The Morrisburg Junior B Lions kicked off the new year in Alexandria on Friday night, January 2, and, after a 12-9 loss to the Glens there, they brought their game home to Morrisburg, Saturday night, when they lost to the Winchester Hawks, 4-1.
The Lions now have 11 games left on their regular season schedule. They are holding the St. Lawrence Division’s last place position with 16 points, behind the Char-Lan Rebels who have 21 and the Akwesasne Wolves with 26.
The Casselman Vikings continue to dominate the division with 49 points, while the Alexandria Glens and the Winchester Hawks are battling for second spot with 35 and 31 points respectively.
Friday night at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria, the Lions were first on the scoreboard at 3:42 of the first period with an unassisted goal from Eric Evans.
But that would be it as the Glens went to work to nab Lions goaltender, Keiran Weir for four consecutive goals to go up 4-1.
After Austin Merkley struck for the Glens on their power play at 2:45 of the second period, the Lions found themselves, to come back with three goals and cut the gap to 5-4.
Cole Blanchard got it started on the Lions power play with help from Jacob Kendrick and Dallas Blacksmith, and then it was Blacksmith for two in a row. The first was assisted by Jacob Kendrick and the second by Kendrick and Cole Blanchard on the Lions power play.
The 5-4 count held until 11:47 of the second when Jeffrey Rhainds ignited the Glens for another three, allowing them to carry an 8-4 advantage into the third period.
It was back and forth action and back and forth scoring to start the third period, with the Glens getting three goals and the Lions getting two from Eric Evans and Landon Veenstra, both on the Lions power play. That put the game at 11-6 in the Glens favour.
At 10:14 of the third period, tensions boiled over and when it was all sorted out, 112 minutes in penalties were assessed to effectively lower the head count on the two benches.
At 10:14 the Lions Justin Lefevbre and Landon Veenstra were both assessed five minute fighting majors (in the last 10 minutes of the game) and game misconducts.
From the Glens, Ryan Allen and Pierre-Luc Sabourin got matching penalties and Connor MacLeod was assessed a checking form behind penalty and game misconduct. David Sirois got two, five minute fighting majors, two corresponding game misconducts and a third game misconduct as the third man in.
In total, the game saw 144 minutes in penalties, 112 of them at 10:14 of the third period.
Back playing hockey, the Lions found the Alexandria net three more times with two goals collected by Dallas Blacksmith for a four-goal game and a single from Jacob Kendrick.
Keiran Weir was credited the Lions loss. He was in net for 36:53 and was relieved by Justin Lalonde. Liam Lascelle saw action for the Glens for 43:07 and Nicholas Maheux saw action for 16:53.
The Lions counted five times on 10 power-play opportunities, and the Glens were successful in two out of four opportunities.
Sunday, the Lions were without the services of Lefevbre and Veenstra as they met the Hawks on home ice for the 4-1 loss.
After a scoreless first period, the Hawks went up 3-0 in the second period on goals by Austin Rothe, Josh Stubbings and Kris Johnson.
Bryden Van Kessel counted on the Hawks power play, early in the third period, to push it to 4-0, and Dallas Blacksmith spoiled Brandon Lowry’s shutout at 13:32 of the third period with help from Eric Evans and Kevin Dionne.
John Gilmer was in net for the Lions loss.
The Lions are on the road to play two games this weekend against the Rideau Divisions Prescott Flyers and Gananoque Islanders. On Saturday, January 10 they will open the annual Rideau-St. Lawrence Showcase at 9 a.m. in Gananoque against the Rideau Division’s first place Prescott Flyers. This year’s event is hosted by the Islanders.
Ten teams in the Rideau-St. Lawrence Conference will feature five games of hockey, with the opening game at 9 a.m. and the final game (Casselman versus Gananoque) scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Sue McIntosh’s first two-person bonspiel went off well last Sunday. The ‘C’ champions were Mahlon Locke and Bud Perry. The ‘B’ champs (one loss) were Andy Patenaude and Paul St. Pierre, and the ‘A’ champs, who won every game, were Jim and Wendy Casselman. Thanks again to Sue, the organizer, to those who arranged for lunch, and to all who helped in any way to make the day a success.
Our curlers were involved in a mixed bonspiel, the Gamble, last Saturday. Wendy and Jim Casselman and Sam and Claire Locke played well, but were not able to win the A or B title. Greta McGann and Paul St. Pierre had to pick up two Russell curlers to flesh out their team, and in spite of good play, could not bring home the A or B trophy either. As usual, the curlers had a good meeting after the dinner and the finals. Better luck next year, folks!
