Speedster and always dangerous Will MacPherson pictured above against Braves net-minder Seth Adolf, scored the lone goal in a 1-0 shutout victory to keep the Lions' hopes alive and ice Game Four at Morrisburg Arena on Tuesday, March 20th at 6:00 p.m. -file photo
Thursday,Mar. 8th - After dropping the opening two games, both shutouts, of the first round of playoff action in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League, the South Dundas Novice B Lions travelled to Brockville and posted their own shut-out win in the third game of the series.
The Lions recorded a 1-0 victory in a near heart-stopping game at Brockville, led by what might be the toughest defence in the league. Shutting down the Braves, the league’s 2nd-place team, is no easy task but the Lion’s Halle VanBeilen, Leah Beimond, James Barry, John McCann, and Reed McCadden blanketed the Braves attack each and every time they neared the blue line. When the home team Braves did get into the South Dundas zone, goaltender Lincoln Robinson was up for the challenge, turning away every shot attempt for the shut out.
Up front the lion’s attack squad was bolstered for this game with the presence of Novice C-1 affiliate player Mathieu Bazinet, a gifted scorer with his own team and, according to the B House coaching staff, who adjusted to the speed quickly and fit right in after the first few shifts.
The single goal of the game was scored by one of the team’s most exciting players, Will MacPherson, an always hard working winger. MacPherson broke down the wing, swooped around the defence and unloaded a cannon of a wrist shot, through the five hole of the talented Braves goaltender, Seth Adolf. The following two periods were up and down hockey with the Lions holding a wider share of puck time and quality opportunities.
Late in the middle frame the Lions were called on a minor infraction that allowed the Brockville team a chance to use their power-play, and this opportunity was completely shut down by great South Dundas goaltending and tough defence.
The Novice B House Lions will host the Braves at Morrisburg Arena on Tuesday, Mar. 20th at 6:00 p.m., a game of the century for sure.
Let’s Go You Lions!!!!!!
Tuesday, Mar. 6th - If there was a win column for trying hard the South Dundas Novice B Lions would have this series in the bag. For three periods they hammered at Brockville Braves blueline. Many times the Lions managed to control the visitors scoring zone and until the last minute of the game a strong Brockville defence and Braves net-minder Seth Adolph held the home team Lions at bay.
The second game of this ‘first to five points” series went to Brockville on a 2-1 score. The Braves now lead 4-0. The third game is set for the Braves home ice on Thursday, Mar. 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Brockville Youth Arena.
The stands were half full at Morrisburg Arena for this one, and the teams did not disappoint anyone who came out to cheer on their Lions (or Braves) and witness a great hockey game. The whistles were minimal, the action was back and forth, and the scoring chances were heart stopping.
The opening period went 0-0 and was followed by a middle frame that appeared headed the same direction until the Brave's Natalie Van Winckle beat Lions net-minder Lincoln Robinson to break the ice with just 2 minute remaining.
Third period action was fast and furious, the Lions were bearing down on their intent to score. Chase Alger came close on a shot from the slot, then Will MacPherson was turned aside at the last moment. Again in the dying moments of the final period Brockville’s Lucas Bennett managed to secure an Adam Murphy rebound and slap it behind Robinson to put the visitors up by a pair of goals.
The Lions went on the attack again, as though they had nothing to lose. And they did not. Leah Beimond picked up the puck in her own end, skated through the visitors team and fired a shot from the right side only to be turned away by Adolf. Grayson Casselman played near exactly the same move with the same result. Only 27 seconds remained in the game when Simon Martens directed a goal mouth scramble puck into the Braves net to cut the lead in half. Unfortunately that was all the time allowed for the surging Lions. There were no penalties called in this game.
On Thursday, Mar. 8th, at 6:00 p.m., at the Brockville Youth Arena, there will be 12 very young hockey players wearing South Dundas colors, needing a show of hands to help them in their quest to stay alive. If you are free, they would appreciate it.
Let’s Go You Lions!!!!!
TheBrockville Braves Novice B team doubled their scoring in the final period of the opening game of the 2017-18 playoffs first round on Sunday at Brockville’s Youth Arena. And their netminder, Seth Adolf, who completed the regular season with an astounding 1.3 goals against average, shut down the Lions’ potent scoring attack in the final period for the 4-2 victory. The Braves lead the ’first to 5 points’ series 2-0. Game two goes on Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena.
