A thrashing for South Stormont . . .

South Stormont Selects netminder Blake Nichol beats South Dundas Midget B Rep Lion's captain Jonah Bennis on this scoring attempt in the second period of Thursday night's game. The Lions went on to thrash the Selects on a 9-4 score . . . 

Friday, Jan. 19th - “That was the kind of pretty passing I love to see!” Midget B Rep coach Jamie Smith said after Thursday evening’s game at Morrisburg Arena. Smith’s South Dundas Lions had just obliterated the player-short South Stormont Selects on a 9-4 score. The Selects were without seven of their regulars who, according to Select’s officials were “. . . writing exams and suffering the flu and all that.” 

       The Lions are sharing Upper Canada Minor Hockey League’s Midget B Rep 1st-place standing with the South Grenville Rangers, but have three games in hand over their closest competition. South Dundas too had vacant positions in their line-up, including Oakley Beavers, Justin Shay and Joey Hannaford, all top competitors. Imports for the night included Brody Smail and Nathan Verhey.

       The Midget B Rep Lions next home game will be on Thursday, Feb. 8th at 8:00 p.m. when the 4th-place Perth Blue Wings come to Morrisburg Arena and it should be a tough one.

       Thursday evening Lucas Bennis opened the scoring two minutes into the game with his first of three points on the night, slapping a Ben Fingler goalmouth pass behind Select’s netminder Blake Nichol. Five minutes later Fingler put the Lions up by a pair with his second of three points in the game. Four minutes remained in the opening period when Travis McInnis increased the lead to 3-0 in what would turn out to be the start of his hat-trick and four-point night. 

       The emerging rout continued forty seconds following the McInnis goal when Dean Lapier put the Lions up 4-0. A glimmer of hope for the Selects surfaced when their hosts netminder, Sam Waytowich, allowed a goal with just more than a minute remaining in the opening period.

Second period action saw the Lions working passing plays as though they were staging a demonstration on how to frustrate the opponent. And the actual game was not a competition any longer. South Dundas scored the singular goal of the period when Fingler beat Nichol for a 5-1 Lions lead.

       In the closing period South Dundas would add four more goals, and allow three against in the final six minutes, the proverbial way too little, way to late, for the Selects. Fingler, Brody Smail, Brady Smith and Travis McInnis each scored singles in the onslaught.

       Referee Sean Boulerice called a total of six minor penalties in the game, three to each team.

 The Midget B Rep Lion's upcoming contest on February 8th with the Perth Blue Wings should be a good one. Perth is in a dog fight with Brockviile, Charlan and Cornwall for third and fourth playoff spot, and two of those teams mentioned are not going to make it. 

Game time is 8:00 p.m.

Lions host Selects Thursday . . .

Monday, Jan. 15th - Most fans agree Midget level hockey is as unpredictable as hockey gets. And that might be the reason the Smith Falls Bears 10th-place entry in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey league give the 1st-place South Dundas Midget B Rep Lions fits of frustration.

       In their latest meeting at Smith Falls the losing Bears held the high-flying Lions to a reasonably close 6-4 score, and watched their visitors sit out nine minor penalties as compared to their own four minors. And they skated with them throughout the game.  The outcome was not seriously challenged any Lions Midget Rep fan would know, but the Bears do put up an admirable fight.

       Jonah Bennis had a pair for the Lions against SMith Falls while singles went to Dean Lapier, Jaymen Heuff, Brady Smith and Ben Fingler.

      As the league standings go currently, the Lions are in 1st-place and are intent on putting some distance between themselves and the South Grenville Rangers. The Lions have a pair of games in hand over their nearest rivals, each club with 26 points. However, the Lions are boasting 13 wins in 15 games. The Rangers are working on overcoming three losses, with 12 wins on 17 matches. The most important difference in these two teams is that South Dundas has managed to score almost 25 per cent more goals in their 15 games as have the Rangers in their 17 games.

       The Brockville Braves and the Perth Blue Wings make up third and fourth place in the standings, Brockville being a perennial competitor at season’s end.

       On Thursday evening the 7th-place South Stormont Selects come to Morrisburg Arena for an 8:00 p.m. game, the Selects being another team that always leaves an impression. The Midget Rep Lions are then on the road for the next month.

Midget Lions move capture 1st-place in unbelievable match with Selects . . .