Two teams of senior men entered a Winchester bonspiel. Jack Barkley, Wally Baker, Doug Jarvis and Bud Perry split their games, while Sid Morrell, Andy Patenaude, Neil Williams and Don O’Brien won both of theirs and finished second in their draw.
Last Wednesday our daytime senior mixed curlers hosted Russell in a friendly bonspiel. Sue McIntosh, Len Bellamy, Arnold Barkley and Keith Robinson defeated their Russell counterparts, as did Alice Thompson, Fred Langlotz, Denis Thibault and Lise Steinberg. Andy Patenaude was a friendlier host, letting his guest foursome win. He was abetted by Ted Herriman, Cheryl Thompson and Bob Youmelle.
Four of our senior men played last week in Navan’s over-70 bonspiel. Keith Robinson, Fred Langlotz, Arnold Barkley and Glenn Cougler did battle with Carleton Heights in the morning and Buckingham in the afternoon. The fellows played hard, but dropped both matches. There are some top curlers in this group, with at least one team former Provincial finalists. Keep trying, folks!
The first of the season’s Parnells, the competition for Morrisburg, Prescott, Cornwall and Lancaster men’s teams, was played on Friday. Dave King, Jack Barkley, Doug Jarvis and Sam Locke were our representatives. They defeated Gary Cook’s Prescott team, the eventual Parnell winners, but lost to George Delaney of Lancaster. The food and fellowship were great, but they hope to enjoy things even more in the next Parnell competition.
Last Tuesday, the senior men finished league play in their two-man competition. Winners were Neil Williams and Bob Bechard. Well done, fellows.
We witnessed a great charity bonspiel for the Alzheimer society last Saturday. A tidy sum of money was raised, and while everyone had a good time and received some sort of a prize, there were noteworthy awards for the victors.
In the early draw, Jack Barkley, Ray Benoit and Donna and Jeff Trumble took top honours. It was good to see people out from various leagues, and many curlers from outside the club as well. We’ll have the remaining stats next week.
Our local champs at the Ontario Senior Games curling division the Zone 8 Playdowns are being held at our club. Our two teams include Andy Patenaude, Sue McIntosh, Neil Williams and Betty Locke, and Raymond Benoit, Cheryl Thompson, Pete Zeran and Ruth Kelly. Good curling to all!
The Morrisburg Junior B Lions are excited to announce the change of their historical Friday night 8:30 p.m. home games to Saturday nights at 7:30 and the change gets rolling this weekend.
The Lions will open their 2013-14 season in Alexandria, this Friday night, September 13, and will be on their home ice this Saturday night, September 14, against the Winchester Hawks. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
We are really excited about the Saturday night home games, says general manager Kevin Casselman. “We are hoping to put a lot more people in the rink, and we think this night and earlier time slot will attract more children and families.”
“First and foremost, we want to get more children out and the 8:30 p.m. Friday night time slot was just too late. We are hoping that by getting more kids out to see our games, the spin off will be to get more youth involved in hockey.”
Casselman says the move will also be beneficial the players who are attending university/college with scheduled Friday night classes. “It was just becoming more and more difficult with so many players and their conflicting Friday night school schedules.”
According to Casselman, this year’s Lions schedule will include 10 Saturday night home games and nine Sunday afternoon home games.
“Throughout the upcoming season, we have only four Friday night games, so all of the teams are on the same page. Even Winchester has moved some of their Friday night games.”
Set up as a one year trial, the change called for the cooperation of the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association who had the Saturday night time slot.
“Apparently, they have had trouble getting their midgets out for home games on Saturday nights, as many are working. So it’s a win-win situation for everyone.”
Casselman also suspects the Friday night time slot also wasn’t an attractive time for some older Lions’ fans.
“I know myself that when you get home from work on Friday night, have dinner and hit the couch, it is tough to get up and get going again for an 8:30 p.m. hockey game.”
“We are really hoping that this change will accommodate more fans of all ages, and we are looking forward to seeing some new faces in the arena.”
For the home opener, this Saturday night, the Lions will be hosting their longtime Winchester Hawks rivals. The teams will be on the ice at 7 p.m. and game time is 7:30 p.m. In addition to the much anticipated hockey action, the Clarkson University pep band will be in attendance. “There will be lots of noise and lots of excitement and action for everyone,” says Casselman.
Immediately following the game, fans are invited to join the Lions, their parents and team management at the Morrisburg Golf Club, for player introductions.