Sunday, Jan. 14th - As the South Dundas Atom C-1 Lions remain in the hunt for a playoff spot each game played becomes more important. And that’s because all of the other teams are too hunting one of those playoff spots.
On Sunday at Morrisburg Arena the 6th-place Lions needed a goal late in the game to survive a loss to 7th-place Kemptville entry, and with less than two minutes remaining the line of Nicholas Carrothers, import Carter Froats and Jake Thompson tied the game. The tie held off a charge the Kemptville Panthers C-2 have initiated to overtake the Lions and move ahead.
Currently the Leeds Chargers are well out in front for 1st-place. The Kemptvile Panthers C-1 entry holds 2nd-place with both North Dundas teams and Ogdensburg in a tight pinch for 3rd-place. The Lions and the Kemptville Panthers C-2 are in close pursuit.
The Panthers scored both of their goals in the 2-2 tie in the opening period, the first at the midway mark when Nolan Severenuk whistled a screened shot past Rowan McCooeye for a 1-0 lead. Late in the same period Jensen Dalby slipped a second goal by McCooeye following a breakaway by the Panthers and a rebound opportunity for Dalby.
Late in the middle period Jake Thompson picked off a Carter Froats set-up and made good on beating Owen VanSanten for the Lions first counter. From that point on South Dundas seemed to tip the possession clock in their own favor, more and more taking the play to the Panthers.
Controlling the final five minutes, the Lion's Froats grabbed the puck at the Panthers blueline and moved into the corner, feeding Carrothers who in turn laid one up for Thompson’s second goal of the game. And the tying marker of the contest. And Thompson was true to the opportunity. He scored!
The Atom C1 Lions play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Jan. 27th when the host the South Grenville Rangers C2 team at 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 7th - South Dundas’ Atom C-1 team needed a late goal to salvage a tie against the 9th-place South Grenville Rangers on Sunday at Morrisburg Arena. In fact, a very late goal.
On the faceoff with some 35 seconds remaining in the 3rd-period Jayden Dempsey snared control of the puck, flipped it to Aedan Norris in front of the net and Norris banged it home for the tie. With 31 seconds remaining in the game.
The Rangers, who have no hope of making this year’s playoff round, were in it for a win as spoilers. And the Lions, who have a little bit of hope to make the playoffs, had their hands full.
Jocelyn Sanger opened the game scoring in the first period when she beat Lion’s netminder Rowan McCooeye for a goal. Sanger’s counter was assisted by Gwen Emmell. The Lions got that one back very late in the second period, 38 seconds remaining, when Jake Thompson picked off a Rangers clearing pass and scored an unassisted goal on South Grenville backstop Marissa Longtin.
The Lions enjoyed a power play opportunity midway through the third period but Longtin and her defence crew stared down the threat, turning away the Lions on every charge.
Jocelyn Sanger picked up the puck with 5-minutes remaining in the final period, weaved her way into the Lions zone and fired a high shot that initially hit goaltender McCooeye’s mask at forehead height, bounced up and back down off the top of his head and rolled into the net behind him. Sanger was credited with an unassisted marker and the Rangers had the lead.
In the final minute the 'poetry in motion play' by Norris/Dempsey play took place, giving the Lions a last minute tie on home ice.
On Saturday, January 13th at 11:30 a.m. the 5th-place Ogdensburg Leafs come to Morrisburg Arena for a showdown. Promises to be a good one.
Haidyn Bernier-Aimer, left, scored the only goal for the South Grenville Atom C2 House Rangers on a backhand shot as pictured in the above photo.
Saturday, Dec. 23rd - The South Dundas Atom C1 Lions walloped the South Grenville C2 Rangers on a lopsided 5-1 score on Saturday past at Morrisburg Arena. The 7th-place Lions have along way to go to catch up on a play-off position but it is not yet impossible. Currently the Demons from North Dndas hold the final playoff position on a 14 games, 10 wins record. South Dundas is well back with a 14-6 games/wins standing, but still not in an impossible position.
