It wasn’t a great start for the Morrisburg Junior B Lions who opened their 2013/14 season on the weekend with a pair of losses to the Alexandria Glens and the Winchester Hawks.
The Lions were on the road Friday night to Alexandria where they were handed a 5-3 loss by the Glens, and then back home on Morrisburg ice Saturday night, where they were ousted by the visiting Hawks 7-3.
Nineteen-year-old Brandon Chilton got his debut with the Lions in Alexandria where he gave up five goals on 57 shots. He was back in net on Saturday night against the Hawks, this time giving up seven goals on 36 shots.
“With 11 first year players playing their first game, we had a lot of excitement and a lot of nerves,” says Lions GM, Kevin Casselman. “The game was going well until well into the third period when a five-minute cross checking penalty set them up for two power-play goals.”
Friday night in Alexandria, the Glens went up 1-0 in the first period, but the Lions rallied early in the second with counters from Christian Leger (4:07 from Michael Paquette and Chris Person) and Eric Evans (8:43 from Dallas Blacksmith and Brandon Mullin).
Before the period had ended however, the Glens recovered with two of their own to carry a 3-2 advantage into the third.
David Sirois pushed the Glens lead to two goals at 7:47 of the third and Leo MacLean made it 5-2 at 11:09. Both goals were scored on the Glens power play.
Brandon Mullin scored his first goal of the season at 15:16 of the third period but that was it.
The Glens held on for the 5-3 win.
The Lions kicked off their home season, Saturday night in Morrisburg.
First to the ice were the new owners Dale Lewis, Rick Gilmer, Gary Brownlee and Kevin Casselman. They were joined by South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds, and team captains Taylor Eamon of the Lions and Josh Stubbings of the Hawks for the official puck drop to kick off the 2013/14 hockey season.
The fans were treated to a good first period of hockey which ended in a 1-1 tie.
Michael Paquette counted the first home ice goal of the season at 15:23 of the first period with help from Eric Evans and Brandon Mullin.
The Lions lead lasted just over a minute when Kyle McDonald struck for the Hawks to even it.
Less than one minute into the second period, Mullin slipped the Lions second goal past Hawks goaltender Brandon Lowrey, but again it didn’t last long.
The Hawks rushed back for three unanswered counters for a 4-2 advantage, before the Lions got them stopped with an Eric Evans goal (17:24 from Paquette and Taylor Eamon).
Thirty-four seconds later Josh Stubbings counted, to give the Hawks a 5-3 advantage heading into the third period.
The Hawks took charge of the third period with two unanswered goals for the 7-3 win.
Casselman says team management was pleased with the response to the new Saturday night home game time slot. “We pooled some of the crowd for feed back and all was very positive.”
“Our young group will be exciting to watch as we develop. They are working hard and with that work ethic, they can only further improve and develop as a team.”
The Lions have just one game coming up this weekend. That is this Sunday, September 22 when the Char-Lan Rebels are in town for a 2:30 p.m. start.