Sunday, the South Dundas Novice B Lions hosted the Kemptville #1 Panthers in a rematch of the 3-3 season opener. This time they were looking to break into the win column for the first time this season, but came up short with a 2-1 loss.
The Lions opened the game with some aggressive forechecking and strong skating to take the play to the Panthers.
Spencer Barclay, Quade Mullin and Dryden Buter had the Panthers pinned in their end for the entire first shift and Sean Nicolaassen, Montgomery Dejong and Owen Paterson continued the theme on the next shift.
At the end of the first period, the Lions had a large advantage in time of possession and puck in the attacking zone, but unfortunately could not get one by the Panthers goalie.
They started out the second period with more of the same and their hard work was rewarded when Dejong redirected a shot from Nicolaassen, for a 1-0 lead.
Midway through the second period, the momentum changed as Kemptville started to out-hustle the Lions.
Despite some great defensive work by Jackson McCann, Sam Connors, Cameron Shaver, Stefan Kronstal and Nathan Paulino, the Panthers were able to get two goals to take the lead.
Goalie Brayden Lalonde-Thompson had a strong game as Kemptville increased their offensive chances through the third period. The Lions pulled their goalie for the extra attacker with one minute left in the game and pressed for the tying goal, but the Panthers prevailed for the 2-1 victory.
Spencer Barclay took the Big Stick honours for player of the game with his best skating game this year.
This Wednesday the Lions are in Kemptville against Kemptville #2. Sunday at 1 p.m. they are at home to North Dundas.