Aedan Norris and Nicholas Carrothers led the Lions in this one with a pair of counters each and the team was backed with a sparkling performance by netminder Rowan McCooeye. Norris opened the game scoring, slamming a Carrothers pass behind the Rangers goaltender, Daniel Leeman, midway though the opening period. Five minutes later the lead was doubled when Nicholas Carrothers potted the goal and Norris picked up the assist.
The Lions scored the only goal of the middle frame when Norris tallied his second counter, this time with Charlotte Loucks creating the setup.
Five minutes remained in the game when Haidyn Bernier-Almer scored on McCooeye to erase the Lions netminder’s bid for a shutout. In the final four minutes South Dundas added a pair of counters, the first from hard-working Jayden Dempsey with Shayna Markell drawing the assist. One minute later Nicholas Carrothers popped the final goal of the game, and his second of the contest, on an unassisted effort to close the scoring at 5-1.
The Atom C1 Lions play their next home game, one of ten remaining in the 2018 campaign, at the Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, January 7th at 4:00 p.m. when the South Grenville Rangers C1 team comes to town.
The Rangers River Irvine provided the screen for South Grenville's only goal of the game . . .
Thursday, Dec. 22nd - Atom C1 stars Jayden Dempsey and Charlotte Loucks did all their scoring in the middle period while Atom C2 scoring sensation Skyler Keeler was held to a single counter in the opening period. Goaltenders Rowan McCooeye (C1) and Logan Hoger (C2) were superb and the effort by every player on the two teams battling for victory was over the top.
The game between the Atom C1 Lions and the Atom C2 Lions drew a large contingent of fans, each group separated by that imaginary dividing line in the Morrisburg Arena stands, and each loudly encouraging on their charges. It was like the days of Rome’s colliseum and the gladiators battling for their very lives. Or in this case, to be the top Lion.
Although both teams skated harder than we’ve seen in any game this season, and both defended as though they were representing those teams of their dreams, the C1 Lions came out on top of a 3-1 score. This time!
Keeler’s goal went unassisted. As did Charlotte Louck’s goal and Dempsey’s second counter. His first was set up by Jake Thompson. Each team served a single minor infraction in the game, with exceptional officiating by Justin Schwerdfeger and Quade Mullin.
An evening of excellent hockey.
The C1 Lions play their next home game on Saturday, Dec. 23rd at 11:30 a.m. against theGrenville Ranger’s C2 entry. The Atom C2 Lions host Ogdensburg Leafs on the same day, at 10:00 a.m. The Lions canteen will be open . . .
Surrounded! Lions goaltender Rowan McCooeye is surrounded by North Dundas shooters while one of the Lions defenders keeps an eye on things . . .
Saturday, Dec. 16th - The South Dundas Atom C1 team will have to ice a determined effort to make any chance of appearing in the 2017-18 playoff picture a reality following the Christmas break. Currently the team is in 6th-place, six points out of the last playoff spot. The Leeds Chargers are at the top and still haven’t recorded a loss this season after 14 games. North Dundas’ C1 Demons are in second with 26 points, Kemptville 1 is in third with 22 points and North Dundas C2 are in the last playoff spot with 19 points. Our Lions are just back of Ogdensburg’s 16 points at six wins and a tie for 13 markers.
On Saturday at Morrisburg the Lions came up flat against the North Dundas C2 squad, shut-out after three periods on a 3-0 score. The Demons scored in the first and added a pair of counters in the second to register the victory.
Following the game we asked Lions goaltender, Rowan McCooeye, what had happened, and with his consistent huge smile the nimble netminder simply explained, “It didn’t work!”
Shawn Hollister, Cody Lesage and Mike Dean notched the Demons goals in the game. North Dundas served a pair of minor penalties while the Lions were called on a single minor infraction.
The South Dundas Atom C1 House team will host the South Dundas Atom C2 House entry on Thursday, Dec. 21st at 6:00 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena for a round of the age-old East End against West End traditional small town kind of contest.
