They were first on the score board here Sunday night. In fact, thanks to a two-goal effort from Michael Paquette, the Morrisburg Junior B Lions carried a 2-0 advantage against the hosting Athens Aeros into the second period. But that was it.
The Aeros dominated the next two periods, pulling ahead 5-2 by the end of the second period and counting another pair in the third as they skated to a 7-2 victory.
Ty Hannaford and Drew Powell led the Aeros scoring with two goals apiece while singles were scored by Mark Craig, Anthony Meehan and JP Augustine.
Taylor Eamon and Neil Woolfrey assisted Paquette on the two Lions counters.
John Gilmer was in net for the Lions. Gilmer gave up on seven goals on 46 shots on net, while Josh Power got the win for the Aeros. He gave up the two goals on 33 Lions shots.
A total of seven minor penalties were assessed, the Lions accounting for three.
In other action on the weekend, the Prospects Games featuring the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s top 16 and 17 year olds was played at the JR Brisson Complex in Casselman.
The local St. Lawrence Division Prospects defeated the Metro Division 5-4, while the Rideau Division came out the winners over the Valley Division 6-4.
Lions defencemen Keiran Devine and Andrew Jarvis, both 17, and forward Isaac Brownlee, 16, played for the St. Lawrence Division Prospects.
The Casselman Vikings have begun to pull away from the rest of the teams in the St. Lawrence Division with 46 points. The Winchester Hawks are in second place with 32, while the Char-Lan Rebels are right on their heels with 30.
The Akwesasne Wolves and the Alexandria Glens are battling for fourth spot, the two tied with 23 points.
The Morrisburg Lions have five points.
Coming up on Saturday, December 14, the Lions are on the road for an 8 p.m. game against the Char-Lan Rebels. Sunday, December 15, they host Akwesasne. Game time is 2:30 p.m.
“We had a good season,” said coach Lilace McIntyre. “The senior girls volleyball team entered a number of tournaments and we placed well.” After winning the SD&G tournament and taking second at EOSSAA, the team qualified for OFSAA, the provincial finals, held in Toronto March 4-7. Seaway was ranked 10th out of 20 for schools of comparable size, but lost in the quarter finals. “We played really good ball in Toronto,” McIntyre said. “The girls put a lot of hard work into their year. They were extremely committed.” Pictured above, in Toronto, are (l-r) Katherine Lee, Jessica Thompson, coach Lilace McIntrye, Leah Wells, Vicki VanHoof, Sarah Dickey, Olivia Currier, coach Lindsay Waddell, Terran Hall and Michaela Morrow. Missing from the photo is Jessica Earl.
After a crushing opening game, 4-1 loss to the Perth/Lanark Wings, the South Dundas Bantam Rep Lions regrouped and battled their way back into contention with three consecutive wins for the UCMHL 2011/12 playoff championship.
Monday night, in game four of the five point series played in Lanark, they locked it up with a 6-2 victory to take the series six points to two.
The series opened in Morrisburg last Wednesday, March 21 with a tough 4-1 loss to the visiting wings.
Perth had just come off a big win to defeat Smith Falls on Monday, March 19, to advance to the league championship against the Lions, and they carried their momentum forward to the waiting Lions.
The lone goal in the series openere for the Lions came from the stick of Aaron Smith assisted by Randy Fawcett and Quinn Bennis in the first period.
Game two was played in Lanark on Friday night, March 23rd, and despite a slow start the Lions were able to put it together for a 5-2 victory.
The first period saw the Wings take a 1-0 lead on a rebound goal by Alex Echlin.
Then just six minutes into the second period the Lions were able to even it with a short-handed goal by Randy Fawcett, assisted by Andrew Jarvis.
One minute later, Jarvis struck, unassisted to put the Lions up 2-1.
The Lions lead held until the dying minutes of the frame when Quinn Bennis scored on the Lions power play with help from Randy Fawcett and Spencer Heldens to give the Lions a 3-1 edge heading into the third period.
In the third period, the Black boys combined for the Lions fourth goal when Josh Black set it up for Riley Black who beat Micheal Saumur on the gloveside.
The Wings closed the gap to 4-2 one minute later when Noah Greer slipped one past Lions goaltender Zach Frawley.
The Lions ended it when Ben Michels picked up a Riley Barry rebound for the 5-2 victory.
With the five point series even at two point apiece, it was back to Morrisburg for a Saturday afternoon game, in front of a huge hometown crowd that saw the Lions claim a 3-1 win.
Six minutes into the first period, Andrew Jarvis scored unassisted on the Lions power play.
The Lions lead, however didn’t last, as before the period ended Tyler Murphy collected his own rebound to beat Frawley and even it at 1-1.
It took the Lions until late in the second period to get ahead, once again with Jarvis scoring on their power play with help from Evan Mullin.
Frawley was solid in the Lions net as the Lions worked to hold on to their one-goal advantage.
With 4:08 left on the clock Mullin counted with help from Riley Black and Randy Fawcett for the Lions third goal.
The Lions win in game three sent the series back to Lanark this past Monday night with a four points to two advantage.
Details of the 6-2 win that gave them the championship were not available at press time.