The South Dundas Atom B Lions evened their season record at two wins and two losses Sunday, October 26, with a 4-3 win over the Char-Lan Rebels at home.
Montgomery Dejong took a feed from Quade Mullin and beat the goalie with a perfect shot just 15 seconds into the game to give the Lions a l-0 lead.
Then Sam Connors put the Lions up, 2-0, at 5:10 assisted by James Martens.
Although it looked as if the Lions were on their way, Rebels Jack Gray (assisted by Riley Tessier), had other ideas as he worked to pull his team to within one goal with 4:39 left in the period.
The Lions managed to hold on to their one goal advance until the final minute of the first when Jacob Campeau, assisted by Sean Marasa, tied it 2-2.
Although the Lions had started strong in the first period, the Rebels carried the momentum into the second.
They did a good job of limiting the Lions’ scoring chances during the second. While they played defensively, Campeau, assisted by Avery Teodoro, provided their offense to put the Rebels up 3-2.
The game settled down and some key saves from Lions goaltender Mateo Lacroix, during the second and third periods, enabled the Lions to stay within the one goal reach.
It was late in the third period when Spencer Barclay was rewarded for his strong two-way play.
Barclay counted for the Lions after taking a nice pass from Mullin to tie the game 3-3, and give the Lions a needed shot of adrenaline.
The Lions continued to press and with 1:21 left on the clock, Sean Nicolaassen’s shot found the back of the Rebels net.
Nicolaassen, who normally plays defence, was moved up on a forward line with Barclay and Dryden Buter for the final shift of the game. It was Barclay who provided the assist on his winning goal.
Following Nicolaassen’s winner, goaltender Lacroix and his teammates were able to survive a final push from the Rebels in the dying seconds.
The Lions next action is on the road in Athens, Sunday, November 2.