Back-to-back losses and very quickly the Morrisburg Junior B Lions find themselves in the bottom mix of the St. Lawrence Division hockey pack.
With three wins to date, the Lions are now in the division basement, tied at six points, with the Akwesasne Wolves and the Alexandria Glens.
Friday night on home ice they lost to the Akwesasne Wolves, and Saturday night, they were handed a 5-1 road loss by the Char-Lan Rebels.
For the first place Rebels, it marked their second win of the week. Thursday night, they defeated Casselman in their home barn, 4-3, to put themselves five points ahead of the second place Vikings.
The Winchester Hawks climbed out of the division basement and landed in third place thanks to a 4-1 win against Akwesasne. They opened their weekend action in Winchester, Friday night with a 7-5 loss to the Alexandria Glens.
Friday night in Morrisburg, the Lions were unable to get on the scoreboard. They were, however, able to find the penalty box, opening the door to four consecutive Wolves power-play goals.
Jayden Lemire gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead in the first period. That was followed by another three power-play goals in the second period from the sticks of Hiio Herne, Jack Nardiello, and Dillon Barr.
Barr finished if off for the 5-0 Wolves win with his second goal in the final minute of the second period.
The Wolves were assessed 26 minutes in penalties, which included eight minors and a checking from behind misconduct.
The Lions were assessed 46 minutes in penalties which included 13 minors, and a pair of misconducts for checking from behind and checking to the head.
Mikael Dion, who was in net for the Lions, gave up the five goals on 44 Wolves shots. Cam Turcotte in the Wolves net, had a light time of it, but stopped all 16 of the Lions shots.
In Williamstown on Saturday night, the Lions Sylvester Bzdyl, with help from Chris Rutley and Clarke Veenstra, put the Lions on the scoreboard with a power-play goal at 5:36 of the first period.
But that was it.
The first place Rebels, pulled ahead 2-1 in the first period and never looked back as they added two more in the second and polished off the 5-1 victory with a Blain MacKay goal at 8:08 of the third period.
Counting the other Rebels goals were Dean Derouchie, Kevin Veilleux, Lawson MacDougall and Tyler Filion.
The Lions were assessed 65 minutes in penalties which included 10 minors, a five minute fighting major to goaltender Ryan Cooper, three misconducts, and a game misconduct.
The Rebels were assessed 37 minutes in penalties which included 11 minors, a fighting major to Quinlin MacDonell and a game misconduct.
Cooper who was in net for just over 55 minutes gave up five goals in 37 Rebels shots. Rebels goaltender Alex Boileau stopped 32 Lions shots.
Coming up this weekend is the annual Fall Classic Event at the Nick Smith Centre in Arnprior. The weekend of Junior Hockey begins Friday night, runs throughout much of the day on Saturday and again on Sunday.
The Lions are scheduled to play the Valley Division’s Renfrew Timberwolves at 9 p.m. Friday night, October 12. Also on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. on rink A ice, the Winchester Hawks will play the Metro Division’s Ottawa West Golden Knights.
Game two for the Lions is set for Saturday night, October 13 at 8:30 p.m. against the Valley Division’s Almonte Thunder.
Four games will be played Friday night, 10 Saturday and another eight on Sunday.
The Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey league is once again very proud to have the Ottawa Senators as its presenting sponsor. The Senators have generously provided 88 home game tickets for the MVPs on both team in each of the 22 games as well as Senators’ ball caps.
In addition the Senators have provided four autographed Sens jersey which will be used for a silent auction to support the league which is one of the largest Junior B leagues across Canada.