The South Dundas Midget B House Lions will be looking to stay alive tonight (Wednesday, March 7) when game two of their championship series against the North Dundas Demons comes to town.
The series opened in Winchester, on Sunday, with a 5-1 Demons win.
The Lions posted the lone goal of the first period from the stick of Jason Gallinger with help from Joel Johnston and Randy Picotte.
That was it, however, as the Demons charged back for three unanswered second period goals and polished it off with another two in the third.
Josh Jaquemet led the Demons charge with three goals, and singles were added by Austin Carruthers and Mike Ladoucer.
Game two of the series is scheduled for 8 p.m., tonight (Wednesday, March 7) in Morrisburg.
The Morrisburg B House Lions finished the regular season in third place with seven wins, 14 losses and three ties.
In quarterfinal playoff action, the Lions eliminated the Akwesasne Wolves in two games straight by 1-0 and 2-1 scores.
Then in semi-final action they met the Smith Falls Bears.
This time out they lost the series opener 2-0, but then battled back to claim the series with 3-1 and 3-2 wins.
That put them into the final against the North Dundas Demons.
Scoring the lone goal for the Lions in game one against the Wolves was Sawyer Gillard with David Plamondon and Cole Veinotte providing the assists.
In game two, Chase Dedekker and Darrin Stinson provided the Lions goals.
After the opening game 2-0 loss to the Smiths Falls Bears, the Lions were on home ice last Tuesday, February 28 where they got back on track with the 2-1 win.
It was another back and forth game, with both teams getting lots of shots. Lions goaltender Hunter Jones, however, was solid in net.
After a scoreless first period, Sawyer Gillard, with help from Cole Veinotte, put the Lions on the scoreboard.
The Lions couldn’t hold on and before the second period ended the Bears had tied it, 1-1.
The victory goal came from the stick of defenseman, Chase Dedekker in the third period, with Veinotte providing the assist, his second of the game.
Tied at two points apiece, the Lions returned to Smiths Falls on Thursday, March 1st for game three and took the series with a 3-2 win.
Once again it was a close encounter, with Lions goaltender Josh Martineau, coming up with some big saves for the victory.
Brandon Bass opened the scoring for the Lions with 27 seconds left in the second period, with help from Graydon Baylis and Matt Woolley.
Two minutes into the third period, Smith Falls tied the game 1-1 and then went up 2-1.
The Lions charged back with goals from Darrin Stinson and Spencer Sloan for the 3-2 win. Picking up assists were Baylis, Nick Lalonde and Veinotte.
When coach Claude Plamondon was questioned what his strategy was, he replied “to at least out score the other team by one”.
That plan will be in effect tonight, in Morrisburg, when the Lions battle to stay alive against the North Dundas Demons. Game time is 8 p.m. Game three of the series, if necessary, will be played in Chesterville this Thursday night, March 8.