Atom C Lions oust Demons to advance

 

Thanks to a pair of third period goals, the South Dundas Atom C Lions wrapped up their four point Upper Canada Minor Hockey league series against the North Dundas Demons with a 2-1 victory here, Sunday afternoon (March 3).

After a scoreless first period, the Demons collected an unassisted goal from Brandon Toll late in the second period, and that goal did the talking until well into the third.

With just over seven minutes left in the game, the Lions T.J. Barnhardt finally put one past Demons goaltender Adrianna VanBreugel to even the game at a goal apiece. Providing the setup were Derrick Jansen and Mackenzie McKee-Markell.

Four minutes later Maclean Machan, with help from McKee-Markell, put the Lions ahead for the first time in the game.

With Olivia Salmon unbeatable in the remainder of the game, the Lions held on to claim the third game win, 2-1, and the series, four points to two.

The four point series between opened on Morrisburg ice, last Thursday, February 28.

The Lions came out strong in the opener to claim the first two points with a 4-1 victory.

They headed to Winchester, Friday night, March 1 with the hopes of putting it away, but the Demons fought back to stay alive with a 4-2 victory.

In the series opener, the Lions went up 2-0 in the first period. 

With 2:58 left on the clock Kolby Latulippe counted the first goal with Scott Brooks assisting.

Then, just 13 seconds later, Latulippe set up Trent Rae, and the Lions very quickly found themselves in command of the game.

Another two goals in the second period from Barnhardt and Devon Swindells (unassisted), gave them a 4-0 advantage.

McKee-Markell provided the assist on the Barnhardt goal.

The Demons got one back late in the third period from Justin Dagenais.

In game number two in Winchester, the Demons struck back with a 4-2 win.

The Lions were first on the scoreboard with a first period goal from Callahan Stave assisted by Swindells, but they couldn’t hold on.

Before the first period ended the Hawks evened it with a Brandon Toll counter.

Early in the second period, the Lions again took the lead, this time on a Derrick Jansen goal assisted by Scott Brooks.

But again they couldn’t hold on, and Toll with his second, made it a 2-2 tie.

With just 39 seconds left in the period Justin Dagenais struck for the Hawks to send them into the final frame with a 3-2 lead.

The Demons held on to their advantage until late in the frame when Dagenais put them up 4-2, and that was how it ended.

The Lions now advance to playoff round three against South Grenville. Game dates have not yet been announced.

 

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