The South Dundas Atom B Lions skated into the new year here on Sunday, January and got off to a good start with a 5-1 victory over the hosting South Stormont Selects.
The newly formed “S” line of Sam Connors, Spencer Barclay, and Sean Nicolaassen nearly scored 10 seconds into the game. Barclay took a pass from Nicolaassen, fired a shot that beat Selects goalie Owen Villaneuve but rang off the post.
Monty Dejong put the Lions up 1-0 at 1:59 of the first frame when Cam Shaver centered the puck out and he used his backhand to tip the puck into the bottom corner past Villaneuve.
Mateo Lacroix made a nice kick save a few minutes later to keep the Lions ahead.
The Selects, Weston TerHorst tied the game 1:35 into the second period.
It appeared that the whistle had been blown for an injured Selects player before the puck crossed the line, but it was ruled a goal after further review.
The “S” line used a heavy fore check to go up 2-1 at 3:58, this time Nicolaassen scoring from Connors.
Dryden Buter and James Martens had a key shift when they killed a penalty at the six minute mark of the period, and created more scoring chances than the Selects did on their power play.
Quade Mullin had the save of the game in the third period when he took a hard wrister off the cage without even flinching.
Zach Scarbeau was robbed by Villaneuve shortly after, when Shaver passed the puck out from behind the net to Scarbeau who used a quick release.
The “S” line struck again at 2:18 of the third period when Nicolaassen and Connors broke in two on one.Nicolaassen passed the puck hard over to Connors, who pulled it back and fired a wrist shot to the roof of the Selects net.
Owen Patterson made it 4-1 about a minute later when he hammered home a rebound from a Buter shot.
The Lions fifth goal at 4:36 was similar to their fourth. This time Dejong scored on a rebound from a Shaver shot.
The win keeps the South Dundas Atom B Lions in sole possession of second place in the East, and the goaltending duo of Lacroix and Mullin continue to shine having only given up two goals in their last three games.
The Lions defence of Nate Paulino, Stef Kronstal, Alek Larocque, and Jack McCann have had a helping hand in the goals against department.
Assistant captain, McCann had another solid game on defence, shutting down the opposition while making great passes to get his team out of their zone quickly and safely.
Next game will be on the road against the East division leading Kemptville 1 on Saturday, January 10th.