MORRISBURG – Brandon Cameron picked up his first goal of the season, and it was a doozy. Cameron scored the game winning goal with just four seconds remaining in the home opener between the Morrisburg Lions and the North Dundas Rockets September 29th at the Morrisburg Arena.
The Lions came into the game having dropped their first two matches of the season, while the Rockets had fizzled in their opening weekend, losing both of their matches as well.
Halfway through the first period, Carter Tait put the Rockets on the scoreboard on a power play, sending the puck past Lions goalie Morgan Penwell. Rockets led 1-0.
North Dundas extended their lead in the middle of the second period thanks to a goal by Brad Nash off the right side of Penwell. Rockets led the Lions 2-0.
Morrisburg cut North Dundas’ lead in half three minutes later. A play down the left side had Hayden Hoerner and Kage Hallett set up rookie Graham Roberston for his first goal of the year. Lions trailed the Rockets 2-1 going into the third period.
The Lions made a consistent effort to wear down the Rockets defence as the third period went on.
In the final minute of play and still down one goal, Penwell was pulled by Morrisburg for the extra attacker.
Less than 10 seconds after the goalie was pulled, Marc Antoine Doyon picked up a pass from Zach Leblanc, and sent it past Rockets goalie Caleb Gervais, tying the game 2-2.
Then, with 4.6 seconds remaining on the clock, Cameron’s one-timer at the Rockets goal went in, Morrisburg won 3-2, the team’s first win of the season and on home ice.
Normally matches between the Lions and Rockets lead to both teams racking up the penalty minutes, however both teams played a more disciplined game. The Lions only drew 12 penalty minutes, Rockets eight. Morrisburg was zero-for-four on the power play, and successfully killed five of six penalties.
Penwell picked up his first win between the pipes for the Lions. This is the Bracebridge, Ontario native’s first season playing in the National Capital Junior Hockey League. In 2017-18 he played for the Orillia Terriers in the Provincial Junior Hockey League.