Saturday, Dec. 9th - The Atom C1 Ogdensburg Maple Leafs are making up for lost schedule time and soon could be leading the league in this hotly contested division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League. Facing the home team South Dundas Atom C1 Lions at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday the locals fell behind 4-0 and never recovered against the high flying Maple Leafs from across the river.
Ogdensburg was in 6th-place prior to the game taking place, with four games in hand over the South Dundas entry. On that record the Leafs had scored five victories and a pair of ties for 12 points. The Lions had played in 12 matches with a 6-5-1 record providing them a single point lead in the match-up. The Maple Leafs vaulted into 4th-place with this victory, at least on the day.
Lucas Spears opened the game scoring on Saturday when he beat the Lions defence at centre ice and then fired a hard wrist shot past Rowan McCooeye for the 1-0 lead. Jackson Thornhill gave the visitors a 2-0 lead seven seconds later when he doubled the score on an identical play. Chris Jacobs and Gage Crobar each drew a single assist on the two goals.
Second period action saw the Maple Leafs continue to build on their lead adding another pair of goals over the 15-minute stanza. Star scorer Ades Sekhon nailed the pair, both from close in the goal mouth, to increase the Ogdensburg lead to 4-0. Cole Jacobs assisted on Sekhon’s first goal while the second went unassisted.
Neither team scored in the final period and each drew a single minor penalty over the duration of the game.
As the New Year and the second half of the season loom large, team’s fighting for a playoff spot will be forced to bring their best game to the arena. Only the top four entries will be in the playoffs this season and currently the Lions are on the edge along with Ogdensburg and two entries from North Dundas. C’mon Santa, bring us some good luck . . . .
The Atom C1 Lions next home game will be a barn-burner for sure when the 5th-place North Dundas Atom C2 Demons come to Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Dec. 16th for an 11:30 a.m. game. The following week the annually, league wide anticipated clash between the Atom C1 Lions and the Atom C2 Lions takes place on Thursday, Dec. 21st at 6:00 p.m. Mark the calendar for this one, it will come with all the whistles and bows . . .
Three members of the South Dundas Atom C1 House Lions scored a pair of goals in Saturday's 6-3 victory over the visiting Smith Falls Bears . . .
Saturday, Dec. 2nd - Three Lions scored a pair of goals each when the South Dundas Atom C1 House entry hosted the Bears from Smith Falls on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena, doubling the score of the contest on a 6-3 victory. Jake Thompson, Nicholas Carrothers and Aedan Norris each beat the Bears netminder Alexandre Aube for two goals each.
It was Thompson’s moment to shine midway through the opening period when he nailed a pair of goals in less than two minutes. Nicholas Carrothers drew an assist on the second goal. The opening two by the Lions didn’t go unchallenged as the Bears Lucas Purdy tallied a goal between Thompson’s pair in the exciting two minute outburst of scoring.
The two teams traded goals in the middle period. Carrothers grabbed the momentary spotlight when he notched his first. Mikayla Roberts fed Carrother a pass in the slot giving the home team a 3-1 lead. The Bears Purdy answered that one when he hit the mark on the far side of Lions netminder Rowan McCooeye to cut the South Dundas lead to a single.
In the final period the Lions came out with all sticks blazing, dominating the play in the Bears zone and outscoring their opponents 3-1 over the 15 minutes. Bears goaltender Aube stood in for a barrage of shots from the Lions. Aedan Norris completed a Graham Loucks play for his first of a pair in the opening minutes giving South Dundas a 4-2 lead. Carter Slack kept the Bears within a pair of goals when he beat McCooeye after rounding the South Dundas defence for a clear break. The Lions Nicholas Carrothers added his second of the game with an unassisted marker to increase the lead to 5-3 with time on the clock dwindling. Norris scored his second to solidify the 6-3 victory when Carrothers and Katie Casselman combined to set him up for the final goal of the game.
Game Schedules and Standings were not available at the time of this post . . .