Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions collected the East Division Championshipon home ice last Thursday,
March 12, with a 4-1 victory over the Cornwall Colts. The win gave the Lions the
East Division Championship series four points to two.
The regular season first place Lions had all they could handle against the Colts who finished the year with just nine wins and four ties for 22 points and the division’s fifth place standing.
The Lions were 17-3-4 over the regular season to win first place. They earned a first-round playoff bye and then defeated South Stormont in the semi-finals in three games (4-1 win, 5-5 tie, 3-0 win).
The Colts defeated NGS (second place in the regular season) in semi-final play to advance to the
championship against the Lions. The Lions got off to a slow start in the championship series losing the opening game Saturday, March 7, on home ice, 4-1.
They regrouped in Cornwall to stay alive in the series witha 5-1 win March 8, and thenbrought their game home to claimthe championship on ThursdayMarch 12, with the 4-1 win.
Game three in Morrisburg gotstarted with a scoreless first period.The Lions opened the scoringat 4:53 of the second period on agoal by Travis McInnis (assistedby Justin Shay), but that didn’tlast long as the Colts chargedback for a goal at 7:12 to tie it.
The Lions turned it up a coupleof notches in the third to count threeunanswered goals for the 4-1 win.Dean Lapier connected forwhat would be the winner at 9:54with help from Caleb Jaquemetand at 12:07 Justin Shay (assistedby Jonah Bennis and Travis Mc-Innis) stretched it to 3-1.
Lucas Bennis (from AdamLapier and Jaquemet) counted theLions final goal with 4:55 left onthe clock.
The Lions had a dismal showingin the March 7 series opener in Morrisburg. After a scoreless
first period, the Colts took a 2-0 lead before Kasper Furo put the
Lions on the scoreboard in the second period.Dean Lapier and Travis McInnisprovided the assists.
The third period belonged to the Colts who struck for two unanswered goals for the 4-1 win.
The Lions regrouped for game two in Cornwall, on March 8, tocome up with a 5-1 victory and stretch the four-point series to the third game.
Again there was no scoring inthe first period. Lucas Bennis (from Oakley Beavers) put the Lions on the scoreboard, 4:58 into the second period, but the Colts charged back one minute later to tie it.
With two minutes remainingin the second, Jonah Bennis gave the Lions a 2-1 lead.
The Lions momentum continued and resulted in three unanswered third period goals and the 5-1 win.
Scoring were Caleb Jaquemet (from Shay), Oakley Beavers (from Lucas Bennis and AdamLapier), and Shay (from Beavers and Lapier).
Next up for the Lions is theUpper Canada Minor Hockey League’s five-points championship series against the South
Grenville Rangers. Game one will be played in Prescott, Sunday,March 22 beginning at 6 p.m.Game two will be back in Morrisburg on Monday, March 23, startingat 8 p.m.
The Rangers were first in thewest division regular season, with17 wins, just one loss and four
ties They defeated Perth to winthe West Division championship and advance to the UCMHL finalagainst the Lions.