The Morrisburg Junior B Lions were handed a tough 3-2 loss by the visiting Gananoque Islanders on Friday, December 23.
After playing to a one-goal first period draw, the two teams remained on an even keel, ending the second period, deadlocked 2-2.
The deciding marker was scored at 8:28 of the third period when the Islanders’ Graeme Moore was set up by Tyler Murray to deposit the winner behind Lions’ goaltender Mikael Dion.
The Islanders opened the scoring just over eight minutes into the first period with a Tyler Murray goal. Providing the assists were Wyatt Cota and Dillon Black.
Late in the frame, the Lions answered back with a Chris Rutley goal assisted by Clarke Veenstra and Matt Ouimet.
At 7:02 of the second period, Wyatt Cota again gave the Islanders a one-goal lead, and they held that until the final minutes of the frame.
With just under two minutes remaining in the second period, Michel Lefebvre (from Alex Steingruber) counted for the Lions to even it 2-2.
That set the stage for the winner from Moore in the third period.
The Lions out shot the Rideau division’s third place Islanders, 49-42.
Both teams were assessed four minor penalties and the Lions picked up an additional 10 minute misconduct to Clarke Veenstra (who clocked the entire 18 penalty minutes assessed to the Lions).
With a minimum of games played over the holiday weekend, the Lions remain five points behind the fourth place Char-Lan Rebels. They have one game this week, and that was a make-up game against South Grenville, played last night, Tuesday, December 27.
The Winchester Hawks and the Casselman Viking are now tied for the St. Lawrence Division’s top spot, both with 49 points.
The Alexandria Glens are in third place, with 37 points, while the Rebels have 24 points.
The Rideau-St. Lawrence Division teams are now gearing for the 2012 Showcase Event being hosted by Winchester. The Lions will open the event at 9:30 a.m. in a game against South Grenville.