And this one shows the puck in the net . . .
Tuesday, Feb. 20th - Hockey fans in South Dundas who took the time to attend the Morrisburg Juniors second season, pre-playoff, playoff with the Vankleek Hill Cougars on Tuesday evening at the local arena witnessed their team ‘takin a whuppin’ as the great Muhamed Ali would say. In truth, the Morrisburg Lions were not in the game. And it was a tough night from the get go.
From a statistical point of view the Lions outshot the Cougars 34-32 over three periods. Each team served eleven minor infractions. But one team scored 10 goals and their opponents managed half that number.
To make pinpointing what may have gone wrong a bit more simple, the visiting Cougars accomplished four shots on net in the opening five minutes. Three of them, though appearing relatively harmless, went past Lion’s netminder Dean Gauvreau. The popular Lion’s goaltender was pulled four-and-a-half minutes and seven goals into the middle period and replaced with relative new-comber Max Eves who allowed a trio of third period Cougar goals, one of them a power-play. The visitors scored three power play goals compared to the home team’s one successful man-advantage score, even though both teams each had eleven opportunities to utilize a five-on-four play.
It was a really tough night all around for the Lions.
Vankleek Hill scored four goals in the opening period and added three more in each of the second and third frames. The visitors speed out of their own zone kept the Morrisburg defence scrambling as the score indicates, and doesn’t bode well for the return match in this ‘two games total points’ series in Vankleek Hill tonight. Should the Lions be fortunate enough to even the wins count at the end of regulation time in Vankleek Hill, a three-on-three overtime will ensue until the first goal is scored, and the winner will then advance as the 8th place regular season team. (Comprehending the logic of this playoff is mindnumbing . . .)
Seven of the Cougars scored goals in this opening game as the visitors sported a well-rounded attack that virtually poured into the Lion’s zone. RyanAllen, Nicholas Castonguay and Riley Sauve each had a pair of counters with Tyler Dopelhamer, Shayne Allen and Tristen Lavoire each adding single.
For the Lions five players each notched a single goal including Thomas Ouderkirk, Brian Landry, Zach Leblanc, Jacob Kendrick and Brandon Cameron.
Overall the game was entertaining, fast and hard hitting, with the Lions having a marked advantage in puck control in the second period. In this game the Cougars presented a stronger defence and much sharper goaltending. Tonight's game will determine who advances . . .
Friday, Feb. 10th - A win over the Bytown Royals and a loss by the South Grenville Rangers has aided in moving the Morrisburg Junior Lions into 9th-place in the National Capital Junior Hockey League standings, and an all important playoff position.
The league has a peculiar playoff set-up in place for the 7th thru 10th place teams. The scheme is intended to determine 7th and 8th-place finishers for the 8-team playoff round. The regular season 7th-place team will play a two game/total points round against the 10th-place team, and the 8th-place and 9th-place teams will entertain the same format. Once those winners are declared the two winning teams will be entered in an 8-team playoff.
The Morrisburg Club will officially open the initial round of pre-playoff, playoff action, on Tuesday, Feb. 20th, 8:30 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena. As the standings presently indicate the opposition will be the Vankleek Hill Cougars.
The Lions whipped the Royals at Morrisburg Arena on Friday evening by a 6-4 score with a great show of force when they notched a pair of short-handed goals and added a pair of power-play goals in the win. The Royals also scored a pair of power-play goals.
The visiting Bytowners opened the game scoring on Friday evening when Nathan Gonyou beat Morrisburg netminder Dean Gauvreau. Brandon Cameron and Brian Laundry each scored singles before the period ended to go into the middle frame leading on a 2-1 count. The Lions were called on nine infractions in the opening period, including three misconduct penalties. The Royals served a single minor infraction.
Both teams fired for three goals in the middle period, closing a second 20-minute frame in a one goal lead. Brian Landry registered a single goal for the Lions and Alec St. Gelais added a pair which were two in the start of his hattrick. He also scored the first goal in the final period. Gonyou added his second for the Royals and singles in the second frame went to Francois Larose and Eli Ferguson.
