An evening of comebacks, for the Cornwall Jr. A Colts and for CCHL

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It was an impressive comeback for the Cornwall Colts.

Also mark a memorable comeback night for the Central Canadian Hockey League.

The CCHL’s first meaningful game in 18 months came Thursday night at the Cornwall Civic Complex, and the Colts rebounded in the third period from a 3-1 deficit, before finally falling 4-3 to the Carleton Place Canadiens in overtime. shooting.

Aaron Shaw (power play), Will German and Alex Fournier each scored once for the Colts, while goaltender Emile Savoie, the 19-year-old from Montreal, made 38 saves.

Devon Thibodeau of Carleton Place was the lone scorer in the shootout, scoring the winner in the 6th round.

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An exciting first comeback was a bonus for a league that was reduced to developmental scrums last season. And as part of the first CCHL televised game, in an interview with YourTV, Commissioner Kevin Abrams told the audience that the layoff was unprecedented in many ways, and that there will be challenges going on. road in 2021-2022.

“We are really excited for what lies ahead,” said Abrams. “I hope we can (adapt to) whatever hand is given to us and that we can just overcome any challenges that may arise.”

Coming back from regular full contact junior hockey, Abrams said, “The arrival of the vaccines really started this. . . we listened to direction from the province and local health units.

The Colts appeared to skate uphill most of the night, falling 2-0 late in the first period when the Canadiens scored two goals in just under two minutes. The teams traded power-play goals midway through the session, and Cornwall’s prospects did not look good in the third period, against the dominant CCHL team over the past decade.

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But, the German’s goal at 7:34 of the third session reduced the visitors’ lead to 3-2, and it was hard work of front failure in the corner of Kale MacCormick and Paul Waldhauser who took leads to the marker. Eventually, MacCormick managed to slide the puck into the middle lunge for the German.

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The 3-3 equalizer with 6:13 left in regulation time was scored from the same area of ​​the ice, after a high shot from the end zone glass rebounded into the lunge, with Fournier able to wrist in the washer near the hash mark on the inside.

Bill Gourgon and Caleb Kean each scored a power play for the visitors. Emile Béliveau-Hameury scored once and goaltender Joe Chambers made 37 saves to secure the victory.

The Canadians dominated the Colts 42-40.

The Colts were scheduled to skate in Hawkesbury on Friday night, the busy first day of the 2021-22 calendar, with a total of five games underway.

Next Thursday, these Hawks will provide the opposition in Cornwall’s next home game.

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