The South Dundas “Howitzer” Novice B Lions eliminated the Brockville #2 Braves here last week advancing them to the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League(UCMHL) championships.
The Lions, who have been on a roll since sweeping there first two series, continued their hot streak downing the Brockville #2 Braves in back to back games to advance to the UCMHL championship final against Brockville #1 Braves.
The Lions posted a 5-3 victory in Game #1 in Brockville, and then here, on home ice last Tuesday (March 6), the Lions won 6-1 in Game #2.
With the game one victory, the Lions expected the Braves to adjust and on the opening face-off with Reilly Greer at centre and Rhys Gibbons on the right wing, the puck went to the left wing boards where Joshua Broad battled the puck away from Gibbons and made a bank pass to Kayne McCadden.
McCadden knocked it by the defenceman and then out skated everyone to the Braves net where he wristed a shot into the top corner for a 1-0 Lions’ lead 26 seconds into the game.
Late in the first period, with the Lion’s killing a penalty, Ben Lapier intercepted a puck in the neutral zone and drove the Braves net to beat the Brockville goalie for a 2-0 Lions advantage.
In the second period, the Lions scored on three consecutive shifts.
The first goal was scored by Nolan Henry who knocked in the puck by deflecting it off the Braves goaltender. Kolby Latulippe and Spencer Barclay picked up the assists on the play by keeping the puck alive on the right wing boards before getting it to Henry.
Kayne McCadden counted his second goal with a shot on the ice inside the right corner that fooled the Braves goalie. Owen Fetterly picked up the assist passing the puck to McCadden from the centre ice face off.
Henry added his second counter and Barclay picked up his second assist on a broken play at the blue line that the Lions were able to convert. With the goal the Lions had a 5-0 lead and were only one period away from advancing to the finals.
The Lion’s knew the Braves would press and they did.
Lion’s goalie Brendan Shaver had already stopped three break-aways in the first two periods and was up to the challenge in the third.
On one occasion the Lions gave up the puck in the slot and Shaver made an incredible pad save. Then, minutes later, his glove went to work. Even with the push, the defense held with Trent Rae and Cassidy Bilmer making life tough on Braves attackers.
The teams exchanged goals late in the third to make the final score, Lions 6 – Braves 1.
In Game #1 in Brockville, with the game tied 3-3 and under four minutes left on the clock, Lions defenceman Emytt Fetterly moved the puck up the left wing boards to Nolan Henry,.
Henry made a quick move and passed it to centre man Ben Lapier who went wide on the Braves defense and beat their goalie with a wrist shot.
Moments later Joshua Broad gave the Lions a two-goal lead when Owen Fetterly made a right wing pass to Kayne McCadden who shot low on the Braves goalie. The rebound went right to Broad who netted the Lions goal giving the Lions the 5-3 game one win.
The Lions for the third consecutive game fell behind 2-1 and rallied to out score the Braves 4-1 in the second and third periods.
The Lions opened the scoring when Kayne McCadden took a pass from Joshua Broad and went into the Braves zone and netted the game’s opening goal.
The Braves responded with two quick goals as the first period expired.
At 1:31 Marcus Ola banged home a Rhys Gibbons shot that Lions goalie Brendan Shaver had made a great toe save on. However, the rebound wasn’t cleared when Ola jumped on the puck to slide it home.
Forty seconds later Reilly Greer scored on a loose puck in front of Lions net.
The South Dundas “Howitzer” Novice B Lions will now face the Brockville #1 Braves in the UCMHL finals.
Game #1 is set for Wednesday, March 25th in Morrisburg at 7 p.m. Game 2 goes to Brockville on Friday, March 23 at 6 p.m.
Game #3 of the five point series will be back in Morrisburg on Saturday, March 24th at 4 p.m.
Each of the Novice Lions home games will provide local hockey fans a double header as the Bantam B Rep Lions are scheduled for their UCMHL championship series on the same home dates.
The community is invited to come out and support the local Lions!