MORRISBURG – The Morrisburg Junior B Lions gave up 11 goals and scored five as they were handed a pair of losses in Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey action on the weekend.
The Lions travelled to Alexandria, Friday night, where the St. Lawrence Division’s fourth place Glens handed them a 5-1 loss, and then on Saturday night, they were visited by the second place Winchester Hawks who collected their 13th win of the season, 6-4.
The Lions travelled to Alexandria, Friday night with just 15 skaters. John Gilmer, who was in net for the Lions loss, faced 56 Glens shots on net, while the Lions managed just 39 against Glens goaltender Maxime Beauregard.
The Glens were first on the scoreboard at 1:28 of the first period with a Tristan Sabourin goal, but the Lions Eric Evans evened it a 7:23 with help from Liam Morrow.
The tie held until 7:22 of the second period when Bradley Gabbour made it 2-1 for the Glens. At 10:35, Alex Battistelli made it 3-1.
The Lions held their own and played tough again the Glens until the last couple of minutes of the third period.
At 18:40 of the period Simon Besner pushed the Glens lead to 4-1, and Tristan Sabourin finished it off in the last minute of play with his second of the game for the 5-1 Glens win.
The Lions sat out 12 minor penalties, a five minute fighting major, two 10 minute misconducts and two game misconducts. The Glens drew nine minor penalties, one five minute fighting major, one misconduct and one game misconduct.
Saturday night, the St. Lawrence division’s second place Hawks were in town where they picked up a 6-4 win.
Prior to the game a service of Remembrance was held which included representatives of the Morrisburg Legion Branch 48 and the Morrisburg Legion Auxiliary. The program included the playing of the Last Post, a Moment of Silence, Rouse and the National Athen.
The Hawks went up 2-0 on goals by Alex St. Marsaille and Pat Morin in the first two minutes of play against Lions goaltender Brandon Chilton. But that was it for the Hawks scoring until early in the second period.
With just under a minutes left in the first period, the Lions got one back on their power play from Liam Morrow assisted by Christian Evans.
In the second period, the Hawks again came out of the gate flying, this time with an Austin Rothe goal just 10 seconds in.
The Hawks held on to their 3-1 advantage for another eight minutes, until the Lions, sparked by an Eric Evans short-handed goal assisted by Peter Ketcheson at 8:05, came to life.
At 9:58 Justin Lefevbre and Christian Evans provided the set up for a Zach Belaire goal to tie the game 3-3.
Then at 14:16 Ketcheson from Eric Evans and Pearson on the power play, put the Lions up 4-3.
The Lions lead, unfortunately, lasted less than a minute when the Hawks Austin Rothe counted his second goal of the game for a 4-4 tie.
Third period action was intense, and the Hawks collected their go-ahead goal from Wyatt Coghill at 11:29.
The 5-4 Hawks advantage held, and although the Lions pulled goaltender Brandon Chilton in favour of the extra attacker, they were unable to come up with the tying marker.
The sixth and final Hawks goal was scored in the empty Lions net by Rothe.
The Hawks produced 40 shots on net, while the Lions answered with 32.
The Lions sat out seven minor penalties, two five minute fighting majors, one misconduct and two game misconducts. The Hawks were assessed five minor penalties, a five minute kneeing major, two five minute fighting majors and four game misconducts.
Coming up Saturday, November 16 the Lions will visit the Akwesasne Wolves. Game time is 7 p.m. Sunday, November 17, they are at home to the Char-Lan Rebels. Game time is 2:30 p.m.