Junior Lions collect big win from Rideaus

 

Last Wednesday, October 15, the Morrisburg Junior B Lions were in Brockville where the Tikis nabbed them for a 7-2 win.

Then on Friday, October 17, the Tikis lost to the Westport Rideaus, 6-1.

On Saturday night in Morrisburg, the Lions turned it completely around to defeat the Rideaus, 13-6.

The Brockville Tikis are in second place in the Rideau Division with 13 points, four points behind the Prescott Flyers. The Rideaus are in last place with nine points.

The Lions, thanks to the Saturday night win against the Rideaus, have moved into fifth place in the St. Lawrence Division, two points up on the Char-Lan Rebels.

A betting man might have difficulty deciding where to place his money.  A junior B hockey coach might understand anything can happen in any given game.

Wednesday night in Brockville, the Tikis built a 2-0 first period lead and never looked back. They went up 4-0 in the first five minutes of the second period before Eric Evans counted for the Lions with help from Michael Paquette and Justin Lefevbre.

The Tikis got one more late in the frame to carry a 5-1 advantage into the third.

Early in the third period, Paquette counted the Lions third and final goal on a penalty shot.

John Gilmer started in net for the Lions, and was replaced in the second period by Keiran Weir.

The Lions sat out 22 minutes in penalties on seven infractions, and the Tikis were assessed 33 minutes, also on seven infraction. The Tikis scored only one goal on their power play, that at 12:53 of the third period from Ethan York.

Back home on Saturday night, the Lions got off to another shaky start and trailed the visiting Westport Rideaus 2-1 heading into the second period. 

Just 3:46 into the second, Jacob Kendrick scored unassisted to tie the game 2-2, and spark the Lions to a scoring exhibition which saw them count five consecutive goals to go up 7-3. The Rideaus finally got them stopped with a Travis Marshall  goal with 38 seconds left in the frame.

Peter McGahey got two back for the Rideaus early in the third period to tighten the count to 7-5, but again the Lions went on the offensive. This time  they counted three goals for a 10-5 advantage before the Rideaus got them stopped with an Aaron Gregoire player-play goal at 10:10.

This sparked another Lions spree, which resulted in another three goals, and the 13-6 Lions victory.

Jacob Kendry and Eric Evans led the Lions scoring with three goals each, and Landon Veenstra added a pair.

Zach Belaire, Michael Paquette, Ryan Griffin, Jacob Guillot and Justin Rutley all scored single goals.

Veteran Lions, Paquette and Rutley both had big games. Paquette helped out on four goals and Rutley provided the assists on three.

John Gilmer was in net for the Lions win.

The Lions sat out 22 minutes on seven infractions, and the Rideaus were assessed 24 minutes on eight infractions. The Rideaus scored one power-play goal, while the Lions were not successful in their six power-play opportunities.

The Lions now move into the St. Lawrence Division’s fifth place spot with six points on three wins.

The Casselman Vikings remain in first place, undefeated in eight games, while the Alexandria Glens are in second place with 11 points on five wins and one shoot-out loss.

The Winchester Hawks and the Akwesasne Wolves are tied with 10 points.

Coming up this week, the Lions travel to Casselman to take on the Vikings, Thursday, October 23.

Saturday night, October 25, the Brockville Tikis will be in Morrisburg for a 7:30 p.m. start, and Sunday night, the Lions will be on the road for a game against the Wolves.

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