It took four games and a huge come from behind effort here Monday night, March 28 for the South Dundas Novice C2 Lions to claim the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League’s 2015-16 playoff championship.
The Lions travelled to the home of the Bears, Monday night, in command of the five-point series after a 4-2 win last Wednesday, in Morrisburg. That win, their second of the series, gave them a four points to two lead and put the championship win in their sights for Monday night.
The Bears, however, had other ideas for game four Monday night. They came out strong in front of their hometown fans, to build a 3-2 first period lead, all of the scoring coming in the first five minutes of the frame.
Zack Moore put the first Bears goal past Lions goaltender Owen Conlin, just 17 seconds into the game, and Braydon Comeau added a pair.
Answering for the Lions was Jordan Elliott, with two unassisted goals to keep it close heading into the second period.
For the remainder of the game, Conlin was unbeatable in the Lions net, while the Lions Addyson Lalonde-Thompson collected a pair, tying the game at 9:13 of the second period, and getting the winner at 9:16 of the third.
The win capped the series giving the Lions the UCMHL championship in four games, to add to their first place regular season silverware and ended a very successful season.
The Novice 2 Lions finished the regular season in the East Division’s first place with just one loss in a 24 game schedule that saw them post 21 wins and give up just two ties.
In first round playoff action, they knocked off Ogdensburg in two games straight. Next up were the North Dundas Novice C Demons who were also out in just two games.
For the East Division playoff championship, they met their hometown rivals, the South Dundas Novice 1 Lions. That series opened with a 2-2 tie, and saw the C2s polish it off with back-to back-wins to advance to the UCMHL final against Smiths Falls.
The C2 Lions only playoff blemish was game one of the championship in Smiths Falls, on Monday, March 21, when they ran up against a hot goaltender and were handed a 2-1 loss by the Bears.
Goaltender Owen Conlin was unbeatable in game two back in Morrisburg on Tuesday, March 22, and goals from Jordan Elliott (unassisted) and Bryce Kirkwood (assisted by Katie Casselman) gave the Lions a 2-0 win. The win evened the five point series at two points apiece.
Game three was played in Morrisburg, last Wednesday, March 23, and was claimed by the Lions, 4-2.
After a scoreless first period, Addyson Lalonde-Thompson and Skyler Keeler (from Bryce Kirkwood) put the Lions up 2-0 in the second period.
The Bears got one back from Comeau late in the frame to keep it close at 2-1.
Early in the third period, Kirkwood counted for the Lions unassisted to restore the Lions two goal lead, and with 6:45 remaining on the clock Jordan Elliott increased it to 4-1.
Brayden Comeau counted the Bears final goal and the Lions held on for the 4-2 win.