1st-place Chargers double Lions 4-2 . . .

The Lion's Brody Duncan attempts to ride out the Charger's JJ McCarthy before he can get a good shot at goaltender Logan Hoger . . .
The Lion's Brody Duncan attempts to ride out the Charger's JJ McCarthy before he can get a good shot at goaltender Logan Hoger . . .

Saturday, January 20th - The South Dundas Lions Atom C-2 took a loss on home ice Saturday at Morrisburg Arena. The 1st-place Leeds Chargers scored in a tight-checking opening period, added a pair in the middle frame and traded singles in the final period to double up on the 6th-place Lions on a 4-2 count. The Lions put in an exceptional effort against this division's elite team and the score could have gone either way.

       Orien Cowan scored the first goal of the game when he outraced the Lions for a loose puck at centre, and skated in to beat Lion’s netminder logan Hoger for the unassisted marker. It was the only goal of the period.

       In the second frame the visiting Chargers notched a pair of goals compared to the Lion’s single counter.  J.J. McCarthy and Justin Taite each notched singles for Leeds. The speedy and exciting Skyler Keeler beat the Chargers defence and freewheeled his way to a clear break at centre ice, then zoned in on a high wrist shot that beat the Charger’s goalie Brent McHard over an extended mitt.

       In the final period Sierra Latulippe's consistent hard work got one back, cutting the lead to 3-2, when she banged in an Emily Swerdfeger rebound for the goal. 

       The Lions pressed to tie the game but were caught when Jett Bruyere broke away and scored the final Leeds goal for a 4-2 count and a victory. The visitors served the only minor infraction called in the game.

       On Sunday, Jan. 28th at 9:00 a.m. the 6th-place, C-2 Lions meet the 7th-place, C-2 Panthers from Kemptville at Morrisburg Arena. Should be a great one . . . 


Surging Leafs topple Lions 4-2 . . .

South Dundas' Atom C-2 netminder Logan Hoger has his eyes on the puck in this shot from Sunday afternoon's game. Hoger was exceptional in his position, keeping the score respectable throughout the game . . .
South Dundas' Atom C-2 netminder Logan Hoger has his eyes on the puck in this shot from Sunday afternoon's game. Hoger was exceptional in his position, keeping the score respectable throughout the game . . .

Sunday, Jan. 14th - The Atom C House division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League includes 12 teams in all. A healthy population for any group. There are two South Dundas contingents, two North Dundas, two South Grenville, two Kemptville and single entries from Leeds, Brockville, Ogdensburg and Smith Falls.

       The standings have Leeds, Kemptville C-1, and North Dundas C-1 and C-2 in the top four spots, or play-off positions. All have played 20 games or more, with Leeds at 36 points and Kemptville C-1 at 33 points.

       But there’s a sleeper creeping up from the back.

       The Ogdensburg Leafs have played just 16 games. And they’ve won eleven of those and tied three others. Their losses are second lowest in the league at just a pair. And their 'goals-against' are very low. With four games in hand they could well take over second place, at least.

       The lone American entry in the division reminds fans of the days when youngsters played road hockey. A lot of road hockey. Trickery on the ice it was sometimes referred to.

       Team management on Sunday filled out the game sheet by putting all of the player’s named in the line-up in the “Visitor’s Penalties” column.  An error, . . . or a message?

       This team has big players on the points. Big players with heavy shots in this division. And they have speedy, creative forwards. Ogdensburg did not run away with the game on Sunday at Morrisburg Arena. The South Dundas Atom C-2 Lions were in the contest throughout, in no small part because of their own very talented Logan Hoger between the pipes, and some strong efforts by a number of the players in their line-up.

       The Leafs however came in waves, slipping across the blue line and pummelling Hoger with scoring chances. They scored in the first period to tie the game at one each when number 26, Aidan Moran beat Hoger late with four minutes remaining. Skyler Keeler had slipped his check midway through the first and scored for South Dundas for the initial lead. Then the Leafs number 89, Jackson Thornhill made it 2-1 late in the second period on a great passing play in front of the Lions net.

