The South Dundas “Evonik” Atom B Rep Lions continued their unbeaten streak on home ice Saturday night as the South Stormont Selects were in town to battle the Lions to a 1-1 tie.
The teams, who have been very evenly matched so far this season, played a very good defensive game for the tie.
The Lions opened the game with some offensive pressure by Ban Lapier and Brody Fairbairn whose passing play set up scoring chance on Fairbairn’s shot.
Owen Fetterly opened his first shift with an excellent back check as defencemen Emytt Fetterly, Dana Domnako, Nathen Verhey and Kieran Geurkink were joined on the back end by Jayden Rowe who all played well defensively.
The Lions were given a power-play opportunity late in the first when Jaeden Phifer-Shaver was body checked to the ice while clearing the puck from the Lions zone.
The Lions counted their loan goal on the power play when Nolan Henry battled in the left corner to gain possession of the puck. Henry quickly passed to Ben Lapier who shot into the bottom right corner of the net.
In second period Lions goaltender Brendan Shaver came up big with a couple of saves as the Selects pushed for the equalizer.
The Lions had an excellent chance to go ahead by two when Nolan Henry fed a pass to Joshua Broad and his backhand shot rang off the crossbar.
Each team took a penalty on the next shift and were playing four on four when the Selects got the tying goal from Jacob Willison.
The Lions had a couple more power plays in the period but came up empty.
The third period brought more scoring chances as Jack Connors and Duncan Hutt had chances, but Connors shot went wide and Hutt but hit the side of the net when he attempted a sharp angle shot into the open side.
The defence continued to cut off Select attackers and force only shots from the outside as Nathen Verhey used his size to keep the puck and attacker outside the scoring zone.
The game ended tied 1-1 and the Lions remain two points out of first place in the East Division.
The South Dundas “Evonik” Atom B Rep Lions are in action Tuesday night in Finch against NGS and are on home ice next Saturday, November 10th, at 7p.m. against the Alexandria Glens.