B-2 House Lions drop close one . . .

Nate Rylands in the South Dundas Lion's net beat this breakaway scoring attempt on Friday evening with Nathan Keeler providing the muscle to distract the Kemptville Panther's player . . .
Nate Rylands in the South Dundas Lion's net beat this breakaway scoring attempt on Friday evening with Nathan Keeler providing the muscle to distract the Kemptville Panther's player . . .

Friday, Jan. 19th - Had they scored a break the South Dundas Midget B House-2 Lions may have topped the 4th-place Kemptville Panthers-1 on Friday evening at Morrisburg Arena.  As the game wore down the breaks went the other way and the 8th-place Lions were edged on a 2-1 score.

       The Lions currently are recorded at six wins and nine losses over 19 games with 16 points. They are light on “goals for” with 51 counters, say compared to the Smith Falls Bears in 6th-place with 89 goals for. However, the team sports a great ethic to enjoy the game. And they are entertaining.

       Jack Cameron opened the scoring at Morrisburg on Friday evening. The Kemptville Panther’s sniper beat South Dundas’ goaltender, Nate Rylands, with a hard wrist shot after taking the pass from Chad Lackie at a little more than two minutes remaining in the frame.

       Devon Swindells tied the game before the period buzzer sounded when he snapped a goal-mouth shot past the Panthers netminder, William Dorion, for a 1-1 count.

       The Panthers went ahead in the middle frame with a goal by Taylor Lindsey assisted by Brennan Parks for the final score of the evening. The Lions and Panthers traded opportunities at the net and sit-times in the penalty box through the remainder of the game, along with South Dundas pulling goaltender Rylands in the final few minutes of the third frame. In spite of having a number of close chances the Panther’s Dorion came up with the puck every time.

       The Lions upcoming home game will be on Saturday, Jan. 27th at 4:30 p.m. when the 3rd-place Leeds Chargers come to Morrisburg Arena.


Lions and Rangers square off . . .

Eight of the 12 players  on the ice dove into this one with the Lions ntent on jaming home the winning goal . . . .
Eight of the 12 players on the ice dove into this one with the Lions ntent on jaming home the winning goal . . . .

Friday, Jan. 5th - Over two periods of back and forth hockey the last place South Grenville Rangers Midget B2 House entry built a lead over their hosts. They outplayed the South Dundas Midget B2 House Lions at Morrisburg and held a 2-0 lead at the close of the second period.

       In a strange turn of events over the final 20 minutes, the Lions goaltender, Rylands, while preparing to get set for a faceoff to his right, caught an edge with his skate, seriously injuring his knee. Rylands had to be carried from the ice and was replaced by Brandon Lovely, a netminder who boasts more experience playing between rubber boots on a dead end street than an arena ice surface. But Lovely answered to the task, earning a single period shutout.  He backed a solid third period performance by his team-mates who outscored their opponents over the same period on a 3-1 count and earned a tie on the game.

       The Lions are in 8th place in the standings for this 13-team division, can conceivably make the playoffs, although the chances are akin to a lottery win. For the Rangers, who currently bring up last place, the playoffs are impossible.

       Neither team could manage to get the puck over the goal-line through the opening 20 minutes. Nathan Myers opened the game scoring for the Ramgers on Friday evening, beating the Lion’s Nate Rylands for a goal 10 minutes into the second period. Just more than two minutes later Jeremy McCaffrey doubled the lead when he beat Rylands to close the period on a 2-0 cont.

       Early in the final period the Lions came to life. Brad McLean cut the Rangers lead to a single when he and Devon Swindells combined for a goal. That counter woke up McLean’s teammates as the Lions roared back into the Rangers zone and tied the game 40 seconds later when Ryan Wiltshire scored for South Dundas. 

       South Grenville grabbed the lead again to keep the scoring flurry going when Colby Richards scored two minutes following the Wiltshire goal, giving the visitors their 1-goal cushion again. That was a short-lived lead as it turned out. McLean tied the game for the Lions 90 seconds later when he beat the Rangers netminder for the final counter of the contest.

