CORNWALL – On a night when the River Kings honoured the past, the first-place Sorel Eperviers spoiled the party.

Sorel downed Cornwall 4-2 at the Civic Complex in front of 1,708 fans in the first of four straight meetings between the two clubs, who could potentially meet in the first round of the LNAH playoffs as well.

Prior to the game, the River Kings honoured members of the Cornwall Comets from 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Players Pat Allard, Paul Shantz, Mathieu Raby, Denis Lamoureux, Pat Deraspe, Alain Quenneville, Corey Payment, Ken McLeod, Melvin Pyke, assistant coach Paul Quenneville, coach Pierre Rochefort and original owner Joel Lapalme were part of the red-carpet ceremony. During the first intermission, there was a meet and greet with the players.

Stephane Roy opened the scoring at 4:08 of the second period for the Eperviers before Etienne Brodeur beat Pete Karvouniaris on a breakaway at 8:36 of the middle frame to give Sorel a 2-0 lead.

Nik Pokulok gave the crowd some life when he picked the corner with a perfectly placed wrist shot past Mathieu Dugas with 6:39 to play in the second.

Marco Charpentier scored 22 seconds into the third period with a powerplay marker that beat Karvouniaris through the legs to restore the Eperviers’ two-goal lead.

Jason Lepine brought the Kings back to within a goal 5:54 into the third. Lepine jumped into the play, pounced on an Antony Courcelles rebound and beat Dugas.

Charpentier iced it for Sorel with an empty netter at 19:20 of the third.

River Kings enforcer Curtis Tidball had two tilts with Sorel’s David Lacroix.

Charpentier (first), Courcelles (second) and Roy were the announced stars. Sorel outshot Cornwall 22-21.

ROAD LOSS: David Masse scored a powerplay goal in overtime to give the Predateurs a 5-4 victory over the River Kings on Friday night in Laval. Courcelles had a pair of goals for Cornwall, while Pierre-Luc Faubert added a single marker. Michael Tessier and Julien Corriveau each chipped in a pair of assists.