The South Dundas “Collins Barrow” Novice B Lions continued their tournament success by advancing to a championship game for the fourth straight tournament. This time out, however, they lost 4-3 to the Cumberland Flyers.
This was a big challenge for the small band of novice aged players from South Dundas taking on a group of Novice A teams in the Almonte-Pakenham Novice A Tournament on Sunday.
In the “B” final the Lions battled back twice to tie the game, but with 1:33 left in the third period, Cumberland Flyers Isaac Leduc broke through their defense to net the winning goal.
With Lions goaltender Brendan Shaver on the bench for an extra attacker, the Lions pressed hard in the final minute looking to tie the game, but fell short.
The Lions opened the scoring in the first period on a Ben Lapier goal off a breakaway feed from Emytt Fetterly. This was Lapier’s 50th goal of the season in 36 games.
The Flyers came right back to tie the game, and then in the second they took a 2-1 lead.
The Lions continued to fight hard, and on a power play late in the second, they tied it at 2-2 when Nolan Henry set up Lapier in the slot.
On the ensuing face off the Flyers scored quickly for a 3-2 lead heading into the third period.
The Lions dominated the third period getting many scoring chances. They tied the game 3-3 with four minutes left on a goal by Nolan Henry during scramble in front of the net.
Lapier and Kolby Latulippe picked up the assists.
In their semi-final game, the Lions cruised to an 11-2 win over the Renfrew Novice A Timberwolves.
Owen Fetterly and Kayne McCadden each netted four goals while their line-mate Joshua Broad picked up four assists.
Ben Lapier added a single goal.
A highlight of the game came about when defenseman Spencer Barclay was set free on a breakaway by Lapier. Barclay made an inside out move on the Renfrew goalie to net his first goal of the season.
Cassidy Bilmer, Trent Rae, Nolan Henry, Spencer Barclay and Emytt Fetterly all picked up assists on the eleven goals.
In the tournament opening game, the Lions lost to the Nepean Dynamite, 4-1.
With the Dynamite winning 3-0 late in the third period, the Lions finally converted one of their many scoring chances when Kolby Latulippe banged a puck home. Emytt Fetterly picked up the assist.
With the momentum from the goal and their goalie on the bench, the Lions pressed and continued to get scoring chances but were unable to cut into the Dynamite lead.
In league action earlier last week, the Lion’s defeated the South Grenville Rangers for the second consecutive time, 4-1.
The Ranger’s jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the first, but Kolby Latulippe banged home a rebound to score the Lions first goal.
Assists went to Nolan Henry and Ben Lapier.
In the second period, Owen Fetterly and Kayne McCadden played a little give and go which led to a Fetterly goal.
Spencer Barclay picked up the assist making a breakout pass from behind his goal line.
McCadden scored 25 seconds later on a pass from Joshua Broad.
The Lions Cassidy Bilmer rounded out the scoring with her first goal of the season, when she broke up the middle from her blue line position and netted a shot through the five hole.
The South Dundas “Collins Barrow” Novice B Lions next home game is Thursday, February 2nd at 7 p.m. versus the first place Brockville #2 Braves.