The South Dundas “Pizza Hut” Novice B Lions continued their tournament success by winning the “A” Championship at the North Dundas Demons Novice B Tournament last Tuesday. In the championship game the Lions defeated the tournament host team Demons, 6-2 while in preliminary action the Lions defeated Smith Falls 3-2 and South Stormont 3-0.
With the tournament title on the line, the Lions faced their county partners the North Dundas Demons.
The Demons came out early and put the pressure on the Lions and were able to grab a 1-0 lead one minute in.
With the Lions on their heels, goalie Brendan Shaver had to come up big to keep the lead to one.
The Lions got going late in the first and Nolan Henry tied the game, 1-1, with only 13 seconds left.
Ben Lapier started the play at his own blue line and made an excellent pass to Henry who stick handled into the offensive zone and beat the Demons goaltender.
In the second period, the Lions had the momentum to take the lead they would not relinquish.
Joshua Broad set up Kayne McCadden as he went top shelf for the 2-1 lead, and moments later Lapier struck from the slot on a pass from Owen Fetterly for a 3-1 Lions lead.
Sitting out the game was defenseman Emytt Fetterly, so Spencer Barclay, Cassidy Bilmer and Trent Rae had to pick up the extra ice time.
In the third, the Lions iced the game with another three counters.
Trent Rae started a play in his own end, getting the puck to Joshua Broad who made a breakout pass to Kayne McCadden which sent him on a breakaway where he would score again.
Off the centre ice draw, McCadden got the puck and broke in on the Demons goalie beating him for the third time, a “hat trick” goal.
Lapier rounded out the Lions scoring before the Demons netted one late for the 6-2 final.
Kayne McCadden was selected for the game MVP award and the Lions were crowned tournament champions.
In their second game against the South Stormont Selects, the Lions grabbed an early lead and then left the rest up to goalie Brendan Shaver who was extremely strong in the Lions cage making several point blank saves.
With the score 2-0 on two goals by Ben Lapier, Selects Owen Carter stick handled to the slot and ripped a shot glove slide that Shaver snagged.
The Selects continued to pressure Shaver who made three saves on a scramble in the blue paint.
The Selects out shot the Lions, but Shaver made all the saves for his second shutout of the season.
Kayne McCadden scored a power-play goal in the third to round out the scoring.
Assists went to Lapier, Owen Fetterly and Nolan Henry.
Brendan Shaver earned his forth tournament game MVP award in only his eighth try this season.
In the tournament opening game, the Lions faced off against the Smith Falls Bears and once again fell behind 1-0 in the first period before Joshua Broad dug the puck out of the corner after it hit the referee’s skates and centered a pass to Ben Lapier who scored with a shot on the ice.
The Bears grabbed a 2-1 lead, before Joshua Broad and Kayne McCadden hooked up on the same line with Kolby Latulippe to score on back to back shifts.
McCadden grabbed as loose puck in the corner after a Spencer Barclay rush and centred it to the slot where Broad was standing all alone.
Broad held the puck until the goalie went down and then shot it over him into the open net.
Moments later Broad would grabbed a loose puck in his own end and banked a pass off the boards to McCadden who went end to end to score the game winner.
Joshua Broad received the game MVP award.
In three tournaments this season, the Lions have earned the “A” Championship in North Dundas, the “B” Championship in Gananoque and they were the “A” Finalist in Finch, losing the “A” Final in overtime.