The Winchester Hawks are slowly, but surely, climbing to the top of the St. Lawrence Division hockey standings, and Friday night, the Morrisburg Junior B Lions became one of their three victims in this week’s action.
Thursday night, the Hawks defeated the first place Casselman Vikings in Casselman, 6-5. Their next victims were the Lions, Friday night in Winchester by a 10-5 count. And they weren’t finished yet. Saturday night they claimed a 3-2 win against the Char-Lan Rebels in a shoot out.
The weekend results, which bring their streak to five consecutive wins, put the Hawks in second place in the St. Lawrence standings now just five points behind the first place Vikings.
That drops the Char-Lan Rebels to third place at 22 points, while the Akwesasne Wolves are not far behind with 19. Both the Alexandria Glens and the Morrisburg Lions continue to hang in with 17 and 12 points respectively.
Friday night in Winchester, the Lions managed just one goal from Clarke Veenstra (assisted by Chris Rutley) in the first period as the Hawks went to work to put three past Lions goaltender Mikael Dion.
In the second period, the Hawks added three unanswered markers to put the game well out of reach of the Lions.
The Lions did come to life in the third period for four goals, but the Hawks answered with four to collect the 10-5 win.
Chris Rutley scored twice in the third for the Lions, and Grant Cooper and Sam Hodgson added singles. Drew Veenstra and Michel Lefebvre assisted on the first two Lions goals, and then Lefebvre and Rutley helped out on the Hodgson counter.
Rutley scored the final goal of the game, unassisted.
Luke Scott, Ramsey Wheeler and Christopher Rossi had two goals apiece for the Hawks and Brandon Pantaleo, Cody Levasseur, Josh Stubbings and Kyle Richardson added singles.
The Hawks were three for 10 on their power plays, while the Lions were unsuccessful during their four opportunities.
Sunday afternoon on home ice, the Lions gave up a close one, 4-3, to the South Grenville Rangers.
The two played even at two goals apiece in the first period, and the Rangers took the lead with the lone goal of the second period.
They stretched their advantage to 4-2 early in the third period and then gave up just one more to the Lions, that to Michel Lefebvre (from Chris Rutley and Clarke Veenstra) on the Lions power play.
That was it. The Rangers goaltender Cole MacMIllan held on and the Rangers claimed the 4-3 win.
Clark Veenstra and Chris Rutley did the counting for the Lions in the first period.
Mikael Dion, in net for the Lions, gave up the four goals on 35 Rangers shots.
Coming up this weekend, the Lions host Gananoque Friday night, November 30. Game time is 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, they are on the road for a rematch against South Grenville. Game time, at the Leo Boivin Memorial Centre in Prescott, is 7:30 p.m.