Jr. B Lions unable to hold onto leads, lose two

 

MORRISBURG–The Morrisburg Junior B Lions continued to give their opponents a run for their money in two games on the weekend, but once again, despite early leads, they were unable to cash in. 

Saturday night at the Char-Lan Rec Centre, they were handed a 6-3 loss by the St. Lawrence Division’s second place Rebels after holding a 3-2 lead heading into the third period.

Then on home ice Sunday afternoon, after going up 2-0 in the first two periods against Akwesasne, they gave up three in a row, in a 3-2 Wolves victory.

Saturday night in Williamstown, the Lions kept pace with the Rebels holding the first period to a one goal draw.

Michael Paquette, on the power play, put the Lions on board less than a minute into the game, but at 5:54 Kevin Veilleux beat Lions goaltender Brandon Chilton to even it.

Then at 3:56 of the second period, Zach Belaire counted for the Lions, again on their power play, for a 2-1 lead. They held on until 14:00 when Isaac Lavallee counted for the Rebels to make it a 2-2 game.

Just over one minute later Paquette counted his second to put the Lions ahead 3-2.

That lasted until 2:10 of the third period when Scott Hope counted to tie the game. At 6:01 he struck again for what would turn out to be the winner.

Alexandre Gendron made it 5-3 at 13:15 of the frame and Blain MacKay counted the final Rebels goal into the empty Lions net for the 6-3 win.

The game saw a total of 156 minutes in penalties handed out. This included eight five minute fighting majors and eight corresponding game misconducts.

Lions goaltender Brandon Chilton gave up five goals on 28 shots on net, while Alex  Boileau was beat three times on 15 Lions shots on net.

Sunday afternoon in Morrisburg, the Lions started strong with a Drew Veenstra goal assisted by Christian Leger and Chris Pearson at 6:20 of the first period.

Eric Evans made it 2-0 for the Lions less than one minute into the second period with Michael Paquette and Kieran Devine providing the assists.

But that was it.

The Wolves came charging back with their first goal from the stick of Dom Coyle at 9:51 of the second period. Then at 18:03 the Wolves power play went to work to even the game 2-2 with a Hayden Mancini counter.

The tie held until the last minutes of the third period, when Coyle connected for his second goal against Lions goaltender John Gilmer to give the Wolves a 3-2 win.

Just four minor penalties were assessed in the game, three of them to the Lions.

Cory Garrow was in net for the Wolves who out shot the Lions 32-23.

The Wolves are holding the St. Lawrence Division’s fourth spot, two points up on the Alexandria Glens. The Casselman Vikings are looking solid in first place with 50 points, while the Char-Lan Rebels and Winchester Hawks are battling for second place, the Rebels now holding 33 points to the Hawks 32.

Coming up this week, Thursday, December 19, the Lions are on the road to Casselman for a 7:30 p.m. match. This Saturday night, December 21st, they are at home to the Gananoque Islanders. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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