It is coming down to the wire for the Morrisburg Junior B Lions, and while the Lions fate has been sealed for quite some time, they have become an important factor for several of the teams in the St. Lawrence Division of the Eastern Ontario Jr. B hockey league.
This past week, the Lions were unable to inflict any damage to other division hopefuls as they fell to the Casselman Vikings in Casselman, 4-2, last Thursday, January 30, and to the Char-Lan Rebels, 8-3, at the Char-Lan Rec Centre, on Saturday, February 1.
The Lions hosted Gananoque last night (Tuesday, February 4) in a makeup game and this, their final weekend of play will feature a home and home series with the Akwesasne Wolves.
The Wolves can be expected to be out in full force as they are challenging the Alexandria Glens for that all important fourth place finish and the St. Lawrence Division’s final playoff spot.
The Wolves and the Glens head into this week’s play tied with 41 points, the Wolves holding a game in hand.
A big match is set for tonight (Wednesday, February 5), when the Wolves take their game to Alexandria.
After that the stats would suggest the Wolves might be in the driver’s seat, as they play the Lions twice in their last weekend of action, while the Glens will be meeting the first place Casselman Vikings twice.
Last Thursday night in Casselman, the Lions kept it even at 1-1 in the first period with Maxime Choquette counting against Lions goaltender Brandon Chilton on the Vikings power play.
Isaac Brownlee answered at 10:07 and that’s the way it stayed until Drew Veenstra gave the Lions the edge 1:30 into the second period.
Choquette counted his second goal at 15:49, and the 2-2 tie lasted until 13:41 of the third period when Taylor Widenmaier counted what would be the winner.
Choquette chalked up his third goal into the empty Lions net for the 4-2 Casselman victory.
The Vikings Gianmarco De Meis gave up the two goals on 19 Lions shots on net, while the Vikings collected their three goals in 37 shots on net.
Saturday night action featured a wide open first period with six goals scored, four by the Char-Lan Rebels.
Justin Rutley opened the Lions scoring with help from William White and Michael Paquette, and Liam Morrow produced the Lions second counter with Cole Blanchard and Isaac Brownlee assisting.
The Lions fell well behind in the second period with Char-Lan counting three in a row before Curtis Evans got them stopped with his goal at 17:56 assisted by Drew Veenstra and AJ Jarvis.
The Rebels counted their final goal, to make it 8-3, early in the third period.
John Gilmer was in net for the Lions, and Ryan Cooper saw action for the Rebels.
Coming up this weekend the Lions will travel to Akwesasne, Saturday night, February 8, for a 7 p.m. game.
They will play their final game of the 2013-14 season on home ice on Sunday, starting at 2:30 p.m.
A reminder that the Lions are inviting all minor hockey players out to their final home game. Those wearing their team jerseys will be admitted to the game at no charge and there will be some draws for prizes carried out.
The Lions are also asking their fans to bring along a food donation for the Morrisburg location of the Dundas County Food Bank.