The South Dundas Lions are heading into game one of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League’s Peewee B House championship final tonight, Wednesday, March 11, in Morrisburg against the Brockville Braves. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Lions eliminated the Alexandria Glens in two straight games on the weekend. They opened the series on home ice on Saturday with a hard-fought, well deserved 3-2 win and then took their game to Alexandria, on Sunday where they turned it up a notch for a 5-1 victory to win the Peewee B House East Division Championship four points to zero.
The win puts them in the UCMHL Championship final against the Braves who tackled and defeated the South Grenville Rangers in two games straight for the West Division Championship.
“We battled Alexandria all year long for first place and beat them on the last day of the regular season to clinch the East Division Title,” said Lions coach Jason Broad following the Lions East Division playoff championship win on Sunday. “I thought if we met them in the playoffs, it would be a tough series.”
“Saturday’s game (3-2 Lions win) was one of the best played games of the whole season. Both teams played very well and the game was highlighted by goaltenders.”
The strong goaltending, Brendan Shaver and Michaela Mustard for the Lions and Alexandre Duval, kept the scorers at bay throughout the first and second periods. All of the scoring occurred in the (18 minute) third period, in a seesaw battle that saw first the Lions score and then the Glens reply.
The winning goal, scored by Jaeden Phifer-Shaver and assisted by Nolan Henry and Ben Lapier with 2:45 left in the game, was the result of a great passing play between the three.
The scoring started early in the third period with Jack Connors the first to meet with success for the Lions with help from Kolby Latullippe.
Connors goal at 1:51 of the third, was followed at 2:28 by the Glen Maxime Pilon to keep the game even at 1-1.
End to end action and some great goaltender saves were featured until 11:22 when Ben Lapier counted the Lions second goal with help from Henry and Owen Fetterly.
Again the Lions lead didn’t last long. The Glens charged back with Andrew MacMaster counting at 14:14 to tie it 2-2.
That set the stage for the Phifer-Shaver winner at 15:15 of the third period.
The series resumed in Alexandria on Sunday, and the Lions turned it up a notch to post a 5-1 victory and sweep the four-point championship series.
“In game two in Alexandria we played even better,” said Broad. “We continued to pressure them offensively, and we broke out with the five goals clinching the series.”
“I’m very proud of the effort we’ve put in, not only in game but in our practices. We continue to focus on the skills of the games as opposed to tactics, and we can see it paying off now.”
In Alexandria, the Lions led 1-0 after the first period on a Jaeden Phifer-Shaver goal assisted by Nolan Henry and Kieran Geurkink.
Henry made it 2-0 Lions, 4:34 into the second period with Phifer-Shaver and Trent Rae assisting, and Phifer-Shaver counted goal number three at 11:39 of the second period with help from Ben Lapier and Jayden Rowe.
The Glens got on the board with a Joseph Robertson goal less than one minute into the third period, but that was it.
The Lions got two more from Lapier (assisted by Phifer-Shaver and Henry) and from Phifer-Shaver (assisted by Henry and Lapier) for the 5-1, East Division Championship win.
After a first round bye, for their first place regular season division finish, the Lions eliminated South Stormont in East Division semi-final playoff action with 8-1 and 4-1 wins.
The five point UCMHL championship series opens tonight, Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. in Morrisburg. Games two and three, according to early information provided, are scheduled to be played immediately following March break, on Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24. Both are scheduled for Brockville, with times yet to be announced. Game four, if necessary, would be back in Morrisburg on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m.