Saturday, Dec. 16th - The Smith Falls Bears may be holding the basement of the standings together in the Bantam B House division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League, but make no mistake. They are no pushovers. The Bears gave the North Dundas Demons (combined players selected from both North and South Dundas) all they could handle at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday afternoon, closing the game after 60-minutes of very fast action in a 4-4 tie.
North Dundas currently holds down 3rd-place in league standings, and enjoy three games in hand over the 2nd-place Brockville Braves. The Kemptville Panthers have a secure grasp on 1st-place with 26 points after 15 games, and only a pair of losses.
Spencer Billings opened the scoring in Saturday’s game, five minutes into the first period, beating starting Bears’ goaltender Donald Nolan, with T. J. Barnhart drawing the assist. Ten minutes later the Bears came back to tie the score when Tyler Swerdfeger whistled a shot past Ewan Wilson playing between the pipes for the Demons.
Second period action came off with a flash of goal scoring late in the frame. The Demons hit three tmes in the final four minutes while the Bears notched a single to close the period in a 4-2 deficit.
Colin Verbruggan unassisted, Dryden Buter from Colin VanHoof, and VerBruggan and Spencer Billings with his second from Noah Tessier, all tallied for the Lions. Joel DeVries scored the lone Smith Falls goal with Allan Bastian drawing the assist.
In the final period the Bears scored a pair of goals to even the count, the final marker coming with less than a minute remaining in the game. Joel DeVries scored his second and Cole Smith beat Wilson for the last goal of the game, both Bear’s counters unassisted.
The Demons had five opportunites to ice their powerplay while the Bears enjoyed the man-advantage on a single occassion.
The North Dundas Demons play their upcoming home games at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, January 13th and Monday, January 15th, both at 8:00 p.m., when the Kemptville Panthers and the Brockville Braves (respectively) come to town. This is a great calibre of exciting hockey to watch . . .
Monday, Dec. 4th - The North Dundas Demons Bantam B House entry celebrated a 4-2 victory over the 5th-place South Grenville Rangers in a spirited game at Morrisburg Arena on Monday evening. The Demons list at least nine players on their team who are actually residents of South Dundas and graduates of the latter’s minor hockey system. This season the two areas combined to create competitive teams in the bantam division where a drop in participation is noticeable.
The 3rd-place Demons boast a very competitive team but more importantly the entire division is very competitive hockey. This game opened at high speed and continued through the 60 minutes at an exceptionally fast pace, lots of great scoring opportunities and numerous great goaltender saves at both ends of the ice.
Dryden Buter opened the scoring early in the first period when he fired a shot past the Rangers London Jackson for a 1-0 lead. Colin Verbruggan and Spencer Billings drew the assists. It was the only goal scored in a full period of back and forth action.
The Demons doubled their lead early in the middle period when Verbruggan beat Jackson from Colin VanHoof and Buter to put North Dundas up by a pair. The second Demons goal seemed to breathe life into the Rangers as they returned the offensive drive and scored the next two goals in the game. Lucas Champagne fired a point-blank, waist high wrist shot past Demons netminder Ewan Wilson to break the ice and cut the lead to 2-1.
Early in the final period Mitchell Markus roared in from the wing and popped a rising shot over the shoulder of crouching netminder Wilson to even the score. And the momentum shifted again.
The Demons in turn picked up the pace and one minute following the Rangers second goal Noah Tessier completed a Jack MacGregor play to put North Dundas ahead to stay with the winning counter. T.J. Barnhart completed the scoring in the game, giving the Demons a 4-2 victory on the night.
South Grenville was plagued with penalties throughout the game, suffering a single in the first period, three in the middle frame and three more in the final period. The Demons were called on a single minor in the second period.
The Bantam B House Demons will play at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Dec. 16th at 4:30 p.m. when the Bears from Smith Falls come to town. This is excellent fan hockey to watch . . .