Morrisburg served seven minor infractions during the second period while the Royals lived up to their moniker in sitting out a single minor penalty.
The Lions scored the only goal of the final period, that in the last minute from the stick of Zach Leblanc, for the 6-4 victory.
The Lions will playout the regular season schedule against the Metcalfe Jets at Metcalfe on Friday, Feb. 16th and the South Grenville Rangers at Prescott on Saturday, Feb. 17th.
Saturday, Jan. 27th - The new found bubble burst for the Morrisburg Junior Lions on Saturday evening at Morrisburg Arena. Going into the game sporting a boast worthy five consecutive contests without a loss the Lions ran into a very fast, slick-passing challenge from the Clarence Creek Castors, in the end dropping a 5-3 decision to the visitors.
The Castors and Lions iced one of the fastest games at Morrisburg Arena in some time but that aspect of the game was overshadowed by exceptional goaltending at both ends of the ice. And particularly between the Castors pipes in the person of Devin Carchadi who was near as good as the proverbial beaver dam at stopping the leak. The Castors goaltender is small with a blazing glove hand and a keen eye. And he is active in his team’s offence whenever the opportunity presents itself, quickly snapping forward passes to breaking team-mates at the blue line and more.
Carchadi has played in six games for the Castors, winning four and allowing 22 goals for a 3.68 g.a. over that stretch. At the opposite end of the ice the Lion’s Dean Gauvreau has won the same number in his last six games (he’s played 22 times this season) also winning in four and allowing 19 goals for a 3.1 g.a. stat.
Overall the Castors are in 6th place in league standings at 16 wins on 26 outings. The Lions are at seven wins over 27 games for 9th-place.
The Castors Patrick Sonoski opened the scoring in Saturday night’s game as a fast paced first period wore down to the five minute mark, following which four goals were scored.
Sonoski nailed the opener, the Lion’s Jacob Kendrick tied the score two minutes later and Zack Lugli and Michel Beauchamp gave the visitors a 3-1 lead before the frame closed.
Morrisburg opened up the play in the middle period in which the ring of the puck hitting the goal post became almost melodic in it’s regularity. But that sound, interpreted positively on the Castors side, was all Carchadi was giving to Lions to shoot at.
Jordan Smail set-up Thomas Ouderkirk for the Lion’s second goal just more than a minute into the middle period, cutting the visitors lead to a 3-2 count. The Castors scored a pair of goals in the next two minutes, stretching their lead to 5-2 when Matthew Wilson and Jeff Brett added goals to the space behind Gauvreau.
The Lions again took control in the final period, commanding the greater share of the offence but Carchadi was up for the task. Zach LeBlanc managed to add a third counter for the Lions, cutting the visitors lead to a pair, but that was it for scoring in this game. The Castors defence and Carchadi held the home team at bay for the duration, taking the 5-3 victory home to Clarence Creek.
The Lions final regular season home game is slated for Saturday, Feb. 10th at 7:30 p.m. when the Bytown Royals come to Morrisburg Arena. Morrisburg has four more away games scheduled before the season close, including games at Metcalfe and South Grenville.
Sunday, Jan. 21st - The Morrisburg Junior C Lions talked the talk! Then they walked the walk! And since, they've been the talk of the local hockey scene.
In a game on Saturday evening here, with the largest crowd of the season to date in the stands, the Lions hosted a contest against the South Grenville Rangers, each team scoring two goals over the three periods. Then in an overtime period fans continue talking about, the two goaltenders, the Lions Dean Gauvreau and Lee Spurgeon for the Rangers, put on a short show that had the fans literally mesmerized. The Lions took the game on an overtime counter by Jacob Kendrick with just more than a minute remaining. But the credit has to go to goaltender Dean Gauvreau who came up with a number of astounding saves over the four minute span.
The following day, Sunday afternoon, the Junior C Lions were looking at running their streak to five games against a more formidable opponent, the 7th-place Vankleek Hill Cougars. The Cougars had visited Morrisburg Arena just a few weeks previously and doubled the locals on an 8-4 count. But that didn't happen on Sunday!
