Looking for their first win of the season, the South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions hosted the Brockville Braves here on Wednesday night.
Winless in their first 10 games, the Lions have been closing the gap, game after game, and were looking for a break through on offence to get the job done. And get the job done they did with a 5-3 victory.
The Lions opened the scoring early in the first period when Edward Orendi shot home a Quinn Bennis rebound. Picking up the assist on the play was Josh Perry.
The Braves responded one minute later but before the period ended the Lions struck again. This time the Lions goal came from the stick of Aaron Smith who took a pass from Matthew Woolsey and one timed it home for a 2-1 Lions lead. Drew Minish picked up the second assist.
In the second period, Braves centreman Jack Gibbons set up Damon Brown who beat Lions goaltender Christian Francis to even the game, 2-2.
Francis responded with several keys saves in the period to allow the Lions to go back in front.
The Braves found themselves in penalty trouble which gave the Lions a 5 on 3 advantage and resulted in
Quinn Bennis blasting a slap shot home.
Riley Black and Aaron Smith provided some excellent passing plays along the outside to set Bennis up for the one timer.
In the third, the Braves again tie the game, (3-3), but the Lions would not be denied as they scored twice before the period ended.
Drew Minish got one while the Lions were short handed when he stole the puck in the neutral zone and the other would came from Ben Michels assisted by Edward Orendi.
The 5-3 victory ended the Lions winless streak and gave the Bantam B Lions momentum heading into their game on Saturday, during Lions Day.