DARRYL KNIGHT Special to the Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Mariposa Bantam Lightning are one win away from a provincial championship, following back-to-back wins over the weekend in Little Britain, to open their OMHA Finals series against the Southwest Bullets.
The Lightning have been electric all season, skating to an undefeated regular season in the Victoria-Durham League and a Silver Stick Tournament championship, having shown no signs of slowing down in the playoffs.
Before a raucous crowd in Little Britain, for Game 1 on Friday, March 10th, the Lightning struck first against the Bullets, with Logan Jenkins scoring just over two minutes into the action. However, just over five minutes later, the Bullets were able to even the score, and netted the lone goal of the second period, to take a 2-1 lead into the third period.
The Lightning would save their best for last, scoring five unanswered goals over the final 15 minutes, to take a 6-2 victory. Sean Mulvenna scored a pair of goals, with Jenkins, Austin James and Sean Hadfield chipping in with singles.
The following afternoon, the Lightning and Bullets were back in action in ‘The Sports Capital of the Kawarthas’ for Game 2, with Mariposa rolling to an 11-1 win, to take a commanding two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-five championship series.
The Lightning stormed out of the gates, taking a 4-0 lead into the second period, behind a pair of goals by Nick Patterson and singles from James and Sean Mulvenna. The Mariposa offence continued to roll in the second period, with Jenkins scoring two goals and Matt Mulvenna also lighting the lamp. The Lightning closed out the game with a strong third period, as Jenkins, Matt Mulvenna, Braeden Swindells and Gage Holyday all found the back of the net. Throughout the weekend, goaltender Ryan Trennum made spectacular saves to keep the Bullets’ offence in the holster, leading his team to the brink of an All-Ontario title.
The Lightning will have the opportunity to close out the series next weekend, in Glencoe, on Saturday, March 18th, at 5 p.m., and if needed, the team will hit the ice for Game 4, on Sunday afternoon in Bothwell.
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