South Dundas’ Lions went stride for stride with the home team in the opening two frames of this contest. Carter Kelly opened the scoring for Brockville with six minutes remaining in the first period. The Lions Will MacPherson tied the game one minute later on a feed from Taylor Elliott and Emmett Lemire.
Second period action was highlighted when Natalie Van Winckle snatched a loose puck, broke around the Lions defence and beat goaltender Lincoln Robinson for a 2-1 lead with six minutes remaining in the frame. Two minutes later South Dundas’ Chase Alger matched the feat when he grabbed a loose puck and fired one past Adolf to tie the score at two each. The Alger and Winckle goals were unassisted.
In the final period the Braves turned it up a notch and Adolf introduced his best goaltending to the show. Caleb Reil gave the home team the lead with 10 minutes remaining in the game when he fired in a Wyatt Malanka feed for a 3-2 Braves score. The pressing Lions couldn’t solve the Brockville netminding and were caught in the final minutes when Bella MacDonald picked off a Lion’s scoring attempt, hit a breaking Jeff Barrington with a clean pass and Barrington scored the insurance goal with just more than one minute remaining.
Game two goes at Morrisburg Arena onTuesday evening, March 6th at 6:00 p.m. Come out and cheer on our Lions . . .
Saturday, Feb. 24th - Demons are a troublesome bunch. Especially the ones from North Dundas. And especially for the South Dundas Novice B House hockey team.
The problem is the North Dundas Demons have finished the regular season in first place with 25 wins in 28 games, two losses and a tie for a rather unbelievable 51 points. The reward for that effort is 1st-place and home ice in the first round.
The Brockville Braves are unchallenged in second place, with a few regular season games remaining, and at 41 points, will go unchallenged in that spot. The Lions will probably whip the last place Leeds Chargers in Westport on Saturday adding a pair of points to their current accumulation of 28 and bagging 3rd place. Kemptville Panthers Novice B-2 has completed their 28 game season and topped off at 27 points.
The four playoff positions would indicate that North Dundas and the Lions will meet in the playoff round. And the problem is the Lions, in their last two meetings with the Demons, have had them kind-of on the ropes into the final minutes, only to see the Demons score the winning goal with seconds remaining in the game. Twice . . . uuuugh!!!!
Two weeks ago the Demons scored in the final 44 seconds to win the game. On Saturday, in front of a sell-out crowd at Morrisburg Arena, the Lions were pushing to score the winning goal after staging a come-back for the tie with six minutes remaining. The Demons Nate Casselman intercepted a South Dundas pass, hit a breaking Hudson Banford, who in turn beat the Lions defence and Lincoln Robinson for the winning counter. One minute and forty-one seconds remained in the contest.
Chase Alger had opened the game scoring with an unassisted marker midway through the first period, but Noah Lafrance tied the game late in the same period when he scored with Nate Casselman drawing the assist. Taylor Elliott gave the Lions the lead going into the second period with an unassisted marker that baffled Demons netminder Beckette Campbell.
The Demons drew even in the middle frame when Lafrance picked off his second goal on an unassisted play, firing the puck up and over Robinson’s shoulder and into the top corner.
Early in the final period the Demons took the lead for the first time in the game when Brayson Heuff beat Robinson on a shot from the top of the circle. Alger scored his second unassisted goal in the back and forth contest, tieing the game with six minutes remaining. Banford’s winner for North Dundas came with slightly more than a minute remaining. Each team suffered two minor penalties in the game.
The Lions Novice B’s take on the Leeds Chargers in their final game of the season on Saturday, March 3rd at Westport. Game time is ’high-noon’.
News Flash: Novice B goaltender Lincoln Robinson has just informed southdundasinbox.com his team will meet the Brockville Braves in the opening round of playoff action on Thursday evening, March 8th, at Brockville in a 'first to 5-points' series. Full schedule will be posted assoon asit isavailable.
Saturday, Feb. 17th - The Novice B House Lions are one of two teams representing the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association who are heading to the opening round of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League playoffs. The Novice B Lions team has a lock on 3rd-place with just three games remaining in the regular schedule and they may be a much bigger threat to the end result than the stats indicate.
After trouncing the Kemptville Panthers B-1 entry on Friday evening in Kemptville, on a lopsided 8-3 note, the team returned to Morrisburg Arena on Sunday to face the leagues Eastern Division leaders, the North Dundas Demons. The game was deadlocked until the final minute of play when the Demons Blake Doucette flipped the puck over Lion’s netminder Lincoln Robinson for the winning counter and the victory. Just might be a great series should these two squads meet.
