Lacroix unbeatable in Atom B Lions net


On Sunday, November 16, the South Dundas Atom B Lions picked up right where they left off from their November 8, 5-2 win over Brockville 2 Braves, this time with an 8-0 shutout victory over the Brockville 1s.

The Lions controlled the game right from puck drop, with the starting lineup of Quade Mullin, Cam Shaver, Monty Dejong, Jack McCann, and Alek Larocque hemming the Braves in their zone for the opening shift.

The highlight was when Mullin finished a pretty passing play from Dejong and Shaver just 50 seconds in for a 1-0 Lions lead.

Then it was Dryden Buter who hammered home a rebound from Stefan Kronstal’s point shot to put the Lions up by two. 

The play was started by Buter when he passed the puck back to defenceman Kronstal and then had the smarts to go to the net.

It took the Lions power play just four seconds to capitalize on a Braves hooking penalty with 4:08 left in the first period.

Then Spencer Barclay won the face off cleanly to his right winger Sam Connors, who one timed it past Braves goaltender Tyler Serson for a 3-0 Lions lead. 

Dejong made it 4-0 with 1:20 left in the first period after taking a feed from Mullin.

Barclay had the lone marker of the second, at 7:52, assisted by Connors, which enabled the Lions to carry a 5-0 advantage into the third.

At the midway mark of the third period, Dejong chipped the puck past a pinching Braves defenceman, then skated the length of the ice where he beat Serson high on the glove side to make it 6-0.  

Sean Nicolaassen put the Lions up 7-0, unassisted, and Buter was rewarded with 4:24 left on the clock on a play initiated by an Owen Patterson wrist shot into heavy traffic.

Once again, the Lions limited the Brockville 1s scoring chances with some great team defence.  

Goaltender Mateo Lacroix made the saves whenever he was called upon and was able to get his first career Atom shutout.  

Zach Scarbeau made a key play with just over a minute remaining to help preserve the shutout when he beat a Brave to a loose puck and fired it safely out of his zone without taking an icing call.

The win gives the Lions a record of 4 wins and 3 losses.  It also has them second in the East Division.

The Lions will practice twice this week before hosting division rival, North Dundas here Saturday November 22nd as part of Lions Day.


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