By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - The Cornwall River Kings dropped two games against teams at both ends of their league's spectrum this weekend.
© Allison Papineau
Cornwall River Kings.
After suffering an 8-1 loss to the River Kings just eight days prior, the Laval Braves edged out a 6-5 victory on Saturday, in front of 2,672 fans at the Cornwall Civic Complex.
The action wasn't as heavy as their last encounter, but Cornwall's largest crowd of the season didn't have to wait long for the rivalry to explode.
In the first 15 seconds of the game, River King Chris Cloutier and Laval's Maxime Bouchard dropped the gloves for round one of the match's three bouts.
The Braves' first two markers were the beginning of a five-point game for Maxime Boisclair.
Cornwall's Dominic Chiasson fired back with the River Kings' only goal of the period, but Laval kept their stronghold thanks to a late score by Alexandre Imbeault.
Boisclair opened the second period with his hat-trick goal, assisted by Imbeault.
Barely a minute later, River King Francis Lessard tipped one in, bringing the score to 4-2.
At the game's mid-way point, Chiasson made his mark on the Ligue Nord-Americaine de Hockey, celebrating his 300th goal with the league and second of the game, despite back-to-back losses.
The milestone was cut short 49 seconds later when Laval's Mario Joly made a power play goal.
A solid effort in the final frame offered no help to the River Kings. Cornwall's Pierre-Luc Faubert and Julien Corriveau's goals fell short, competing against Laval's last addition to the scoreboard by Patrick Lapostolle. The final score was 6-5 for the Braves.