Over the past weekend the South Dundas Novice C1 Lions notched a pair of victories that continue to leave them near the top of the standings in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League.
While the Lions skated to a comfortable 7-2 win in Spencerville on Monday night, it was the 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon that had the local fans jumping out of their seats.
The Novice C1 Lions faced off against the undefeated South Dundas Novice C2 Lions.
Both teams played a tremendous game that went back and forth and up and down the ice, providing fans with end to end action.
Both team’s goaltenders were called upon to make save after save and both Owen Conlin and Rowan McCooeye did just that!
The C1 Lions opened the scoring in the first period when defenceman Logan Casselman charged in from the point to take a pass from Jordan Lowe. His wrist shot beat Conlin on the short side to stake his team to a 1-0 lead.
The C2 Lions responded immediately to tie the game when Kai Morrow grabbed a loose puck in the neutral zone. She led teammate Addyson Lalonde-Thompson with a pass, who beat two defenders and lifted a backhand shot over McCooeye’s glove.
The C1 Lions took a 2-1 lead when centre Owen MacDonald stole the puck, took off on a breakaway and converted his chance with a hard shot.
However, the C2 Lions pressed the action and their efforts were rewarded when Morrow went end to end with blazing speed and beat McCooeye between the pads to tie the game 2-2.
The tie held for the entire second period most of the third as McCooeye and Conlin continued to turn away all shots.
Finally, with a little over three minutes left in the game Kade VanBeilen, who played an extremely solid game, took the puck in his own end and made a great pass to set Lowe in on goal.
Lowe buried his chance and the C1 Lions took a 3-2 lead.
The C2 Lions didn’t stop there and continued to press the action. However McCooeye, who used all of his body to make the saves would not let another puck by.
Coach Jason Martens gave the Lion of the Game to his goaltender for the effort and notes that he was impressed with his Dominik Hasek like save, one which was dubbed the “pretzel save”.
Kai Morrow led his team’s efforts with a two point game and Conlin made some terrific glove saves to keep the game close.
Even with the loss, the Novice C2 Lions are on top of the standings with only 1 loss and 1 tie on the season, while the C1 Lions are right behind them with only 2 losses against 13 wins.
In the Monday night game in Spencerville, the C1 Lions skated to a 7-2 win.
Harrison Burke and Alyza Mullin were rewarded for their efforts by being named Lions of the game.
Burke has moved to defence and is impressing the coaches while Mullin continues to demonstrate a fantastic work ethic each and every time she hits the ice.
The C1 Lions look to continue their winning ways this coming weekend with an away game in Smiths Falls on Saturday, and a home game at 1 p.m. on Sunday against Kemptville.