The Morrisburg Junior B Lions finished out the year this past weekend with another two losses, the first to the Alexandria Glens, 7-5, and the second to the Akwesasne Wolves, 7-2. Both games were on the road.
Their Saturday night game, scheduled for Morrisburg, was cancelled due to the sudden death of Winchester Hawks coach, Tom Kirkwood, on December 16.
The Hawks cancelled all of their scheduled matches, which included the game in Morrisburg, out of respect and to mourn the loss of their coach. They will return to the ice this coming weekend.
Friday night, December 27, the Lions travelled to the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria where they were handed a 7-5 loss by the Glens.
As in many of their past encounters, the Lions stayed with the Glens and gave them a good run, but couldn’t hold on. After trailing 2-1 at the end of the first period, they collected two consecutive goals in the early minutes of the second period to go up, 3-2.
But they couldn’t hold on. The Glens charged back with four in a row against goaltender John Gilmer, the fourth counter giving them a 6-3 advantage at 3:51 of the third period.
The Lions got one back from Chris Pearson at 10:59, and then at 18:59 a Christian Leger goal cut the gap to 6-5.
An empty net, Glens goal at 19:21 gave the Glens the 7-5 win.
Justin Rutley, Curtis Evans and Liam Morrow scored the Lions first three goals.
Sunday, the Lions managed just one goal against the Akwesasne Wolves at the Anowarako:wa Arena.
That came at 11:50 of the second period from the stick of Zach Belaire.
Stevie Ray Adams led the Wolves attack with four goals.
Brock Daze, Hiio Herne and Chris Wert beat Lions goaltender John Gilmer for singles.
Coming up this Saturday, January 4, is the annual Rideau-St. Lawrence Showcase. This year’s Showcase between teams of the two divisions is being hosted by the Akwesasne Wolves.
The first game of the day is scheduled for 9:30 between Brockville and Char-Lan. The Lions will be on the ice against Prescott at noon.
Sunday, January 5, they are on the road to Gananoque for a 7 p.m. game.