Cornwall Prowlers back on ice Sunday for Blue-and-White game

Massena's Eddie Slade, who played with the Jr. A Cornwall Colts from 2008-10, has signed on with the Prowlers. Handout/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Handout Not For Resale Supplied

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They’ve been busy.

And the Cornwall Prowlers will soon be getting a lot busier.

The Prowlers, who’ve made lots of summer player signings and have already played an exhibition game, are on the ice this Sunday at 4 p.m. for the Blue-and-White intrasquad game, and the team will further take shape shortly after the contest is over.

“We’ll definitely be making cuts right away,” said Prowlers general manager Mitch Gagne, who still has 32 players on the roster, but who doesn’t have too much time until things get real.

The Prowlers have their season opener in just over two weeks (Sept. 28, at Deseronto) and the home opener is the next night at 6:30 p.m. against the Maxville Millionaires at the Benson Centre.

Last Saturday, the Prowlers played their only preview of the summer – and against an old foe from their former league. With a solid exhibition-game crowd of over 200 at the Benson Centre, the Prowlers won a thriller, outlasting the team formerly known as the Vaudreuil Titans, 9-8.

“We didn’t dress too many of our veterans, we wanted to have a look at (newcomers),” Gagne said.

But it was a couple of veterans who led the charge, with second-year player Brandon Gilmour scoring four times, and veteran Brian Landry collecting four points.

Former Alexandria Glens forward Dylan Stacey was signed earlier this week by the EOSHL’s Cornwall Prowlers. Handout/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia NetworkHandout Not For Resale Supplied

In off-the-ice news, the Prowlers announced their latest player signings, including bringing in offensive-minded forward Dylan Stacey, a former Alexandria Jr. B Glens player who’s from Kahnawake.

“He’s impressed our coaches in the pre-camp and in our pre-season game,” Gagne said. “He’s earned himself a spot on this year’s squad. Dylan is just 20 but he has great speed to add to our lineup.”

And, remember the name Eddie Slade? He’s a former Cornwall Jr. A Colts player, from Massena, N.Y., and a big prospect when Ian MacInnis brought him into the team’s stable a decade ago. Slade is 28 now, and Gagne thinks the experience he’ll bring to the lineup will be a good fit.

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The Prowlers are a second-year team, playing in a new league. Cornwall is part of the inaugural campaign for the Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League, announced by Gagne earlier this summer.

Gagne is also the league’s president, in addition to his large role with the Cornwall franchise.

The EOSHL will be made up by Cornwall, the Maxville Millionaires, West Carleton Rivermen (playing out of Carp) and the Deseronto Bull Dogs, with each club playing 18 regular season contests.

Slow and steady growth for the league is what Gagne is hoping for.

“I really think we’ve hit the four corners of this region, with these (franchises),” he said. “I think it will grow, and in time we’ll have eight teams.”

Andrew Wensink will return as Cornwall head coach, with assistant Will McIntyre also back on board. The Prowlers will also have Patrick Morin as a new assistant coach.

In the player signing department, the Prowlers made news for much of the summer, including the late-August announcement that Gagne had landed some more offensive firepower by coming to terms with former Ottawa Gee-Gees skater Mitchell Gibson.

Last year the Prowlers were part of the Ligue de Hockey Senior A de l’Outaouais (LHSAO), losing in the semifinal round to the Mont-Laurier Montagnards.

Ticket prices for Prowlers games in the EOSHL have been announced as $10 for adults, $5 for children and students, and with kids under five admitted free of charge.

Season ticket prices are listed at $75 for adults, and $40 for students and kids.

Admission for this Sunday’s Blue-and-White tilt on Pad One at the Benson Centre is $5, and free for anyone 12 and under.

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