Morrisburg, backed by another strong performance on the part of netminder Dean Gauvreau, and a full 60-minutes working as a team, bounced their opponents on a 5-2 score in an exciting match. And again a good crowd was in attendance. The Junior Lions haven't seen a loss in their past five contests.
On Sunday afternoon the Cougars Riley Sauvé opened the game scoring on a power-play when he wired a perfectly screened shot from the blue-line past Gauvreau midway through the first period. Aaron Smith had been called on an interference infraction. The Lion's Bailey Norman tied the game when he beat Cougars netminder Sebastien Moreau less than two minutes later with a great shot from in close. Jacob Kendrick was credited with the assist on the play.
Second period play saw Morrisburg unleash a scoring attack with four unanswered goals, gaining a 5-1 lead before the Cougars could answer. Jacob Kendrick returned to the spotlight with a goal six minutes into the second period when Thomas Ouderkirk provided the setup.
Eight minutes of back and forth action followed with Norman scoring his second of the game to give the Lions a 3-1 lead. Norman's second goal came when his shot hit Sebastien Moreau's mask, bounced up and over his head in an almost slow motion arc, and came down and dropped into the net before any of the Cougars could catch it. Kendrick picked up his second assist on that one.
Four minutes later Brian Landry streaked around the Cougars defence and flipped the puck into the top corner behind Vankleek Hill's Moreau for a 4-1 lead. Alec St-Gelais set up the break away pass. And one minute following, Aaron Smith scored the final Morrisburg goal snapping a shot past Moreau.
The Cougars scored with a minute remaining in the period, their second goal of the game, this time from the stick of import Shayne Allen. And that was the last scoring in the contest.
Neither team scored in the final period as both teams appeared to tighten their defence. The Lions served eight minor penalties in the game while the Cougars were called on six minors.
Morrisburg next home game will be a more demanding challenge again when the Clarence Castors, currently in 6th-place in league standing, come to Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Jan. 27th at 7:30 p.m. You may want to mark your calendar . . . this is great hockey . . .
Sunday, Jan. 21st - Heady days for the 9th-place Morrisburg Junior C Lions. The team is on a tear and host the Vankleek Hill Cougars on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena in what should be an old time barn-burner. The last time the two teams squared off the Cougars doubled the Lions at Morrisburg on an 8-4 count. The locals were coming off a lengthy string of losses.
Flip that one over. The Lions management has shuffled personel. The coaching staff has shuffled lines and defensive pairings. And the players have shuffled attitude. The team is on a four game streak without a loss and along the way they’ve toppled teams at the top. If they can stand the pace for another day (three games over three days) the Cougars are little more than another victim.
The Lions have moved up to 9th-place in league standings, most recently winning an overtime contest against the South Grenville Rangers on Saturday night at Morrisburg to move two points ahead of their closest opposition. The Cougars, in 7th-place, are coming off a Saturday night loss to the St-Isidore Eagles on an 8-5 count. Game time at Morrisburg is 2:30 p.m., Sunday afternoon.
Edge Inferno 3-2
On Friday evening at Blackburn Hamlet the Lions grabbed a 2-0 lead after a scoreless opening period and then added a third midway through the final period to defeat the Inferno on a 3-2 score. Brandon Cameron scored the opening goal on a Spencer Heldens/Aaron Smith set-up for a 1-0 Lion’s lead midway through the second frame. Thomas Ouderkirk doubled the Morrisburg lead with four minutes remaining in the period when he nailed Inferno’s goaltender Anthony Kervin napping.
Blackburn finally managed to beat Lion's netminder Dean Gauvreau with just 11 seconds remaining in the middle period on a great 3-way passing play with Jimmy Thomas slipping the puck between the pipes.
In the final period the Inferno tied the game early when Zakary Rodrigue beat Gauvreau with a shot from the slot.
