Jr. C Lions beat 2015-16 record for wins with four this season.
St. Isidore – Zach Leblanc leads the Morrisburg Jr. C Lions in assists this season, setting up linemate Patrick Landry for a number of his goals. But during the December 4th 4-1 win over the St. Isidore Eagles, the roles were reversed with Leblanc netting two of the Lions’ four goals.
The two teams have split the season series at one win apiece, as the two teams struggle in the nine team league. The Lions, who were on a two-game losing skid, travelled to St. Isidore, who had not lost in the last three games.
Both teams got into hot water with the referees early in the first period. First with a roughing penalty against the Eagles that gave the Lions their first power-play opportunity of the game. Less than a minute later the Lions were nailed with a hooking penalty against Jeremy DaPonte.
With some four-on-four hockey on the ice, the Eagles landed on the scoreboard with a goal by Maxime Choquette off a pass from Jacob Belanger making it 1-0 St. Isidore.
Morrisburg landed their second power-play opportunity with a high-stick penalty called against the Eagles, which Leblanc put to good use. With a setup from Landry, to Jordan Smail, Leblanc put the puck in the back of Eagles keeper Charles-Olivier Murray’s net, 1-1 tie.
Second period saw the Eagles have six penalties for a total of 16 minutes called against them, giving the Lions many power-play chances.
Landry got the go-ahead goal on the Lions’ power-play with 5:07 remaining in the period. DaPonte had the assist, Lions lead 2-1 after 40 minutes.
An unassisted goal by Josh Primeau with 13:52 left in the third gave the Lions’ a two goal lead.
The penalty minutes continued to rack up, this time for the Lions who picked up 18 minutes of penalties for the period. The penalties gave the Eagles plenty of chances to come back, but Morrisburg’s defence shut down the Eagles with an improved penalty-kill compared with recent outings by the Lions.
With two minutes left in the third, the Eagles pulled their goalie in an attempt to get back into the game. The Eagles were already on a power-play which gave the Eagles a six-on-four advantage. Leblanc foiled that plan giving the Lions’ an empty net goal for insurance with 1:21 left in the third. Final score, Morrisburg Lions 4, St. Isidore Eagles 1. Lions goalie Dean Gauvreau had the win in net for the Lions.
“Dean played a good game tonight,” said Lions head coach Joe Hummel. “He made a lot of good saves.”
The two teams amassed a combined 78 penalty minutes for the game including a 10 minute misconduct for the Eagles and two 10 minute misconducts against Lions’ players.
“The boys played hard out there tonight with only 15 out there,” said Hummel. “We have six players out hurt from the last two games.”
The Lions have a chance to mend before hosting the fifth place Vankleek Hill Cougars December 10th at the Morrisburg arena.
The Cougars have dominated on their home ice this season, but have won only two on the road this season. Game starts at 7:30 p.m..