MORRISBURG – Another week, another loss for the Morrisburg Lions. The Lions played host to the division-rival South Grenville Rangers October 20th at the Morrisburg Arena. The game was the only game scheduled for the week for either team in the National Capital Junior Hockey League.
The Rangers went on the offensive early in the first period when Tristan Loomis scored his first goal of the season, on a power play, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Hayden Sayeau and Brody Ranger each assisted with the goal. Just over four minutes later, Lions forward Graham Robertson tied the game off a pass from line mates Cal Bilmer and Zenin Biron. The teams were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes.
Marc-Antoine Doyon put the Lions up 2-1 seven minutes into the second period off a pass from Charles Doyon and Biron. That lead would last five minutes before Rangers forward Jack Finnerty scored the equalizer from Mathieu Giroux, tying the game 2-2.
A penalty-laden third period had two players from each team bounced for fighting. Brody Ranger and Logan Baynham were tossed for the Rangers, Francis Chartrand and Cal Bilmer were tossed for the Lions.
Jordan Dodge was the hero of the game for the Rangers, scoring two unanswered goals in the middle of the third period, the second on a power play, to put the Rangers up over the Lions 4-2.
The Lions finished the game with a six-on-four advantage thanks to a late game power play and pulling goalie Morgan Penwell for the extra man. Despite the advantage, the Lions could not tie the game in the end, and fell to the Rangers 4-2. The loss drops Morrisburg to third in the West Division after the North Dundas Rockets moved into second place on a three-game winning streak.
Up next, the Lions will take on the West Carleton Inferno in a home-and-home match this weekend. On October 27th, the Lions will visit the Inferno in Carp, and host the team at the Morrisburg Arena October 28th. Game starts at 2:15 p.m.
The Rangers visit the Rockets at the Chesterville Arena October 27th.