Unfortunately for the home team the Lions couldn’t be held down, and the visitors roared back to take the lead, and eventually win the game on a Zach LeBlanc smoker set up by Brian Landry. The Inferno pulled Kervin from the net in favor of the extra man in the last minute but couldn’t manage to beat Gauvreau or the Lion’s defence for the tying score.
Blackburn served a pair of minor penalties in the game while the Lions were assessed four minors and a major.
Overtime win over Rangers
On Saturday evening at Morrisburg Arena the Lions Jacob Kendrick scored in the opening overtime period, closing the game after each team scored single goals in the opening two frames. Third period play went scoreless.
Kendrick had opened the scoring in the game early in the first when he and Bailey Norman twirled the Rangers defence into a frenzy to beat goaltender Lee Spurgeon. The lead lasted through the midway point until the Rangers Devon Bums whistled a shot over Gauvreau’s pad to tie the contest.
An almost identical scenario replayed through the middle period when Zach LeBlanc put the puck past Spurgeon’s goal-line with a little help from Brian Landry and Josh Barnes for a 2-1 Lion's lead. That one lasted about as long as the lead in the opening period. The Rangers Zach Hotte scored just past the midway point to bring the count even after 40 minutes.
Following a scoreless third period the Lions turned up the heat and Kendrick made the shot that dropped the Rangers in their tracks. A 3-2 Lions victory.
The Lions won the penalty parade in this game also, sitting out four minors while the Rangers were assessed a pair of penalties. The Rangers outshot Morrisburg on a 35-25 count.
Have the Morrisburg Junior C Lions saved it all for an end of season run. They haven’t lost a game in their last three outings, a shinny line we haven’t heard in some time.
The fact is the Lions are scheduled to share one of their busiest weekends of the year this coming Friday thru Sunday, with two contests at the Morrisburg Arena. And their recent approach to the game is drawing more than a little interest in the local Junior C team.
On Friday evening the Lions travelled to Blackburn to meet the Inferno, a team they lead by 5-points in the league standings. On Saturday the 10th-place Lions host the South Grenville Rangers at the Morrisburg Arena for a 7:30 p.m. encounter. This contest promises to be an exceptional challenge for both teams with the Rangers currently leading the up and coming Lions by 2-points in the standings. The Lions hold a game in hand on the Rangers and step onto the ice boasting most recent victories over 2nd-place Gatineau-Hull Volant and a 5-3 win over the Bytown Royals, added to a tie with the 4th-place St. Isidore Eagles.
On Sunday the Lions again play at the Morrisburg Arena in a 2:30 p.m. start, this time hosting the 7th place Vankleek Hill Cougars. Ten of the teams in this 12-team competitive league will make the opening round of playoffs, six of whom currently stand some 10-points apart.
In spite of a small collapse in the opening period in their most recent game at St. Isidore with the Eagles, the local Lions roared back in the third period to score three consecutive goals. The home team Eagles were forced to pull all the stops in the final two minutes of the period, beating Dean Gauvreau and the Lions defence with less than two minutes remaining to salvage the tie.
The opening period saw the Lions assessed four minor and two undisciplined misconduct penalties but the team managed to stave off any serious scoring from the Inferno team. The period ended in a 1-1 draw.
Second period action goes to the Eagles who ran roughshod over Morrisburg, outscoring them 3-1 while each team served a pair of minors. In an about face in the final thirty minutes the Lions completely turned it around, outscoring their hosts 3-1 and serving two minors as compared to the Eagles four encounters with the sinbin.
This recent ‘show of force’ by the Morrisburg club is, according to the coaching and management staff, due in a large part to trades, acquisitions and a tough work ethic the team has adopted.
“As long as this team works hard and stays away from stupid penalties they can beat any team in this league,” head coach Joe Hummel told us prior to the game on Sunday, “From here on in, we’re in it for the win!”
Hummel’s remarks are echoed by Lions GM Kevin Casselman who believes in the team winning “. . . if they want to work!”
“It doesn’t come easy in this league,” Casselman says after a few dismal seasons, “But it’s coming around and there is certainly a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Zach Leblanc opened the scoring in St. Isidore only 48 seconds into the game when he beat Eagles goaltender Tyler Dessproins on the teams opening rush into the St Isidore zone. Brian Landry and Alex St. Gelais drew assists on the goal.
