Braves spoil opportunity to move . . .

Monday, Jan. 9th - Three periods each, three penalties each and four goals each. That was the game between the South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions and the Brockville Braves on Monday evening.

        In a very slow contest, almost a boring encounter, the locals gave up an opportunity to move up in the standings when they met the 8th-place Braves.

        Brockville took a 2-0 1st-period lead into the second frame. The Lions cracked three goals in four minutes midway through the second to steal the lead and the Braves outscored their hosts 2-1 in the final period to close in a 4-4 tie.

        Nolan Henry had a pair for the Lions with singles going to Keiren McQueen and Jaymen Heuff. Mason Jones, Isiah Blanchard, Garrett Hough and Brady Brown had singles for the Brockville side of the game.

Bantam Rep Lions join playoff hunt . . .

Panther's goaltender Filani Olotu picks off this scoring attempt from the Lion's Captain Owen Fetterly . . .
Panther's goaltender Filani Olotu picks off this scoring attempt from the Lion's Captain Owen Fetterly . . .

Saturday, Jan. 6th - The South Dundas Bantam B Rep team is ready to take a run at the playoff picture in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League. The top six positions are just 10 points apart, with the third thru seventh placing only four points apart. The current battle for fourth and third spot is between South Grenville, Alexandria, Smith Falls, South Dundas and Leeds. Only four spots are available.

       On Saturday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena the locals tied the 2nd-place Kemptville Panthers in an excellent game, a contest that could be a warm-up to games that are to come in the playoffs. And the Lions gave the Panthers all they could handle and then some.

       Near forty minutes of playing time had elapsed prior to a goal light flashing on. A single minute remained in the middle frame when Noah Penney relayed an Ethan Marion pass over the Lion’s goal line, beating Jordan Papineau for a 1-0 lead.

      The final period was hardly a minute open when Josh Broad picked up a loose puck in the Panther’s zone, neatly stepped around a checker and from the top right of the slot floated a ‘change-up’ that cleanly beat goaltender Filani Olotu in the Kemptville net.

       Action heated up as the clock wound down, both teams trying to score the all important points, as the Lion's Owen Fetterly hit Mason Carr at the blueline with a clean pass. Carr lay up a duck for Cole Eikelboom who was true on the opportunity, giving the Lions the lead at 2-1.

The goal brought out the best in the Panthers, their attack heightened, the idea of finishing in 1st-place on the line as they are a single point behind the CharLan Rebels in the league standings. At the midway mark of the period Alex Tym wired a shot past Papineau that the Lion’s goaltender never saw. The play, combining Justin Williams and Noah Penney was perfect. The game tied again. And that’s how it ended. Tied 2-2. 

       The Lions had two opportunities to use their power-play, but failed to score on either.

       In upcoming home games the 6th-place South Dundas Lions will host the 7th-place Perth Blue Wings on Monday, Jan. 22nd  at 8:00 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena. The two teams are a single point apart at the time of this post, three and four points out of the current play-off picture respectively.

Bantam Reps slip quietly into 4th-place . . .

Brendan Shaver hugs the post to stop this shot from the Ogdensburg Leafs on Monday evening at Morrisburg Arena . . . 

Monday, Nov. 20th - The South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions moved into 4th-place in league standings on Monday evening following a nail-biting 5-4 victory over the last place and still winless Ogdensburg Leafs. Maybe it’s the name.

     The local victory, combined with a loss by Cornwall to the front running Kemptville Panthers saw the Colts and Lions switch places in the Bantam Rep league standings. Char-Lan and Alexandria have a hold on second and third places respectively. The Lions won’t play at home again until Saturday, Jan. 6th at 4:30 p.m. when those same 1st-place Panthers come to town.

     On Monday evening in the Lions den the lowly Leafs opened the scoring when Holden Woods unleashed a bit of a blooper from the point that went right past a well screened South Dundas netminder, Brendan Shaver, midway through the first period. Mason Carr tied the game with two minutes remaining  in the frame when he whipped a shot past the Leafs Drew Piercey with Chase Berube and Josh Broad registering assists. Lucas Menard put South Dundas up by one when he added a Lions goal with Jaymen Heuff and Nolan Henry drawing assists with seconds remaining.

     South Dundas outscored their visitors 2-0 in the middle period, increasing the lead to 4-1. Machan MacLean fired a drifter from the blueline that rebounded and beat Piercey for a 3-1 Lions lead and Jaymen Heuff added his first of two increasing the lead to three goals. Chase Berube, Mason Carr, Lucas Menard and Keiren MacQueen drew assists on the two goals.

     Ogdensburg never did give up in this game, entering the final period with a pair of quick goals in the opening three minutes to draw within one of a tie. Karsen LaRose and Drew Costello each scored from in close to cut the Lions lead to a single goal, giving the home team a wake-up call. 

     Heuff wired his second of the night at the midway point in the period after taking a Mason Carr-Emytt Fetterly setup for the goal. Ogdensburg came back with a single with four minutes remaining in the game but failed to bend the twine with a tying marker before the clock ran out.

     The Lions took the heavier side of the penalty calls in this one, suffering through nine minor infractions, while Ogdensburg were called on five minors.

Bantam Reps move up two spots . . .

Bantam B Rep Lions netminder Brendan Shaver makes a spectacular glove save on South Grenville Ranger's forward Sam Henderson (2) during the first period of the game on Monday evening at Morrisburg Arena . . . 


Monday, Nov. 13th - Nolan Henry fired the opening goal in each of the first and third periods, Jaymen Heuff scored the only South Dundas goal of the second period and the last goal of the game in the third period, leading the Bantam B Rep Lions to a 7-5 win over a very spirited South Grenville team on Monday evening at Morrisburg Arena. The fifth place Lions are sitting on five wins and fighting for 3rd-place in league standings with Kemptville, Brockville and Alexandria, and are being closely pursued by Cornwall, Leeds and Smith Falls in a tight league race.

     Brendan Shaver who went the distance in the South Dundas net in this game, was called on many times to make some great saves (see photos), while Khonnor Jessome did a comparable task for the Rangers. Unfortunately for Jessome his defence was not up to the same level of intensity as were the Lions defenders in this game.

     Nolan Henry opened the game scoring on an unassisted counter three minutes into the first period and the Lions held the lead for just more than five minutes until Thomas Kelly tied the score at one each. South Dundas’ Keiren McQueen and Mason Carr added singles for the Lions to close the period in a 3-1 lead over South Grenville.

     Jaymen Heuff scored the lone Lions goal in the middle frame to give South Dundas a three score lead before Sam Henderson and Kyle Hoogwerf each beat Shaver to cut the South Dundas lead to a single goal. Bobby Jupe and Hayden Weedmark picked up assists on the Rangers pair while Stefan Kronstal recorded the assist on the Lion’s Heuff counter.

     South Dundas outscored their visitors on a 3-2 score during the final period and held a strong edge in play through the duration. Henry added his second goal less than two minutes into the period followed by Josh Broad with a single and Heuff with his second of the game. Broad also assisted on the Henry goal along with Machan MacLean, while Chase Berube and Kolby Latulippe each picked up single assists.

     The Lions sat out a pair of minor penalties in this contest while the Rangers went penalty free. South Dundas’ next home game will be at Morrisburg Arena on Monday, December 11th at 8:00 p.m. when the last place Ogdensburg Leafs come to town.