Lions fall to Jets in 12-3 blow-out

Lions’ goalies face 41-shot barrage – Morrisburg Lions goalies Morgan Penwell and Riley Phillips faced 41 shots, allowing 12 goals in the team’s 12-3 loss to the Metcalfe Jets. The loss drops the Lions into fourth place in the National Capital Junior Hockey League’s West Division. Above, Jets forward Devon Upton (right, #3) sends a slap shot at Phillips late in the second period. (The Leader/Blancher photo)

MORRISBURG – Coming off a 6-0 shut out loss in Chesterville the previous weekend, the Morrisburg Lions were looking to turn their luck around against the Metcalfe Jets November 11th in Morrisburg. The Lions, sitting in third place in the division, were tied in points with the Jets, but had a game in hand.

Metcalfe took off early in the game, scoring just over a minute in. Quinn Bowman put the puck past Morrisburg goalie Morgan Penwell, giving the Jets a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later, former Lion forward Thomas Ouderkirk made it 2-0 Jets on a pass from another former Lion, Evan Mantha.

The Lions got one back less than a minute later when Aaron Smith set up Devon Burns with a one-timer that got past Jets goalie Danik Turcotte. Morrisburg trailed Metcalfe 2-1.

Seven minutes later, Burns scored again, set up by Zach Leblanc and Zenin Biron, tying the game at 2-2. The tie lasted just five minutes before Austin Gough found Lions goalie Morgan Penwell’s number, sending the puck past him to make it 3-2 for the Jets.

Seven seconds remained in the high-scoring first period when Mantha sent the puck through, giving the Jets a 4-2 going into the second period.

Metcalfe added three goals in the second period. First James Horvath scored eight minutes in, and a minute later Devon Upton scored, extending the Jets lead to 6-2. Horvath notched his second of the period late in the second. Lions trailed the Jets 7-2 entering the final 20 minutes of play. Then the wheels fell off.

In a combination of penalties and undisciplined play, Metcalfe scored five times in the third period. Jarrett Ladoceur, Nolan (2), Ouderkirk, and Upton scored for the Jets. Leblanc scored the Lions lone goal in the period. Lions lose to the Jets 12-3.

Morrisburg was out shot 41-29, but did pick up 77 penalty minutes including four players tossed for fighting. Metcalfe was dinged with 59 minutes of penalties and three players turfed.

The Lions loss drops the team into fourth place in the NCJHL West division with seven points, two points behind the Jets and six points ahead of the last place West Carleton Inferno.

Up next, Morrisburg hosts the Bytown Royals November 17th before travelling to St. Isidore to take on the first place overall Eagles November 18th.