Maxime Choquette got that one back for the Eagles smoking a shot past the Lions Dean Gauvreau late in the period.
Second period action saw Choquette add his second counter just 40 seconds in. Less than 30 seconds had elapsed before the Lion’s Brandon Cameron tied the game, this time from Anthony Caserta and Brian Landry.
The Eagles added a pair before the period ended for the for the 4-2 lead when Kevin Cormster scored and Choquette completed his hat-trick.
In the final period Morrisburg took control of the game, dominating play for the much greater portion of the period. Billy Farrell cut the lead to a single goal when he scored, unassisted, four minutes in. Jordan Smail tied the contest midway through the final period, again unassisted, and with four minutes remaining in the frame the Lions moved into the lead when Brian Landry scored an unassisted marker, the third consecutive unassisted goal of the period.
The Eagles mounted a huge attack in the final two minutes and were successful coming up with the tie when Miguel Crispin eventually beat Gauvreau.
Game time Saturday, 7:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Morrisburg Arena . . .
Saturday, Jan. 6th - News out of the Morrisburg Junior C Lions dressing room was 'the Mantha brothers from Ottawa had left the team'. Goaltender Eric Mantha, who had been recently shunned for newcomer Justin Lalonde, a 6’1” netminder out of St. Andrews, was gone. That left Lalonde to stand in as back-up to top choice Dean Gauvreau.
Defenceman and Eric Matha’s brother, Evan Mantha, had also left the Lions, creating a sizeable hole on the defence in the absence of this 6’, 210 pounder.
More news included the locally popular announcement that Cal Bilmer, a big presence on last season’s league champion South Dundas Midget Rep Lions had been signed to a Junior C contract. And he wasa South Dundas boy. A number of additional new names graced the roster for games on this past weekend at Ottawa against the Bytown Royals and the Gatineau Hull-Volant, including Brennan Revell, Ben Kendrick, Spencer Heldens, Jacob Kendrick and Jacob Downey.
All of the news, as it turns out, was true. However, most of the feed-back was not.
“We’ve made a few moves, the team is taking on a stronger work ethic and the results are there!” Kevin Casselman said following the second period of Saturday’s game at Morrisburg Arena, a contest which turned out to be a somewhat shocking victory over the 2nd-place Gatineau Hull-Volant. The win was the first time the Junior C Lions had accomplished consecutive victories in avery long time. The Lions had also whipped the Bytown Royals on Friday evening in Ottawa.
“The team is starting to play like they care,” Head-coach Joe Hummell said, “This group can win if they want to work hard and play hard.” Interesting to note, seven players took part in the scoring on Saturday even though two of the five goals were unassisted.
What few fans took in the game on Saturday evening at Morrisburg couldn’t believe their eyes. The Junior Lions came out like high speed buzzing darts, out-skating their opponents through the opening period and hitting with a vengeance.
Mathais Roy opened the scoring six minutes into the period grabbing the lead for the Volants when he wired a slapshot from the point that beat the Lions netminder Gauvreau cleanly. That lead was eliminated minutes later when the speedster, Zach Leblanc, whistled a wrist shot past Volants netminder Andrew Lariviere to tie the game on a power play.
Less than a minute into the middle period Gatineau would take the lead a second and last time when Denis Gratton out-manouvered Gauvreau for the Volants second counter. But that lead too was very short lived as the Lions roared back into the visitors zone when Jacob Kendrick stole an errant pass and notched the tying marker, unassisted.
The Lions added three goals in the final period before Gatineau scored a power play counter in the last minute with Morrisburg's Anthony Caserta off on a high sticking infraction. Unfortunately for the visitors the goal was irrelevant as Thomas Ouderkirk had given the Lions a 3-2 lead four minutes into the final frame. Brandon Cameron then made it 4-2 just three minutes after the Ouderkirk goal, beating Lariviere with South Dundas’ own Cal Bilmer drawing the assist.
