Monday, Oct. 8th - The Junior C Lions hockey team stepped onto home ice at the Morrisburg Arena on Saturday evening and twenty minutes later appeared to be onto a sure victory. The team had scored just seven seconds into the opening period when Bailey Normad drew the opening face off onto the stick of line mate Zach Leblanc. A quick step and a snap shot saw Leblanc’s shot handcuff the St. Isidore Eagles goaltender Braden Penberthy and the Lions led 1-0.
At the opposing end of the ice the Lion’s Morgan Penwell turned away every shot the visitors directed his way in those initial 20 minutes. The Eagles swooped into the Lion’s zone time and again, firing from every angle and distance, including a pair of powerplay opportunities, while Penwell calmly appeared to be making the task look too easy. His goaltending opponent was pulled 16 minutes and 34 seconds in after allowing a pair of counters in the final six minutes of the frame, the first from Brandon Cameron and the Lion’s third counter from Marc Antoine Doyon.
The locals added another single prior to the period ending when Francis Chartrand tapped in a Hayden Hoerner set-up, beating replacement netminder Lucas Deunes and closing the period in a 4-0 Morrisburg lead.
Second period action remained strong both ways, with Penwell allowing a single goal in the dying minutes when Jacob Brunette snapped a power play bullet into the Lion’s net while Aaron Smith sat out a minor infraction. St. Isidore earned a 20-minute shut out.
The visiting Eagles staged a scoring lesson in the final ten minutes of the third period. The puck went through the home team’s defence and past the goaltender six times. Brunette added a pair to complete a hat-trick on the night while singles went to Zack Doujie, Tyler Druce, Ryan Wells and Miguel Crispin. The home team went down on a 7-4 count.
Edge the Jets 5-4
Playing their second game in as many nights on Thanksgiving weekend the Lions hosted the Metcalfe Jets in a 21-minor penalty filled contest. After allowing the Jets a 1-0 in the opening period lead the Lions scored an unanswered pair of goals in the middle period and staved off a late bombardment by the Jets in the dying minutes for the victory.
Sebastien Roy opened the game scoring when he beat Lions goaltender Riley Phillips late in the period. William Lacharelle and Tristan Staff organized the play.
A pair of unassisted counters gave Morrisburg the lead in the second frame. Brandon Cameron and Zach Leblanc each won the puck in a tight checking frame and wired shots past the Jets backstop, Christian Bachman, to go ahead 2-1.
Graham Robertson took a neat pass from Lion newcomer Zenin Biron and Kage Hallett to put the home team up on a 3-1 count just more than two minutes into the final period. The Jets Lacharelle cut the lead to a single three minutes later when he beat Phillips on a James Horvath set-up.
Brandon Cameron scored his second of the night from Marc Antoine Doyon and Leblanc with seven minutes remaining in the game and the 4-2 lead. Not to be outdone Lacharelle returned for a second counter with three and a half minutes remaining, again cutting the Lion’s lead to a single at 4-3.
Slightly more than two minutes remained when Cal Bilmer gave fans a moment to relax, beating Bachan on assists from Kevin Doyle and Graham Robertson for a 5-3 lead and the clock favoring the Lions’ efforts.
The Jets pulled their net minder with just more than a minute remaining in the game, then swarmed the Lion’s net with Cameron Gallant pounding the puck past Phillips in what would be the final score of the game. The Lions gladly accepted the victory.
The Lions travel to Bernard-Grandmaitré Arena in Ottawa on Friday, Oct. 12th for their first meeting with the last-place Bytown Royals. On Saturday evening the team returns to Morrisburg Arena to meet the East Division, 3rd-place Gatineau-Hull Volant in a 7:15 start. On Sunday evening the Lions host the West Division leading South Grenville Rangers in the third game of the three-day weekend, an 8:10 start at Morrisburg Arena.