Although Friday’s snowstorm caused the cancellation of two St. Lawrence Division Junior B Hockey games, there was enough weekend action to settle the playoff picture.
One of the two cancellations included the Lions final home game against the Akwesasne Wolves.
Saturday night, the Lions ended their season on the road, with a 6-1 loss to the Wolves in the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena.
As was known for quite some time, the Casselman Vikings claimed the St. Lawrence Division pennant with 66 points on 31 wins and seven losses.
Second spot went to the Char-Lan Rebels with 47 points on 22 wins and 17 losses.
The big story of the season was that of the Akwesasne Wolves who went from last year’s last place division finish to third spot overall this season.
The Wolves posted 21 wins, 17 losses and three overtime losses for a 45 point finish.
Collecting fourth place, and the final playoff spot, are the Winchester Hawks at 34 points.
Alexandria, with 16 wins took fifth place and the Lions, with just seven wins and one overtime loss, were in the division’s basement position with 15 points.
With the final results in, the playoffs will see the Winchester Hawks challenge the first place Vikings while the Char-Lan Rebels and Akwesasne Wolves will square off.
The Winchester-Casselman series kicks off this Thursday night, February 14, in Casselman, and returns to Winchester, Friday night, February 15 at 8 p.m. Game three is scheduled for Sunday, February 17, in Casselman, starting at 7:30 p.m.
For the Lions, it was a slow crawl to the finish line, but they made it Saturday night against the Wolves.
Knowing weeks ago that they would not make the playoffs, the Lions team management freed their overage players and worked out (temporary) deals for several others to join other teams for the opportunity to play in the upcoming playoffs.
As a result the remaining core players were joined by affiliate players who gained valuable experience as the Lions finished out the season.
Saturday night against the Wolves, the Lions were unable to get anything going. They trailed 3-0 after the first period and 5-0 heading into the third.
Mikael Dobson counted their lone goal, to spoil the Wolves Corey Garrow’s shut out, with just over one minute left in the game.
Taylor Eamon and Martin Lavallee provided the assists.
Marc-Antoine Kamel led the Wolves scoring with three goals and Oakley Thomas, Alex Conroy-Terrance and Dillon Barr added singles.
The Wolves out shot the Lions 63-23.