The South Dundas “Howitzer” Atom B Rep Lions hosted the Alexandria Glens here on Saturday night in a battle for first place in the Upper East Division, but a 2-2 resulted in no changes at the top of the standings.
The Lions were coming off a win over the Cornwall Colts last week, while the Glens were looking to avenge their loss to the Lions the last time the teams meet.
The Glens were also looking to put a little distance between themselves and the Char-Lan Rebels with whom they were sharing a piece of the East Division’s top spot, and the Lions who trailed the two by just one point.
The Lions opened the game strong and forced the Glens to take a penalty only a few minutes in but were unable to take advantage as both goalies made some early saves.
Alexandre Duval in the Glens net and Brendan Shaver in the Lions net both looked very strong early on.
Late in the first period the Glens got on board when John Caddell, standing alone in the slot, received a pass from Addison Hay. Caddell one-timed the puck into open side of the net before Shaver could get across.
Before the first period ended, Emytt Fetterly took a slashing penalty to put the Glens on the power play, but it was the Lions that would had the best scoring chances.
On the penalty kill, Jack Connors picked up a loose puck at his own blue line and out-skated the Glens defenders before putting a move on Duval stuck out his left pad just in time to make the save to hold the Glens one goal advantage.
Seconds later Connors and Joshua Broad were denied on a two on one as a Glens defenceman knocked the puck away at the last second.
Starting the second period still short-handed, the Lions Jayden Rowe and Dana Domanko came up big as they continued to clear the zone and run the Glens out of power-play time.
Later in the period at the end of a long shift Kieran Geurkink made a clearing pass along the boards to Nolan Henry who sensed the Glens defender was going to pinch on him.
Henry quickly passed the puck off the boards and out of the zone where centreman Ben Lapier could chase it down in the neutral zone and break in on the Glens goal. The other Glens defenceman angled Lapier off as he approached the net, but Lapier was able to get a back hand shot off that came off Duval’s pad and rolled over the line into the net.
The Glens pressed back, but Shaver stayed strong in the net to preserve the 1-1 tie into the third period.
Brody Fairbairn, Jaden Phifer-Shaver and Duncan Hutt had a strong shift at the start of the third to get the Lions going, and Owen Fetterly, on a strong back-check, prevented a Glen’s forward from skating into the Lions end unabated.
The Glen’s struck first in the third period, at the seven minute mark when Mathieu Lavigne stick handled into the Lions end and beat several defenders before getting a backhand shot past Shaver.
The Lions got a break a few minutes later when Lapier tripped up breaking into the Glens end and referee Spencer Heldens penalized the Glens forward putting the Lions on the power play.
The Lions pressed and on a Glens clearing attempt that was kept in at the blue-line by Dana Domanko, Nolan Henry won a fight for the puck and got it to Ben Lapier who skated into the slot and buried his second goal of the game to tie it at 2-2.
Moments later, Nathan Verhey was penalized for body contact forcing the Lions to kill a penalty one more time to preserve the tie and remain one point behind the Glens in the standings.
The South Dundas “Howitzer” Atom B Rep Lions will face the South Stormont Selects here on Saturday night at 7 p.m. immediately following public skating.
Come out for a skate and support your Lions!