Led by a shut out performance from Braydon Lalonde-Thompson, the South Dundas Novice C1 Lions wrapped up their four point series against the North Dundas #1 Devils with a 5-0 win here, Sunday afternoon.
The four point series opened in Morrisburg, last Wednesday, February 5, when the Demons scored an upset 2-1 victory over the regular season first place Lions, and then continued in Chesterville on Thursday, February 6, with the Lions evening it at two points apiece with a 3-1 win.
That set the stage for Sunday’s game that saw the Lions take charge early with three first period goals.
James Martens led the Lions attack with three goals and one assist, and Devon Honders and Zack Scarbeau added singles. Jack Croteau and Honders picked up single assists.
The Lions now move onto their second playoff round, also a four point series. They will meet the South Dundas Novice C2 Lions in round two, but the game schedule was not available at press time.
Last Wednesday, February 5, the C1 Lions were surprised by the Demons who swept into town to claim a 2-1 upset victory.
After a scoreless first period, Paul Hyndman put the Demons up 1-0 late in the second period.
Then, early in the third period, Nole Thompson made it 2-0, with help from Chloe Sharpley.
That was it for the Demons, but that was all they needed.
Martens struck for the Lions lone goal late in the third period, too little too late.
The Demons again challenged in game two played in Chesterville on Thursday, February 6.
Although the Demons held the Lions to a 2-1 first period lead, a Martens goal in the second period put it out of reach.
Martens opened the Lions scoring with an unassisted goal nine minutes into the first period. Then at 12:46 of the frame, Devon Honders counted, from Emerson McMillan and Zack Scarbeau, for the 2-0 Lions advantage.
Nathan Thompson scored the lone Demons goals against Lions goaltender Braydon Lalonde-Thompson to close the gap to 2-1, but the Lions held on, and Martens second goal cemented their win.
Coming up this weekend, the Novice C1 Lions are in a tournament in Cardinal.