Lions Justin Shay comesasclose as aplayer gets to scoring - without scoring - on this play on Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena . . .
Lions Justin Shay comesasclose as aplayer gets to scoring - without scoring - on this play on Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena . . .

Thursday, Dec. 21st - South Dundas’ Roaring Lions in the Major Midget B Rep level of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League have moved into 1st-place for the first time, creating an almost perfect scenario to open the New Year. The defending league champions have been challenged throughout the first half of the current campaign with scheduling problems and have been plagued by player discipline and game suspensions. But through it all the team is in line to record a season at least as good as their past year’s counterparts, if not even better.

      The Lions currently boast an unbelievable 14-12-2-0 ( games/wins/losses/ties) record and goaltender Sam Waytowich is in the thick of it, holding 4th-place in the ‘goals against’ standings. Last season Waytowich comparatively shut down opposition scoring in the second half of the season. South Dundas also leads in the ‘goals for’ category with nine more counters than their nearest rivals on a 5.07 goals-per-game average.

It is interesting also to point out that the Roaring Lions have closed several of their first 14 games in a flurry of scoring in the final minutes for ‘come from behind’ victories.

       On Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena, trailing 3-1 in the final period and appearing to be on the verge of an embarrassing loss to the 9th-place Stormont Selects, the Lions literally roared to life, not only scoring three goals to win the game, but scoring the winning goal with 0.1 seconds remaining on the game clock for the victory. The locals were lacking at least two of their star players in Dean Lapier and Ben Fingler.

       The Selects had opened the scoring with a goal on a shot by Thomas Slykhuis from the opening faceoff that appeared to baffle Waytowich for a 1-0 lead. Late in the period the visitors went up 2-0 on an identical shot from just inside the blue line, this time from Emmerson Lalonde.

       Justin Shay recorded the first goal for South Dundas one minute into the middle frame when he hammered a bouncer past Selects goaltender Blake Nichol to cut the lead to a single. Nicholas Brugmans and Curtis Barkley each picked up an assist on the counter.

       Wade Moak gave the Selects their 2-goal cushion seconds into the final period, snapping a shot from the slot past a crowded Morrisburg goal mouth. Unfortunately, the visitors gave up early on a perfect opportunity for bragging rights when they went into a defensive shell attempting to protect their lead, a proven mistake against this talented Lions scoring machine.

       Lucas Bennis fired the second Lions goal three minutes in, cutting the lead to a single, from Joey Hannaford and Barkley with his second helper. For the remainder of the period the Lions stormed the South Stormont net, hammering shots at a near unbeatable Blake Nichol, and were constantly turned away.

       Two minutes remained in the game when Nolan Brown whistled a ‘flat on the ice’ bullet from the point past Nichol for the tying goal, edging the crowd near delirium. As  time ran down, the Lions crowded deeper into and around the Selects zone and net. Travis McInnis wired the puck into the South Stormont goal, scoring the perfect come-from-behind-victory. 

       Most interesting to note, there were only four minor penalties called in the game, a pair to each team.

       The Lions next host Perth at Morrisburg Arena on Wednesday, Jan.10th, at 8:00 p.m. in what should be an outstanding match. South Dundas and Perth are one-and-two in ‘goals for’  statistics in the league.

Rebels oust Lions, challenging lead . . .

Although the Charlan Rebels player appears to be being consoled the linesman was actually breaking up an altercation along the boards.


Thursday, Dec. 14th - The CharLan Rebels came to Morrisburg Arena on Thursday evening with an attitude. Sitting four points back in 3rd-place in league standings, but with four games over leading South Grenville, the Rebels were bent on moving up. CharLan and the Brockville Braves are in 3rd and 4th-place respectively, although the Braves have played in 15 games while the Rebels are through 10 contests. South Grenville, after 14 games are leading with 23 points while the Morrisburg Lions are in second after 11 games with 20 points.

       CharLan, it is interesting to note, has goaltender Kamden Sabourin who, combined with back-up Landon Fraser, came into this match boasting a league leading 1.5 goals-per-game over the initial 10-regular season games. An exception statistic in a high-scoring division.  The Lion’s Sam Waytowich and Mason McLean are very close to double that count per game.

       And so it was following Thursday’s encounter. The Lions suffered only their second loss of the season leaving the Rebels as the only team with a single loss in the league. South Dundas handed league leaders, South Grenville their second loss last week.