At Kemptville Chase Alger led the Lions on a 5-point night with a goal and four assists, and Simon Martens was right behind Alger on a four point run with two goals and two assist for four points. Scoring ace Martens accumulated 10 points in the past two games. Grayson Casselman fired a hat trick and Will MacPherson notched a pair of counters. Emmett Lemire registered a single assist when he set up MacPherson’s second goal.
The Lions scored a 2-1 first period lead, increased the margin to 5-2 after two periods and closed in an 8-3 victory.
Sunday, Feb. 18th - On Sunday at Morrisburg Arena the Novice B’s stepped onto the ice as the aggressors, scoring a pair of goals in the first period to close the initial 15 minutes in a 2-1 lead. South Dundas’ Emmett Lemire scored the game’s first goal on a pass from Taylor Elliott with little more than three minutes remaining in the frame. The lead lasted less than a minute as the Demons screeched back to put one past Robinson when Hudson Banford scored from Owen Winter. And the tie lasted for less than two minutes when Grayson Cassleman beat the Demon's goaltender Beckette Campbell to put the Lion's in front at the close of one period.
Doucette tied the game at 2-2 midway through the second period with Banford drawing the assist and then Mr. Doucette scored the winner with just 44 seconds remaining in the game.
Local hockey fans will seen what may be preliminary to the playoffs on Saturday, Feb. 24th at 10:00 a.m. (Lion’s Day) at Morrisburg Arena when the Demons and the Lions clash again. The Lions are hoping a strong contingent of followers come out to support their efforts.
Monday,Feb. 12th - The South Dundas Novice B Lion’s Simon Martens led his team over the South Grenville Rangers on Monday evening in a six-point crusade that ended in a 7-3 Lion’s victory. Martens scored in the first period, added a goal and an assist in the middle period and then registered a pair of goals and an assist in the final frame.
The Lions will enjoy a five day lay-off before going into their final five games of the regular season, three of those on home ice. A highlight game will be a pair of contests between South Dundas and North Dundas on Sunday, Feb. 18th and Saturday, Feb. 24th, both at Morrisburg Arena and both hosting the league leaders. South Dundas, as the standings currently indicate, will meet North Dundas in the first playoff round.
On Monday evening at Cardinal the home team Rangers opened the game scoring midway through the first period when Owen Woodcock slipped the puck behind South Dundas' netminder Lincoln Robinson for a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately the lead was short-lived. Just three minutes later Martens started on his best evening of the current campaign. Grayson Cassleman set up Simon Martens opening goal.
The Lions outscored the Rangers on a 3-1 count in the middle period, Martens with his second of the game and singles by Chase Alger and Emmett Lemire. Alger also drew an assist on the Martens goal.
The Rangers scored in the opening minutes of the final period, cutting the Lion’s lead to 4-3. Simon Martens third goal made it 5-3, Chase Alger increased the lead to 6-3 and Martens closed the goal scoring on a Halle VanBeilen set-up to register the 7-3 win.
Saturday, Feb. 10th - The South Dundas Novice B House Lions have moved solidly into third place in league standings and save a total disaster, like a meteor strike at Morrisburg Arena during one of their home games that suddenly teleports all of the players to the last place South Grenville Rangers, the Lions will be in the playoff round. South Dundas dumped the second place Brockville Braves on Saturday morning, upsetting the home team in Brockville with a solid defensive effort, a stand out performance by goaltender Lincoln Robinson and some sharp sniping. In fact, defenceman John McCann scored his first goal of the year when Grayson Cassleman set him up for the marker, tieing the game.
Chase Alger opened the game scoring in the dying minutes of the first period when he slapped a Leah Biemond pass behind Brave’s netminder Seth Adolf. The Braves returned the favor in the middle period when Lucas Bennett and Ava Tuttle combined with a pretty passing play for the tieing marker midway through the frame.
In the final period the home-team Braves took a 2-1 lead in the game, this time with Jeffery Barrington notching an unassisted marker at the three minute mark. The Lions responded less than a minute later, taking the fight out of the Braves, with a tieing goal by John McCann.
Both teams worked to take the lead and both ran into some tough defence, and some unbeatable goaltending when they did break through the heavy checking. Slightly less than three minutes remained in the game when sniper Emmett Lemire changed all that, snaring the puck, racing in on the Brockville netminder Adolf, and with a blistering shot, scored the tie-breaker and winning goal of the game.
