Junior Lions finish off year with a win


After a pair of holiday losses, the Morrisburg Junior B Lions put together a 3-2 win against the Gananoque Islander to finish off 2014.

The Lions lost 9-5, to the Char-Lan Rebels in Williamstown, on Saturday, December 20, and then to the Akwesasne Wolves on home ice on Sunday, December 21st.

After a break for Christmas they were back on the ice in Morrisburg, on Saturday, December 27 to claim the 3-2 win against the Islanders.

The win, their eighth of the season, leaves them five points behind the St. Lawrence Division’s fifth place Char-Lan Rebels and 10 points back of the fourth place Wolves.

The Casselman Vikings continue to dominate the division at 49 points.

The rest of the division, again this year, falls well back of the Vikings with the Alexandria Glens in second with 31, the Winchester Hawks in third with 29 and the Wolves at 26.

Saturday night in Morrisburg, Michael Paquette opened the Lions scoring with an unassisted goal at 9:37 of the first period.

Tyler Murray evened it at 17:48 of the first period on the Islanders’ power play, but Landon Veenstra gave the Lions a 2-1 advantage at 18:27 with help from Eric Evans and Zach Belaire.

The lone goal of the second period came from the stick of Cole Hamilton allowing the Islanders to tie the game, 2-2.

That set the stage for Cole Blanchard’s winner just 1:04 into the third period. Lions goaltender Keiran Weir dug in and the Lions went to work to protect their slim lead and hold on for the 3-2 win.

Providing the help on Blanchard’s game winner were Eric Evans and Justin Lefevbre.

Sunday, December 21 the Lions lost to the Akwesasne Wolves on home ice 7-3.

The Wolves led 2-1 after the first period and 5-3 heading into the third period.

Derik Dionne and Brock Daze had two goals each for the Wolves, and Chris Wert, Tylor Alguire and Jacob Swamp added singles.

Michael Paquette and the Blacksmith brothers, Dakota and Dallas provided the Lions scoring.

On Saturday, December 20, the Lions were on the road where they were handed a 9-5 loss by the Char-Lan Rebels.

The Rebels built a 5-0 first period lead and led 6-2 after two.

Jamie Lepine and Brennan Markell had two goals each for the Rebels and singles came from the sticks of Jackson Thompson, Matthew Gregoire, Jesse Fontaine, Brian Landry and Jayden Lemire.

Jacob Guillot answered with two goals for the Lions and Paquette, and Lefevbre and Ryan Griffin scored singles.

Coming up, the Lions have a busy weekend schedule to kick off the new year.

On Friday, January 2 they are on the road to take on the Alexandria Glens.

Saturday night, January 3 they host the Winchester Hawks at 7:30 p.m., and then on Sunday, January 4, they are back on the road to play the Akwesasne Wolves.

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