Junior Lions unsuccessful in Rideau Division bids

The Morrisburg Junior B Lions had no success this past weekend when they skated into Rideau Division territory against the Gananoque Islanders on Friday night in Morrisburg and the South Grenville Rangers, in Prescott on Saturday.

Friday night the Lions lost to the Islanders 7-2, and then, on Saturday, they were handed a 5-3 loss by the Rangers.

With the two weekend losses, the Lions fall further back in the St. Lawrence Division standings and now trail the fifth place Alexandria Glens by five points.

The Casselman Vikings continue to dominate the St. Lawrence Division with 31 points, while the Char–Lan Rebels have bumped into second place with 25 points.

Friday night in Morrisburg, the Islanders were held to a first period 1-0 lead on a goal  by Wyatt Cota.

They got it rolling in the second period with an unassisted short-handed goal from Chris Smith at 3:35 and then increased it to 3-0 at 5:51 of the period.

Peter Ketcheson, with help from Steven Savage and Chris Rutley, put the Lions on the scoreboard with a power-play goal at 7:32 of the second.

The Islanders answered to make it 4-1 with 5:49 left on the clock, but the Lions kept working at 16:53 Nicholas Pilon scored while the Lions were short-handed to cut the gap to 4-2.

Unfortunately, that was it for the Lions, as the Islanders went to work and nabbed Mikael Dion for another three unanswered third period goals for the 7-2 win.

Saturday night in Prescott, the Rideau Division’s fourth place South Grenville Rangers showed no mercy as they went up 2-0 over the Lions in the first period and increased it to 3-0 in the second.

They made it 4-0, early in the third period, before the Lions were able to get on the scoreboard at 7:35 with a short-handed goal from Clarke Veenstra assisted by Ty Hodgson.

One minute later the Rangers made it 5-1.

In the last 10 minutes of the third period, the Lions got it together for two goals.

Clarke Veenstra counted the first at 11:05 with Sylvester Bzdyl and Peter Ketcheson providing the assists and Brandon Chaffe scored on the Lions power-play, unassisted at 14:35.

Ryan Cooper was in the Lions net for the loss.

Coming up, the Lions travel to Athens on Sunday, December 9 for a 7:30 p.m. match against the Rideau Division’s first place Aeros.


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