The South Dundas Novice B Lions opened their 2014/15 season on the road and on a winning note.
On Wednesday night, October 8, the Lions travelled to Kemptville where they collected a close 4-3 win from the Kemptville B2 Panthers.
The Lions Nick Connors was on top of his game and ready to roar for the Lions as he connected for all four of their goals.
The Panthers were first on the scoreboard with a goal from Cameron McNulty with 5:49 left in the first period. Their advantage lasted just 16 seconds when Connors answered with help from Mason Hummel.
The 1-1 tie held until late in the second period when Connors struck for goals two and three, both assisted by Ben Radley.
The Panthers got one back before the end of the second period from Nate Thompson to narrow the gap to 3-2.
Midway into the third period Graeme Laverance scored, unassisted, for the Panthers to again tie the game, now at 3-3.
With the minutes ticking away, Connors, with help from Drew Laperle and Radley scored his fourth goal to put the Lions up 4-3, and that’s the way it stayed.
Hutt was unbeatable in the net for the remaining 3:49 minutes, and the Lions collected their first win of the new season.
In this year’s Novice B Lions lineup, along with goaltender Hutt, Connors, Hummel, Radley and Laperle are Cooper McCooeye, Addyson Lalonde-Thompson, Logan Tait, Terrence Mudde, Luke Byvelds, Noelle Hatherall, Caleb Machan, Travis Faulkner and Devon Honders.
Matt McCooeye is the coach and the assistant coaches are Shawn Hummel and Dan Byvelds. Also on the coaching staff are Mike Hutt, John Connors and Shellie Spencer.
In exhibition action in Long Sault, the Lions and the Selects played to a 1-1 tie. Both goals were scored in the second period.
Mason Hummel counted for the Lions with help from Cooper McCooeye and John McLeod provided the Selects goal.