       South Dundas opened the scoring in the latter minutes of the first period when Bantam aged affiliate Owen Fetterly beat Sabourin to give the Lions a 1-0 lead. Working on a line with Curtis Barkley, Fetterley did not appear a step out of place at the advanced age and calibre.

       Two minutes after taking the lead the Lion’s defence allowed Xander Seguin a single step at the blueline and the speedster not only blew around his check, he whistled a bullet-like wrist shot that handcuffed Waytowich, slipping just under the crossbar to tie the game.

The Rebels took the lead in the middle period, with Mathieu Giropux picking up a misdirected South Dundas break-out pass in front of the Lion’s net, and firing an unassisted marker for the 2-1 lead.

       Midway through the period CharLan’s Xander Seguin attempted to stop a rush by Lion’s captan Jonah Bennis. Unable to catch the Lion’s sniper, Seguin unloaded a vicious two hand slash to the ribs that dropped Bennis. No penalty was called and Seguin chose to remain on the Rebels bench for some time following the incident.

       Opening the final period South Dundas affiliate Jaymen Heuff who had been called up along with Fetterley for the night, tied the game when he capitalized on a Justin Shay set-up, making it a night for the new kids on the block. They recorded the only two goals scored by South Dundas on the evening.

       The Rebels returned the favor twice before the game ended, a second by Seguin and a single by Landon Fraser to take a 4-2 victory home. The Lions managed to add 10 minutes in penalty time while the Rebels added 12 minutes, all minors.

       The Midget B Reps play at Morrisburg Arena in their next home game, on Thursday, Dec. 21st at 8:00 p.m., against South Stormont. 

Three more victories, Midget Rep Lions taking a shot at repeat season (?) . . .

"Heads up pal! Look comin' yer way!!!!"
"Heads up pal! Look comin' yer way!!!!"

Sunday, Dec 10th - The South Dundas Lions Midget Rep team is cruising. And may be on the way to a repeat of last season. But it is too early to call. After toying with 8th-place Kemptville last week for two periods they were forced to score two quick counters late in the final frame for a victory. And they did it.

       On Saturday afternoon at Morrisburg the Lions hosted the 1st-place South Grenville Rangers at Morrisburg Arena and in a heated match out-skated, out muscled, out-smarted and over-all outplayed the Rangers for a 4-1 victory. It was just the second loss for the front-running Rangers who have since exchanged positions with the Lions. South Dundas now holds 1st-place, although the league web site is slow to reflect the current standings. And the lions have suffered only a single loss this season.

       On Sunday evening the Lions travelled to Smith Falls where they dumped their hosts by recording a 5-goal final period for a 7-3 victory. The 7th-place Bears didn’t prove much of a challenge considering South Dundas showed up with a short bench and at least two underage players.

       Lions coach Jamie Smith admits his team was fortunate to win the game in Kemptville last week. 

       “The boys didn’t play well and they didn’t play with much enthusiasm,” Smith said prior to the Rangers-Lions meet at Morrisburg, “But we’ve had a talk and we’ll see how it goes tonight.”     Following the victory over South Grenville Smith said, “Well the team responded to our talk and they can play with the best of them when they want to work at it.”


Wow! Is that equipment legal?
Wow! Is that equipment legal?

       Justin Shay, Curtis Barkley, Adam Lapier and Lucas Bennis scored during the Kemptville game and Nolan Brown and Joey Hannaford each drew a single assist.

       Returning to the Lion’s den on Saturday afternoon for a 4:30 p.m. contest the Lions were primed, the fans were considerable and the tension spread across the ice like extra-smooth peanut butter on hot toast. It was going to be a tough one. And a rough one!

       The Rangers are bigger and heavier than the local entry, to a man. And they are fast and hard-working. The Lions on the other hand are younger and play with more excitement and daring, and high-speed flash. And they are very fast when they wish to be.

       Two minutes into the game the Ranger's Jordan Poulin picked off a Lions breakout pass, stepped across the blue line and whistled a clean shot past Waytowich. The Lion’s goaltender had not readied himself for the stop. And that was his last error in the game. Waytowich possesses the 2nd-best ‘goals against’ average in the league.

       Over the balance of the opening period and through 12-minutes of the middle frame the two teams roared back and forth, each testing the netminders and each being repeatedly turned away. Late in the second period with the Rangers defending against the Lions powerplay, South Dundas' captain, Jonah Bennis relayed a Lucas Bennis-Travis McInnis pass into the Lions first goal to tie the game. Then added an unassisted goal two minutes later to put South Dundas a head to stay.

