The South Dundas “Pioneer Gas” Atom B Rep Lions completed a five game weekend with two wins and three losses.
Following league games Friday night in Long Sault and Saturday night in Morrisburg, the Lions travelled to Cobden on Sunday to play in the Muskrat Atom Tournament.
With the multiple game weekend the Lions were pushed to the limit and came up a little short in the finals.
In the Tournament “B” Final the Lions matched up against the Valley Storm in a rematch of one of their round robin games in which they lost 6-0.
The Lions started strong when Emytt Fetterly picked up a puck from behind his own net and passed it to Nolan Henry who quickly moved it out of the end zone and over to Ben Lapier who broke in on the Storm goalie and backhanded a shot home for the 1-0 Lions lead.
The Storm picked up the pace and took over the game, but Brendan Shaver was strong in the Lions net as he turned away shot after shot to hold the Lions 1-0 lead.
In the second period, the Storm scored on back-to-back plays, 21 seconds apart, to take the lead 2-1.
The Storm continued to get scoring chances against Lions game Brendan Shaver who was named the Lions MVP in the 5-1 B final loss.
In their round robin game earlier in the day, the Lions were flat in a 6-0 loss where Ban Lapier was named their game MVP.
In their opening game the Lions faced off against the Clarence-Rockland Castors and had their best offensive game of the year in the 8-3 win. Nolan Henry who led the way with three goals and two assists was named the game MVP.
Scoring the other goals were Ben Lapier with two, Duncan Hutt, Owen Fetterly and Joshua Broad.
In the skills competition, the Lions were represent by Ben Lapier in the Fastest Skater event, second place in his heat. Kieran Geurkink, Brody Fairbairn and Dana Domanko skated in the team event, again finishing second in their heat and then Jack Connors, Jaeden Phifer-Shaver and goaltender Brendan Shaver faced off in the shoot out event. Shaver allowed only one goal and was eliminated, as well as Phifer-Shaver with his two goals. Connors scored three times before advancing to the finals where he won the event in a lengthy final round.
In league action the Lions split the two games losing in Long Sault, 5-3 and defeating Cornwall, 3-1.
In the Cornwall game, the Lions were down 1-0 early but battled back with two first period goals.
Lapier opened the scoring after Broad battled for a puck off an offensive draw and got it over to Lapier who shot quickly to beat the Colts goaltender.
Jack Connors scored shortly on a break away when Owen Fetterly fed Connors the puck as he went in alone and out-skated the Colts defenders.
The Lions played well defensively through the second period as Dana Domanko and Kieran Guerkink continued to win one on one battles with Colts forwards and Shaver was solid in the Lions net. The Lions iced the game in the third when Domanko centred a pass to Lapier who started a two on one with Broad. Lapier skated into the Colts end and centred a pass to Broad who buried his shot on the ice through the five hole for the goal and the 3-1 win.
Friday night, the Lions gave up a 3-2 third period lead for a 5-3 loss to the Selects.
Lapier scored the lone first period Lions goal with Brody Fairbairn providing the assist. The Selects battled back in the second and took a 2-1 lead, but Broad and Lapier teamed up for a short handed goal to keep it even.
Later in the period on the power play Nolan Henry tipped the puck off a face-off to Jack Connors who wristed a shot off a defender’s stick into the back of the net.
The Selects scored three unanswered third period goals for their 5-3 win.
The South Dundas “Pioneer Gas” Atom B Rep Lions face the Alexandria Glens here on Saturday night at 7 p.m.