Five three, five three, five three. Those were the winning numbers for the South Dundas Bantam C House Lions who swept their five point Upper Canada Minor Hockey League playoff championship series against the Kemptville Panther C2s with three consecutive 5-3 victories.
The Lions claimed the 2012-13 UCMHL championship on Kemptville ice, Monday night with their third, 5-3 win. They took game one in Kemptville on Saturday, and won on home ice on Sunday to go up four points to zero.
Kody Arsenault led the Lions to their opening game, 5-3 win, with a hat-trick performance, which was key in a Lions comeback, after they trailed the Panthers 3-2 at the end of the first period.
Matt Backes (from Logan Hummel and Teisha Mullin) opened the Lions first period scoring and Arsenault (from Jonathan Mayhew and Logan Hummel) counted his first of three to keep it close.
Then late in the second period Arsenault, unassisted, tied the game 3-3. He got the winner early in the third period with help from Logan Hummel.
Jane van Moorsel (from Tyler Nelson and Backes) finished it off for the 5-3 win, and the first two points of the series.
Back home on Morrisburg ice Sunday, the Lions came out strong, scoring two goals in the first two minutes of the game.
Mitchell Woodward got it rolling, unassisted, and Arsenault made it 2-0 with help from Logan Hummel.
The Lions held on to their 2-0 lead until early in the second when Thomas Bares put one past Lions’ goaltender Sam Waytowich to cut the gap to 2-1. In the last minutes of the second period, they evened it with a Matthew Lacelle goal.
Tyler Nelson put the Lions back into the lead with help from Backes early in the third, and then the two went to work to finish it off.
Backes counted the next two Lions goals at 12:04 and 14:41 of the third period, with Nelson assisting on both, for the second consecutive 5-3 Lions win and a four points to zero series lead.
Game three returned to Kemptville, Monday night.
Jean Guy Kronstal started the Lions on the road to the championship with an unassisted first period goal.
Nelson counted twice in the second period, and Logan Hummel (from Arsenault) and Nick Wolley (from Tyler Rae and Ben Byvelds) counted singles in the third for the 5-3 win and the final two points of the championship series.
Win east division in two straight
The Lions advanced to the UCMHL championship against the Panthers after claiming the East Division championship last Wednesday, March 20 in Morrisburg with a 5-2 victory against the NGS Braves.
The Lions opened the four point East Division championship series in Maxville on Sunday, March 17 with a 4-2 win, thanks to a three goal, third period comeback effort.
Scoring for the Lions were Backes, with two goals, and Jane van Moorsel and Kody Arsenault with singles. Nelson, Backes, Tyler Rae and van Moorsel all picked up individual assists.
Tyler Nelson led the Lions to the 5-2 game-two win and the east division championship on Morrisburg ice last Wednesday with two goals. Backing his effort were Arsenault, Rae and Mitchell Woodward.
Picking up assists in the game were Jonathan Mayhew, Logan Hummel, Nick Woolley, Ewen Baril (two), Backes, Tyler Rae, and Ben Byvelds.