MORRISBURG – It was a hard fought championship series that went to four games. When the dust settled between the South Dundas Lions and South Grenville Rangers, the Lions roared supreme, claiming the Peewee ‘C’ House championship.
The Lions opened the championship series against the Rangers in Cardinal March 20th, losing 5-0. The team had just clinched their spot in the finals the day before.
South Dundas bounced back in game two, doubling South Grenville 6-3 in Morrisburg March 23rd. Scoring for the Lions were James Martens (2), and Raymond Froats, while Manraj Cheema scored the natural hat trick.
The teams traveled back to Cardinal to the Ingredion Centre March 25th with the teams playing to a 3-3 tie. Martens, Cheema and Zack Scarbeau had a goal each in the game. The even score meant the two teams were tied at three points apiece, setting up a winner-take-all final game March 26 in Morrisburg.
South Grenville jumped on the scoreboard early in the first period on a shot by Charlie Swan that beat Lions goalie Diego Peters. Rangers led the Lions 1-0.
The Lions were held scoreless until the second period. A penalty against the Rangers a minute in put the Lions on the power play. Forward James Martens scored 20 seconds into the power play on an unassisted breakaway to tie the game at one-apiece.
Owen Patterson scored the tie-breaking game winner in the opening minute of the final period, assisted by Martens.
The Lions faced additional pressure as the clock wound down. The Rangers tried to get one back to tie the game. South Dundas went three-for-three on the penalty kill in the final frame of the game, including playing short handed in the final minutes of the game. The team held on for the win, and the Peewee ‘C’ House league championship.
“The team worked so hard out there,” said coach Randy Mullin. “ They stuck to the game plan. Keep it simple, few turnovers, get the puck in deep and keep the pressure on.”
Mullin added that the final game was goalie Diego Peters’ best game of the season.
“The two teams were very evenly matched in the series,” said Mullin. “I couldn’t be more pleased, they never quit. ”