Lions give up second period lead, bow to Rebels


Once again the Morrisburg Junior B Lions were unable to hang on. 

Holding the St. Lawrence Division’s second place Char-Lan Rebels to a 1-1 first period tie, here Friday night and then going up 2-1 in the second period, it again, fell apart for the Lions who settled for a 4-2 loss due to two unanswered third period goals.

The Rebels were first on the scoreboard with a Matthew Lapointe goal at 5:56 of the first period. 

The Lions charged back and answered to tie the game with a power-play goal at 10:26 from Grant Cooper assisted by Drew Veenstra and Matthew Burns.

Just over five minutes into the second period, Michael Paquette struck to give the Lions a 2-1 lead and they held on to their advantage until well into the third period.

Assisting Paquette were Taylor Eamon and Drew Veenstra.

Then in the third, the Lions were holding their own when they were nabbed for a short-handed goal from the Rebels, Lawson MacDougall at 7:22 which tied it 2-2.

Just over one minute later Connor Primeau beat Lions goaltender Ryan Cooper to put them up 3-2 and that was it.

The Rebels got one more on their power play from former Lion Michel Lefebvre for their 4-2 win.

It was the 18th win of the season for the Rebels which they combined with a 6-3 win against Gananoque, Saturday night, to now trail the first place Casselman Rebels by nine points with the regular season quickly winding down.

The Rebels out shot the Lions by a slim 34-30 shots. Alex Boileau was in the net for their win.

The Rebels scored one power play goal in seven opportunities, while the Lions were good for one in their 13 chances.

In other St. Lawrence Division action, the Casselman Vikings defeated Brockville 4-3 and Athens 2-0. Saturday they were on Cornwall Island where they lost to the Akwesasne Wolves 5-3.

It was a big weekend for the Wolves who also knocked off the Rideau Division’s second place Westport Rideaus, 6-3.

With the Winchester Hawks losing both of their games, to Brockville 4-3 and Gananoque 6-4, the Wolves were able to take possession of the St. Lawrence Division’s third place spot, four points up on the Hawks who do have a game in hand. 

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