It was a very busy week for the“Terrdale Farms” Atom B Rep Lions with play at an Akwesasne tournament sandwiched between league games against the West Division’s second place Kemptville Panthers and the East Division’s second place South Stormont Selects.
The Lions travelled to Kemptville, Tuesday, January 5 to take on the Panthers in a game that was a Lions no show, and ended with a 4-0 Panther win.
Quade Mullin gave his mates time to find their game by holding the Panthers to just one goal until the third period.
After some “soul searching” and a “spirited” practice on Thursday, the Lions headed to Akwesasne on Saturday for a one day, six-team tournament and well earned tournament championship.
The Lions won their opener, 5-2 versus the Kahnawake Blackhawks from Quebec.
Sam Connors netted the winner early in the third, with the assist going to Cooper McCooeye.
Game two saw them take on Plattsburgh, NY. A win wasn’t enough to get the Lions a birth in the A final. They needed to win by eight goals to edge Kemptville out for a chance to face Akwesasne in the final.
Kloe Lewis got the all important eighth goal from Monty Dejong with 3:06 left on the clock and Quade Mullin secured the shutout in the 8-0 victory and the opportunity to advance to the final against Akwesasne.
The championship game was highlighted by some great passing and the defence becoming very involved offensively.
It also saw the line of Dejong, Lewis, and Nick Connors lead the way with twelve points.
The Lions got off to an early 2-0 lead in the final with a pair from Cam Shaver. The first was assisted by Terrence Mudde and the second by Devon Honders.
Akwesasne pounced on a loose puck late in the first period to pull within one.
Although the second period was scoreless, Akwesasne took a late penalty to set the Lions up for their power play to start the third.
Shaver completed his hat trick just 30 seconds into the third on a beautiful passing play with Sam Connors and Cooper McCooeye.
Then, with 4:04 left on the clock, Dejong, from Nick Connors, put the Lions up 4-1 and that’s the way it stayed, for the championship win.
Sunday, the Lions faced their East Division rivals South Stormont Selects in a game that was fast and furious right from the opening puck drop.
Late in the first period with the defence doing a great job keeping the puck in Shave counted on the Lions power-play goal for a 1-0 lead.
The Lions struck again on their power play early in the second when Shaver found Ben Radley creeping in off the point. Radley was stopped on the first attempt but the Lions gained puck possession and with Shaver behind the net, they tried it again.
This time Radley hammered it home making it 2-0 Lions, and marking the first goal by a Lions defenceman this year.
Just 27 second after the Radley goal, Ethan Beaudette broke free to pull the Selects within one again.
Nick Connors potted the eventual game winner late in the second with a wicked backhand over the shoulder of Owen Villeneuve, and Dejong made it 4-1 just 32 seconds into the final frame with Sam Connors grabbing the assist.
The Selects Nathan Gallinger scored unassisted to make it 4-2, but that’s as close as they would get.
This was by far the Lions best game of the year.
The Lions defence of Radley, Mudde, Larocque, Honders, and Roy were outstanding along with goaltender Mullin! The forwards played a great game at both ends of the rink.
Next action for the Atom B Rep Lions is on the road Thursday to Akwesasne.