By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario –The Cornwall River Kings fell against the Sorel-Tracy Eperviers on home ice Saturday night, putting them on a five-game losing streak.
But Brock Kirkman, and his vehemence for the opposition, will still be at the Civic Complex on Sunday afternoon to watch them play the Trois-Rivieres Vikings. He has never missed a game - or a chance to run the other team down for all three periods.
“We follow them on the road, even the playoffs. It’s really fun having this league here in Cornwall,” said Kirkman, 33.
The season ticketholder can be found in Section E – nicknamed Cell Block E – directly behind the visiting team’s bench.
This is where Kirkman makes his contribution to the game. His goal: disrupt the other players and coaching staff. And he scores every time with three periods of non-stop heckling.
“I’m a little different than the average fan,” he said. “I sit behind the visitor’s bench every game and chirp the players, get on them and I really enjoy it.”
Suddenly, Sorel makes what Kirkman considers a “cheap move” and a tirade of loud insults follows. Dozens of other River Kings fanatics populating Cell Block E also chime in. (When trying to capture the moment on camera, this reporter was told to take a seat or face the wrath of three agitated fans for blocking the action.)
Beside Kirkman sits his partner in crime Jamie Martin, 32. Before the River Kings, they were at every Akwesasne Warriors hockey game on Cornwall Island at the A`nowara`ko:wa Arena. Before that, the Cornwall Comets and Aces. But now the Ligue Nord-Americaine de Hockey has these two hecklers to deal with as long as the River Kings are a Cornwall franchise.
“I hope it’s around for a while,” said Kirkman. “It’s nice to watch some men’s league hockey that’s hard-hitting, fast-paced, with exNHL players.”
He recommends joining the Cornwall River Kings Fans Facebook group to keep in the loop.
Now back to the game.
During the first two periods, both teams went score for score ending at 2-2.
Doug Andress (4) made both of the River Kings’ goals on a power play, the second shorthanded.
Sorel’s Mathieu Dumas (26) dominated the final round with two goals, the first on a powerplay, making it 4-2 for Sorel.