Brian Laundry poured salt on the Quebecer’s wound midway through the final period when he scored the Lion’s final goal of the game with Zach Leblanc drawing the assist and his second point of the night.
Morrisburg served eight infractions in the game, seven minors and one major, while the Volant sat out three minors and one major. Gatineau outshot the locals on a 35-21 count, a superb performance for Lion’s goaltender Dean Gauvreau, who recorded the victory.
The Junior C Lions face the South Grenville Rangers at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Jan. 20th at 7:30 p.m. in a match for ‘waterfront supremacy’. Mark your calendar for this one. It is exciting Junior hockey.
Bounce Bytown on a 5-3 score
The Lions travelled to Ottawa on Friday evening to meet the Bytown Royals at Bernard-Grandmaître Arena, handing the home team a 5-3 loss over three periods. The Royals, playing in their initial season, have won just one game to date, lost 21 contests and have been outscored on a 46-162 count. The Lions now have six victories over 22 games and a single tie score.
Morrisburg scored a 2-0 lead in the first period at Ottawa, added a pair in the middle frame and a single in the final 20 minutes of this contest. The Royals notched a pair of goals in the middle period and a single in the third period, all of the scoring around a very bad start in the opening period.
Bytown's Shannon St-Pierre was called on a five-minute fighting penalty with two minutes remaining in the first period. Before the player left the ice he had been assessed an additional minor penalty, a misconduct penalty and a gross misconduct penalty. The visiting Lions served five minor penalties over the game.
Alec St. Gelais and Bailey Norman scored in the first for the Lions and Brian Landry, Zach Leblanc and Brandon Cameron each added a single in the final period for the 5-3 victory.
“This was (Cal) Bilmer’s first game with our team,” said General Manager Kevin Casselman, adding, “He’s not only going to be a welcome addition to our team, but Bilmer brings a work ethic to the dressing room that is all business.”
Saturday, Dec. 16th - The Morrisburg Junior Lions dropped another pair of games this past weekend, edging themselves closer to playoff elimination. The upstart Blackburn Inferno are tied with the Morrisburg Club at nine points and could push the Morrisburg team over the brink, although the Lions do have a pair of games in hand.
Thirteen games remain in the Lions 2017-18 schedule, only four of which are home games scheduled for the Morrisburg Arena. The Lions next home contest is against the Gatineau-Hull Volant on Saturday, January 6th at 7:30 p.m.
At Morrisburg on Saturday evening the Lions fell to the Metcalfe Jets, the league’s newest entry, on a 6-3 score. With each team sitting out a string of penalties the Jets showed their power play too was more efficient than that of Morrisburg, scoring on the man advantage on every second goal. The Lions did not score a power play counter in the game. Morrisburg was also without the support of Jordan Smail, Brian Landry and Thomas Ouderkirk, who are all serving suspensions.
Evan Mantha opened the game scoring, giving Morrisburg a 1-0 lead on an Alec Gelais assist less than 30 seconds into the game. And that’s where the heady thoughts of a runaway seemed to stop. The Jets closed ranks, traded a pair of goals with their hosts late in the period, and then outscored the Lions 5-1 over the remaining two frames.
Jacob Kendrick gave Morrisburg a 2-0 lead while Tyler Joduin scored the Jets lone first period goal on a power play.
In second period action the Jets tied the game two minutes in when Joduin added his second of the night. Gelais put the Lions up once more at the midway mark only to have the Jets William Beaudet tie the score on a power play in the final minute of the period.
Metcalfe added three unanswered counters in the final period, one on a power play, when Jacob Gregoire, Jacob Marley and Nathan Bols all scored singles.
The Lions outshot the Jetson a 33-30 count in the game.
Pillaged by the Vikings at Papineauville . . .
Sunday,Dec. 17th - At Papineauville on Sunday afternoon the Lions were handed their second sound thrashing in a week by the Vikings, this time around on an 8-2 score. The home team Vikings led 4-1 after the 1st-period, 7-1 at the end of two and traded goals in the final period for an 8-2 victory.
