After winning their South East Division against the South Grenville #2 Rangers in two straight games, the South Dundas Midget B House Lions, were stopped by the Alexandria Glens in their pursuit of the East Division Championship and the right to advance to the UCMHL championship final.
The Lions played four games of hockey in five days.
In the first two days, Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6, they put together 3-2 and 3-1 victories over the Rangers to win their South East Division Championship.
They saw action against the Glens on Sunday, March 8 in Alexandria, (4-2 loss) and on home ice Monday night, March 9 (7-3 loss) for the Eastern Championship.
The Glens came out solid in the series opener on Sunday. They went up 2-0 in the first period on goals by Nick Hansen and Nathan Currier.
Alexander McMaster made it 3-0, Glens in the second period.
The Lions got one back early in the third from Kody Arsenault, assisted by Noah Picotte and Jonathan Mayhew, but a Jordan Dunny goal again stretched it out for the Glens with 7:16 left in the game.
The Lions counted their final goal with just over two minutes left, from Trevor Nicolaassen assisted by Ewen Baril in the 4-2 Glens win.
The Lions needed a win to stay alive in game two of the four point series Monday night on home ice, and they hung tough through the first two periods.
The Lions were first on the scoreboard with an unassisted Picotte goal, and they held on until the final minute of the frame.
In that final minute, Brandon Lavern and Nick Leroux both counted to give the Glens a 2-1 edge heading into the second period.
The Glens stretched their lead to 4-1 early in the second, but the Lions charged back in the last two minutes with a pair of goals from Trevor Nicolaassen to keep it close at 4-3.
Just over 3:13 into the third period the Glens’ Laverne counted to make it 5-3. He added two more as the Glens skated to the 7-3 victory and the East championship series win.
The Lions claimed their Division (southeast) championship in two straight games against the South Grenville #2 Rangers.
The series kicked off Thursday, March 5 in Cardinal, with a 3-2 Lions win.
Tyler Nelson had a big night, scoring all three of the Lions goals while Logan Hummel provided an assist on each. Trevor Nicolaassen helped out on goal number one and Cassie Hummel earned an assist on the second.
After a scoreless first period, Nelson put the Lions up 2-0 in the second period
The Rangers charged back in the third to tie it 2-2, with goals from Austin Mott and Zach Illingworth.
That set the stage for the winner from Nelson with 1:39 left in the game.
Game two was played in Morrisburg on Friday night, with the Lions claiming a 3-2 win to wrap up the series.
Again it was a scoreless first period.
Austin Mott got the lone Rangers goal midway into the second period, but his effort was quickly cancelled by a Logan Hummel goal assisted by Nicolaassen and Nelson.
Action settled down and it wasn’t until the final five minutes of the game that the Lions were able to break away from the 1-1 tie.
Austin Robinson, unassisted, made it 2-1 with 4:39 left in the game and Nelson, assisted by Logan Hummel added the insurance with 1:26 left.
The series win put the Lions against Alexandria for the East Division championship.
The Midget B House playoff setup saw the top three teams in each division get a first-round bye while the fourth and fifth place teams played for fourth spot.
After they sat out their first round bye, the Lions defeated NGS2 in a three point series
That win put them against South Grenville 2 for the Southeast Division championship.