After a tough, four-game opening round playoff series against the North Leeds Rideaus, the South Dundas Bantam C2 House Lions are finding themselves in a tough semi-final series against the regular season first place Athens Aeros.
That series is tied at a game apiece with the Lions winning the opener 6-2 and losing game two in Morrisburg on Sunday, March 1, 2-1.
Game three is on the road tonight, Wednesday, March 4 and if a fourth game is necessary, it will be back in Morrisburg on Thursday.
The regular season saw the Athens Aeros and Kemptville 2s finish even with 35 points. Third place went to South Grenville, while the North Leeds Rideaus were fourth with 20. The Lions were next with 16 points on eight wins and Smith Falls finished last in the six team West Division with eight points.
For the playoff setup, Athens and Kemptville sat out a round-one bye, while North Leeds and the Lions squared off and South Grenville and Smith Falls met, both in four point series.
The quarter-final series wins put South Dundas against Athens and South Grenville against the Kemptville 2s.
The winners of each series will advance to the West Division Championship.
The Lions and the Rideaus opened their quarter-final series on Morrisburg ice on Tuesday, February 17, and played to a 3-3 draw. The Rideaus led 2-1 after the second period, and the Lions charged back in the third for two goals to the Rideaus one to keep it even.
Thomas Rae had two goals for the Lions with Kendrew Byers assisting on the first and Will Dejong adding his help on the second. It was Dejong’s unassisted goal at 9:05 of the third period that tied the game 3-3.
The Lions were on the road to Westport, for game two on Saturday, February 21. The Rideaus won this one, 5-3.
They led 2-1 after the first period, and then mounted a three goal second period on their way to the two-point, 5-3 win.
The Lions got a pair of goals from Brody Smail, the first assisted by Trinity Hanes at 12:14 of the first period and the second, unassisted, just 36 seconds into the second period.
Aden Casselman collected the Lions third goal early in the third period with Kendrew Byers assisting.
Game three was back on Morrisburg ice, Monday February 23, and the Lions stayed alive with a very convincing 9-1 win. They scored three goals in each period.
Lions goaltender Brett Froats gave up the lone goal of the game in the last second of the first period to the Rideaus Kohle McCulloch.
Brody Smail scored four times for the Lions and added two assists, while Max Garlough counted twice and helped out on three others. Singles goals were scored by Trinity Hanes, Thomas Rae and Hunters Wells. Hanes, added three assists to her game performance.
Noah Keeler had a big game with four assists, while Maddi Hummel helped out on two goals.
The Lions hit the ice flying in game four in Westport on Wednesday, February 25. They went up 3-0 in the first period on goals from Brody Smail (from Max Garlough), Kendrew Byers (unassisted) and Trinity Hanes (from Max Garlough).
The Rideaus managed just one against Brett Froats early in the second period from Bryce Wilson.
The Lions counted two more in the third period from Brody Smail, unassisted and Hanes, from Julenea Barnhartd and Maddi Hummel for the 5-1 win.
The win gave the Lions the series, five points to three, and earned them a spot in the West Division semi-final against first place Athens.