Jr. C Lions win at home

MORRISBURG – Newcomers Brock Daze and Brian Landry combined for six points, and Anthony Pace had three as the Morrisburg Jr. C Lions finally ended their season drought at home. The team defeated the Gatineau-Hull Volant 5-2 on January 8th at the Morrisburg arena.

The Volant got into trouble early in the first period with a penalty and game ejection on forward Mathieu Doré that put the Lions on the power play. Daze picked up his first goal of the day 22 seconds into the power play, off a pass up the line from Josh Primeau, 1-0 Lions. Daze scored his second of the game with eight minutes left in the first, assisted by Pace and Cole Fowler, 2-0 Lions.

Jessy St. Jacques put the Volant on the board with five minutes left in the first, beating Lions goaltender Eric Mantha, 2-1 Lions lead after the first period.

St. Jacques tied the game with 8:38 left in the second period, but the tie did not last long. Pace scored the Lions’ go-ahead goal just 16 seconds later, 3-2 Lions.

Lions’ defenceman Quinn Bennis scored his first goal of the season on a Morrisburg power play in the final minute of the second, from a pass sent up by Patrick Landry, Lions lead 4-2 after 40 minutes.

Brian Landry scored Morrisburg’s fifth and final goal of the game early in the third, to clinch the first win at home this season. Daze and Pace each had an assist on the goal. Goalie Eric Mantha claimed the win between the pipes for Morrisburg.

The Lions remain in the basement of the National Capital Junior Hockey League standings with a record of 5 wins, 15 losses and 1 tie with 11 points. They are five points back from the eighth place St. Isidore Eagles with three games in hand.

The Jr. C Lions start a two-game road trip playing the Volant on January 12th in Gatineau, and the Cumberland Bandits on January 14th. The team returns to home ice January 15th to host the Vankleek Hill Cougars, puck drop is at 7:30 p.m..