The South Dundas “Evonik” Atom B Rep Lions continued their unbeaten streak last Tuesday (November 6) with a 3-1 win against the NGS Braves, but it abruptly ended Saturday night (November 10) in a 13-1 loss to the Alexandria Glens.
The Lions were looking to move into a tie for first place (and avenge their opening night 5-1 loss to the Braves) Tuesday night, when they defeated the Braves in Finch 3-1. Holding a 3-0 lead going into the third period, the Lions defended a late push from the Braves, while Lions defenceman Emytt Fetterly was in the penalty box on a tripping penalty.
With the Braves power play unit on the ice, they got the puck into the Lions end and forced Lions goaltender Brendan Shaver to make a save as he covered it.
The Braves won the ensuing face-off as Lions centreman Brody Fairbairn battled with Braves forward Makenna Brownlee. The puck found its way to the front of the net and a scramble followed resulting in Seamus Hardy shooting home the puck for a power-play Braves goal.
The Braves continued to press and the Lions defended with Shaver in the net making some big saves, and Lions defenceman Nathan Verhey making some big plays on the Braves forwards. The Braves finished the game on their power play with Lions Jack Connors serving a roughing penalty. But the Lions defence held, and the game ended in the Lions favour 3-1.
The Lions built their lead on two first period goals, one only a minute twenty into the period when a two on one ended up being converted.
Jack Connors and Duncan Hutt broke out of their end as Connors carried the puck down the left wing and make a great pass across the slot to Hutt who drove to the net and one timed the puck looking to hit the bottom right corner. However, the puck went wide into the right wing side.
Hutt and Connors scrambled the play and fed a pass to Jaeden Phifer-Shaver standing at the top of the circle. Phifer-Shaver’s backhand shot made it past Braves goaltender Tyson Zollinger giving the Lions a 1-0 lead.
Late in the first period, the Lions struck again as Ben Lapier picked up a pass in the neutral zone, skated down the right wing and buried a shot past Zollinger for the 2-0 lead. Phifer-Shaver and Nolan Henry picked up the assists.
In the second, the Lions got the so important three goal lead when Dana Domanko made a defensive zone pass up the right wing boards to Ben Lapier who would beat the Braves defender, while Jack Connors drove up the centre off the ice.
Lapier beat the last Braves defender and made a beautiful stick to stick pass to Connors who wristed a shot over Zollinger’s glove into the top corner to score a highlight reel goal.
The Lions hosted the Alexandria Glens on Saturday for a battle for first as they both came into the game tied at top spot in the East Division with nine points.
It turned out to be a game the Lions will need to quickly put behind them as the only highlight on the night in a 13-1 drubbing was when Jaeden Phifer-Shaver buried a backhand home for the Lions only goal of the game.
The South Dundas “Evonik” Atom B Rep Lions are next in action on Sunday, November 18th in Smiths Falls to take on their West Division rivals the Smiths Falls Bears.