The “I.T.S” Atom B Rep Lions put together back-to-back wins on the road this past weekend, kicking it off Friday night, with a 3-1 victory over the Cornwall Colts. Then Sunday, in Winchester, they finished it with a 6-3 win over the North Dundas Demons.
Aiden Hutt got the call to start both games while goaltender Quade Mullin dealt with an upper body injury.
Friday’s game also saw the Lions call up Wyatt Barkley and James Martens from the B House team enabling them to go with three forward lines to match the deep Colts roster.
Hutt was the story in the first period as he made several key saves to buy his mates some time to find their game. The Colts benefitted from a late whistle when Justin Lalonde-Cyr dug out a puck and put it into the back of the net.
The Lions started to take the play to the Colts in the second period, which forced the Colts to take a couple of penalties. It was on the second power-play that the Lions made them pay with Martens scoring from a pretty pass from Cam Shaver.
Sam Connors got the eventual game winner at 6:58 of the third with Shaver and Kloe Lewis drawing the assists.
Lewis’ hard forecheck forced the Colts defenceman into a turnover which found its way to Connors stick. Martens got his second goal and much needed insurance marker with the help of Monty Dejong.
Aiden Hutt was named the Lions “Game Champ” for his solid play in goal.
It was a “Battle of Dundas” against the Demons in Winchester, on Superbowl Sunday,
The Lions continued a troublesome trend of starting slow, and the Demons with goals from Cameron Lynch and Jordan Heuff, jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the game was 90 seconds old.
The Lions cut the lead to 2-1 on their power play when Austin Roy moved the puck up to Sam Connors, who made a move at the blueline then wristed the puck past Shealyn Elliott.
The newly formed “CCM” line of Sam Connors, Nick Connors, and Cooper McCooeye got the Lions “roaring” early in the second.
Connors got back-to-back breakaway goals for a 3-2 lead, when he grabbed a loose puck in the neutral zone and the second when brother Sam feathered a pass to him to send him in alone.
Marty McLeod tied the game 3-3.
The Lions converted on an early third period power play to go up 4-3 when Shaver found an open Dejong in the high slot.
Then it was the “CCM” line at it again. Connor streaked in over the line, let a wrist shot go just wide with the puck rebounding off the backboards to brother Nick for the “hatty”.
Shaver and Dejong hooked up again, on the power play with 6:09 left in the game to put the Lions up 6-3.
The Lions defence of Roy, Devon Honders, Al Larocque, and Ben Radley helped smother the Demons attack the rest of the way.
The Lions “Game Champ” was the centre of the “CCM” line, Sam Connors, who led the way with his constant skating and puck movement.
The Lions, now in fifth place in the seven-team East division, are destined to meet the NGS Braves in round one of the playoffs.
Char-Lan leads the division with 42 points (just two losses for the season), South Stormont is second with 29, Cornwall has 23, and NGS is in fourth place with 21 points.
The Lions currently sit two points back of the Braves, 19 points with both teams having just one game remaining.
A combination of a Braves defeat and a Lions victory would give the Lions home ice advantage. The Lions’ regular season finale is at home this Saturday, versus Akwesasne.