A pair of ties for the South Dundas Lions did little to alter the top of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League’s Bantam B House league standings. The Kemptville Panther #2 team is sill hanging on to the top spot, and the Lions and the Panthers #1 team remain in a heated battle for second place.
Friday night, the Lions were in Kemptville to take on the Panther 1s, and when 48 minutes of action had ended, the result was a 4-4 tie. The two went into the evening tied for the league’s second place, and both were playing hard for a win.
The Panthers took a 1-0 first period lead (Chad Lackie goal) into the second period where the Lions dominated the play with three goals to the Panthers’ one for a 3-2 lead.
Noah Keeler got it started for the Lions 6:07 into the 15 minute second period with help from Justin Dagenais.
Nick Halliday got that one back to maintain the Panther’s one goal lead.
At 11:50 of the second, Owen Orendi provided the help and Jayden Shaver beat Panthers goalie Matt Chalupka to tie the game 2-2.
Then with 1:41 left in the second period Max Garlough scored unassisted to allow the Lions to carry a 3-2 advantage into the third.
The Lions’ lead lasted just over two minutes when Lackie counted his second goal against Lions goaltender Michaela Mustard to again even it up, this time with the scoreboard reading 3-3.
The Lions however, weren’t letting up and just over a minute lager, Dagenais counted unassisted to return to the Lions to an advantage situation.
Action went back and fourth and the Lions held on until 8:27 when Lackie completed a three goal performance which again tied the game (4-4).
That would be it. The 4-4 tie held, and each team collected a single point.
Saturday, the Lions were on the road to take on the fourth place Leeds Chargers, and again they settled for a tie, this time 2-2.
Thanks to two quick Chargers goals, the Lions found themselves scrambling to recoup from a 2-0 first period deficit to get back into the game.
They managed it with single goals in each of the second and third periods, with Michaela Mustard stopping all that came her way during the two periods.
Scoring for the Chargers in the first period were Justin Merkley and Graham Scott
The Lions were unable to put anything up on the scoreboard until late in the second period when Noah Keeler put one past the Chargers goaltender Ethan Bertrand.
Seven minutes into the third period Justin Dagenais counted to even the game 2-2 and that is the way it stayed.
The Lions have now played 21 games and have an 11 win, five loss, five tie record for 27 points.
With three games left on their regular schedule, they trail the first place Kemptville 2s who, in 19 games, have 30 points.
In 21 games, the Kemptville 1s have 26 points.