Lions dethroned by Hawks, maul Glens at home, Sunday

 

Two games into the regular season, the Morrisburg Lions are holding the St. Lawrence Division’s third spot behind the first place Char-Lan Rebels who have collected 10 points and the  Casselman Vikings in second with seven.

The Lions are holding third place with six points, two of which they posted this past weekend in Morrisburg, on Sunday, when they overwhelmed the Alexandria Glens, 6-0, in a shutout performance by goaltender Ryan Cooper.

The Glens felt the wrath of the Lions who were picking themselves up from a crushing 7-2 loss to the Winchester Hawks in their nest Friday night. While the Lions were out for revenge, and working hard, the Glens were unable to get much of anything together.

Of the six Lions goals, four were scored on their power play against Glen’s goaltender Anthony Vassall.

Lions veteran sharpshooter Michel Lefebvre counted three of the Lions goals and provided one assist. Single goals came from the sticks of Sylvester Bzdyl, Chris Rutley and Clarke Veenstra.

Grant Cooper had a good game providing two assists, while Dillon Lapier, Michael Poapst, Zach Seguin and Ty Hodgson all added single assists.

After a scoreless first period, the Lions built a 3-0 lead in the second period, all goals scored on their power play.

Michel Lefebvre got it rolling (from Cooper and Rutley) and then Sylvester Bzdyl (from Lefebvre and Hodgson) made it 2-0 on a nice play from a face off in the Glens end.

Goal number three, assisted by Michael Poapst and Zach Sequin, started with some tough work in the corner and resulted in a nice pass to the waiting stick of Clarke Veenstra at the corner of the Glens net.

The Lions kept it rolling in the third period when Lefebvre counted his second with help from Lapier. 

At 10:45 Lefebvre struck again, this time with help from Hodgson and Bzdyl, and Chris Rutley polished it off when he picked up his own rebound and put it home to end the game in the Lions favour 6-0. Assists on the Rutley goal went to Lefebvre and Grant.

Ryan Cooper had a solid performance in the Lions net stopping all of the 26 Glens shots. The Glens’ Vassall gave up the six goals on 33 Lions shots.

The Lions handled nine minor penalties and a (checking from behind) game misconduct while Alexandria was assessed six minors and nabbed three times for checking from behind.

In Winchester on Friday night, it was a whole other game as the Hawks were out to revenge themselves for the 6-2 loss handed to them by the Lions on Morrisburg ice on Sunday, September 16.

And it was revenge they got, as they went to work for a 2-1 first period lead and stretched it to 4-1 after two.

Zach Sequin put the Lions on the scoreboard with help from Brent Snowboy and Sylvester Bzdyl at 18:33 of the first period.

That only served to spark the Hawks who counted a pair of goals against Lions goaltender Mikael Dion in a span of just 11 seconds in the last minute of the period.

Less than two minutes into the second period, Jamie Olivier scored unassisted for the Hawks and at 11:16 Josh Stubbings upped the Hawks advantage to 4-1.

Stubbings made it 5-1 early into the third period, before the Lions got one back from Eric Evans with help from Brandon Chaffe and Curtis Pilon.

The Hawks polished it off with two more from Christopher Rossi and Brandon Bourgeois (power play) for their 7-2 win.

In other action this week the Hawks lost 3-2 to Casselman on Thursday night.

They have edged to within one point of the third place Lions, while Alexandria is in fifth with four points and Akwesasne is in the basement with two.

Coming up this weekend, the Lions will host the Akwesasne Wolves on Friday night, October 5. Game time is 8:30 p.m. Then on Saturday night they are on the road to play the Char-Lan Rebels.

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