The Morrisburg Junior B Lions were just 20 seconds away from their ninth win of the season here Friday night, January 16, when Westport Rideaus’ Cam Goldsmith got in their way.
The clock was ticking down on the Friday night match, and with less than a minute to be played the Lions were protecting a 2-1 lead.
It was at 19:40 that Goldsmith, with help from Simon Corriveau, would come up with the goal against Lions goaltender Keiran Weir to tie the game 2-2 and force it into overtime.
After the scoreless overtime play, the shoot out netted no success for Lions shooters Jacob Kendrick, Michael Paquette and Alex Sifton.
The Rideaus starting shooter Dawson Fawcett was also unsuccessful, and it was their shooter number two, Patrick Drouin who would provide the winner and force the Lions to accept the one point for the shoot out loss.
Friday night’s game got rolling with a scoreless first period.
Forty-two seconds into the second period, Johnny Moor put the Rideaus on the scoreboard.
Then at 9:54 the Lions, Alex Sifton struck to tie it with assists provided by Ryan Griffin and Curtis Evans.
The 1-1 tie held until 11:49 of the third period when a Jacob Kendrick goal from Landon Veenstra and Brodie Barkley put the Lions ahead 2-1.
Eight minutes later Goldsmith provided the tying goal to force the overtime.
Sunday, January 18, it was the Lions “pack the rink” day with all area youth 16 years and under invited by the Lions as their guests at the game, courtesy of Horner & Pietersma, Barristers, Solicitors and Notaries, Morrisburg.
The attending youth were proudly wearing their South Dundas sweaters and a number of free door prizes topped off the day.
Unfortunately, it was not a good day on the ice for the Lions who were doubled 4-2 by the visiting Char-Lan Rebels.
The Rebels went right to work in Sunday’s game to go up 2-0 in the first period on goals by Brian Landry and Liam Vipond.
Jesse Fontaine made it 3-0 on the Rebels’ power play at 6:14 of the second period.
That’s the way it stayed until the Lions found themselves in the first 10 minutes of the third period.
Ryan Griffin put the Lions on the scoreboard on their power play at 3:13 with Dylan Nixon providing the assist.
At 6:53, Eric Evan (from Jordan Smail and Jacob Kendrick) got it to within one goal of the tie, but that was it.
The Lions were unable to put anything more past Rebels goaltender Kevan Dumouchel, while the Rebels got one more from Brennan Markell for the 4-2 win.
Brett Hahn was in the Lions net for the loss.
The Rebels sat out 30 minutes on 11 penalties and the Lions were assessed 28 minutes on 10 infractions
Coming up on Sunday, January 25, the Lions will host the St. Lawrence Division’s first place Casselman Vikings. Game time is 2:30 p.m.
The final games of the regular season will be played the weekend of Friday, February 13-15.
The Vikings are 19 points ahead of the second place Alexandria Glens with 59 points to the Glens 40. The Winchester Hawks, 37 points, are looking solid in third place and are chasing the Glens, while the Rebels 29 points, and the Akwesasne Wolves, 26 points, are battling for the fourth and final playoff position.
The Lions are in last place with 17 points.