Saturday, Jan. 13th - The top Midget B house game of the season took place on a snow-out day for hockey at Morrisburg Arena late Saturday afternoon. At least four minor hockey games were cancelled due to the snow storm that blanketed the area with 10 to 12 centimetres of the white fluffy stuff.
Two Midget B House teams that didn’t have far to travel met at the local hockey arena for a game. South Dundas Midget B1 versus South Dundas Midget B2. And it was a game of up and down action throughout.
South Dundas Midget House B2 is currently in 8th-place in league standings with 6-wins, 7-losses and 4-ties over 18 games for 16 points. The Midget B1 team is in 12th-place after 16 games with 1-win, 10-losses and 4-ties for 6 points.
Er, wait! Make that 2-wins and 8-points. They nailed this one on a 3-2 score, the winning goal coming midway through the final period.
Devon Swindells opened the scoring early in the first period in this contest, just two minutes in, when he beat goaltender Michaela Mustard between the B1’s goal pipes. Noah Keeler and Brad McLean drew assists on the goal. MacKenzie Markell got that one back with a minute remaining in the opening period when he completed a Jayden Rowe/Jeff McPhail set-up to tie the game.
During the middle frame both teams had opportunities to score, but were continuously turned back by close checking and tough goaltending. Brad McLean however did manage to beat Mustard, with his second point of the game, when he snared a Brandon Lovely rebound and flipped it over the sprawling goalie for a 2-1 lead.
Early in the final 15 minutes Brody Smail tallied the tying marker, beating Rylands with help from Hunter Wells and Jaeden Shaver. Just three minutes later the Midget B1’s took the lead for good when Grant Wells scored what turned out to be the winning goal when he snapped a Grayce Janes pass behind Rylands.
In case you missed this one, the Midget B1 and B2 teams meet again on Wednesday, Jan. 17th at 8:00p.m. at Morrisburg Arena in what promises to be a great round 2, possibly to be registered in the currently evolving edition of ‘Glory Days’. Don’t let this one pass you by!!!
Crashing the net was on at the game here on Wednesday night. The Lions lost one to the South Grenville entry on home ice . . .
Wednesday, Jan. 3rd - The opening period looked as though the South Dundas Midget B House squad was at least in the game. Maybe even a chance to record their second victory in 13 games. And against the division’s premier 1st place team, the South Grenville Rangers, who happen to boast 16 wins in 19 games.
But somehow, the second period opened with the locals taking a totally different direction. Unfortunately, it was toward the penalty box. And the Rangers bombarded Lions goaltender Michaela Mustard.
Another one slips through the pads . . .
Greg Patrick opened the game scoring late in the first period when he beat Mustard from the side of the net. That counter was equaled by the Lions when Jaeden Shaver slammed the puck past Jayden McColl in the South Grenville net to tie the score.
In the second period the Lions were outhustled to the puck, and outscored 3-0 as Zach Burnside tallied a pair and Gavin Prosser added a single to put theRangers up 4-1.
In the final period the Lions won a number of scoring opportunities, each time turned away by McColl before the puck went into the net. Erik Webster scored the lone Rangers goal in this frame,
South Dundas won the penalty race on a 9-3 count, two of which were double minors.
The Lions host the same Rangers team on Thursday, January 11th at Morrisburg Arena in their final meeting of the season. Great hockey to watch. Game time is 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 20th - The South Dundas Midget B1 House Lions have no worries. They play hockey for fun in the Midget House division, sport a schedule half-way record of 12 games, one win, seven losses, and four ties.
Unfortunately the fun part got a little out of hand in this game at Morrisburg Arena on Wednesday evening. Nineteen penalties, two of them majors, in a “no-contact’ game.
Fifth place North Dundas Demons walloped the Lions on a 9-2 score, overpowering South Dundas’ goaltender Michaela Mustard who most times was left alone to defend the Lions end. The home team managed a goal in the second period and another single in the final period, by Grant Wells and Hunter Wells respectively. The Demons fired four counters in the first period, added three in the middle frame and a pair in the final.
The Midget B1 Lions play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 3rd against the 1st-place South Grenville Rangers at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 6th - Like they were struggling to save their own skins, the Brockville Braves Midget B2 House entry hammered their South Dundas B1 Lion opponents on Wednesday evening at Morrisburg Arena. The last, 12th-place Braves matched a 2-2 tie in the opening period, took advantage of the Lions ‘no defence’ effort in the second outscoring the home team 5-1, and added an eighth goal in the final minute for the 8-3 shellacking.
The victory moved the Braves to 11th-place, one up on the South Grenville B2 team and two points back of 9th-place South Dundas and the Brockville Braves B1 entry in league standings. South Dundas' B2 Midget House team is two points ahead of the South Dundas B1 squad holding down 8th-place.