       Early in the final period Keeler again broke away and was true on his shot, scoring his second and the last of the two goals by South Dundas. Both were unassisted. Following the Lion’s final counter the visitors road hockey savy became evident. Positions were switched on the fly by the Leafs in the final six minutes and the “keep away” style led to near constant scoring chances. Sweater number 43 and sweater 26 added goals in the final few minutes of the game for the 4-2 victory. 

       The Ogdensburg Leafs just might surprise a few of the top contenders come playoff time this season.

       The Atom C-2 Lions play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena against the league leading Leeds Chargers on Saturday, Jan. 20th at 11:30 a.m. Our Lions never give up so it should be a great game . . . 


Lions topple Rangers in lopsided win . . .

Sunday, Jan. 7th - The South Dundas Atom C-2’s played like they were giant destroyers on Sunday at Morrisburg Arena.  The Lions hammered the 11th-place South Grenville Rangers on a 5-1 score, dominating the visitors over the course of the game. Emily Swerdfeger notched a hat-trick of assists in the game, setting up the opening goal, the winning goal and the final goal of the contest. And her pal Sierra Latulippe opened the game scoring.

       Midway through the first period the Lions recorded their first goal with Swerdfeger and Latulippe combining for the counter.  In the middle frame Harrison Burke carried the puck the length of the ice, swirled around the Rangers defence and pounded one past goaltender Daniel Leeman for a 2-0 lead. It was Swerdfeger who sent Burke on his way out of the Lion’s zone.

       Skyler Keeler scored a pair of goals for South Dundas in the final six minutes of the middle period, the first on a pass from Owen Rogers and the second on a Kamryn Larocque setup, all of which gave the game hosts a 4-0 lead.

       The two teams traded goals in the third period, the first coming from the stick of Callam Larocque with you know who assisting to complete the Lions scoring on the day. The final goal of the game came from the Rangers Kayley Veenstra, an example of determination if there ever was one on the ice. Veenstra scored with 21 seconds remaining in the game, when she took a pass from Mandy Carr and goaltender Leeman to destroy the Lion’s shutout bid, beating Logan Hoger for the goal.

       Only one minor penalty was caled in this game, that to the Lions.

       The Lions are in 8th place in league standings and this coming Sunday host the 5th-place Ogdensburg Leafs in a contest at Morrisburg Arena at 2:00 p.m.


Lions and Braves battle to a draw . . .

Owen Macdonald beat a fast effort by Braves goalie, Leland Moxan, on this scoring attempt then hit the post  . . .
Owen Macdonald beat a fast effort by Braves goalie, Leland Moxan, on this scoring attempt then hit the post . . .

Saturday, Jan. 6th - In a near Titanic struggle the South Dundas Lions and the Brockville Braves Atom C House teams met at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday and after 60 minutes of unbelievable, blood pressure-charging action, they agreed to settle it another time. The score remained at 1-1.

       The Lions, who are sitting in 8th-place, impossibly out of play-off contention, and the Braves, in 10th-place, were going for bragging rights. And neither scored the floor.

       The Atom C Division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League is dominated by the Leeds Chargers at 32 points after 18 games, the Kemptville Panthers, North Dundas Demon C-1 and North Dundas Demons C-2 in the top four and only playoff spots. The Ogdensburg Leafs are in 5th-place and could well bounce one of the current contenders. The rest of the pack will be resigning the year’s playoffs early.

       The C-2 Lions have 13 games remaining in their 2017-18 schedule, the next home game scheduled for Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, January 14th at 2:00 p.m. when the Ogdensburg Leafs cross the pond for a game. And that will be a good one.

       In Saturday’s action, had the locals been rewarded a bounce or two, they would have dominated the game. At least three goal posts turned away scores, and erratically bouncing pucks stole another pair. South Dundas’ sharp-shooter Skyler was held scoreless, Callam Larocque hit the post, Sierra Latulippe hit the post more than once, Harrison Burke whistled a shot through an open goal mouth just knicking the post and Owen Macdonald was robbed by goaltender Moxanon an open net shot. And the score remained as a 1-1 tie.

       The Lions staved off power plays in each of the three periods. Emily Swerdfeger scored the lone South Dundas goal very late in the opening frame, beating Leland Moxan in a goal mouth battle for the puck. Swerdfeger  gave the Lions the lead, an edge that held until the final minute of play in the 3rd-period. Braxton Herbison finally beat the near game-long spectacular play of Logan Hoger between the Lion’s pipes. Hoger was outstanding in this game and will be a top prospect for future Lion’s teams.