Each team was assessed a minor infraction during this contest.
On Sunday, Feb. 18th, the Lions host the front-running North Dundas Demons in one of their five remaining regular season games at Morrisburg Arena at 1:00 p.m. Be there to support our playoff team . . .
Saturday, Jan. 27th - The South Dundas Novice B Lions were upset by the Kemptville Novice B-2 Panthers on Saturday at Kemptville. The 4th-place Panthers, backed by a solid performance on the part of goaltender Reid Papineau, hung on late in the game to edge South Dundas on a 3-2 score.
Kahlaan Wilkes scored the games first goal in the opening period when she beat Lincoln Robinson in the Lion’s net. The Wilkes goal was followed by three markers in the middle period, two by the Panthers and a single by the Lions.
Matthew Grus and Phoenix Raymond-Zaluski put the puck behind Robinson in quick succession late in the middle frame after the Lions Will McPherson had tied the contest on an unassisted goal midway through the second. The period closed with the Panthers in charge on a 3-1 count.
The Lions upped the pressure to tie the game in the final stanza and with only 12 seconds remaining Chase Alger finally directed the puck past Papineau to close the game in a 3-2 count for the home team Panthers.
The 3rd-place Lions are set to make the playoff round holding a 7-point lead over Kemptville. Brockville and North Dundas are well out in front in this division with 18+ point leads over their nearest rivals.
The Novice B House Lions are scheduled to play the 1st-place North Dundas Demons on Sunday, Feb. 18th at 1:00 p.m.in a run-up to the playoffs.
Thursday, Jan. 25th - The South Dundas Novice B Lions hosted a stubborn 7th-place Leeds Chargers contingent on Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena, coming away with a 3-2 victory on great team work. The Lions are in the thick of the playoff run the with Brockville Braves and the North Dundas Demons, two teams who are currently tied for 1st and 2nd-place with near identical records after 20 games of regular season action. Brockville is at 18-2-0, (win, loss and tie) with 62 'goals for' and 25 'goals against'. The Demons, who have an astounding scoring ability combined with strong netminding, are at 18-2-0 with 98 goals for and 27 goals against. South Dundas comes in 3rd-place with 20 points on nine victories and two ties.
On Thursday evening Taylor Elliott led his team over the Leeds Chargers with a pair of goals, the tying and the winning counters in the second and third periods. Following a scoreless opening period the Lions attack was rewarded when “Mr. Soft Hands” Chase Alger snared the puck in front of the Chargers goaltender Drew Cowan and cleanly slipped it past the sprawling goaltender. Simon Martens had masterminded the opportunity, drawing the assist.
Samantha Salo got that one back when she snapped a break-away shot over Lion’s backstop, Lincoln Robinson, to tie the score with two minutes remaining in the period.
As the Lion’s upped the tempo of the game in the closing seconds of the second frame defensive stalwart John McCann picked off a Chargers breakout pass at the blueline and hit Elliott with a tape to tape transfer. Elliott unleashed a rocket over the extended glove of Cowan to give the Lions the lead closing the period.
In the final 18 minutes South Dundas and the Chargers made a great game of the opportunities with both goaltenders keeping the fans on the edge of their seats. Play went back and forth like a ping-pong ball, each team getting opportunities to go ahead and each being turned away with some spectacular goaltending.
Midway through the period Emmett Lemire carried the puck into the Leeds zone, deeked the Chargers defence at the blueline and hit a breaking Elliott with a lead pass. The Lion’s speedster roared to the top of the slot and wired a wrist shot into the open side of the net for the winning goal of this game. Lemire’s set-up was perfect. Carter Watts tallied the final goal of the game with 31 seconds remaining in the contest, leaving the score at a 3-2 Lion’s victory. Leeds served the single minor penalty in this game.
The South Dundas Novice B’s next home game will be at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, Feb. 18th at 1:00 p.m. against the leading North Dundas Demons. A playoff preview for sure.
Sunday, Jan. 21st - The Novice B Lions hosted the 2nd-place Kemptville Panthers B2 squad in a regular season game at Morrisburg Arena tonight, a contest the Lions direly needed as a win if they are to make the playoffs. Unfortunately that didn't happen.
South Dundas fell behind in the final two minutes of the middle period on a 1-0 score, then suffered two more goals against in the third frame.
