South Dundas Midget House lose in tournament A final

The South Dundas Midget House Lions finished off their season last Tuesday when they worked their way to the championship final of their March break home tournament.

After defeating Smiths Falls 3-1 and Cumberland 4-2 in preliminary round action, the Lions met Clarence Creek who claimed the tournament championship with a 6-2 win.

The Lions got rolling in the tournament, a non-body contact affair, with the 3-1 win over Smiths Falls.

With Hunter Jones in net, the Lions went up 1-0 on a first period goal by Chase DeDekker, assisted by Joel Johnston and Brody Picotte.

After a scoreless second period Dustin Morrison struck for Smith Falls early in the third period to tie the game 1-1.

Darrin Stinson then took over, scoring for the Lions, unassisted, to restore their one goal lead.

With 5:08 left in the game, he pushed the Lions advantage to 3-1 with help from Graydon Baylis.

In game two against Cumberland, the Lions struck early and struck often to go up 3-0 in the first period.

Baylis kicked it off with help from Sawyer Gillard, and then Gillard made it 2-0 with Parker Hart providing the assist.

Lions goal number three came from the stick of Brandon Bass with Jason Gallinger providing the assist.

While Lions goaltender Josh Martineau continued to hold Cumberland from the scoreboard in the second period, the Lions struck for one more.

This time it was Justin Schwerdtfeger doing the counting with help from Eric Swank.

Cumberland charged back in the third with an Alex Caudle-Dimillo goal, but that was it until the last minute of play when Jonathan Belleville struck for their second. 

The Lions held on for the 4-2 win and the right to advance to the championship against Clarence Creek.

Each of the four teams in the tournament played two games and then were ranked on period scores, and goals for and against.

Clarence Creek earned the first place ranking with 9.5 points with a 7-1 win over Cumberland and a 4-1 win over Smiths Falls.

South Dundas was second with 8.5, and Smiths Falls and Cumberland ended up tied.

Smith Falls defeated Cumberland 3-2 for the B championship.

In the A final, the Lions were unable to contain Maxime Brazeau who counted four of the six Clarence Creek goals. 

Singles were scored by Marc Andre Boucher and Sean Humen.

Scoring for the Lions were Graydon Baylis from Sawyer Gillard and David Plamondon, and Brody Picotte from Plamondon.

Jones and Martineau shared the goaltending duties.

The tournament marked the end of the season for the Lions who finished third in their division in the regular season.

They turned it up a notch in the playoffs to eliminate the Akwesasne Wolves in quarterfinal action and the Smiths Fall Bears in the semi-finals.

They lost to North Dundas in two straight games in their bid for the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League East Division championship.


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