The South Dundas Atom B House Lions had their backs to the wall as they skated into game three of their four point east division championship series against the South Grenville Rangers, last night, (Tuesday, March 8) in Prescott.
The Lions were heading into last night’s game, trailing the Rangers, three points to one, in the four point championship series.
The series got started Saturday, March 5 in Morrisburg, with a 2-2 tie, which allowed each team to collect a single point.
Then on Sunday, in Prescott, the Rangers used two third period goals to come from behind a 2-1 deficit and earn a 3-2 win to add two points to their series total. Game three was scheduled for the Rangers turf last night.
If the Lions were able to hold on with a win last night, game four is scheduled for Morrisburg, this Thursday night, March 10, beginning at 6 p.m.
The East Division Championship series opener was an exciting one in Morrisburg, on Saturday, with each of the teams scoring their final goal on their respective power plays in the final five minutes of the third period.
The final minute of action was highlighted by a huge save from Lions goaltender Aiden Hutt, when he robbed a Rangers shooter at point blank range to allow the Lions to hold on to the 2-2 tie.
The Rangers opened the scoring with a first period goal from Nathan Dillabough and held on to their advantage until late in the second period when James Martens scored from Mason Hummel to tie it 1-1.
The minutes ticked away in the third period with neither team able to find an opening against their respective goaltenders.
Finally with 4:30 to go, and the Rangers on their power play, Olin Hunt put one home to give them a 2-1 edge.
But the Lions came back fighting, and with 1:32 left on the clock and a Ranger in the penalty box, they replied with a power-play goal scored by Caillum Deavey, assisted by Wyatt Barkley for the 2-2 tie.
Game two in Spencerville, was also a close match with no scoring in the first period.
In the second period, the Rangers went up 1-0 on an Olin Hutt counter, but that was cancelled when Wyatt Barkley struck for his first of two. His second came just over one minute into the third period for a 2-1 lead. Both goals were unassisted.
But the Lions couldn’t hold on.
With the clock showing 8:39 left in the third period, Kasey Jessome beat Hutt to tie it and set the stage for the winner from Finn Campeau.
Defence at both ends of the ice tightened up for the remaining 4:26, and the Rangers collected two points on the 3-2 win.
The Lions advanced to the championship series against the Rangers after eliminating the Kemptville Panthers B 2s with a 3-2 win in Morrisburg, last Monday, March 1.
In another close game that was tied 1-1 after the first period, the Lions out-scored the Panthers 2-1 in the second period for the 3-2 win.
James Martens led the scoring with two unassisted goals and Zach Scarbeau, with help from Manraj Cheema, counted the winner with 3:32 left in the second period.
The series opened with a 4-2 Panthers win in Morrisburg. Game two in Kemptville was won by the Lions 1-1 to force the third game back in Morrisburg.