By Steven Smeall
CORNWALL, Ontario – With last Saturday’s Game 4 between the Cornwall River Kings and Jonquière Marquis still fresh in the minds of players and fans, it was clear that Game 5 was not going to be one to miss.
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Cornwall River Kings.
It was not. The Marquis defeated the River Kings by a score to 7-4 Friday night, getting just one victory away from the series win.
Throughout the game the Marquis controlled the offense, sending off 47 shots at Cornwall goaltender Loic Lacasse. His 40 saves would be enough to get him a .851 save percentage.
Marquis’ Jonathan Paiement scored a hat trick during the game. It’s the second time this series that a Marquis player does so. The first came from Dominic Leveille in Game 1. Jonquière’s Simon Laliberté and Marco Charpentier both ended the game with four points apiece.
Five players on the Cornwall squad put up two points for their efforts. Francis Lessard, one of the team’s tougher players, ended up fighting twice throughout the game.
During the third period, attendees of the game began throwing eggs and other objects at the Cornwall players who sat below them. During Game 4, a Cornwall fan tossed an object at a Marquis player which ended up cutting him open and resulted in the play look for revenge.
The team’s Facebook page called for the team to have security available for Game 6, worried about what would happen in retaliation.
Pressed against the wall again, Cornwall is going to need a big performance in their upcoming game. Game 6 will take place at 8 p.m.Monday night here in Cornwall.