The Lions don’t return to Morrisburg Arena until Saturday, Jan. 6th at 7:30 p.m. when they host the Gatineau-Hull Volant in one of their four remaining home matches.
This photo is a fair depiction of the officiating on Sunday at Morrisburg Arena when the Junior C Lions and the Papineauville Vikings settled a huge round of fisticuffs following an extremely chippy game. Suspensions were plentiful for the 1st-place Vikings and the 10th-place Lions . . . In the photo below an official was standing immediately to the right of the camera's site line, looking straight at the action pictured here. Apparently that isn't hooking or interference in the Junior C league . . . . neither was called . . .
Sunday, Dec. 10th - A Junior C Hockey game turned into a free-for-all at the close of the third period on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. The 1st-place Papineauville Vikings and the 10th-place Morrisburg Junior C Lions were assessed ten game-misconduct penalties and shared in a total of 39 penalties over the three periods.
Sound ludicrous? The fans from both combatants corners felt the game was well out of control midway through the second period. And they were vocal.
As the Vikings left the ice following the game the players were harassed by fans over the stairway leading to their dressing room. That following an extended round of fisticuffs after the final buzzer, resulting in the numerous suspensions.
On Sunday afternoon the visiting Vikings held a 2-0 lead at the close of the first period. The team had served a single minor infraction in the opening 20-minutes and had killed off a Morrisburg power play. The Lions had served a pair of minor infractions and had killed two Papineauville power-plays.
Second period action was black to the white of the first frame. Eleven minor penalties were called. And one misconduct infraction. The Vikings added another pair of goals.
In third period action a seemingly blind eye was turned to the more aggressive play. The loud snap of stick against equipment made the game appear to be more of a gathering of swordsmen than a hockey match. Midway through the period there appeared to be more punches thrown than shots on net taken. Papineauville added a pair of counters in the opening three minutes and a single marker midway through the period. Lions goaltender Justin Lalonde, following six goals, was replaced by Dean Sauvreau who allowed a single in the third.
Eighteen seconds were left in the game when Aaron Smith (Lions) and (Vikings) Michael Paradis exchanged fists. Paradis lost. And the Vikings couldn’t walk away. On the Lions side Thomas Ouderkirk, Jordan Smail and Brian Landry, and on the Vikings team Jacob Osborne, Pascal LeBlanc, Justin Labrosse, Danny Plourde-Grenon and goaltender Yannicl Gosselin all took part in fights of various intensities. We noted at least one black eye.
Justin Labrosse scored a pair for the Vikings, with singles going to Pascal LeBlanc, Brad Faubert, Grenon, Jacob Osborne and Xavier Marengere. The Lions scoring portion of the game sheet was empty, due not so much to the team’s inability to put the puck in the net, but more so to the ability of Viking’s goaltender Gosselin who was steady throughout.
The Lion’s travel to Quebec to meet those same Vikings on Sunday, Dec. 17th, at 3:30 p.m. Both teams will be missing a few players for that one. The Vikings are in first place for a number of reasons. They have scored the most ‘goals for’ and allowed the least ‘goals against’ for starters. They are 10-1 at home, 6-2 away and have won nine of their last 10 games. They are fast, slick passers and they carry a certain chippyness that is unfortunately suspect as displayed in their game ending actions on Sunday.
This coming Sunday will be an interesting game to say the least.
Saturday, Dec. 4th - Junior C Lion’s goaltender Dean Gauvreau faced 58 shots on his net on Saturday night at Chesterville. His team lost the game against the 3rd-place North Dundas Rockets on a 7-4 goals count. And lost the shootout on a 58-25 count. That’s a busy night.
The following day Sauvreau faced 37 shots playing against the Vankleek Hill Cougars. His team lost the second game in as many days on an 8-4 score. And the shots on net race 37-31. Two games, two losses, which leaves the local Lions tied with the Blackburn inferno for the last playoff spot. Morrisburg has a game in hand.
On Sunday afternoon the Cougars took a 1-0 lead out of the opening period, then increased the lead to 5-1 after two periods. Each team scored three goals in the final frame.
