The South Atom B House Lions got tangled up in some very closely contested games last week, that resulted in a 2-2 tie against the South Stormont Selects on home ice Thursday night, December 11, followed by a 3-2 road win over the Char-Lan Rebels, Saturday.
The Lions got off to a good start last Thursday against the Selects, but were unable to capitalize on some early scoring chances as Owen Villeneuve made several key saves for the Selects early.
South Stormont opened the scoring 5:42 into the first period when Hunter Latreille (from Aiden Scott) had his shot deflect off a Lions defender past Lions goaltender Mateo Lacroix.
The Lions tied the game at one, just seconds after killing off a Selects power play when Zack Scarbeau fed Stef Kronstal back at the blue line. Kronstal pulled the puck back and let a booming wrist shot go that beat Villeneuve low on the glove side.
The Selects regained their one goal lead with the only goal of the second period. Once again, Scott orchestrated the play and Hunter Latreille got the goal.
The Lions came up empty with two late power plays and trailed 2-1 after two periods.
Early in the third, the Lions tied it up with a Monty Dejong goal.
It started when Jack McCann made a key stretch pass to fellow defenceman Nate Paulino to exit their zone with ease. Paulino then moved the puck up to Monty Dejong who took it from there to tie the game 2-2.
The Lions were guilty of some bad decisions without the puck, as they were penalized four times in the third period. This made it difficult to complete the comeback with a win.
The Selects took a penalty in the final minute of the game, but the time clock ran out before the game clock, thus the Lions were unable to take advantage on their power play.
Cam Shaver and McCann had a solid game on defence, blocking shots and making several smart first passes to get the Lions out of their zone quickly.
Sean Nicolaassen played every position except goal, as the Lions were short a few players. Lacroix had another solid game in goal.
Saturday, the Lions travelled to Char-Lan where they skated to a 3-2 win against the Rebels.
Monty Dejong opened the scoring for the Lions 5:01 into the first period after taking a nice pass from Shaver, then beating Michael Chaput.
The Rebels wasted no time tying it up, actually only taking eight seconds when Jacob Campeau beat Lions tender Quade Mullin.
Both goaltenders were flawless in the second, and it remained tied 1-1 heading to the third.
The Rebels went up 2-1 in the third period when Braden Flaro scored unassisted.
Shaver tied it 2-2 after picking up a rebound from a Dejong shot. The other assist went to Spencer Barclay.
Dryden Buter got the winner late in the game, assisted by Paulino.
The Lions carried the play, but once again had trouble capitalizing on their opportunities.
The Lions undefeated streak now sits at seven games. They were on the road, last night Tuesday, December 16, versus South Stormont and are at home this Thursday night, December 18 against the West division leading Athens 1 Aeros.