Junior C Lions lose season home opener to Embrun Panthers


Morrisburg Junior C Lions head coach Joe Hummel says, after the weekend’s two losses the Lions are continuing to look for some up front scoring punch and would like to add some size.

“We have some kids coming in this week to look at. We are a lot smaller than the other teams [in the National Capital League] so we have some forwards coming in that will add some size.”

Hummel says the Lions did not play well in their home ice opener against Embrun, Saturday night, October 3.

“We played not a bad second period, but that was it,” he said of the 4-1 loss to the Panthers.

Hummel credits goaltender Brett Hahn for keeping the score respectable. “He was outstanding. We were out shot 57-19, so that tells you how well he played.”

Blake Battistoni scored the lone Lions goal, unassisted, in the first period which ended with the Panthers leading 2-1. After a scoreless second period, the Panthers scored two more in the third to finish it off.

Scoring for the Panthers were Adam Fillion, Justin Raymond, Nathan Bols and Daniel Cogan.

Sunday against Academie Jr. Outaouais, “We played our best game of hockey this year. We outplayed them, but couldn’t put the puck in the net.”

The score was 1-0 after the first period  for Outaouais and 2-1 after the second.

Two quick Outaouais goals, early in the third period, did major damage as they skated to a 5-1 victory.

Scoring for the Lions was Devon Burns with Eric Evans and Chris Spicer assisting.

The Lions have 14 local kids, from Prescott to Long Sault in the lineup. Eight are from South Dundas. Two overage cards have been filled.

Hummel says he has been impressed with the teams in the National Capital League. “It is not as strong as the Junior B League, but it is going to be pretty good hockey. It is certainly decent hockey for local kids who want to continue to play.”

With his defence pretty much set and “very solid”, Hummel says, “we are just not creating much offense. We will be looking at players for the next month or so.”

“The kids we have are good kids and they are working hard, but we need a few more practises. We have only had one good practise so far. Some of the guys have played together, but some have never met each other.”

He adds that the bus trip to Outaouais was a good team builder.

Coming up this weekend, the Lions host the Vankleek Hill Cougars Saturday night, October 10. Game time is 7:30 p.m. 

Sunday they travel to St. Isidore to take on the Eagles.

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