Junior B Lions disturb St. Lawrence Division Playoff Picture


They may not be in the hunt for a playoff position, but the Morrisburg Junior B Lions are having a bit of a say in what is unfolding as the St. Lawrence Division teams jockey for position in the final two weeks of regular season play.

Last Thursday night the Lions were in Casselman where they once again experienced the power of the Vikings in a 16-1 loss.

Peter Ketcheson scored the lone Lions goal at 13:28 of the first period with help from Grant Cooper and Zach Renfrew.

Ryan Cooper was in net for 43 minutes of the Vikings scoring frenzy. Cooper gave up nine goals in 54 shots before Lions affilliate goaltender Zack Frawley stepped in for 17 minutes of action and 16 shots.

Friday night at the Char-Lan Recreation Centre, is was a different story as the Lions nabbed the division’s second place Char–Lan Rebels for a 5-2 victory.

The Lions came out hard and fast, going up 3-0 in just over 10 minutes of the first period.

Michael Paquette (from Eric Evans and Sam Hodgson) got it rolling and then Evans made it 2-0 with help from Grant Cooper and Michael Paquette.

At the 10:35 mark of the first period, Zach Renfrew teamed with Drew Veenstra and the Lions found themselves in a 3-0 position.

The Rebels did get one back, on their power play from Lawson MacDougall at 17:40 of the period.

In the second period, the Lions added goal number four on their power play. This time is was Clark Veenstra counting with Taylor Eamon and Martin Lavallee adding the assists.

Heading into the third period, the Lions went to work to hold onto their three goal advantage.

Nicholas Santoro beat Lions goaltender Ryan Cooper at 13:32 to get one back, but that was it.

Matthew Burns made it 5-2 for the Lions on their power play, with 2:13 left in the game. Cooper and Lavallee were on board for the assists.

The Rebels out shot the Lions 35-26 and were successful in one of five power-play opportunities. The Lions counted two goals in their eight power-play opportunities.

The Lions win is their first since November 16. It ended a 20 game losing streak.

While it was a big win for the Lions, it was a tough loss for the second place Glens who also lost to the Winchester Hawks, Friday night, 4-3.

Due to the two losses, the Rebels now find themselves perched precariously in second place. Although it was never a possibility of catching the first place Vikings, it was a matter of holding on to second place (mainly for home ice advantage in the first playoff round).

Right on their heels are the Akwesasne Wolves who posted a pair of weekend wins over Alexandria 5-4 and Winchester 4-2.

Four points back of the third place Wolves are the Winchester Hawks, whose current fourth place position will pit them again the Vikings in the division’s first play off round.

Coming up this weekend, the Lions will play a home and home series against Akwesasne. Their final home game of the season is this Friday night, February 8. Game time is 8:30 p.m. They will travel to the Wolves barn for their final game of the season on Saturday night.

At the very least, the Wolves will be looking for a tie in one of the two games, to prevent them from sliding into the division’s fourth place.

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