MORRISBURG–Coming off a tough 4-2 loss to the Metcalfe Jets in the Fall Classic played at the Glengarry Sports Palace, the Morrisburg Lions turned it around here Saturday night on home ice, to finally, after 11 games, register their first win of the season.
The 5-4 win was against the visiting Brockville Tikis and was a come from behind effort which saw the Lions trailing 2-0 after the first period.
A strong three-goal, second period got them back on track and put them in the lead, 3-2.
Christian Leger, on the Lions power play, got it rolling just 2:13 into the frame with help from Eric Evans and Chris Pearson.
Liam Morrow (from Pearson and Michael Paquette) tied the game, 2-2, at 4:02 and then at 7:17 Paquette pushed the Lions ahead with help from Pearson and Dallas Blacksmith.
The Lions couldn’t hold on and the Tikis nabbed Lions goaltender John Gilmer for one more to end the second period even at 2-2.
Then 3:04 into the third period, Patrick Rock reclaimed the lead for the Tikis, but the Lions didn’t let up.
Less than one minute later, Liam Morrow tied it 4-4 (Paquette and Alex Kidd assisting), and that is the way it stayed for the next 13 minutes of action.
Then at 17:30 veteran Lion, Michael Paquette collected the winning goal giving the Lions their first win of the season.
Assisting Paquette for the winner was Blacksmith and Eric Evans.
A total of 64 minutes in penalties were handed out. The Tikis counted their two first period goals on their power play.
John Gilmer faced 34 Tikis shots while Mack Frere handled the loss against 40 Lions shots.
Friday night at the Glengarry Sports Palace, the Metcalfe Jets and the Morrisburg Lions opened the annual Fall Classic, the Jets claiming a 4-2 win.
The Jets went up 1-0 in the first period and increased it to 2-0 early in the second.
Taylor Eamon put the Lions on the board at 6:28 of the frame with help from Chris Evans and Robbie Scott, but that was it until the final five minutes.
Chad Robillard restored the Jets’ two goal edge at 15:08 of the second, but Eamon came charging back for his second of the night to close the gap to 3-2.
A highly entertaining third period followed with Joel Cunningham scoring the insurance goal against Lions’ goalie Brandon Chilton at 15:45.
A total of 50 minutes in penalties were assessed. The Jets counted once in five power-play opportunities while the Lions were unsuccessful in seven power plays.
Coming up this weekend, the Lions are in Winchester, Saturday night, October 26 for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday they are at home to Akwesasne. Game time is 2:30.