       The Lions next home game will be at Morrisburg Arena Saturday, January 13th at 4:30 p.m. when they host the South Dundas Midget B1 House Lions in a clash to see who owns bragging rights for 2017-18. Should be a great game.


Lions chomp on Braves 4-1 . . .

The Lion's Connor Thompson slaps this puck into the open Braves net after goaltender Jack Giff bought a fake good enough to send him out the wrong door . . .
The Lion's Connor Thompson slaps this puck into the open Braves net after goaltender Jack Giff bought a fake good enough to send him out the wrong door . . .

Wednesday, Dec. 14th - They didn’t run away with the game but the 7th-place South Dundas Midget B2 Lions did whip the 11th-place Brockville Braves on a 4-1 score on Wednesday evening at Morrisburg Arena.

       The locals, who steadily over the game took control, scored a pair in the opening period and added another pair in the middle frame for the win. The Braves were kept away from scoring for the most part by a strong Lions defensive effort and Nate Rylands antics between the South Dundas pipes.

       Connor Thompson led the Lions in this outing, scoring a pair of goals while Brad McLean added one goal and a single assist.

       Owen Orendi opened the game scoring midway through the 1st-period, beating Braves goalie Jack Giff on a shot from the corner that bounced off the goaltender’s back and into the net. McLean drew the assist. Connor Thompson doubled the South Dundas lead when he scored an unassisted marker late in the same period.

       The middle period was not yet a minute old when Brad McLean scored a goal on Giff, this time on a long shot that sailed cleanly under the netminder’s glove for a 3-0 Lion’s lead. Thompson added his second with six minutes remaining in the period, also unassisted, to close the Lion’s scoring for the evening.

       Midway through the final period the Lions allowed Jack Movibroek into the slot and he beat Rylands with a quick snap shot, costing the South Dundas goaltender his bid at a shutout.

The two teams were called on four minor penalties, three of which were against the Lions.

       South Dundas’ Midget B2 House Lions next home game will be on Friday, Dec. 22nd, 8:00 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena, when the Kemptville Panthers come to town.


B2 House Lions faulter in third . . .

The Lions Brad McLean stops the Demons Blake Watters on this North Dundas scoring attempt . . .
The Lions Brad McLean stops the Demons Blake Watters on this North Dundas scoring attempt . . .

Friday, Dec. 1st - After matching the North Dundas Demons through two periods the home team South Dundas Lions Midget B2 faultered in the final 15-minutes allowing their visitors three scores and a 5-3 victory. The Lions took the early lead in the opening period, traded goals in the middle frame and were outscored on a 3-1 count in the final 15 minutes.

     The Demons on the other hand were called on seven minor infractions while South Dundas served just three, giving the Lions the advantage in power play opportunities. Unfortunately the locals couldn’t solve Ewan Wilson between the pipes for North Dundas.

     Owen Goulet opened the game scoring three minutes into the first when he beat Wilson on a neat passing play from Matt MacKay and Ryan Wiltshire. The Demons Adam Geertsma got that one back in the final minute of the period, beating the Lions Nate Ryland on a long shot from the top of the slot. Mitchel Walker and Chase Holmes drew assists.

     The two teams traded goals in the middle period, the first midway through from Brad McLean to give the Lions one up when Chloe Heart set up the counter. Late in the same frame Blake Watters intercepted a Lion’s breakout pass and whistled one past Rylands to keep the game tied.

     North Dundas took the lead for the first time in the game just seconds into the third period when Nathan Saari outwitted the Lions defence and scored from Alex Butland posting a 3-2 score.  Four minutes later the Lion’s Brandon Lovely tapped in a Brad McLean effort to once again tie the game at three apiece.

     Chris Cotton put the Demons on the road to victory when he scored with ten minutes remaining from Caleb Jacquemet. As the Lions pressed late for the tying marker the Demons captured the puck and broke away with Josh Armstrong netting the insurance marker for the victory.

     League Standings and Game Schedules were not available at post time . . .