       The Lions slowly took charge of the match, frustrating the Rangers on their break-outs and gaining momentum on ‘time of possession’ numbers. Nicholas Brugman’s gave the Lions a 3-1 lead with six minutes remaining in the game when he scored the insurance marker and Lucas Bennis finished the game scoring for the Lion’s side, recording the 4-1 victory.

       At Smith Falls on Sunday evening the Lions kicked the game into overdrive after a slow opening period. The home team Bears scored the first marker midway through the initial period when Cole Dallas beat Waytowich for the 1-0 lead. The Bears went up 2-0 midway through the second period when Tom Hanna added the goal. Joey Hannaford cut the lead for the Lions when he tapped in a Jonah and Lucas Bennis set-up and less than a minute later Isaac Haskins returned the 2-goal to the Bears with an unassisted marker. Unfortunately that was all the time-keeper wrote for the Bears. He was busy on the opposite side of the game sheet.

       Brady Smith scored for the Lions with 28-seconds remaining in the middle period, preceeding the final period’s 5-goal onslaught. Nicholas Brigmans, Joey Hannaford with his second, and Lucas Bennis each scored to give the Lions a 5-3 lead before  Jonah Bennis fired a pair of counters in a 3-minute span to increase the Lion’s lead to 7-3.

       South Dundas hosts 4th-place CharLan Rebels on Thursday, Dec. 14th at Morrisburg Arena. Game time is 8:00 p.m.


Midget Lions heading for a showdown . . .

South Dundas Lion Oakley Black skates away from the Brockville Braves net after the visitors goaltender somehow ended up  inside his own cage . . .
South Dundas Lion Oakley Black skates away from the Brockville Braves net after the visitors goaltender somehow ended up inside his own cage . . .

Monday, Nov. 29th - South Dundas’ Midget Rep team is heading for a showdown with at least two of the top teams in their division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League. First-place Grenville Rangers and 2nd-place CharLan Rebels are on the upcoming slate for home games. As of Tuesday morning the standings on the league web site did not include Monday’s South Dundas victory over 3rd-place Brockville.

     The win vaulted the Lions from 5th-place into a tie for 2nd-place, if the standings post is correct, with the Rebels and the Braves. Should the coming four games of the schedule work out in the Lions favor, South Dundas would be leading the league for the first time this season.

     The game on Monday evening was no walk in the park. The locals had to come from behind at Morrisburg Arena late in the final period to tie the game. Then in the final two minutes the Lions added a pair of counters, the last into the open net when the Braves attempted to add a 6th-man to their  attack. The choice backfired.

     Brockville opened the scoring in this game on a blatant error by the Lions defence who were caught lazily clearing the puck in front of goaltender Mason McLeod. Cameron Cosgove stole the puck and flipped it past McLeod for the 1-0 lead in the final two minutes of the period. That score didn’t last long as on the following play Nicholas Brugmans snapped a Justin Shay pass behind the Braves netminder Parker Jelly to tie the match.

     Second period action saw the lead change hands with each team scoring a pair of goals. The Lion's Justin Shay gave South Dundas the lead when he and Lucas Bennis combined for a goal followed by  the Brave's Leyton Basiren who finished an Aiden Rogers play to tie it at 2-2 less than a minute later. Brockville then took the lead back when Logan Baynham scored an unassisted marker. That one was immediately followed by a Brady Smith screened blast from the point that beat Jelly to close the second period in a 3-3 tie.

     Baynham’s second goal of the night gave the Braves a 4-3 lead midway through the final period. The lead lasted until Jonah Bennis slipped the puck behind Jelly on a breakaway with Curtis Barkley drawing the assist.

     The Lions then added the winning goal with two minutes remaining in the game and an empty-net counter in the dying seconds for the victory. Lucas Bennis tallied the winner from brother Jonah, and Nolan Brown scored the empty netmarker.

     The Lions were haunted with penalties in this one, suffering through eight minors while the Braves were called on five occassions.

     The Smith Falls Bears come to Morrisburg Arena on Thursday, Nov. 30th at 8:00p.m. and the CharLan Rebels are the visitors on Monday, Dec. 4th at 8:30 p.m. Midget action hockey at it's best . . .