Lions dig deeper with 11-2 loss

 

The Morrisburg Junior B Lions dug themselves a little deeper into the St. Lawrence Division basement, when they lost to the Alexandria Glens 11-2 in front of their hometown fans on Sunday afternoon. It was the Lions eighth consecutive loss and it leaves them in the division’s sixth place position, three points behind the Akwesasne Wolves.

The wins give the Glens sole possession of third place with 10 points.

The first period of Sunday’s game got off to a slow start, but just over nine minutes in Jarren Burke beat Lions goaltender Ryan Cooper to get the Glens rolling.

By the end of the second period, they were up 4-0.

Chris Rutley put the Lions on the scoreboard less than a minute into the second period with help from Michel Lefebvre but that was it for the Lions until well into the third period.

The Glens stormed back for two more in the second for a commanding 6-1 lead.

At 5:06 of the third period, Lefebvre scored short-handed with help from Chris Rutley and that was it for the Lions scoring as the Glens pumped home another five to claim the 11-2 win.

Ryan Cooper handled the Lions loss and was relieved in net for the final 7:15 of the game by Joey Lamarch. Lions goaltender Mikael Dion was serving his first of a three game suspension assessed in last week’s game against the Winchester Hawks. Antoine Marchand handled the net duties for the Glens.

The first period saw just two minor penalties assessed, both to the Glens. The Lions sat out two minors and a misconduct for checking to the head in the second, while the Glens were assessed one minor. The Lions handled the six minor penalties assessed in the third period and the Glens took advantage for two power-play goals.

Jonathan Cyr and TJ Burns led the Glens scoring with three goals apiece and Luca Ciale, Bradley Gabbour, Jarren Burke, Erik Just and Leo MacLean all had singles. The Glens out shot the Lions 45-35.

This week the Lions announced a change to their bench as Andrew Scott joins Dan Frawley’s coaching staff.

“On behalf of the Lions management, I would like to thank Herbie Seguin for his commitment to our organization, and wish Herbie all the best in his future coaching endeavours,” said Lions manager Kevin Casselman.

Scott is an experienced junior coach having served two seasons as assistant coach with the South Grenville Rangers. From the Rangers, he moved up to Junior A as an assistant coach with the Kemptville Jr. “A” 73s before returning for two seasons at the Junior B level as the coach of the Metcalfe Jets.

“Andrew brings experience to us in the recruitment process and is a welcome addition to our staff,” said Casselman.

The Lions have a busy week coming up as they travel to Casselman this Thursday, night November 1 to take on the Vikings at 7:30 p.m.

They have two scheduled home games this weekend, the first when the Brockville Tikis come to town for an 8:30 p.m. match this Friday night, November 2. On Sunday, (November 4), starting at 2:30 p.m. they will host the Casselman Vikings.

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