting Saints leveled the score 39 seconds later on Fehd’s second of the contest.
St. Clair outshot Cornwall 52-31. Fehd (first), Zulkanycz (second) and Delongchamps were the announced stars.
The Nationals are back on home ice Sunday afternoon, when they face the Danbury Titans at 1 p.m. It’s a special promotion game with $5 tickets for fans of all ages.
ROAD LOSS: On Friday night at Berlin, Jiri Pestuka scored four goals to lead the River Drivers to an 11-3 victory over the Nationals. JC Houde, with two, and Graham had the Cornwall goals.