If penalties were goals, the Morrisburg Jr. C Lions would have only lost by one. As it was, they were shutout by the visiting Cumberland Bandits 7-0 at the Morrisburg arena on October 8th.
Scoring opened in the first with a goal by Bandits forward Gabriel Cuillerier, assisted by Alexis Diotte and Samuel Gaudet on Lions’ goaltender Drew Nichol, 1-0 Cumberland.
Bandits forward Alex Labrecque finished a play by teammate Nicholas Thibault in the final minute of the first giving Cumberland a 2-0 lead after one period of play.
As the game became more intense with both teams being assessed three penalties each in the second period. Bandits forward Andrew Oliveria was ejected from the game for misconduct with a check from behind. The Bandits still managed to score three goals in the second period, scored by Cuillerier, Tyler Fernandes and Thibault making it 5-0 Cumberland after 40 minutes. 35 minutes of penalties were assessed between the two teams in the second.
Lions coach Joe Hummel subsituted goalies with Eric Mantha going between the pipes in the third period.
Frustration was high for the team with more penalties being called in the third against both teams.
Lions’ forward Josh Desousa, was sent to the penalty box for the rest of the game for a check to the head. The ensuring power-play led to Bandits defenceman Luke Witzel goal with eight minutes to go in the third.
In the final minute of the game, Bandits defenceman Brandon Farris hammered the last goal of the night on Mantha.
The score at the final whistle, Cumberland Bandits 7, Morrisburg Lions 0. The two teams combined for another 28 minutes of penalties in the third.
A total of 65 penalty minutes were assessed for a 60 minute game, with 10 penalties against the Bandits, 9 against the Lions. Morrisburg was outshot 36-33.
The Lions host the Papineauville Vikings on October 15th before travelling to the St-Isidore Arena to visit the Eagles on October 16th.
*NOTE* The print version of this story incorrectly states that Jordan Smail received the penalty for the check to the head. The Leader apologizes for this error.