Tough weekend for Junior B Lions


The Morrisburg Junior B Lions slipped to the bottom of the St. Lawrence Division standings with a pair of losses this past weekend. 

Saturday night, October 11, the Lions travelled to the Char-Lan Rec Centre where they lost 6-3 to the Rebels. Back home on Sunday, they lost a close one, 7-6 to the first place Casselman Vikings.

The Vikings are now sitting atop a seven-win record for 14 points, five up on the Winchester Hawks and the Alexandria Glens who are tied with nine apiece.

The Akwesasne Wolves are fourth with eight points, while the Rebels and the Lions are tied with four points each.

Saturday night in Char-Lan, the Lions fell behind early and were never able to catch up.

John Gilmer, who was in net for the Lions, gave up the six goals on 39 Rebels shots.

Ryan Cooper earned the Rebels win.

The Rebels took a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Brian Landry and Quinlin MacDonell. They went up 3-0 at 10:47 of the second period with Landry’s second counter.

It wasn’t until the final minute of the second that Jacob Kendrick, on the Lions power play, found the Rebels net with help from Justin Rutley and Michael Paquette.

The Lions put up a big effort to collect two more in the early minutes of the third period to cut the gap to 3-2.

Cole Blanchard (from Rutley) and Kendrick (from Isaac Brownlee and Dylan Nixon) did the counting, both scoring on the Lions power play.

But then it was back to the Rebels. Brennan Markell added a pair at 5:23 and 7:18, both on the Rebels power play, and David Poirier upped it to 6-3 at 12:15 of the third period, again on the Rebels power-play.

Both teams had great success with their power-plays. The Lions scored their three goals on the power play, and the Rebels scored four of their six goals on their power play.

The Lions sat out 54 minutes on 15 infractions, and the Rebels were assessed 35 minutes on 16 infractions.

Sunday in Morrisburg, both the Vikings and the Lions counted heavily on penalties. The Vikings were three for three on power play and the Lions connected for three power-play goals in 10 opportunities

The Lions were first on the scoreboard when Ryan Griffin struck unassisted at 8:07 of the first period.

The Vikings turned it up a notch to come back for three in a row to end the first period, 3-1.

The second period  was a seesaw battle, but the closest the Lions were able to get was to within one goal of a tie.

Justin Rutley (from Jacob Guillot and Brodie Barkley), Michael Paquette (short-handed from Barkley and Isaac Brownlee), Dallas Blacksmith (power play from Barkley) and Blacksmith (power play from Lefevbre and Barkley) counted the four second period Lions goals.

Sebastien Plante, Taylor Widenmaier, Maxime Choquette and Nicolas Brazeau counted the four Vikings goals in the second period.

The high scoring second period sent the game into the third period with the Vikings still ahead 7-5

Fifteen seconds into the third, Vikings Yannik Bertrand drew a roughing penalty, and that set the stage for Balcksmith to complete his hat trick  and to close the gap to 7-6.

Junstin Lefebvre provided the set up.

That would be it however. The remainder of the third  period was scoreless, and the Vikings hung on for the 7-6 win.

Coming up, the Lions host the Westport Rideaus, Saturday night, October 18. (7:30 p.m.)

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