By Steven Smeall
CORNWALL, Ontario - The Cornwall Colts will be returning to the civic complex tonight as they look to tie their Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) quarter-final playoff series against the Ottawa Junior Senators at two.
The Colts played two games of the series this past weekend at the Jim Durrell Complex located in Ottawa. The two games were back-to-back as game one was postponed last week due to the snow storm.
In Saturday’s game two, the Colts were able to get their first win of the series when they defeated Ottawa by a score of 4-2 despite being out-shot 42-15 by Ottawa. Cornwall’s James Edwardson kept the Colts in the game with his 40-save performance.
The offense was definitely scattered as all four goals came from different Colts. Cal Hofford, Lawson MacDonald, Tanner Spink, and Kevin Hope all put up tallies during the game.
The game also saw Cornwall get into penalty trouble with 39 minutes in the sin bin. Stellar defense and quite the performance from Edwardson held Ottawa to just one successful powerplay goal of the eight chances they had.
Game three did not play out the way Cornwall was hoping after game two’s performance, as they dropped a 5-2 decision and now face a 2-1 series deficit.
Another problem seen throughout the game was the amount of penalties taken by the two teams. Together, Cornwall and Ottawa totaled 100 penalty minutes through just 60 minutes. Seventy six of those penalty minutes came in the third period.
It’s clear that tempers are flaring between the two teams heading into game four, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Following a powerplay goal in game three, Colts captain Marly Quince leads the team with five points. Right behind him is Kevin Hope, who scored the only other Cornwall goal in game two, with four.