It took just 10 seconds and it was just what the doctor ordered here Sunday afternoon as the Morrisburg Junior B Lions scored off the opening face of the third period to post their fifth goal of the game and reclaim a two-goal lead against the visiting CharLan Rebels.
Although the St. Lawrence Division’s first-place Rebels would get one back at 6:28 of the third to tighten the gap to 5-4, that would be all they would get from Lions goaltender Mikael Dion.
The 5-4 win, their second consecutive, gives the Lions a 2-1 record for four points and puts them in third place in the St. Lawrence division, tied with the Alexandria Glens. The Rebels lead the division with six points (three wins-one loss) and Casselman is second with five points (two wins-two ties).
For the first time in a long time, the Winchester Hawks find themselves in the division basement with two points (one win-three losses), while the Akwesasne Wolves have two points (one win-two losses) to hold fifth spot.
The Rebels were first on the scoreboard in Sunday’s game with a goal from Nick Senseverino at 1:12 of the first period.
Thirteen seconds later the Lions, Michel Lefebvre evened it with help from Clark Veenstra and Sylvester Bzdyl and that was it until well into the second period when the Rebels went up 2-1 on a power-play goal from Dean Derouchie.
Once again the Rebels goal roused the Lions and this time it took Chris Rutley just 17 seconds to even it (2-2) with Grant Cooper and Michael Poapst providing the assists.
The momentum stayed with the Lions who went to work for their first lead in the game on their power play. Scoring at 8:07 was Curtis Pilon with Matt Marcel assisting.
The Lions held on to the 3-2 advantage until 11:58, when once again their power play came through, this time with Lefebvre counting (his second of the game) and Clarke Veenstra providing his second assist for a 4-2 Lions lead.
As the minutes ticked away on the second period, the Rebels managed to tighten the gap to 4-3 on a Quinlin MacDonnell goal.
The third period opened with the Michael Poapst goal off the opening face off won by Chris Rutley (to Grant Cooper).
Tyler Filion scored the Rebels final goal at 6:28 of the third and the Lions held on for the 5-4 win.
Robbie Chapman was in net for the Rebels loss. Shots on net were fairly even with the Rebels out-shooting the Lions 32-30.
One hundred and fifteen minutes in penalties were handed out in the game, 66 of them to the Rebels. The second period saw four, five-minute fighting majors (two separate instances) and game misconducts handed out. The Rebels drew a third fighting major (and misconduct) with just over one minute left in the third period.
Coming up this weekend, the Lions have two games scheduled. Friday night (September 28) they travel to Winchester for an 8:15 p.m. game against the Hawks, and Sunday they are at home to the Alexandria Glens. Game time is 2:30 p.m.