By Steven Smeall
CORNWALL, Ontario - Despite seeing the end of the game erupt into complete chaos, the Cornwall River Kings won game four of their LNAH playoff series against the Jonquière Marquis and tied the series.
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Cornwall River Kings' Brennan Barker.
In the final 25 seconds of the game, referees handed out over 100 penalty minutes as the teams came to blows multiple times. Jonquière got into a confrontation with the crowd and police were on scene following the game.
Frustrations boiled over after Cornwall scored on an empty net to give them the two-goal lead.
Responding to difficulties on the powerplay, Marquis captain Dominic Léveillé scored his fifth goal of the series to give his team the 1-0 lead early in the first.
Wanting to prove that they could match Jonquière with special team play, Cornwall would see Doug Andress put up a powerplay goal for them 16 minutes into the first period. Assists came from Sasha Pokulok and Pierre-Luc Faubert.
Looking to build on the offense they had established the night before, Cornwall would head towards the end of the second period strong. Off a pass from Ryan Sullivan, Jean-Philippe Caron gave the River Kings a 2-0 lead. Secondary assist came from Dominic Chaisson.
Jonquière would eventually tie the game in the third period, but just 20 seconds after the Marquis goal, Cornwall’s Pierre-Luc Faubert would give the River Kings the lead once again. Assists came from Bobby Mazerolle and Francis Lessard. Faubert would score the empty net goal as well.
Cornwall goaltender Loic Lacasse was named first star of the game. The River Kings were out-shot 33-29 by the Marquis, but Lacasse’s .939 save percentage kept his team in the game. Second star went to Sasha Pokulok and Pierre-Luc Faubert was named third star.
The River Kings can now breathe a sigh of relief, having tied the series. Game five will take place in Jonquière at 8 p.m. next Friday. Game six returns to Cornwall the following Monday.