The South Dundas Peewee B1 Lions were quick out of the starting gate on Friday, March 1, when they claimed a decisive 5-1 victory over the visiting NGS Braves in game one of their UCMHL East Division playoff series.
The Braves put up more of a fuss in game two, holding the Lions from the scoreboard until the second period, but it wasn’t enough, as the Lions skated to a 2-1 victory to wrap up the series four points to zero.
In game one, the Lions went up 2-0 in the first period. Jonah Bennis got it rolling with an unassisted goal just over six minutes in and two minutes later, Lucas Bennis put the Lions up 2-0 with help from Devin Dumoulin and Aden Casselman.
The Braves Connor MacMillan put one goal by Lions goaltender Wes Alexander in the second period, but that was it.
Before the buzzer sounded to end the second Jonah Bennis (from Brady Smith) made it 3-1 for the Lions.
Two unanswered third period goals gave the Lions the 5-1 win.
Jonah Bennis completed a three goal performance (assisted by Dumoulin and Noah Keeler) and Lucas Bennis applied the finishing touch 20 seconds later with help from Keeler for the 5-1 win.
Game two was a much tighter match. After a scoreless first period, Jonah Bennis got it rolling with help from brother Lucas early in the second.
Devin Dumoulin counted what would be the winner at 5:20 of the second with Smith and Connor Dumoulin providing the assists.
The Braves put their lone goal past Wes Alexander in the third period to get to within striking distance but that was it.
The Lions held on for the 2-1 win to take the series in two games straight.
The Lions will now meet Brockville in the East Division final.
Game one is set for March 17 in Morrisburg at 4:30 p.m. and game two will be played March 18, in Brockville at 8:30 p.m. Game 3, if necessary, will be in Morrisburg, March 20, at 7 p.m.