The Dundas County Midget B Lions hung up their skates on a big weekend here Sunday, when they gave up a tough 2-1 loss to the Nepean Wildcats in the championship final of the 29th annual Cornwall Competitive Tournament.
The Lions had a great tournament record going undefeated in preliminary round action with a 2-2 tie against the Wildcats, a hard-fought 1-0 win against Smith Falls and a 5-2 victory over Rockland.
Their record put them into the tournament semi-final against Kitchener and once again they were successful, handing the Rangers a 5-2 loss to earn the right to advance to the championship against Nepean.
With the two holding out for the 2-2 tie in preliminary round action, the championship game was expected to be close and exciting and they didn’t disappoint.
Hope Klein-Swormink put the Lions on the scoreboard in the first period with an unassisted goal at 3:04.
At 9:51 Nepean’s Neila Brenning answered to tie the game 1-1.
The game remained even throughout the second period and at 2:27 of the third Brenning counted her second to give Nepean a 2-1 edge.
The Lions were unable to count anything more and the Wildcats hung on for the 2-1 win and the tournament championship.
For her goal, Klein-Swormink was named the Lions game MVP.
The Lions opened in the tournament on Friday night, October 12, with the 2-2 tie against the Wildcats.
After a scoreless first period Nepean went up 2-0 in the second to force the Lions to turn it up a notch.
Shannon Van Moorsel answered with an unassisted counter at 9:51 of the second to tighten the gap to 2-1 heading into the third.
Midway into the third, Jenna Warren and Taylor Cummins set it up for a Vicki Van Hoof goal which tied the game at two.
For her efforts in the Lions net, Megan Van Allen was named the Dundas County game MVP.
The Lions kicked off Saturday’s action with a 1-0 squeaker against the Smiths Falls Cubs with Van Allen in net for the shutout.
It wasn’t until the third period that Van Moorsel, with help from Casey McNairn, was able to light the scoreboard in the Lions favour, and that was it.
The Lions claimed their second win of the tournament against Clarence Rockland 5-2 on Saturday.
Again Van Moorsel kicked it off with an unassisted first period goal.
Clarence Rockland came charging back in the second period with a pair of Melissa Bergeron counters to go ahead 2-1, but they couldn’t hold on.
With help from Christyn Veinotte and Paige Morris, Casey McNairn tied the game 2-2 and 46 second later, Vicki Van Hoof, scored unassisted to push the Lions ahead 3-2.
At 8:50 of the second, Veinotte counted to give the Lions a 4-2 advantage heading into the third.
Van Hoof made it 5-2 in the third period with help from Brittaney Dean.
Semi-final action on Sunday, October 14 saw no scoring in the first period.
In the second, the Lions went up 3-0 against the Kitchener Rangers on goals by Veinotte (from Morris), Taylor Cummins (from Klein-Swormink and Van Hoof) and Morris (from Van Moorsel and Jenna Warren.).
The Rangers fought back in the third to make a game of it with a pair of early goals to cut the Lions lead to 3-2.
But that was it.
Veinotte counted her second of the game, unassisted, and Madison McLeod made it 5-2 with help from Veinotte and Geena Rose.
The Dundas County Midget B girls competitive team plays in the Ottawa District Women’s Hockey Association against teams from Kanata, Nepean, Smiths Falls, Ottawa, Carleton Place, Russell and Rockland.
They lost their first regular season game on September 25 to the Ottawa Ice 1-0 in Winchester.
In game two, in Smiths Falls, they were held to a scoreless tie by the Cubs.
They picked up their first win of the season in game three against the Russell Coyotes 3-0 in Morrisburg.
Shannon Van Moorsel scored in the second period and Vicki Van Hoof and Christyn Veinotte counted goals two and three early in the third period.
Megan Van Allen was in net for the shutout.