Lions hold on, defeat Leafs 5-4

Save of the game – South Dundas Lions goalie Brendan Shaver made the save of the game during the November 20th Bantam B Rep game against the Ogdensburg Leafs. Shaver’s diving glove save against Karson LaRose’s slap shot towards the end of the second period stopped the surging Leafs. The Lions held a 4-1 lead after two periods went on to win the game 5-4. (The Leader/Blancher photo)

MORRISBURG – Mason Carr and Jaymen Heuff each had three point nights as the Bantam B Rep Lions held on to beat the Ogdensburg Leafs 5-4 November 20th.

Leafs forward Holden Woods sent the puck past goalie Brendan Shaver six minutes into the first period as Ogdensburg took a 1-0 lead over South Dundas.

Carr answered back with two-and-a-half minutes left in the period, tying the game at one apiece. Chase Berube and Joshua Broad assisted on Carr’s goal. Lucas Menard put the Lions in the lead with 27 seconds on the clock, Lions led the Leafs 2-1.

The Lions added to their lead in the second period. MacLean Machan made it 3-1 for the Lions early in the period off a setup by Berube and Carr. Just over a minute later, Heuff made it 4-1 Lions with a play up-ice from Menard and Keiran MacQueen.

Ogdensburg put pressure into the Lions end late in the period. Shaver made save after save as the Leafs tried to wear down the Lions’ goalie. Ogdensburg couldn’t get the puck into South Dundas’ net, even on a late period power play. South Dundas finished off the second period leading Ogdensburg 4-1.

Holding on to a 4-1 lead has been difficult this season for the Lions, and this game was no exception. Just 27 seconds into the period, Woods scored over Shaver’s right shoulder, cutting the Lions’ lead down to two goals.

Two minutes later, Karson LaRose made it a one-goal game, charging through the Lions defense. Lions led the Leafs 4-3.

Heuff increased the Lions lead back to two goals, leading the Leafs 5-3 with 10:30 left in the game and curfew time ticking away. Carr and Emytt Fetterly assisted on Heuff’s goal.

A late-game penalty against Fetterly put the Lions on the penalty kill. It took only five seconds for the Leafs to capitalize on the power play opportunity, as Drew Costello chipped the puck past Shaver. The Lions were in a one goal game again, leading the Leafs 5-4.

The Lions shut down the Leafs’ late-period push as the curfew clock ran out with a minute and a half left unplayed. Lions held on to beat the Leafs 5-4.

The team will travel to Pembroke to take part in the 33rd Annual Terry O’Neill Pembroke Regional Silver Stick Hockey Tournament November 25-26th. They return to host the Smiths Falls Bears in Winchester at the Joel Steele Arena December 4th.

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