Cornwall Ontario — The Cornwall River Kings blank Sorel 6-0 on home ice tonight to tie the second round series at a game each.
Both teams start the game with very cautious play waiting for their opportunities. The River Kings strike first when Mathieu Curadeau finds the back of the net after sliding one five-hole. Shots after one period are 10-9 in favor of the HC Carvena.
The River Kings come out strong in the second and manage to score three goals in just over five minutes. Mario Joly scores on a shot from the blue line followed two minutes later by Curadeau`s second of the contest. The next goal came on a 4-on-3 power play when Joly notched his second on the night and Cornwall was up 4-0. The fourth River Kings goal marked the end of the night for HC Carvena netminder Francis Gourdeau who was replaced by Sebastien Charpentier. Kings goalie Loic Lacasse stopped 15 shots in the period with several highlight reel saves.
Things keep rolling for the River Kings who continue their strong play in the third period. Nicolas Corbeil scores on a 5-on-3 at 13:23 to make it 5-0. As soon as the puck drops Francis Lessard drops the mitts with Manuel Frechette. Again moments later Kurt McSweyn adds to the lead again on the power play. The puck was no sooner in the net Sebastien Laferierre tried to fight Joly who had no part. Meanwhile two other fights broke out pitting Patrick Lapostolle against Yan Turcotte and Anthony Pittarelli against Christian Deschesne.
Curadeau earned first star on the night, while Joly got the second. Lacasse made 33 saves en route to his third star performance.
Game three of the series shifts back to Sorel on Friday night at 8pm. Game four and five are in Cornwall on Saturday night at 7:30pm and on Sunday at 3:00pm.