With the South Dundas Peewee B House 1s and the Peewee B House Lion 2s heading into the fourth game of the five point Upper Canada Minor Hockey League series last night (Tuesday, March 26) a win by either team was needed to end it…and a tie to extend it to a fifth match.
The two evenly matched Lions teams played to an opening game 1-1 tie, Friday March 22, leaving the Mark Froats family the winner of the night with $1,000 raised through the Pack the Rink night.
Saturday, coach Rob Casselman’s #1 Lions turned it up a notch to claim a 4-2 victory and that was followed by a rebound from David Lapier’s #2 Lions on Sunday afternoon with a 7-3 win.
The community has been out in high numbers to support the two young teams with close to 300 fans, some cheering for both teams, attending each of the three games. And those 300 cheering fans have been entertained with some top notch hockey, offensively and defensively.
Both teams have been receiving solid goaltending and in each of the games, each of the two goaltenders Wes Alexander for the B1s and Sam Waytowich for the B2s have come up with some spectacular and very timely saves.
Friday night neither of the two teams could get an edge.
All even after series opener
After a scoreless first period, Lapier’s B2s went up 1-0 on an unassisted Dean Lapier goal, when he jumped on a turnover just inside the blue line and scored on a wrist shot from the high slot area.
Then midway through the third period, the B1s Kasper Furo set the Bennis brothers up for a two on one, and a beautiful passing play goal from Lucas to the stick of Jonah tied the game 1-1.
And that was it until Saturday afternoon, when the two teams skated onto the ice for game number two.
B1s take series lead
This time out Casselman’s B1s took charge early. Devin Dumoulin got it started with an unassisted first period goal and that held until early in the second when the B1s went up 2-0 on their power play.
This time it started when Jonah Bennis won the face off in the B2s end. He dropped it back to Connor Dumoulin who slid it to an unguarded Lucas Bennis at the corner of the B2s net and just 27 seconds into the second period the B1s were up 2-0.
But Lapier’s B2s came charging right back when Oakley Beavers slammed home a lose puck just over a minute later to tighten the count to 2-1.
The score held until late in the second period when Lucas Bennis counted his second of the game with help from line mate Connor Dumoulin.
Midway into the third period, while the B1s were again on their power play, another winning face off set the stage for a Connor Dumoulin goal when he picked off a rebound from a Brady Smith shot.
Lapier’s B2s got one back, a short-handed goal from the stick of Brody Smail assisted by Austin Robinson.
That left the BS with a 4-2 win and a three points to one lead in the five point series.
B2s Get Back Into It
In game three, Lapier’s B2s hit the ice looking to stay alive in the series, but quickly fell behind 2-0 in the first three minutes of the first period.
Devin Dumoulin got it rolling for the B1s with a power-play goal, assisted by Jonah Bennis at 2:52 of the frame. Then at 3:04, the B1S went up 2-0, this time with Connor Dumoulin counting, and Jonah Bennis and Noah Keeler providing the setup.
At 7:21 of the first period, Lapier’s B 2s got one back with Trinity Hanes and Austin Robinson providing the setup up for a Julenea Barnhartd counter.
Then early in the second period, Adam Lapier (from Robinson and Smail) evened it 2-2.
The tie lasted less than a minute when, Jonah Bennis made it 3-2 for Casselman’s B2s with help from Kendrew Byers and Brady Smith.
At 7:07 of the second period, Lapier’s B2s again battled back this time with a power-play goal scored by Barnhartd and assisted by Adam Lapier and Brooke Lapier.
From then on it was a back and forth battle as the two Lions teams tried to gain an edge. No headway was made in the second period, and they skated into the third period still tied 3-3.
With 7:34 left in the game, Adam Lapier gave the B2s a 4-3 lead with help from Grant Wells and Colin Minish, and just over four minutes later, Brooke Lapier added the insurance, unassisted.
The Bs got their next goal from Grant Wells assisted by Bryce Bradford and they finished it off for the 7-3 victory with an empty net counter from Minish with 1:04 left in the game.
Lapier’s B2 win Sunday, evened the series at three points apiece and pushed it to a fourth game played last night, Tuesday, March 26, starting at 6 p.m.