It was a welcome first win in 2019 for the Cornwall Jr. A Colts.
The Colts on Thursday night at the civic complex turned back the Rockland Nationals 5-1, putting the brakes on a four-game losing streak. The skid included the first three contests of the new year, a losing streak that began with the last game of 2018 played just before Christmas.
So it was a much-needed victory, and an important two points that gives Cornwall a total of 44 for the year.
The 19-18-4-2 Colts have 44 points, the win Thursday at least temporarily vaulting Cornwall into sixth place, over the Kanata Lasers who were also in action the same night and dropped their contest.
The Colts need to finish in the top eight in the 12-team league to have a playoff spot in mid-March, and right now nothing is guaranteed.
The ninth-place team, Kemptville, has 36 points, just eight fewer than Cornwall.
But the Colts are also close to being a top-tier club, just 10 points behind two squads, Brockville and Ottawa.
On Thursday, an announced crowd of 867 liked what it saw – the Colts never trailed in the game, and standout goalie Michael Carr was working on a shutout for close to two full periods.
Carr ended up making 33 saves, while his counterpart Cyrus Martin blocked 27 of 32 shots and was saddled with the loss.
Speedy Cornwall forward Tristan Poissant opened the scoring at the 16-minute mark of the first period.
The Colts in the middle of the second period erupted offensively to take control of the action. First, Philippe Gilmour scored at the 9:17 mark, then 39 seconds later Alec Taillon pushed the advantage to 3-0.
A shorthanded goal from Ethan Mulhearn at 18:21 made it 4-0, but Rockland was able to answer before the end of the session, getting a Nicholas Wildgoose power play goal at 18:41.
Cornwall’s Ethan Grant closed out the scoring at the 16:26 mark of the third period.
Announced stars were Mulhearn (first, with two points), Josh Barnes (second, with two assists) and Wildgoose.
Rockland is third overall in the CCHL with 57 points.
Also on Thursday night, the Smiths Falls Bears got a 5-2 victory over Kanata, and goalie Jake Smith was a big part of the story, making 40 saves. The Bears improved to 15-14-7-2 for 39 points, good for eighth spot in the CCHL, five points back of the Colts and four in arrears of Kanata.
Cornwall’s next action is on Tuesday, playing in one of the games at the CCHL Winter Showcase, a one-day event at the North Grenville Municipal Centre in Kemptville.
The Colts will skate at 12:45 p.m. on Pad A, against those Bears.
Action on Pad A starts at 10:30 a.m., with the major midget all-star contest.
The 3:30 p.m. game has Nepean squaring off against Jesse Winchester’s Brockville Braves, and Ottawa takes on host Kemptville in prime time at 6:30 p.m.
Over on Pad B, Rockland and Kanata will suit up at 12:15 p.m., followed by Navan and Pembroke at 3 p.m., and a Hawkesbury and Carleton Place showdown at 6 p.m.
The Hawks are in first-place overall in the CCHL and their lineup features Michael Marleau, the CCM player of the week.
Marleau, of Verdun, QC, last week had a goal and six assists for seven points as the Hawks started 2019 with three straight victories.
Cornwall’s next home game is Thursday against Kemptville.