The South Dundas “Howitzer” Atom B Rep Lions grabbed three points out of a possible four last week with a 3-3 tie against the Char-lan Rebels and a 3-1 win over the Alexandria Glens.
Sunday morning the Lions travelled to Alexandria to take on the first place Glens who were sitting atop the East division standings. With the Lions opening the season last week with a loss, they were looking to get into the win column and Jaeden Phifer-Shaver made sure of that.
With Brody Fairbairn out of the line-up and Ben Lapier at centre with Duncan Hutt and Phifer-Shaver they struck only 18 seconds into the game. With the opening face-off scrambled and the puck inside the Lions blue line Emytt Fetterly passed the puck up the boards to Phifer-Shaver who made a move on a Glens forechecker. He then broke into the Glens end, faked a pass and shot a low wrister that hit the defensman’s stick for the 1-0 lead.
The Lions continued to press, and Phifer-Shaver struck again on his next shift when centreman Jack Connors moved the puck ahead to Duncan Hutt who in turn fed Phifer-Shaver for the Lions 2-0 lead. The Glens responded on a scramble in front of Lions goaltender Brendan Shaver when a Glen’s forward picked up a loose puck that wasn’t cleared.
In the second period, the Lions continued to pressure as Nolan Henry and Jack Connors would go post to post on a play that had the Glens goaltender deked badly out of position.
Nathan Verhey and Kieran Geurkink had a strong game on defence as they continued to push would be attackers off the puck.
They also moved the puck quickly up to the Lions forwards to start their breakout.
Dana Domanko made several strong defensive plays on Glens forward Mathieu Laugne as he had several breaks.
In the second period, the Lions extended their lead to 3-1 as Duncan Hutt dug out a loose puck off the left wing boards and centered to Ben Lapier who tipped the puck to Phifer-Shaver who registered his third goal of the game.
With the lead at 3-1, the Lions turned to defence and goaltender Brendan Shaver made several key saves down the stretch to seal the victory and improve the Lions record to 1-1-1 on the season.
On Thursday night, the Lions hosted the Char-lan Rebels. With both teams looking for their first points of the season, the Lions needed a strong third to try and gain that point.
With under four minutes left on the clock, Joshua Broad picked up a loose puck in the offensive zone and attempted to centre to Ben Lapier standing in the slot. Broad miscued and the defender shot the puck around the back of the net where he chased it down reversed momentum and backhanded a pass out front to Lapier who buried a backhand shot on the ice, into the net for the game tying goal.
The Lions and Rebels exchanged chances in the last few minutes but the score remained 3-3.
The Lions fell behind early in the contest 2-0, but they bounced back on a goal by Nolan Henry.
The line of Brody Fairbairn, Jaeden Rowe and Duncan Hutt continued their strong offensive push but came away empty handed.
In the second, Ben Lapier cut the lead back to one again when he chased down a Rebel defenseman, took the puck away from him and shot for his first goal of the game to make the score 3-2.
The South Dundas “Howitzer” Atom B Rep Lions will face the Cornwall Colts here, Saturday night, at 7 p.m. immediately following public skating.