With two losses on the weekend, the Morrisburg Lions have now fallen nine points behind the fifth place Alexandria Glens in the St. Lawrence Division of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
The weekend action started for the Lions on home ice Friday night with a tough overtime (shoot out) loss to the visiting Akwesasne Wolves. The Wolves are holding fourth place in the division standings just two points back of the Char-Lan Rebels.
After trailing the Wolves 3-1 at the end of the first period, the Lions charged back to make a game of it. They scored their final goal on their power-play with just under three minutes left on the clock to go up 5-4.
But with the seconds ticking away, the Wolves got one from Marc-Antoine Kamel which evened it, 5-5, and forced sudden-death overtime.
With no decision made in the overtime, the game went to a shoot out with Kamel and Justin Rutley both beating Lion goaltender Mikael Dion. The Lions counted just once against Wolves goaltender Cam Turcotte, that coming from the stick of Chris Rutley.
Following the let down from Friday night’s overtime loss, the Lions were on the road Saturday night to the Char-Lan Recreation Centre where they were handed a 7-3 loss by the Rebels.
The Lions opened the scoring just over five minutes into the first period with a power-play goal from Grant Cooper then fell apart as the Rebels came back for three in a road and a 3-1 advantage heading into the second period.
They added another three goals (two short-handed and one on their power play) in the second period, before the Lions were able to step in with a goal from Zach Sequin with just 27 second left in the frame.
Single goals were traded in the third period for the 7-3 Rebels win.
Matthew Burns scored the Lions lone first period goal Friday night against the Wolves, with help from Brandon Chaffe and Ty Hodgson.
Then in the second Grant Cooper got it rolling with an unassisted counted at 8:09 to cut the gap to 3-2.
Two minutes later Michel Lefebvre scored to tie the game 3-3 with Chris Rutley and Sylvester Bzdyl supplying the assists.
With 3:16 left in the frame the Wolves went up 4-3 on a Michael Poapst goal which allowed them to carry the advantage into the third period.
Throughout the first 15 minutes of the third, the Wolves held onto their one goal lead.
It was at 14:53 that Michael Paquette got one past Wolves goaltender Cam Turcotte to even the game 4-4. Dylan Casselman and Taylor Eamon provided the assists.
Then with 2:50 left on the clock Bzdyl, with help from Taylor Eamon and Lefebvre on the Lions power play, gave the Lions the 5-4 edge.
The Wolves, Kamel tied the game with 34 seconds left on the clock setting the stage for the overtime and the shootout, and the eventual Wolves win.
The Lions sat out just four minor penalties and a 10 minutes misconduct in the game while the Wolves drew nine penalties. Shots on net were fairly even with the Wolves getting 40 shots off and the Lions 38.
In comparison, Saturday night’s game was a much rougher event with the Lions drawing a total of 68 penalty minutes and the Rebels 106. The Rebels out shot the Lions 38-23.
Scoring for the Lions in Saturday night’s 7-3 loss were Grant Cooper (from Brandon Chaffee and Zach Renfrew), Zach Sequin (from Cooper and Curtis Pilon) and Nicholas Pilon (from Renfrew and Cooper).
Coming up this Thursday night, December 20, the Lions are on the road to Casselman for a 7:30 p.m. game. They host the Westport Rideaus this Sunday, December 23 at 2:30 p.m.
They are on the road on December 28 and December 29 for games against the Alexandria Glens and the Akwesasne Wolves.