he South Dundas Atom B Reps Lions were one of six Lions team to win their games during Lions Day on Saturday.
The Rep Lions produced a 6-4 win over the visiting second place Cornwall Colts to remain in fourth place in the UCMHL’s East division with a three win-five loss record for a six point total.
Charl-Lan leads the East division with a 6-0 record in six games, while Cornwall is in second with a 6-4 record also with 12 points.
Saturday’s win for the “Terrdale Farms”Lions followed on the heels of a close 4-3 loss to NGS in Finch, last Tuesday, February 17.
The Lions got off to a rough in Finch, as Justin Sabourin capitalized on a turnover midway into the first period for a 1-0 NGS lead.
Terrence Mudde created a couple of scoring opportunities with his forechecking, but his linemates were unable to beat NGS goalie Ethan Leroux.
After Connor Atkins increased the NGS lead to 2-0 in the second period, the Lions got a spark with 3:42 left in the frame while on the penalty kill. Monty Dejong won a puck battle in the neutral zone, gained speed entering the NGS zone and fired a shot just over Jane McManus’ pad to cut the NGS lead to 2-1.
Dejong and Kloe Lewis continued their stellar penalty killing, and 12 seconds later Dejong had another scoring opportunity. Unfortunately his backhand sailed over the net.
Atkins put his team up by two early in the third with a perfectly placed low shot to beat Lions goalie Quade Mullin and Sabourin scored on the power play to make the lead 4-1.
Less than a minute later, Shaver (from Sam Connors) worked his way to the net and beat McManus to pull the Lions to within two. Shaver (from Connors and Dejong) got his second goal with 4:21 left in the game, but that is as close as the Lions would get despite some frantic action around McManus’ crease.
The Lions “Game Champ” was awarded to Ben Radley for his steady play on the blue line.
Saturday, the second place Cornwall Colts came to town to take part in Lions Day. When it was over it was the Lions with a 6-4 win.
The Colts had taken the previous meeting, 4-3, and before hitting the ice the Lions were asked not to worry about winning the game but to “win your shift!”
The pace for this one was fast as expected.
Just over four minutes in, the Colts grabbed the lead when Aidan Poirier pounced on a loose puck in the crease and tucked it past Quade Mullin.
It wasn’t until late in the first period that Monty Dejong erased the one goal deficit assisted by d-man “Big” Al Larocque. The Lions were able to take a 2-1 advantage when Austin “Ozzy” Roy kept the puck in at the blue line and made a pass to Shaver who beat the Colts tender with 55 ticks left on the clock.
Dejong (from Sam Connors) increased the Lions lead to 3-1, but the Colts scored with 4:15 left on the clock to cut the gap to 3-2. It appeared the Lions would escape with the lead when Kloe “Bruce” Lewis made a stick check to save a goal but with 10 seconds left Anderson struck again to tie the game, 3-3.
To open the third, McCooeye buried his chance when he faked forehand then went backhand to score a beauty. Dejong picked up the assist.
The Colts quickly tied the game again (4-4) with a Brandon Poirier counter.
This didn’t discourage the Lions, who continued with their relentless checking while the Colts started to show signs of fatigue.
Dejong got his hat trick goal, and the lead back with 5:14 left in the game when his laser went post and in after taking the feed from Nick Connors.
Two minutes later he gave his mates a little breathing room making it 6-4 with McCooeye picking up the helper.
The five man gang of defencemen featuring Roy, Larocque, Terrence Mudde, Ben Radley, and Devon Honders played well as a unit. Honders had a great game keeping the puck in the Colts zone on numerous occasions.
The “Game Champ” for this one went to McCooeye for his great positional play and puck patience.
The Lions next action will be at home on the November 28th versus North Dundas.