CORNWALL – After four consecutive games against first-place Sorel, the River Kings finally get a break from the Eperviers. For now.

Sorel defeated Cornwall 3-1 on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,033 fans at the Civic Complex. It was the Eperviers fourth straight victory over the River Kings. The two teams will likely meet in the first round of the LNAH playoffs.

Goaltender Adam Russo was solid in goal for Sorel, turning aside 33-of-34 shots faced.

Sasha Pokulok opened the scoring for the River Kings 1:41 into the contest. Pokulok, all alone in the high slot, ripped a wrist shot above Russo’s glove.

Soon after, Pierrick Martel levelled the score with a bizarre goal. Martel’s shot banked off the end boards, then Pete Karvouniaris’ pad and in at 5:37 of the first.

Sorel took the lead with 4:36 to play in the second on Martel’s second of the afternoon. Martel took advantage of the time and space in front of Karvouniaris when defenceman Jason Lepine’s stick shattered.

Cornwall fired 19 pucks at Russo in the middle frame but couldn’t muster any offence.

Sebastien Rioux scored a powerplay goal with 5:28 to play in the third to round out the scoring.

Russo (first), Karvouniaris (second) and Martel were the announced stars. Sorel outshot Cornwall 43-34.

FISTICUFFS: Cornwall’s Curtis Tidball and Sorel’s David Lacroix had a spirited bout early in the first. River Kings speedster J.P. Caron, upset after a hit, dropped the gloves for a rare fight with Sorel’s Dominic Savoie. Manuel Frechette of the River Kings and Lacroix squared off later in the first. Captain Steve Simoes dropped the mitts with Sorel’s Maxime Robichaud early in the third.

ROAD LOSS: On Friday night at Sorel, Christian Deschenes had two goals and two assists to lead the Eperviers to a victory over the River Kings. Andre Sandrzyk (with two), Francois Ouimet and Caron scored for Cornwall.

NEXT WEEKEND: The River Kings have a home-and-home next weekend with a team other than Sorel. Cornwall travels to Laval on Friday night (8 p.m.) and the following evening, Saturday, Feb. 27, the River Kings host Chris Cloutier and the Predateurs at the Civic Complex. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

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