The South Dundas “Pizza Hut “ Novice B Lions needed a late third period goal from Ben Lapier to defeat the visiting Kemptville Panthers here on Sunday afternoon.
With the Lion’s leading 3-2 late in the third period, the Panther’s forward Nolan Brien scored with 1:35 left to even the affair at 3-3.
On the ensuing faceoff Kayne McCadden, Nolan Henry and Lapier forced the puck deep into the Panthers end where Lapier picked up a loose puck from behind the net and jammed it in on the short side giving the Lions the lead once again with 1:18 left.
The Lion’s controlled the rest of the third period by keeping the Panther’s in their their own end to kill the clock and securing the 4-3 win.
The Lions defense of Emytt Fetterly, Cassidy Bilmer, Trent Rae and Spencer Barclay once again minimized the Panthers offensive by pushing the would be attackers to the outside and minimizing their shots.
On the few occasions the Panthers broke through the defense, goalie Brendan Shaver stood tall to defend the Lion’s cage. He looked on saves he made on two Brett Johnston break aways.
The Lions got their 3-2 lead on three Kayne McCadden goals, his second hat trick of the season. McCadden’s line mates Kolby Latulippe and Nolan Henry continued to find McCadden breaking out of their own end giving him the opportunity to exploit the Panther’s defense.
In the second period McCadden broke into the Panther’s end zone outskating the Panther’s defense to the net and fired his shot high right over the net.
The puck carried back into the Lion’s end where McCadden regained the puck and again went the distance; this time a deke right and back to the left moved the goalie out of position and McCadden slide the puck home.
Earlier, McCadden broke in on a breakaway and was tripped from behind; while the delayed penalty was being called, Nolan Henry got the puck and set up McCadden in the slot.
The Lion’s offense only scored four goals but clearly out-chanced the opposition.
From the opening faceoff, the Lion’s pressured the Panther’s defense and goaltender with many shot towards the net.
Both Joshua Broad and Owen Fetterly hit the post on chances and were denied by pucks getting tipped at the last second and going wide.
Defensemen Emytt Fetterly and Spencer Barclay helped in with the offense by getting their break out passes to their wingers’ sticks to provide the Lion’s clean breaks into the Panther’s end zone.
The South Dundas “Pizza Hut” Novice B Lions next home game is Sunday, November 20th at 1 p.m. Local hockey fans are invited come on out and cheer on the Lions.