MORRISBURG –Despite being in both of their games for a good portion of the 60 minutes, the Morrisburg Lions were still unable to put a stroke in their win column in Eastern Ontario Junior (B) Hockey League action this past week.
The Lions, along with their five counterparts in the St. Lawrence Division, played cross-over action with the Rideau Division this week, and in all but four of the 11 games, the St. Lawrence Division teams were successful.
In the four unsuccessful games, the Lions accounted for two, a 3-0 loss to the Tikis in Brockville Wednesday night, October 9 and an 8-4 loss to the Westport Rideaus on Morrisburg ice, Saturday, October 12.
The Akwesasne Wolves accounted for the division’s third loss, to the Prescott Flyers 3-2, and the Alexandria Glens and the Athens Aeros played to a 4-4 draw.
The Lions now find themselves in the St. Lawrence Division’s basement position, two points behind the Akwesasne Wolves who picked up their first win of the season Saturday night, 3-1 over Gananoque.
At Brockville last Wednesday night, the Lions hung on until well into the third period when they gave up two goals in less than one minute (the first to the Tikis power play) in the 3-0 loss.
Dylan Casselman counted for Brockville late in the first period, and that was it until 7:28 of the third when Tanner Casselman struck on the Tikis power play to up their advantage to 2-0. Less than one minute later Tanner Benton made it 3-0, and Tikis goaltender Nathan Peters held on for the shut out.
John Gilmer was in the Lions net for the loss. He gave up the three goals on 26 Tikis shots, while the Lions were unable to put any of their 35 shots past Peters.
The game saw a total of 98 minutes in penalties handed out, 66 of them to the Lions on eight minors, three 10 minute majors and two misconducts. The Tikis capitalized on one of five power-play opportunities.
Again in Morrisburg on Saturday night, the Lions kept pace with the Rideaus, but again a couple of quick goals (less than one minute apart in the third period) was their undoing.
After first period action, they trailed the Rideaus by just one goal (3-2), and at the end of 40 minutes they were still just one goal back at 4-3.
Goals were traded early in the third period when Alex Szabo put the Rideaus up 5-3 at 6:03 and Dallas Blacksmith (from Brandon Mullin) answered on the Lions power play at 7:46.
Then, the Rideaus took charge scoring two goals at 830 and 9:21. They added one more at 16:58 for the 8-4 win.
Scoring for the Lions were Peter Ketcheson (from Mullin), Alex Kidd (unassisted), Christian Leger (from Tyler Young and Michael Paquette) and Dallas Blacksmith (from Mullin).
Brandon Chilton was in the Lions net for the loss, and Spencer Emery collected the Westport win. Chilton faced 50 Rideaus shots, while the Lions managed just 22 against Emery.
A total of 58 penalty minutes were assessed, the Lions collecting 27 minutes on six minors, a five minute fighting major and a 10 minute misconduct. The Rideaus were assessed eight minor penalties and the corresponding fighting penalties.
Coming up this weekend is the annual “Fall Classic” Games which will see 11 hockey games played from Friday night, October 18 through Sunday, October 20 at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria.
The Lions will see opening game action, Friday night at 6:15 p.m. against the Metcalfe Jets. The Clarence Castors and Casselman Vikings will tangle following the Lions game at 8:45.
Action will resume Saturday morning at 9:45 a.m. when the Stittsville Royals and the Winchester Hawks hit the ice. Five games will be played on Saturday and another four on Sunday. Sunday’s action starts at 9:45 a.m. with a game between the Ottawa Junior Canadians and the Char-Lan Rebels.
Admission is $10 (all day passes) for adults and children 12 and under, $5.
By the end of the weekend all of the 22 teams in the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League, (featuring two conferences, the Rideau/St. Lawrence in the south and the Metro/Valley in the north) will have seen action in the “Fall Classic” event.