Saturday, Jan. 20th - Kade VanBeilen, Henry Martens and Jordan Elliott were ticking like a perfectly lubricated time piece on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena. The trio each scored three points in a 7-0 route of the Kemptville Panthers B-3 entry in the Atom B House division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League. In fact, the entire Atom B team, offence, defence and goal, were in complete control of a game that just seemed to go their way throughout.
The sixth place Lions are in a dog-fight for a playoff spot, and need to bounce the Leeds Chargers or the Brockville Braves B-2 entry in the standings. Currently the Lions are trailing by four points to each of those teams. Van Beilen led the scoring parade with a hat-trick while Martens and Elliott each had a single goal and a pair of assists.
Jordan Lowe hit the breaking VanBeilen with a perfect lead pass and his first run at the Panthers net and the Lion’s marksman was perfect in firing a hard wrist shot over the extended glove of Kemptville netminder Ivan Lockwood. Alyza Mullin banged in the second South Dundas goal, this time from Henry Martins for a 2-0 Lion’s lead.
Second period action saw Martens, VanBeilen and Logan Casselman each count goals to extend the home team’s charge to 5-0, with support points going to Elliott, Bryce Kirkwood and Martens.
In the final period South Dundas added a pair of goals, by this time slowing what had been a remarkable pace in the opening two periods. Jordan Elliott and Kade VanBeilen each scored singles to close the game with Kai Morrow, Elliott and Reyen VanBeilen registering assists.
Each team was assessed a single minor penalty in this game.
The Atom B Lions upcoming home game will be against the 3rd-place Kemptville Panthers B-1 squad on Sunday, Jan. 28th at 4:00 p.m. The Lions have only six games remaining in the regular season and over that time meet Kemptvile B-1 twice, games from which victories would go a long way toward some playoff action.
Tuesday, Jan. 9th - As the shuffling for playoff positions comes to the forefront competition heightens and teams in the upper Canada Minor Hockey League bear down for one of the four available spots in all divisions. Particularly in the Atom B Division.
Currently the North Dundas Demons are well out in front with 36 points, a sure 1st-place finisher. The team has accomplished 17 victories in 21 games, they scored 70 goals (almost 20 more than their nearest rivals) and allowed only 28 goals against in that time. But even more interesting are the possibilities around the other three playoff spots.
Kemptville B-1 and B-2 Panthers, the Leeds Chargers, Brockville B-2 Braves, the South Dundas Lions and the South Grenville Rangers. The local Lions are currently holding on to 6th-place, just three points out of second place, as are the Chargers and the Braves. Kemptville B-2 is a single point behind Kemptvile B-1. Leeds has the most favorable opportunity as they have three games in hand over most of their rivals, but any of the competitors could steal any one of the playoff spots.
South Dundas gave up an opportunity to advance in the standings on Tuesday evening at Morrisburg Arena against the Kemptville Atom B-2 squad. In a tight checking game at both ends of the ice, in spite of having an early edge in play, the Lions fumbled the puck into their own net to give Kemptville a 1-0 lead in the opening period. But from that point on the two teams battled through near three full periods in as evenly a played game as fans could wish for.
South Dundas tied the score midway through the final period when Kade VanBeilen beat the Panthers netminder Hunter Stevenson on a fast break after he stole the puck inside the Kemptville zone. VanBeilen fired a hard wrist shot over the extended glove of Stevenson.
Less than four minutes remained in the period when Logan Seabrook snapped a screened shot toward the Lions net. Goaltender Owen Conlin was stymied on the play that gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead.
Pressing for the tying marker the Lions were caught deep in the Panthers zone when Owen Murray snared the puck, raced to the Lions end of the ice and beat Conlin for the insurance marker with just 20 seconds remaining on the game clock. There were no penalties called in the game.
The Atom B’s next home game will be played at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, January 20th at 1:30 p.m. when the Kemptville Panthers Atom B-3 come to South Dundas.
Saturday, Dec. 23rd - One of South Dundas’ most entertaining hockey teams is certainly the Atom B house entry in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League. This age group of the Lions boasts a number of exciting players, some even possible stars of the future.
