The South Dundas “We Can Contracting” Atom B Rep Lions moved back into the win column Friday night after a rough stretch of games.
The Lions, who were sitting in fifth place after a loss at the hands of the NGS Braves on Tuesday night, travelled to Long Sault on Friday night looking to move ahead of the Selects who were sitting one point ahead of them in fourth place in the tight East Division standings.
A 2-1 Lions win, did the trick, however, they needed a big third period to overcome a 1-0 deficit in a tightly battled game.
The Lions out shot the Selects through the scoreless first period and had an excellent scoring opportunity when Jaeden Phifer-Shaver found a wide open Joshua Broad on the right wing. Broad skated in alone but his backhand missed the net wide as Selects defenders closed in on him.
Some great Lions goaltending from Brendan Shaver kept the game scoreless until a Lions turnover created a scoring chance for Selects forward Jacob Willison who buried a backhand shot into the back of the net for a 1-0 Lions lead.
As the third period began, the line of Ben Lapier, Nolan Henry and Owen Fetterly pressed hard and were rewarded with a goal to tie the game 1-1.
It started when Dana Domanko kept the puck alive at the point. She fed it down low to Henry who battled with a Select defender but was able to get it free to Lapier who walked out front and slid the puck home on a wrap-a-round.
Minutes later, the Lions found themselves on the power-play. The Lions gained control of the zone and when a Selects defender attempted to ice the puck Nathen Verhey cut it off.
Verhey then wristed a shot high towards the goal that deflected off a South Stormont stick into the net for a 2-1 Lions lead.
The Lions held off the Selects late push, killing a penalty in the final two minutes with the Selects goalie on the bench for a six on four advantage.
Shaver and the Lions defense held strong and the Lions left town stealing the 2-1 victory.
Tuesday night, in Finch the Lions scored before the ice was dry when Ben Lapier banged home an Owen Fetterly rebound thirteen second into the game.
The NGS Braves however responded once in the first period and again in the second to take a 2-1 lead into the third.
They scored early in the third period to take a 3-1 lead that might have been considered insurmountable.
But, with time ticking away, the Lions broke out of their end with Ben Lapier carrying the puck. Spotting a wide open Nolan Henry on the left wing Lapier made a tape at tape pass which sent Henry in alone on the Braves goalie. Henry’s shot which sailed high over the glove hand cut the Braves lead to one.
Moments later Lapier and Henry teamed again, this time with Kieran Geurkink jumping up from the blue line to back hand the puck over a sprawling Braves goaltender to tie the game, 3-3.
The Braves responded to take a 4-3 lead, but Lions pressured one last time to get the equalizer on their power play.
With the Lions goaltender Brendan Shaver on the bench for an extra attacker the Lions pressured, but the buzzer sounded before they could create any scoring chances.
The South Dundas “We Can Contracting” Atom B Rep Lions will face the Kemptville Panthers in Morrisburg on Saturday night at 7 p.m. followed by the Major Midget B Rep Lions who host the North Dundas Demons.