Brian Landry led the Lions with a pair of counters, his first short-handed early in the final period. Kirk Gauvreau and Jacob Kendrick each scored a single counter. Ryan Allen had five goals for the Cougars and added an assist on Riley Sauve’s counter for a 6-point game.
A total of 18 penalties were called in the game, nine to each team. The Lions scored one short-handed goal and one powerplay goal while the Cougars had one powerplay, one short-handed and one empty net. Morrisburg pulled their goaltender late in the game, failed to score and allowed two goals against in the final minute and a half.
The Junior Lions next home game will be at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, December 10th at 2:30 p.m. when the Papineau Vikings come to town. The Vikings are in second place in the league standings, at 14 wins over 17 games, tied in points with the Gatineau-Hull Volant and have two games in hand over the Volant.
Sunday, Dec. 5th - The North Dundas Rockets third period blastoff beat the Morrisburg Lions on Friday night at Chesterville. The 3rd-place Rockets, who are just four points out of 1st-place, were forced to dig deep against their opponents. Morrisburg had led 2-1 after the first period and 3-1 during the second frame.
Connos Roth’s goal with two minutes remainng in the middle period ignited the Rockets who fired three goals in the final three minutes of the stanza. The Rockets then outscored their visitors 3-1 in the final 20 minutes.
The Lions had the opportunities in this one as the home team Rockets served seven minor penalties. Morrisburg scored a single powerplay marker, the opening goal of the game when Tyson Shearer was off for roughing.
Jordan Smail scored the Lions powerplay goal while Tomas Ouderkirk added a single and Bailey Norman scored in each of the second and third periods. The Rockets Captain, Bryden VanKessel, had a 5-point game without a goal, notching five assists over the 60 minutes. Tom Fingles led North Dundas with a pair while singles went to Shayne Lynott, Roth, Tysen Sherrer, Shawn Simms and Justin Lefebuse.
Sunday, Nov. 26th - It may be the first time the current edition of the Morrisburg Junior C Lions have scored points in two consecutive games. It may also be the first time the South Dundas based team is showing signs of hard work, team play and determination in their approach to the game.
On Saturday evening the Lions moved into 10th place in the National Capital Junior Hockey League standings when they scored in the final period to post a victory over the Blackburn Inferno on a 5-4 count. The game was fast paced throughout and proved more entertaining than watching the Leafs or Senators on this particular night.
On Sunday afternoon back in the Lions den the locals turned more than a few heads when they tied the 3rd-place Cumberland Bandits on a 1-1 score and moved into 9th-place in league standings. Of particular note in these two games is that Morrisburg outshot their opponents (39-32 in the Sunday game) and drew fewer penalties in each contest. Dean Gauvreau played the full game between the pipes for the Lions while Miguel D’Aoust stood tall for the Bandits.
Scoring on Sunday against the Bandits saw a single marker five minutes into the game and a tying goal midway through the final period. Between those two times the fast skating and hard hitting action provided much more in the way of entertainment than did the Grey Cup game.
Andrew Oliveira opened the game scoring at Morrisburg when he snapped a shot that beat Gauvreau cleanly from in close, five minutes into the game. Tyler Fernandez and Nicholas Bernard each drew an assist on the play.
The Lions had two power play opportunities in this period but couldn’t penetrate a very tough Bandits penalty kill.
Second period action was fast with goaltending highlighting the action. The Lions Gauvreau was bombarded in this period facing 16 shots, all of which he turned away. The Lions managed eight shots at D’Aoust who also registered the period as a shutout.
In the final frame the Lions Kirk Gauvreau corralled a Brandon Cameron pass and beat D’Aoust to tie the game. Gauvreau had just returned to the ice from the penalty bench where he’d been sitting out a minor infraction. Neither team managed to break the tie in the final 12 minutes of action.
The Lions next home game at Morrisburg Arena will be on Sunday, Dec. 3rd at 2:30 p.m. when the 5th-place Vankleek Hill Cougars come to town. Should be a very good game . . .