Kade VanBeilen has to be one of the most talented youngsters at the game in South Dundas. And there is a host of other talents on this team, including Kade’s sister Reyen who plays very strong defence; scoring speedsters Jordan Elliott and Kai Morrow; the crafty Henry Martens and Logan Casselman; there’s Owen Conlin between the pipes; the steadiness and crisp passing of Noah Beimond on defence; Bryce Kirkwood who is capable of breaking a game open at just a moment’s notice; a very determined Alyza Mullin and the multi talented Jordan Lowe.
Hockey fans at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday morning last week were treated to a game between these South Dundas Atom B Lions and the South Grenville 2 squad. Regardless of where the two teams presently are in the standings, and who might be the hottest player or scorer on either team, these kids put on a top show. Great, great checking by both teams, constant skating and attempts to gain momentum over the opposition, and a one-goal victory in a three-goal game that had fans on the edge of their seats throughout. It was marvelous hockey.
South Grenville’s Ben Darks scored the first goal in the game late in the second period when he pounded the puck through a goal mouth scramble and past Conlin. Jordan Elliott tied the game when the VanBeilens combined to hand over a beautiful breakout opportunity and Elliott was perfect on the execution.
South Grenville came back to score the winner with seven minutes remaining in the game. And throughout that seven minutes the Lions attacked in wave after wave, and each time the Rangers defence turned them away. It was one of those games, beautiful, exciting, but unfortunately the visitors won.
The loss leaves the Lions in 5th-place, which in this super-tight division is also just a single point out of 2nd-place. However, South Dundas will have to pull up their socks over the remainder of the schedule.
Currently the North Dundas team has a near 10-point lead with 14 wins over 18 games. Kemptville Panthers have 21 points in second, and third place is being contested by the Brockville Braves, the Panthers #2 team, the Lions, the Leeds Chargers and the South Grenville Rangers, all of who could take over second place on a good weekend. The division is very tight.
The Lions upcoming home game will be Tuesday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. when the 4th-place Kemptvile Panthers come to Morrisburg Arena.
Sunday, Dec. 17th - The Upper Canada Minor Hockey League Atom B House division is going to go to the wire. And all of the intrigue is moving into place. There is the North Dundas Demons in the lead. And everyone knows how South Dundas hockey fans feel about Demons. South Dundas has secured 2nd-place for the moment but those pesky Braves and Panthers are also nipping at their heels, each with at least a game in hand. Then there’s the Rangers and the Chargers and Kemptville’s other Panthers. Only four of the combatants are going into the playoff round.
On Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg the Brockville B2 entry had the better final period and whipped the Lions on a 4-2 count in one of the best games at the arena this season. The Braves Nathan Jones slipped round the Lions defence midway through the opening period but was turned away by South Dundas’ steady net minder, Owen Conlin. Unfortunately Mason Hodge was there to pick up the rebound and snapped the puck past Conlin for a 1-0 Braves lead.
Less than two minutes later Kade VanBeilen jumped on a loose puck in the Brockville zone and whipped it past Braves goalie Gavin MacDonald to tie the contest on an unassisted marker.
Second period action was a repeat of the first. Hodge scored to put the visitors up by a single, this time unassisted. The Lions appeared up for the task when Kai Morrow fought his way through some particularly heavy checking, broke away at centre and fired a wrist shot from the top of the slot that beat MacDonald cleanly over the glove.
Going into the final period in a 2-2 draw the Lions fell behind by a pair when Jones and Joey Wilgosh scored one each for the Braves to put the visitors in a 4-2 lead. South Dundas did not recover.
The Lions have a game prior to the Christmas break set for Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Dec. 23rd at 12:30 p.m. when the South Grenville Rangers come to town.
Saturday, Dec. 16th - There are times when a team is having a bad game and then there was Saturday at Brockville where the 10th-place Brockville Braves Atom B1 House team doubled the 2nd-place South Dundas Lions on a 4-2 count. The 11-team division is competitive, although the Braves, with just two victories in 14 contests were not considered a threat in the standings. At least not until Saturday!
The North Dundas Demons lead the Atom B House division with 12 wins on 16 games, add a pair of points for two ties and the Demons have a 7-point cushion over the Lions at 26 notches to date on the season.
The Lions are in 2nd-place on nine wins and a tie at 19 points, and the Brockvile B2 House team is in 3rd-place with 17 points. The Kemptville B1, Kemptville B2, Leeds Chargers and South Grenville all share fourth place at 16 points.
