The South Dundas Lions Peewee B2 House team continued their winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they downed the visiting Smith Falls Bears 5-0.
The Lions, Bears and the South Grenville Rangers were all tied for first place at seven points in the west division and with the win, the Lions move two points ahead at the season’s quarter way mark.
The Lions opened Sunday’s game with unsuccessful scoring opportunities from Austin Robinson and linemates Brody Smail and William Dejong who kept the puck alive in the Bears end for three Robinson wrist shots against Bears goalie Austin Evans.
The Bears pushed back and got a chance on Lions goalie Sam Waytowich who shut the door on a Luke Callaghan shot.
Lions forward Colin Minish responded with a drive to the Bears net, but was tripped to put the Lions on the power play.
After a Bears clearing, Adam Lapier picked up the puck in his own end and skated through the Bears defenders before having his shot turned aside. The puck stayed deep in the Bears end and the Lions were pressing when Kolby Hamilton picked up the puck and avoided some checks before getting the puck behind the Bears goal-line.
The Bears would unable to clear, and the Lions opened the scoring on their power play when Colin Minish jammed home the puck on a wrap around.
Seconds later off the face-off, Minish broke into the Bears end and fed a pass to Grant Wells who wristed a shot home for a 2-0 lead.
The Lions continued to attack and forward Brooke Lapier got a chance, but shot wide, after Dean Lapier passed her the puck from his defensive position.
The Bears picked up the pace in the last few minutes of the period as forward Luke Callaghan tipped the puck past Oakley Beavers to break in on Waytowich. But the Lions goalie would not be beat as he stuck out his right pad to make a big save.
In the dying seconds of the first period, the Lions struck again when Smail and Robinson teamed up to get the puck into the Bears end. The pass went to William Dejong whose shot was deflected off the Evans glove into the net for a commanding 3-0 Lions lead.
In the second period the line of Brooke Lapier, Julenea Barnhartd and Trinity Hanes picked up the Lions scoring chances as they pressed the Bears net and continued to drive shots towards the goal.
The Lions found themselves killing a penalty when Oakley Beavers threw a check at the Bears blue-line and was penalized four minutes for checking to the head.
The Lions killed the first two minutes on some excellent defensive play by Shayna VanBeilen and Bryce Bradford.
Later on a dump a Bears forward, who snowed Lions goalie Waytowich, was called for unsportsmanlike conduct which negated the Bears power play.
South Dundas carried the play through the four on four before an offensive face-off led to the Bears best scoring chance of the day. On the face-off, the Bears centreman timed the puck drop perfectly and wristed a shot that was going into the top corner of the Lions net. But Waytowich got his glove on it to make the save and maintain the Lions 3-0 advantage.
With first place on the line and a shutout within his graps, Waytowich was strong through the third period.
Dejong netted his second goal off a scrambled play where defenceman Oakley Beavers flipped the puck high into the air towards the net where Smail picked it up and fed Dejong for the open shot home.
On the next shift Minish picked up a puck at his own blue line, skated through two defenders into the Bears end and fed Wells who would wrist home his second of the game and Minish’s third point on the day.
The Peewee B2 House Lions are next in action on Monday night in Brockville and at home next Saturday against North Dundas.