River Kings backed into a corner

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By Steven Smeall
CORNWALL, Ontario - Trailing 2-0 in their LNAH playoff series against the Jonquière Marquis, the Cornwall River Kings need to find a way to turn things around.

Cornwall River Kings.

The two teams return to the ice tonight in Jonquière for game three of the series. The game will start at 8 p.m.

In the first two games, the River Kings suffered two 4-1 losses. Jonquière out-played Cornwall with their special teams, and with the amount of penalties these two teams are taking, that is how victories will be found.

Jonquière was able to score shorthanded against Cornwall three times, with two of those goals coming in the first game. They have scored twice through 17 powerplay attempts.

Through 16 powerplay chances, the River Kings have only been able to convert one into a powerplay goal. With the amount of shorthanded chances they have given up, this is spelling trouble going forward for Cornwall.

The River Kings will also have to watch out for Marquis captain Dominic Léveillé, who has dominated the River Kings throughout the series. In game one, Léveillé scored a hat trick and one assist, leading Jonquière to victory that night.

In game two Léveillé was at it once again, scoring the game winner of the game while adding on two assists. His seven points in two games leads everyone in the series. He was named first star in both games.

Another big problem for the River Kings is going to be getting pucks past Marquis goaltender Olivier Pelletier. Through two games, Pelletier faced 56 shots while only letting two into the net. He was named a third star in game one and second star in game two.

Cornwall’s Chris Cloutier got into quite a bit of penalty trouble Saturday night when he drew 29 penalty minutes. Cloutier and long-time rival Gaby Roch once again came to blows in the third period of game two. The fight was their fourth of the season.

Game four will be taking place back in Cornwall at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. If a fifth game is needed, fans will need to wait until Friday April 4 when the teams head back to Jonquière.

Geographic location: Jonquière, Cornwall

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