Lions and St. Lawrence Division have tough time at Fall Classic


After the Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey League’s Fall Classic played in Arnprior on the weekend, the St. Lawrence Division numbers that saw the biggest increases, were those in the games played and games lost columns.

While the Morrisburg Lions lost both of their matches, 6-2 Friday night to the Renfrew Timberwolves and 6-1 to the Almonte Thunder on Saturday night, they weren’t alone in the St. Lawrence Division.

The only St. Lawrence Division team to claim a win in the annual fall classic was the Winchester Hawks and that came in overtime, 3-2 against Gatineau.

Coming close, but losing in overtime, were the Casselman Vikings to Metcalfe 3-2 and Akwesasne to Shawville 4-3.

In the 12 games played, involving the six St. Lawrence Division teams, the local league gave up nine losses to the Metro and Valley Division teams.

For the Lions, it was another tough weekend as they managed only three goals in the two games and gave up 12. In their last four outings, the Lions have counted just four goals and have given up 22.

Mikael Dion, in net for the Lions, Friday night against the Renfrew Timberwolves, gave up the six goals on 43 Timberwolves shots. At the other end of the ice Matt Gagne faced 36 Lions shots and stopped 34.

The Timberwolves hit early in the game going up 4-0 in the first period, two of the goals coming on their power play.

Curtis Pilon put the Lions on the scoreboard with a power-play goal early in the second period with help from Chris Rutley and Sylvester Bzdyl.

That fueled the Timberwolves for another two goals and a 6-1 advantage. 

Sylvester  Bzdyl got one more for the Lions late in the second period but that was it.

A scoreless third period, gave the Timberwolves the 6-2 win.

Saturday, Ryan Cooper was in net for the Lions who were out shot 37-24 by the Almonte Thunder.

The Thunder went up 1-0 in the first period and stretched it to 5-0 in the second.

They added one more in the third, before the Lions were able to spoil Dominic Plaschy’s shutout with a Brandon Chaffe goal late in the game.

After the weekend action, the Char-Lan Rebels continue to lead the St. Lawrence Division with 14 points. Casselman is in second place with 10 and the Winchester Hawks have closed the gap to now trail the Vikings by just one point. The Akwesasne Wolves are next with seven points and the Morrisburg Lions and Alexandria Glens are sharing the bottom spot, each with six points.

The Lions are at the Brockville Memorial Centre tonight (Wednesday, October 17) against the Brockville Tikis. 

They have two home games this weekend starting Friday night when the Athens Aeros come to town for an 8:30 p.m. match.

Then on Sunday, October 21, they host the Winchester Hawks at 2:30 p.m.

The Brockville Tikis are in fourth place in the Rideau Division with four wins and two overtime losses for 10 points, while the Athens Aeros hold second place, behind Gananoque, with six wins and one tie in 10 starts

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