The Morrisburg Junior B Lions were able to add a stroke in their win column in St. Lawrence Division hockey action on home ice on Sunday afternoon, when they collected a 5-4 shoot-out win over the Char-Lan Rebels.
The Lions were in charge of the first two periods of the game. They led 3-1 at the end of the first period and 4-1 after two.
But as has happened in a number of games this season, they couldn’t hold on.
The Rebels charged back in the third period to nab Lions goaltender, John Gilmer, for three unanswered goals to even it, 4-4 and force the overtime.
Just 50 seconds into the first period, Michael Paquette got it rolling for the Lions with William White providing the assist.
One minute later, the Rebels answered with a Jeremy McFarlane goal to even at 1-1.
That remained until the Lions went on the offensive.
At 9:02 of the first period, Isaac Brownlee counted, unassisted to make it 2-1, and then at 13:37 Curtis Evans put the puck past Rebels goaltender Ryan Cooper to give the Lions a 3-1 advantage at the end of 20 minutes of play.
The lone goal of the second period came from the stick of Steven Savage, assisted by Liam Morrow, at 2:27 for a 4-1 Lions lead.
From then until 4:22 of the third period, the Lions worked to hold on to their lead. That’s when Nick Sanseverino counted for the Rebels to cut the gap to 4-2.
At 8:30 of the third period, Tyler Filion, on the Rebels power play, found the spot to put the Rebels to within one goal of the tie.
That came at 15:18, when Sanseverino counted his second goal to tie it at 5-5.
The scoreless overtime play was followed by the shootout, which was won by the Lions giving them their third win of the 2013/14 season.
The Lions sat out three minor penalties and a 10 minute misconduct, while the Rebels were assessed seven minors and two 10 minute misconducts.
Friday night, the Lions travelled to Westport where they were handed a 4-1 loss by the Rideaus.
The Rideaus led 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 heading into the third. Alex Szabo beat Lions goaltender Brandon Chilton, at 10:27 of the third period for a 4-0 lead.
Michael Paquette spoiled Nicholas Newport’s shutout at 12:07 of the third.
Eight minor penalties were assessed in the game, four to each team.
With the end of the regular season now looming it would be a real horse race if it weren’t for the Casselman Vikings.
The Vikings have pocketed the division championship. They now sit well ahead of the rest of the pack with 58 points on 28 wins.
The remaining teams are well back with the Char-lan Rebels at 39 points, Akwesasne and Alexandria tied with 35 and the Winchester Hawks right on their heels with 34 (and two games in hand).
Coming up this Sunday, January 19, the Lions are at home to the Casselman Vikings. Game time is 2:30 p.m.