It was revenge for a 4-2 loss that the South Stormont Selects were looking for when they visited, the “Mile 1 Mobile” Atom B Rep Lions here Saturday, January 30th and it was revenge they got with a 7-3 victory.
The Selects wasted no time, as they capitalized on an early power play-marker from Noah Walker, a goal that stood up through the first period.
It was a period that saw the Selects win most of the battles, and the Lions managing just one shot on Selects tender Owen Villeneuve.
The second period was a different story.
It was a period that saw the Lions gain confidence with every battle won.
Sam Connors knotted things 1-1 when he picked up a rebound from a Cam Shaver shot.
Ben Radley made the play of the game while his team was shorthanded when he grabbed a loose puck in his zone and instead of turning to fire the puck down the ice, he took off. Racing out of his zone, then through the neutral zone into Selects territory, he managed to get a shot off with two defenders on him.
Villeneuve made the save, but Kloe Lewis was following the play and hammered home the rebound for a 2-1 Lions lead.
Nathan Gallinger quickly tied it, just as the Selects power play came to an end.
A minute later, with 4:01 left in the period, the puck came back to the point where “Big” Al Larocque was waiting.
Larocque took his time, controlled the puck, took a step closer and unleashed a hard, low wrist shot that Villeneuve was unable to handle. Monty Dejong “picked up the garbage” to make it 3-2 Lions.
The Lions were unable to hold the lead very long as they made a crucial mistake when Gallinger was given way too much time and space with the puck.
He struck twice more before the second period ended, to complete his hat trick and give his Selects a 4-3 lead entering the final period.
The late Gallinger markers seemed to suck a little life out of the Lions.
The Selects would added two more goals in the early minutes of the third to increase the lead to 6-3 and made the final 7-3 on their power play.
The Lions”Game Champ” for this one was defenceman Al Larocque for his rock solid D and his heads up play to get the Lions their third goal.
The Lions held their Skills Competition on Sunday with the following results: Fastest Skater-Kloe Lewis; Hardest Shot-Ben Radley; Shooting Accuracy-Cooper McCooeye; Puck Control-Ben Radley; Passing Accuracy-Al Larocque; Breakaway Challenge-Cooper McCooeye.
Lions next game action is on the road this Friday against third place Cornwall Colts.