The Morrisburg Junior B Lions treated their fans to an exciting finish in St. Lawrence Division Hockey on Sunday afternoon, when they claimed a 5-4 shoot-out win against the Akwesasne Wolves.
For the Lions, it was a good ending to an otherwise not so good three-game weekend.
Friday night they were in Winchester, where they were handed a tough 8-2 loss by the Hawks.
Game two saw them back on home ice Saturday night, against the Alexandria Glens, who were able to break the game open late in the second period as they headed for a 6-2 win.
Friday night in Winchester, the Hawks went up 2-0 in the first period before Eric Evans, at 16:07, put the Lions on the scoreboard. The Hawks got one more, late in the frame, to carry a 3-1 advantage into the second period.
A four goal Hawks’ scoring outburst in the second period finished off the Lions.
The Lions did get one more goal from Zach Belaire with help for Jordan St. Louis and Justin Rutley 3:42 into the third period.
Justin Lefevbre and Jordan Smail provided the assists on the Eric Evans power play goal in the first period..
Keiran Weir gave up the six goals on 45 Hawks shots. Brandon Lowry handled the net duties for the Hawks.
The Lions sat out 50 minutes in penalties on 17 infractions and the Hawks drew 58 minutes on 17 infractions.
Saturday night, the Glens were first on the scoreboard 5:58 into the first period. But the Lions, Dallas Blacksmith got that back at 9:13 with help from Eric Evans and Dakota Blacksmith.
Jeffrey Rhainds made it 2-1 Glens late in the first.
The one goal Glens advantage held until 9:39 of the second period when Dallas Blacksmith (from Tanner Hummel and Justin Lefevbre) evened the game 2-2.
A late second period Glens rally resulted in two goals against Weir and allowed the visitors to carry a 4-2 advantage into the third period.
Good tight action was the highlight of the third period, but the Lions were unable to get anything more past Glens goaltender Callum Cassidy-Matthews.
The Glens scored their fifth goal in the empty Lions net at 18:14 and added their sixth with the less than one minute to go for the 6-2 win.
Sunday afternoon against the Wolves, the Lions hit the ice for two first period goals to go up 2-0.
Dallas Blacksmith got it going on the Lions power play from Justin Lefevbre and Dylan Nixon just 6:17 in.
Jordan St. Louis followed up the effort at 11:18 with help from Ryan Griffin and Jacob Guillott for the 2-0 Lions advantage.
But the Wolves came charging back with Nicholas Talarico scoring against Lions goaltender John Gilmer at 11:44 and Victor Bisson (power play) at 18:34 to even the field at 2-2.
In the second period, the Lions again skated into the lead with goals from Lefevbre (from Dallas Blacksmith and Eric Evans) at 1:27 and Evans, unassisted, at 5:40.
The Wolves, Nicholas Talarico got one back to cut the gap to 4-3 heading into the third period.
Just 1:08 into the third period, Derik Dionne, on the Wolves power play struck to tie the game, 4-4, and that’s the way it remained through regulation time to force the overtime.
The scoreless overtime play then pushed the game to the shoot out.
Justin Rutley (the Lions second shooter) was first to score for the Lions but his effort was cancelled by Alex Conroy Terrance.
Justin Lefevbre and Dallas Blacksmith were both not successful for the Lions and finally after the Wolves sixth shooter missed, Lion veteran Michael Paquette found the spot to lift the Lions to the 5-4 shoot out win.
Eric Evans was unsuccessful as the Lions first shooter.
Coming up this weekend the Lions are at home to the Alexandria Glens, Sunday afternoon.