They did it! The South Dundas Atom B Lions clinched first place in the East Division of the UCMHL with an 8-4 victory over the Kemptville 2 Panthers, here on Sunday.
“We were much better ‘out of the gate’ in this one,” says coach Brian Shaver. “We came out moving the puck and skating well.”
The Lions forced the Panthers into an early tripping penalty at 1:43.
They applied early pressure on the power play but a blocked shot resulted in a shorthanded breakaway for Panthers Tyler Musgrave. A perfect shot off the post beat Lions goaltender Mateo Lacroix at 3:18 for a 1-0 Panther lead.
The Lions didn’t let the goal get them down. They picked up right they left off, and took the play to the Panthers.
The hard work paid off at 5:53 when Monty Dejong, from Spencer Barclay, used his backhand to beat Kaitlyn Chalupka for the 1-1 tie.
The Lions made it 2-0, 28 seconds later. Dryden Buter had the puck in “his office” behind the Panthers net, skated to his right, then slid a pass out front to James Martens, who wasted no time in getting it off his blade to make it 2-1.
The Lions went up 3-1 at 1:07 of the second period when Alek Larocque made an outlet pass to Dejong who split the Panthers defence at the red line, went in alone, and wristed one high past Chalupka.
Thirty seconds later Matthew Ovenden returned the favour when he split the Lions defence and went in alone to cut the Lions advantage to 3-2..
The Lions went up 4-2 at 5:35, when Owen Patterson banged home a Sean Nicolaassen rebound.
Buter made it 5-2 fifteen seconds into the third when he knocked in a rebound from a shot from Martens. Zach Scarbeau put the Lions up 6-2 at 4:21 assisted by Martens.
Cam Shaver scored an “Ovechkin” like goal from his belly after being hauled down by a Panther defender. He was assisted by Stefan Kronstal.
Noah Price was able to solve Quade Mullin at 5:48 to make it 7-3 assisted by Beggs.
Nicolaassen made it 8-3 at 6:20 assisted by Scarbeau.
The Panthers’ got their final goal from Callum Laverance at 8:32, in the 8-4 Lions win.
The South Dundas Atom B Lions opened round one of the playoffs at home Tuesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. versus NGS.