Novice B Lions crowned tournament champs

MORRISBURG–The South Dundas “Collins Barrow” Novice B Lions were crowned tournament champions here last Thursday as the home team swept their three opponents. 

The Lions, who hosted the four team Novice B tournament and skills competition invited Athens, South Grenville and Brockville #2 along with a Brockville IP team to play the South Dundas IP’s to fill out the schedule. The fun-filled day was highlighted with a Dryer shoot out in the parking lot, kids and adults pounded that dryer with pucks for hours as they attempted to hoist the puck into the front door opening.

The Lions opened the tournament against the South Grenville Rangers and offensively exploded for eight goals, but also were extremely strong defensively in only giving up three shots in the shutout. 

Lion’s goaltender Brendan Shaver, who picked up his fourth shutout of the season, wasn’t tested, but did kick in offensively by picking up an assist on the Lion’s fourth goal. 

Shaver pushed the puck towards the corner after a Rangers dump in and defenceman Emytt Fetterly picked the puck up and made a short pass to Nolan Henry who went end to end to score on Rangers goalie, Khonner Jessome. 

Highlighting the game sheet was Kayne McCadden who picked up five goals including one on a penalty shot. 

With the Lions leading 4-0, McCadden got behind the Rangers defense and was heading to the net when he was fouled from behind for the a penalty shot. McCadden made no mistake and buried the puck for his hat trick. 

McCadden continued his scoring later in the third to cap off his five goal game as he celebrated with his line mates Joshua Broad and Owen Fetterly. The line made several big passes in setting up the goals and would combined for 10 points.

In their second game, the Lions took on the Athens Aeros and their skills champion goaltender Gavin McCarthy. 

The Lions built a 4-0 lead on two goals by Ben Lapier and singles by Joshua Broad and Nolan Henry. 

The home team scored an early first period goal and three second period goals before the Aeros broke up the possibility of the Lions going back to back with shutouts. 

Emytt Fetterly and Trent Rae teamed up on a line in the third period and get many opportunities but were turned back by the Aeros goaltender.

In their final game, the Lions faced the Brockville Braves who the Lions had just eliminated from the playoffs the week before. 

The Lions built a 5-1 lead and held on in the final minutes as the Braves netted three third period goals to close the gap to 5-4. 

The Lions scoring was all by the forward line of Ben Lapier, Kolby Latulippe and Nolan Henry. The trio teamed for 12 combined points on two goals by Lapier and Henry and a single by Laptulippe. 

Cassidy Bilmer jumped into the action picking up an assist on the opening goal.

In the skills competition all players participated in one of three events, Team Relay, Shootout and Hardest Shot. 

In the Team Relay, the Braves defeated South Grenville in the finals as the Lions were disqualified for an improper exchange. 

In the Shootout, Joshua Broad won the Bronze medal scoring in two of his four tries. 

The Lions dominated the podium in the Hardest Shot by grabbing the Gold and Silver. Kolby Latulippe out shot everyone with a 38 mph Howitzer and Trent Rae followed up with a 35 mph cannon. 

Other tournament game result: Brockville 5-Athens 1, South Grenville 4-Brockville 3 (OT), and South Grenville 4-Athens 2.

In five tournaments this season, the Novice Bs were “B” Finalists in a Novice A Tournament in Pakenham, “A” Finalists in Finch – when they lost in overtime in the Championship game. They were “B” Champions in Gananoque, and Tournament Champions in North Dundas and South Dundas.

The South Dundas “Collins Barrow” Novice B Lions will face the Brockville #1 Braves in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League Championship Final. 

The five point series opens tonight, Wednesday March 21st in Morrisburg at 7 p.m. 

Game two is set for Brockville this Friday night, March 23 at 6 p.m. and the series returns to Morrisburg on  Saturday, March 24th  at 4 p.m. 

All games line up with the Bantam B Rep team who are also in the finals, come out and support your Lions!

The Bantams open their series at 8 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, March 21) and game three is Saturday, March 24 beginning at 2:30 p.m. in Morrisburg.

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