By Steven Smeall
CORNWALL, Ontario - The Cornwall River Kings got off to a rough start in the playoffs Friday night when they suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Dominic Léveillé and the Jonquière Marquis.
© Allison Papineau
Cornwall River Kings.
The best-of-seven series kicked off in Jonquière Friday night and immediately saw the Marquis get off to a quick start on the offense.
While the score was still tied at zero through the first, the Marquis kept control of the shot opportunities, continuously firing shots at River Kings goaltender Loic Lacasse. Lacasse would face 35 shots during the game, holding a save percentage of .886 per cent.
In the second period, Cornwall began running into some penalty trouble. Jonquière took advantage and saw Léveillé score two powerplay goals almost a minute apart from each other.
Léveillé would complete his hat trick bid by scoring a shorthanded goal 30 seconds into the third period. Léveillé would also assist on Jonquière’s fourth goal of the game.
Cornwall’s Sasha Pokulok would get the River Kings on the board in the third period, and while the offense gave it their best to close the game, the goal deficit was too much to overcome.
The River Kings will look to tie up the series in game two Saturday night, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Cornwall.