Kahlaan Wilkes opened the game scoring when she beat Lion's netminder Lincoln Robinson late in the second period. Mathew Grus and Evan Hyndman added singles in the final period to increase the lead to 3-0. A final assault on the Panther's net realized the Lion's lone score when Simon Martens stole Reid Papineau's bid for a shut-out with Halle VanBeilen drawing the assist.
Each team served a single minor penalty in the game.
The Lions host the Chargers again on Thursday, Jan. 25th at 6:00 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena in their final meeting of the season.
Saturday, Jan. 20th - South Dundas' Novice B House entry is currently a shoe-in for the opening round of play-off action in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey Association. As the North Dundas Demons and the Brockville Braves fight it out for the top spot, the Lions are secure in 3rd-place with eight wins and 2 ties in 17 games for 18 points. The leaders however, are well out in front with 34 and 32 points respectively. Bringing up 4th-place could be any of the teams from the rest of the division.
The Lions are scheduled for nine more games, four of them at Morrisburg Arena. One of the games is in Brockvile against the 2nd-place Braves and three are with the Demons, one of which is in North Dundas. These four games will be the toughest to win.
The locals hosted the Leeds Chargers on Saturday at Morrisburg and came away with a blazing third period victory during which they scored four goals in the final eight minutes.
Following a scoreless opening frame the Lions Emmett Lemire fired three goals and added an assist to lead South Dundas’ victory. Lemire opened the game scoring when he cradled a perfect Grayson Casselman pass and unleashed a rocket over the arm of Chargers goaltender Drew Cowan.
Leeds tied the game early in the final period when Carter Brown beat netminder Lincoln Robinson in the Lion’s net, the only goal the visitors would accomplish in this outing.
Mathieu Bazinet, who was called up for this game, displayed a natural pair of soft hands around the visitor’s cage when he deftly picked up a loose puck and quickly flipped it over a sprawling Cowan for the Lion’s second goal. Lemire and Simon Martens assisted on the score.
Emmett Lemire counted the 3-1 lead goal on an unassisted play with 5:26 remaining and Taylor Elliott fired a single from Chase Alger with 5:26 left in the period. Lemire returned to score the final goal of the contest with just two minutes left in the period for the 5-1 victory.
The Lions served a pair of minor penalties in the game while the Chargers were called on a single infraction. The Lions host the Chargers again on Thursday, Jan. 25th at 6:00 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena in their final meeting of the season.
Sunday, Jan. 14th - The South Dundas Novice B Lions now have a solid grasp of third place in Upper Canada Minor Hockey League standings, right behind runaway leaders North Dundas Demons (1st-place), and the Brockville Braves, secure in 2nd-place.
The Lions faced a very tough South Grenville Rangers squad on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena coming away with a tight 1-1 tie after three periods of high-flying, tight-checking action.
The Rangers came to play in this game, looking to improve on their 8th-place, three victory season to date, and very nearly accomplished that task. Nathan Burnside beat the Lions goaltender Lincoln Robinson with just 34 seconds remaining in the opening period to give the visitors the lead.
The Rangers held that lead until less than three minutes remained in the game. As the Lions pressed to control the play in the South Grenville zone goaltender Owen Woodcock was bombarded with shots, the Lions giving it everything they had to even the count and Woodcock giving it right back.
Late in the final stanza South Dundas' Taylor Elliott picked up a goalmouth pass, whirled and placed the puck neatly on Emmett Lemire’s waiting stick. Lemire was perfect on the relay, snapping the puck past Woodcock for the tying goal.
The Novice B Lions next home game will be on Sunday, January 21st at 12:30 p.m. against the 5th-place Kemptville Panthers B2 squad.
Sunday, Jan. 7th - It's not much of a stretch to say the South Dundas Novice B House team will make the playoffs. The Lions are currently running with a strangle hold on 3rd-place at 17-points, some 11-points back of second place Brockville and 5-points up on 4th-place Kemptville B1. Of their remaining 13 regular season games the Lionsare facing top teams at least seven times, three against the league leading North Dundas Demons. So they have their work cut out for them.
On Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena the local Lions clashed with the Panthers from Kemptville who are sitting in 5th-place and working to move up. But the Lions defended their position admirably, outworked their opponents throughout the game and returned to their dressing room with a 4-2 victory. That victory was in no small part due to the tireless efforts of marksman Simon Martens, who scored a pair of counters and assisted on the team’s game opening goal by fellow scorer Chase Alger.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead late in the first period when Kahlaan Wilkes slipped the puck past Lion’s netminder Lincoln Robinson on an unassisted effort with a little more than three minutes remaining. Just less than half a minute remained when Chase Alger corralled a bouncing pass from Martens, whirled to face the net and fired the puck past Reid Papineau between the Kemptvile pipes. Tie game.
Tight checking through the second period by both teams forced the attacking forwards into a passing game and the Panthers Ty Johnson laid a perfect one on Evan Hyndman’s stick. Hyndman in turn beat Robinson to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. Their last, and their last goal.
The Lions responded when John McCann set up Martens for his first goal late in the frame. Martens then stole an errant pass and broke in to score an unassisted marker on a great wrist shot, giving his team a 3-2 lead.
Third period action saw both teams press for goals and the resulting goaltender’s play at either end of the ice was a treat to witness. The single final period goal was scored by Emmett Lemire when Taylor Elliott drew the defence away from the front of the net, then passed the puck to Lemire who was quick to add the insurance goal in the victory. Neither team was called on a penalty in the contest.
The Novice B House Lions host the last place South Grenville Rangers at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, Jan. 14th at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 6th - The South Dundas B-2 House Lions shook off the last of the holiday celebrations and got down to work on Saturday at Kemptville, handing the home team B-2 Panthers a 3-1 loss. The win leaves the Lions in 3rd-place after 15 games on a 50-50 season with one tie. The Kemptville B-1 team is in 4th-place, the final play-off spot, with the Panthers B-2 team in hot pursuit.
South Dundas scored a single goal in each of the three periods against a stubborn Reid Papineau in the Panthers goal. Papineau has allowed fewer goals than the Lion's Lincoln Robinson this season, but unfortunately his attack squad has scored the fewest counters among the top six teams competing for one of four playoff spots.
Chase Alger opened the Lions scoring in this one, beating Papineau on an unassisted marker midway through the first period. Alger's lead was short-lived as Matthew Grus tied the game just minutes later when he beat Robinson, also an unassisted play.
Emmett Lemire gave the visitors the lead to keep late in the second period, scoring one from the slot for a 2-0 edge. The Lions tough defence kept the Panthers shooters at bay for this frame.
In the final period the Lions Simon Martens notched the last goal of the game when he scored from Will MacPherson for the 3-1 victory. The win gives the Lions a strong hold on 3rd-place and although they have 4-games in hand over the leading North Dundas Demons, the top team is sporting an astounding 16-2 run after 18 games. The Brockville Braves are secure in 2nd-place.
The Lions next home game will be on Sunday, Jan. 14th at 1:00 p.m. against the South Grenville Rangers.
Sunday, Dec. 17th - Simon Martens led the South Dundas Novice B Lions on a scoring rampage on Sunday afternoon in Athens, scoring three goals and adding three assists over the Leeds Chargers in regular season action. Multiple players on the Lions squad had multiple points in the 9-1 lopsided score.
South Dundas opened the scoring in the first period when Chase Alger started on the road to a hat trick, scoring a Simon Martens setup to give the Lions the lead. Before the period ended Taylor Elliott scored when he picked off an Emmett Lemire pass and upped the lead to 2-0.
The Lions went up 3-0 in the second period, suffered the only goal against in the game and added another for a 4-1 lead. Alger added his second of the contest from Grayson Casselman, Martens added his first from Will MacPherson and Carter Brown scored the single goal of the day for the Chargers when he broke Lincoln Robinson’s bid for a shutout in the dying minutes of the period.
South Dundas put on a scoring display in the final period, adding five more counters before the final buzzer. Martens started things off with his second of the game from Taylor Elliott, Chase Alger completed his hat trick with Martens drawing the assist, Emmitt Lemire picked up his second point of the game when he scored on a pass from James Barrie, Halie VanBeilen fired a goal on a Martens pass, and Simon Martens scored his sixth point of the day on an unassisted ninth, Lions goal, the final score of the game.
Neither team was called on a penalty in this contest.
The Novice B House Lions will host the Kemptvile B2 Panthers at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, Jan. 7th at 1:00 p.m. in their first home game of the New Year.
