Lions one, Wolves one, end of the road for both


The Morrisburg Junior B Lions finished the 2014-15 season with a win and a loss in weekend action against the Akwesasne Wolves.

They got it started on Cornwall Island, Saturday night, February 14, with a 5-4 overtime victory and then brought it back to Morrisburg on Sunday, where this time it was the Wolves coming out on top by a 5-3 score.

The two games ended the season for the Wolves (30 points) and Lions (25 points) who finished in the last two positions in the St. Lawrence Division of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League and failed to earn a playoff spot.

The Casselman Vikings finished first with an enviable 70 point season, while the Alexandria Glens and the Winchester Hawks finished tied with 49 points. The Char-Lan Rebels claimed fourth spot with 39 points.

The St. Lawrence Division semi-final series will see the Rebels take on first place Casselman, while the Glens and the Hawks square off. The Glens got the nod for second place and will enjoy the extra home game in the semi-final series by virtue of their record.

Saturday night the Lions took a 1-0 first period lead over the Wolves on a Jacob Kendrick goal assisted by Tanner Hummel.

The second period was a seesaw affair with the Wolves coming out on top 3-2 for a 3-3 tie going into the third period.

Scoring for the Wolves in the second period were Brock Daze with a pair and Tylor Alguire. 

Lions leading scorer, Michael Paquette provided both Lions goals, the first on the Lions power play, assisted by Jacob Kendrick and the second by Cole Fowler.

Kendrick made it 4-3 Lions, 2:25 into the third period with help from Alex Sifton on the Lions power play and goaltender Keiran Weir protected their lead until 11:44 when he gave up one to Jacob Swamp.

That is the way it stayed through regulation time to force the overtime.

It all ended just 44 seconds into the overtime with an unassisted Jacob Kendrick goal for the 5-4 Lions victory.

Sunday on Morrisburg ice, goals were traded in the first period with Dallas Blacksmith scoring for the Lions at 5:26 and Nicholas Talarico answering for the Wolves.

Again the second period featured a seesaw battle, this time with the Wolves getting three past Lions goaltender Brett Hahn and the Lions answering back with just two, both from Michael Paquette.

That allowed the Wolves to carry a 4-3 advantage into the third period.

The Wolves got one more from Derik Dionne at 4:33 of the third period for the 5-3 victory.

Cory Garrow was in net for the Wolves, Saturday night, and Logan Gauthier got the win on Sunday.

Semi-final playoff action will see the Hawks open against Alexandria in Alexandria tonight, Wednesday, February 18 and game two is set for Winchester this Friday, February 20 starting at 8:15 p.m.

Char-Lan will travel to Casselman,  Thursday, February 19 and will host the Vikings for game two, Saturday night, February 21. Game time is 8 p.m.


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