A hugely successful season came to an end here Tuesday, March 26, for the two South Dundas Peewee B House teams who were battling it out in a five point series for the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League playoff championship.
The two Lions squads went into the series’ fourth game tied at three points apiece, and a 5-2 victory for the B1s coached by Rob Casselman ended it.
The two evenly matched teams played to a 1-1 tie in the first period.
Oakley Beavers (from Adam Lapier) collected a short-handed goal for a 1-0, B2 lead with 4:14 left in the first period.
Casselman’s B1 Lions got it back before the period ended on a power play goal scored by Kendrew Byers and assisted by the Bennis brothers, Jonah and Lucas.
The tie held until very late in the second period when Connor Dumoulin made a nice pass up the centre to the stick of Jonah Bennis who beat first the B2 defenceman and then goaltender Sam Waytowich for the goal.
Early in the third, Casselman’s B1s stretched their advantage to 3-1, on a nice passing play from Lucas Bennis to Jonah Bennis and onto the stick of Connor Dumoulin.
Lapier’s B2s kept it close when they scored off a face off in the B1s end. Brooke Lapier’s shot from the slot beat B1 goaltender Wes Alexander to tighten the game to 3-2. Julenea Barnhartd provided the assist.
The Bennis brothers teamed for the fourth B1 goal when Jonah provided the setup to Lucas.
Lapier pulled his goaltender in favour of the extra attacker in the last minute of the game to no avail, as Kasper Furo found the empty B2 net for the 5-2 victory.
When the horn sounded to end the game, it also ended two hugely successful seasons for the two teams, each of whom were the regular season and playoff champs of their respective divisions, which led to them meeting for the overall UCMHL championship.
Each of the four games drew in excess of two hundred people. The series opened with a 1-1 tie. Casselman’s B1s won game two 4-2 and Lapier’s B2s won game three, 7-3.