After a crushing opening game, 4-1 loss to the Perth/Lanark Wings, the South Dundas Bantam Rep Lions regrouped and battled their way back into contention with three consecutive wins for the UCMHL 2011/12 playoff championship.
Monday night, in game four of the five point series played in Lanark, they locked it up with a 6-2 victory to take the series six points to two.
The series opened in Morrisburg last Wednesday, March 21 with a tough 4-1 loss to the visiting wings.
Perth had just come off a big win to defeat Smith Falls on Monday, March 19, to advance to the league championship against the Lions, and they carried their momentum forward to the waiting Lions.
The lone goal in the series openere for the Lions came from the stick of Aaron Smith assisted by Randy Fawcett and Quinn Bennis in the first period.
Game two was played in Lanark on Friday night, March 23rd, and despite a slow start the Lions were able to put it together for a 5-2 victory.
The first period saw the Wings take a 1-0 lead on a rebound goal by Alex Echlin.
Then just six minutes into the second period the Lions were able to even it with a short-handed goal by Randy Fawcett, assisted by Andrew Jarvis.
One minute later, Jarvis struck, unassisted to put the Lions up 2-1.
The Lions lead held until the dying minutes of the frame when Quinn Bennis scored on the Lions power play with help from Randy Fawcett and Spencer Heldens to give the Lions a 3-1 edge heading into the third period.
In the third period, the Black boys combined for the Lions fourth goal when Josh Black set it up for Riley Black who beat Micheal Saumur on the gloveside.
The Wings closed the gap to 4-2 one minute later when Noah Greer slipped one past Lions goaltender Zach Frawley.
The Lions ended it when Ben Michels picked up a Riley Barry rebound for the 5-2 victory.
With the five point series even at two point apiece, it was back to Morrisburg for a Saturday afternoon game, in front of a huge hometown crowd that saw the Lions claim a 3-1 win.
Six minutes into the first period, Andrew Jarvis scored unassisted on the Lions power play.
The Lions lead, however didn’t last, as before the period ended Tyler Murphy collected his own rebound to beat Frawley and even it at 1-1.
It took the Lions until late in the second period to get ahead, once again with Jarvis scoring on their power play with help from Evan Mullin.
Frawley was solid in the Lions net as the Lions worked to hold on to their one-goal advantage.
With 4:08 left on the clock Mullin counted with help from Riley Black and Randy Fawcett for the Lions third goal.
The Lions win in game three sent the series back to Lanark this past Monday night with a four points to two advantage.
Details of the 6-2 win that gave them the championship were not available at press time.