C1 Lions host C2 Lions in close one . . .

Brody Duncan and Abby McCurdy tag-team on Dempsey while Logan Hoger is ready, just in case . . .
Brody Duncan and Abby McCurdy tag-team on Dempsey while Logan Hoger is ready, just in case . . .
Jayden Dempsey is ridden out of scoring range on this attempt by Abby McCurdy and C2 goaltender Logan Hoger . . .
Jayden Dempsey is ridden out of scoring range on this attempt by Abby McCurdy and C2 goaltender Logan Hoger . . .

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 .  .  .

Shayna Markell forces Skyler Keeler wide of the shooting before he gets his shot off . . .
Shayna Markell forces Skyler Keeler wide of the shooting before he gets his shot off . . .

Lions edge Bears in a close one . . .

It was called a goal, but the puck never did cross the goal line, and from the look on somebody's face . . .
It was called a goal, but the puck never did cross the goal line, and from the look on somebody's face . . .

Saturday, Dec. 16th - Skyler Keeler and Brody Duncan scored the goals and Logan Hoger held the fort as the South Dundas Atom C2 Lions staved off a third period charge by the Smith Falls Bears at Morrisburg Arena Saturday morning. The last-place Bears were in it for a win but unfortunately for the Smith Falls entry, the Lions’ goaltender Hoger was too. And Hoger, with strong support from his defence, won this time around.

       Brody Duncan set up the opening goal of the game, handing the puck to Owen Rogers for the counter and the 1-0 South Dundas lead at the midway mark of the first period. Duncan then returned to the Bears zone and scored one himself before the period ended, this time on a Skyler Keeler set-up to put the Lions up by a 2-0 score.

       Second period action was highlighted by great goaltending on the part of Logan Hoger and the Bears’ Alexandre Aube who time and again kept their respective teams in the hunt for the victory.

       In the closing period the visitors scored just minutes in when Carter Slack and Ross Irvine combined for the goal to cut the Lion’s lead to a single marker. Four minutes later Evan Tyo snatched a loose puck from Smith Falls, hit Keeler with a pass and the Lions’ speedster was off, racing across the blueline and firing a wrist shot from the top of the slot to give South Dundas their 2-goal cushion.

       A late surge by the Bears saw Hogan give up a second goal with just more than a minute remaining, drawing the visitors to within a single counter. Unfortunately time ran out before they could mount another attack and the Lions came away with the victory.

       South Dundas served the only minor penalty called in the game.

       The next home game for the Atom C2 Lions will be at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday, Dec. 21st at 6:00 p.m. against their cross-town rivals, the South Dundas Atom C1 Lions. It’s going to be an all out crazy time . . . 


Atom C2 House whips Rangers 3-1 . . .

Skyler Keeler appears to be taking one into the net but was turned away on this attempt . . .
Skyler Keeler appears to be taking one into the net but was turned away on this attempt . . .

Saturday, Dec. 2nd - South Dundas’ Atom C2 Lions travelled to Prescott on Saturday and returned home with a victory behind the solid goaltending of Logan Hoger.  This talented netminder turned away all but a single scoring opportunity, that coming late in the middle period when the South Grenville Rangers Ashton Akins secured a Sam Broniszeski pass for a goal. Haiden Bemier-Aimer also drew an assist on the play.

      The game scoring in this contest was tilted to the Lion's side of the score sheet with Atom sharpshooter Skyler Keeler lighting the goal lamp midway through the second period, beating Ranger's netminder Daniel Leeman for a 1-0 lead. Abby McCurdy and Emily Swerdfeger each drew assists on the play. Akin's Rangers' goal tied the game just a minute later and the second period closed in a 1-1 draw.

     Early into the third period Sierra Latulippe nailed her first of the season on a beautiful game-winning marker when Jackson Turcotte and Evan Tyo combined for the assists. In the final minute of the third frame Skyler Keeler picked up a second Abby McCurdy pass and again beat Leeman for the insurance goal, ending the contest in a 3-1 victory.

     Neither team was called on a penalty during the game.

     Schedules and Standings were not available at the time of this post . . .