The Braves scored a pair of goals in each of the first two periods on Saturday while the Lions couldn’t manage the tight checking Brockville team, scoring only a single in the first period and adding another single in the final period.
Trent Doran and Colton Mallory opened the game scoring midway through the opening period to give the Braves the initial lead in the game. The Lions came back with a single when Kade VanBeilen notched one from Jordan Lowe to tie the contest. The Braves erased that threat scoring just 30 seconds after the Lions counter to close the period in a 2-1 lead when Oliver Tee beat the Lions netminder, Owen Conlin, for a goal.
The Braves added a pair in the middle period, beating the Lions checking and dropping the puck behind Conlin on goals by Nathan Beckstead and Drew Syncoff. The second period closed in a 4-1 Braves lead.
Final period action saw the Braves netminder Austin Ogilvie tested time and again with the Lions offence unleashing a consistent attack. Conlin too came up big in the South Dundas net, shutting out the Brockville team over the final 18 minutes. Henry Martens, assisted by Jordan Elliott and Logan Casselman, scored the single goal of the period, cutting the Braves lead in half, but that was as much of a threat as the Lions could muster on this day.
The Atom B House Lions play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Dec. 23rd at 12:30 p.m. against the South Grenville Rangers.
Saturday, Dec. 9th - The Upper Canada Minor Hockey League Atom B division is tight to say the least. The local Lions are on the edge of the playoff picture and have a four-game-week coming up. North Dundas’ Demons have run away with the top spot, scoring 10 wins and a pair of ties over 14 games. The next seven spots however are up for grabs. Some teams (Leeds Chargers, seven points back) have five games in hand over the 2nd-place Brockville Braves B2 entry. South Dundas is currently riding in 5th-place, but just four points out of second spot. It’s going to make for an interesting second half.
On Saturday at Morrisburg Arena the South Dundas Atom B entry played a tough second period over the last place Bears from Smith Falls, scoring a 3-1 victory. The score of this contest could well have been much higher on the Lions part had it not been for an exceptional performance by the Bears netminder Aidan Clarke. Clarke stopped everything the Lions fired at him save for a 5-minute breakdown in the middle period when the home team tallied all of their scoring.
Following a scoreless opening frame the Lions Jordan Elliott, Kai Morrow and Kade VanBeilen each netted single counters to secure the two points. VanBeilen added an assist on the Morrow goal. Jordan Elliott opened the game scoring with six minutes remaining in the middle period when he ripped a wrist shot past Clarke. Kai Morrow made sure of the victory scoring the winning goal just three minutes later following some deft stick handling to secure the puck and then slipping the goal past the Bears netminder.
Smith Falls came back with their lone goal against the Lions solid goaltender, Owen Conlin one minute after the Morrow score, with Spencer Straight cutting the lead in half. Nate McLean had provided Straight the opportunity to finish the scoring play. Before the period ended it was Kade VanBeilen’s insurance marker that closed the game scoring when he notched an unassisted goal.
Neither team scored in the final period and a single penalty was called in the contest, going to the Bears midway through the third period.
The Atom B House Lions, who play away games on Dec. 11th, 14th and 16th at Smith Falls, Kemptville and Brockville respectively, play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, Dec. 17th at 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2nd - The Atom B House Lions may have squandered their only opportunity to move into a 1st-place tie with their counterparts from North Dundas on Saturday. The Demons were in 1st-place, just two points up on the third place Lions going into Saturday’s game at Morrisburg Arena. An opportunity was within striking distance, and could have come with the benefit of holding a game in hand.
Unfortunately for the home team, the puck simply wasn’t going to bounce their way on this day. Not for a minute. Following an opening period the Demons took over the second period, dominating the scoring opportunities and checking relentlessly every time the puck neared a Lions stick.
Michael Theos slipped the first puck past Lions goaltender Owen Conlin, followed a minute later by Gavin Copeland’s goal for a 2-0 Demons lead. Josh LaFrance scored the third consecutive North Dundas goal before the period ended in a 3-0 lead for the visitors.
The Lions attempted a strong effort in the final 15-minute frame but a tough Demons defence and outstanding goaltending from Kaiden West turned every scoring chance and shot away. Theos added his second goal of the game in the final five minutes and Cole VanLanen added the fifth North Dundas goal for the 5-0 victory. Each team was assessed a pair of minor infractions in this game.