Jr. ‘C’ Lions down Jets 6-4 at ‘home’

Morrisburg Lions finish shortened pre-season with 1-1 record.

FINCH – The Morrisburg Junior ‘C’ Lions ended their preseason schedule on a high note, beating the Metcalfe Jets 6-4 at the Finch Memorial Arena September 17th.

Metcalfe is one of four new teams in the National Capital Junior Hockey League (NCJHL), taking the place of the Embrun Panthers which moved to the Central Canada Hockey League Tier Two (Junior ‘B’).

They join the Blackburn Inferno, Bytown Royals and South Grenville Rangers as newcomers to the league. The Rockland Nationals relocated to Clarence Creek and were renamed the Clarence Castors (Beavers).

The Jets launched on to the scoreboard 12 minutes into the first period on a power play when Phil Brunet bested Lions goalie Dean Gauvreau taking a 1-0 lead.

Lions forward Zach Leblanc set up Tom Forrester for the equalizer a minute later, tying the game at one.

Leblanc set up two back-to-back goals in the second period, first to Alec St. Belais with 14:38 on the clock, giving the Lions a 2-1 lead.

Just 24 seconds later, Leblanc landed his third assist of the night, setting up Justice Brownlee making it 3-1 Morrisburg.

The Jets cut the Lions’ lead by one on a power play late in the second period.

Morrisburg started the third period with a 3-2 lead. Newcomer Jake Downey fired on Jets netminder Reilly Tondreau scoring an unassisted goal putting the Lions up by two.

The Jets got back in it minutes later, making it 4-3 Lions.

St. Belais made it 5-3 Lions with 7:28 left in the game, assisted by Ben Gillis.

Metcalfe scored with just 3:37 left on the clock off a shot by James Horvath, Morrisburg led 5-4.

Brennan Cameron put the puck in the back of the Jets net 30 seconds later to put some space between the teams.

Metcalfe pulled their goalie with 90 seconds left in the game but couldn’t make a go of it with the extra man. Lions down the Jets 6-4.

Leblanc had three points for the night, St. Belais two. Gauvreau stopped 38 of 42 shots for the night for the Lions. The Lions had 29 shots-on-goal.

The game closes out a shortened pre-season record of one win, one loss.

Morrisburg faces off against the Clarence Castors September 23rd at the Robert Geurtin Arena in Gatineau. The game is one of six NCJHL games at the league’s annual showcase season-kickoff event.

Morrisburg will host the North Dundas Rockets in the team’s home opener September 24th at their temporary home arena in Finch. They take on the South Grenville Rangers in Finch September 30th.