The Morrisburg Lions travelled to the Larry Robinson Arena in Metcalfe to take on the Jets on Fri., Feb. 16, in the NCJHL. The Lions’ veteran forward Brian Landry scored the game-winning goal with just 49 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Lions a 4-3 victory.   Courtesy photo

Jeff Moore
Record Staff
NAVAN – The Morrisburg Lions played four games this past week.

Bandits 8 Lions 0: The Lions travelled to the Navan Arena on Sun., Feb. 18, to take on the Bandits in the NCJHL. The Lions went into the game with their playoff future already decided as they will take on the Vankleek Hill Cougars in a two-game mini series for the seventh or eighth seed. With a win, the Bandits secure a fourth-place finish.

The Bandits opened the scoring at 5:35 of the first period and added a second goal at 10:34. The Bandits took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

The teams played to a scoreless second period. It was all Bandits in the third period as they pounded home six straight goals at 7:16, 8:43, 9:20, 11:48, 17:51 and with 52 seconds remaining and took the game in a walk 8-0.

Suffering the loss in the Lions’ goal was Max Eves. The Bandits moved into the third-place tie with the North Dundas Rockets but the Rockets won their last game leaving the Bandits to fourth place.

Rangers 4 Lions 3: The Lions travelled to the Leo Boivin Arena in Prescott to take on the South Grenville Rangers on Sat., Feb. 17, in the NCJHL. The Lions went into the game in ninth place six points ahead of the Rangers in tenth. The Lions opened the scoring when Brennan Revell slapped one to the back of the net from Jacob Kendrick and Brian Landry at 11:54 of the first period to take a 1-0 lead.

The Rangers promptly tied the game when Travis Marshall scored from Zach Hotte Cameron Dillon at 12:52 but the Lions retook the lead when Zach Leblanc sniped one from Kendrick and Thomas Ouderkirk at the 16-minute mark.

The Lions took a two-goal lead when Kendrick fired one to the back of the net from Bailey Norman at 17:18 and took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. The Rangers got to within one just 51 seconds into the second period as Devon Burns scored from MacKenzie Smith and Carson Pickup to make it 3-2.

The Rangers tied the game at three just one minute later as Justin Raymond scored from Smith. Neither team could find the back of the net for the rest of the period so they headed into the second intermission knotted at three. The Rangers took their first lead of the game when Dillon scored an unassisted goal just 2:58 into the third period.

That goal stood up as the winner as the Rangers took the game 4-3 and move to within four points of the Lions. The Rangers earned a date with the Metcalfe Jets in a two game mini series that started Monday night in Prescott with the second game tonight in Metcalfe at 9:30 p.m.

Suffering the loss in the Lions’ goal was Dean Gauvreau.

Lions 4 Jets 3: The Lions travelled to the Larry Robinson Arena in Metcalfe to take on the Jets on Fri., Feb. 16, in the NCJHL. The Lions were coming off a tough 7-1 loss to the St. Isidore Eagles in their previous game and looked to rebound as they head into their final three games of the regular season.

The Jets sat in seventh place just two points behind the logjam for fourth place between the North Dundas Rockets and the Cumberland Bandits and were just four points out of third. The Jets opened the scoring at 13:43 of the first period as Matt Laurin scored from William Baudet and Tristan Staff and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Lions tied the game when Thomas Ouderkirk blasted one home from Jacob Kendrick and Josh Primeau just 2:03 into the second period. The Lions took their first lead of the game as Kendrick snapped one to the back of the net from Bailey Norman and Ouderkirk.

The Jets tied the game at 9:29 as Sebastien Roy slid one home from Baudet and Phil Brunet. The teams took a two-all draw into the second intermission. The Jets retook the lead when Brunet scored from Nathan Bols and Staff at 3:19 of the third period. The Lions tied the game at 15:38 as Zach Leblanc sniped one from Primeau and Jacob Downey.

The Lions took their second lead of the game when Brian Landry bulged the twine from Leblanc and Kendrick with just 49 seconds showing on the clock. The Lions held on to take the game 4-3. Picking up the win in the Lions’ goal was Dean Gauvreau.

Eagles 7 Lions 1: The Lions travelled to the St. Isidore Arena on Tues., Feb. 13, to take on the Eagles in a make-up game from one previously postponed due to bad weather. The Lions went into the game in ninth place in the NCJHL standings just four points up on the 10th place South Grenville Rangers.

The Eagles went into the game in the midst of a logjam sitting in fourth place tie with the North Dundas Rockets and the Cumberland Bandits. The Eagles opened the scoring at 9:02 of the first period on the power play to take a 1-0 lead.

The Eagles made it 2-0 at 14:16 and took that lead into the first intermission. The second period was all Eagles scoring at 1:44, 5:49 on the power play and with just 1:03 remaining taking a 5-0 lead into the second intermission.

The Lions finally got on the board at 5:01 of the third period as AP Kyle Giroux slapped one home from Zach Leblanc and Brian Landry on the power play to make it 5-1. The Eagles answer just 56 seconds later to make it a 6-1 game and closed out the scoring at 8:24 on the power play taking the game 7-1. Suffering the loss in the Lions’ goal was Max Eves.

Up next: Wed., Feb. 21, 8.pm., Lions vs. Cougars, Vankleek Hill Arena, for mini playoff series.

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