Conner Hewitt, playing for the Braves on an affiliate basis led the team with a 4-point night while Reid Cassidy notched three points. On the Lions side of the score sheet Jaeden Shaver had a pair of goals.
South Dundas opened the scoring in the game less than three minutes in when Kieran Geurkink and Shaver combined to beat Braves netminder Jack Giff for the goal. Ryan Goodwill and Reid Cassidy each picked off singles against the Lions goaltender Michaela Mustard to go ahead by a 2-1 count. Prior to the period ending the Lions Shaver notched his second, closing the frame in a 2-2 tie.
The Braves owned the opening two minutes of the second period, scoring three goals in less than 180 seconds. Max McDonald, Cassidy and Ben Raby each netted singles to increase the Brockville lead to 5-2 before Brody Smail answered for the Lions. The Braves would add another pair before the second frame closed, taking a 7-3 score into the final 18 minutes of game action.
Christian Edgley scored the single marker of the period with just 16 seconds remaining when Ryan Goodwin set up the play in front of Mustard.
The Braves accumulated four minor penalties in the game while the Lions sat out a pair.
Roughing it up in front of the crease Midget B1 House hockey is great to watch . . .
The South Dundas Midget B1 House Lions appear to be going for the record. And the record is Most Tie Scores in a Single Season. They currently have over half of their nine regular season games recorded as ties. Five of them. And all kidding aside, they are play some entertaining hockey at the local arena.
On Wednesday evening at Morrisburg Arena the local, 9th-place Lions hosted the 5th-place Kemptvill B-2 Panthers, and ran the clock all the way down to the final two minutes, trailing most of the time by a 3-1 score. Then they pulled goaltender Nate Rylands and scored a pair of goals in 36 seconds. Tie game.
It was like everything went to plan. Until that time goaltender Rylands, save the miscue on the opening goal, pretty much kept the Lions in the game.
Justin Thibault opened the game scoring in favor of the visitors when he snapped a shot over the outstretched glove of Rylands. Preston Shelaga recorded the assist. The Lions tied the game when Jaeden Shaver rushed over centre, through the defence and batted in a bouncer from the edge of the crease.
Action was consistent through the remainder of the game although the Panthers had the closer scoring opportunities. A single minute into the middle period Shelaga doubled the Kemptville score for a 2-1 lead and seven minutes into the final period Thibault with his second of the game gave the visitors a 3-1 lead.
The Lions couldn’t get a handle on puck control until Rylands was pulled in favor of a sixth attacker on a Panthers penalty with two minutes remaining. The home team, as smooth as silk, skated into the Panthers zone, several quick passes, a Jayden Rowe shot, and the Kemptville lead was cut to a single. It even woke up the fans, all of who looked up at the clock for a ‘time-remaining’ check and thought “We can do this!”
The Lions won the following face-off with exactly a minute remaining, several passes and again Jayden Rowe, like he’d been hiding all night, slipped in the tying goal with 35 seconds remaining. The game ended on the same score, 3-3. Each team served four minor penalties.
The tie leaves the Lions momentarily tied for 8th-place, but they are also only a single point out of 6th-place in the 12-team division. The Midget B-1 House Lions play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 29th at 8:00 p.m. against the Kemptville B-3 House Panthers. C'mon out and cheer our team on . . .
Lions forward Veronica Alfero-Peters lays a little snow on the Chargers net minder Alissa Adrain during the game at Morrisburg Arena on Wednesday evening . . .
Wednesday, Nov. 15th - The Upper Canada 3rd-place Midget B House Leeds Chargers came to Morrisburg Arena on Wednesday evening to face the 8th-place South Dundas B1 Lions, eventually walking away with a 5-2 victory. The spirited game saw 11 infractions assessed in the third period, and more following the game. The ice time clock ended the game time clock prior to the final buzzer.
Nate Rylands stood between the pipes replacing the concussed Michaela Mustard in this contest. Mustard said after the game that she was not sure when she would be returning to active play. Rylands was busy throughout, performing some spectacular moves in an effort to keep the game close. His defensive support did not play with the same level of intensity.
Nick McConnell opened the game scoring when he beat Rylands four minutes into the game and Eric Judson gave the Chargers a two goal lead at the midway mark.
Nathan Verhey cut the Leeds lead to a single when he fired the Lions first goal past Alissa Adrain, although prior to the end of the frame Ryan Judson gave the Chargers the 2-point edge again with his first of the night.
The Lions scored the single goal of the middle frame when Brody Smail notched an unassisted marker, providing the South Dundas team an opportunity to upset their visitors.
The Chargers then added a pair of unanswered goals in the final period for the victory. Hunter Bresee scored both counters for Leeds and Oxford Dixon picked up an assist on each.
The South Dundas Midget B1 House Lions next host the Kemptville Panthers 2 entry at Morrisburg Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd at 8:00 p.m.