Heading to Cornwall on Thursday, November 17, the Nats might have been expecting an easy win against the Colts who sat beneath them in the table, but the home team was looking for the win from the outset. Three goals in the first period set the tone for the Colts, with just one on the board for the Nats thanks to Patrick Lanthier.
The second period was marred by penalties after a roughing call on the Nats’ Kellen Dostaler kicked off a fight between him and the Colt’s Kobe Tallman. Six more penalties came of the altercation, including 10 minutes in the box for game misconduct for Dostaler and Tallman. After the dust settled, the Nats gave up three more powerplays, allowing the Colts to capitalize and put one away to make it 4-1. A late powerplay goal from captain Yanic Crête in the third brought the Nats closer but the final score was still in favour of the Colts, 4-2.
At home against the Navan Grads the following Friday, the Nats held the top team to 0-0 for the first two periods, despite serving 18 minutes of penalties in the first.
The home side opened up the scoring in with a mid-period goal from Nicolas White, his 13th goal of the season. However, Navan quickly returned the favour with two of their own before a final minute empty net goal to finish the game 3-1 for the Grads.
The Nats will be looking forward to a double-header this weekend against the last place Nepean Raiders who have only won four of their 18 games. They will face off first at home on Friday, then travel to Nepean for the Sunday match-up.