The Morrisburg Junior B Lions kept pace with the Athens Aeros, here Friday night, and twice recovered from a one goal deficit to tie the game. But a power-play goal at 12:22 of the third period was the deciding factor in the 5-3 Aeros win.
Parker Grant counted what would be the winner for the Aeros on their power play to break open a 3-3 tie, and the Aeros held on to the 4-3 advantage until the final minute of play, when Nathan Foster put the puck in the empty Lions net for the 5-3 Aeros win.
Ty Hannaford opened the Aeros scoring at 9:08 of the first period, and Cole Blanchard evened it on the Lions power play with help from Ryan Griffin at 10:46.
Nathan Foster allowed the Aeros to carry a 2-1 lead into the second period with his goal at 19:03 of the first period.
Zack Renfrew, (from Michael Paquette) tied the game, 2-2, at 2:06, but again the Aeros came charging back, this time with a Nathan Foster power-play goal at 4:56 of the second period.
The Aeros successfully guarded their 3-2 advantage until 11:01 of the third period when the Lions Jacob Kendrick counted from Dallas Blacksmith to even the game at 3-3.
Just over one minute later Parker Grant counted the winner.
John Gilmer was in net for the Lions loss and Greg Carre saw action for the Aeros. They both faced 33 shots on net.
The Aeros sat out 40 minutes of penalties on 16 infractions, and the Lions were assessed 38 minutes on 15 infractions.
The Aeros counted twice on their power play and the Lions once.
The Lions had just the one game on the weekend and that loss combined with a pair of Char-Lan Rebels wins results in the Lions dropping into the St. Lawrence Division’s bottom position with 12 points.
The Rebels have now pulled ahead into fifth place with 15 points and have one game in hand over the Lions.
At the top of the division, the Casselman Vikings lost their first game of the year to the Winchester Hawks, 8-3. They lead the division with 37 points, followed by the Hawks with 24.
The Alexandria Glens with 23 points and the Akwesasne Wolves with 21 are next up.
Coming up this weekend, the Lions have two home games.
The will host the Prescott Flyers Saturday night, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon, December 7, the Alexandria Glens will be in town for a 2:30 p.m. start.