Saturday, Dec. 16th - The league’s second place Brockvile Braves were served all they could handle by the 4th-place Morrisburg Novice B House Lions on Saturday and had to up their attack several notches late in the game to secure a victory. That following two and a half periods of fast paced 1-1 action at Brockville, where a determined Lions’ team were giving it there all.
The Lions, in fact, had the opportunity to move into 3rd-place ahead of the Kemptville Panthers B1 House team had they won this contest, but remain sandwiched between the two Panthers' entries in the division.
The Lions are currently in 4th-place with 11 points on five wins, six losses and a pair of ties in a very competitive division. They are a single point back of the Panthers B1 team and have a game in hand over Kemptville. North Dundas leads the division and the Braves are currently in second place with 13-wins over 15 games. The first four teams in the standings make the playoff round this season.
In Saturday’s clash of two determined teams the Braves opened the scoring midway through the first period when Wyatt Malanka slipped the puck past Lions netminder Lincoln Robinson for a 1-0 lead. Cohen Bowker and Lucas Rockety each registered an assist.
The two teams fought tooth and nail for control through the first and well into the second periods before South Dundas retaliated with a single goal when the Lions' John McCann laid a neat pass on the stick of Emmett Lemire, and he in turn beat a sprawling Braves goalie Seth Adolf to tie the game.
Going into the final period the Lions were pressing deep when the Braves secured control of the puck and in a clean 3-way passing play Natalie Van Winckle combined with Jeffery Barrington to set up Lucas Bennett for the go-ahead counter with five minutes remaining in the game. The Lions, in answer, pulled out all the stops, only to be caught deep in the Braves zone, and a few quick passes between Lucas Rockey and Caleb Reil saw the later beat Robinson for an insurance maker, 3-1, with three minutes remaining. The were no penalties called in this game.
The South Dundas Lions next home game will be on Sunday, January 7th at 1:00 p.m. when the 5th-place Kemptville Panthers B2 House team comes to Morrisburg Arena.
Good luck in the New Year Lions . . .
And congratulations on a wonderful first half of hockey!!!
Sunday, Dec. 10th - The Novice B House Lions representing South Dundas are in 3rd-place in the league standings. And on Sunday evening they doubled an improving Smith Falls Bears entry on a 2-1 score, at Smith Falls. But this talented group of young upstarts has a long way to go to get to the finals this season.
The Lions have accumulated ten points on their 11-game season. Comparatively the Bears have accumulated seven points over eight games. The first and second place teams, Brockville Braves and North Dundas Demons, have 24 and 20 points respectively, the Demons with two games in hand.
Not impossible, but a long run.
On Sunday evening in Smith Falls Nic Peladeau opened the scoring for the Bears when he slipped a Kade McGuire-Tyreese Carrion play past goaltender Lincoln Robinson for a 1-0 lead. It was the only goal of the period.
Second period action was constantly up and down the ice with each team going through scoring chances, all of which were turned away. Neither team could solve the mysteries of Robinson or Colton Wright between the Bear's pipes.
The Lions cranked it up a peg of two in the final period when Simon Martens beat Wright after Chase Alger had moved the puck into the slot. Martens wired a wrist shot into the twine, tying the game at the midway mark. Just prior to the close of the frame Grayson Casselman moved the puck up his wing and across the blue line, then sniped Taylor Elliott’s stick with a true lead pass. Elliott was quick to beat Wright for the winning goal. One minute and 17 seconds remained in the game.
The Novice B House Lions play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, Jan. 7th at 1:00 p.m. when the Panthers come to town.
Saturday, Dec. 9th - Wyatt Patterson led his Kemptville Novice B1 House Panthers to a 4-3 victory, scoring the winning goal with just 16 seconds remaining in the game at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday afternoon. The fan contingent on one side of the stands went wild. The other, deafeningly quiet. The support for both teams have been very loud throughout the contest. Patterson scored a goal in each of the three periods in what may have been the most exciting hockey game iced at the local arena this season.
The South Dundas Lions and the B1 Panthers had been sitting in 3rd and 4th-place respectively prior to the game. The Lions record of 4-5-1 (win, loss, tie) versus the Panthers 3-5-2, had Kemptville one point back. Following this game the positions switched. Brockville is well out in front in the standings with 12 wins and North Dundas is running a close second at 20 points and two games in hand over the Braves. Third, fourth, fifth and sixth places are all just a few points apart.
Kemptville was first on the score sheet on Saturday, Patterson scoring an unassisted marker on Lion's netminder Lincoln Robinson, following an end to end rush. The Lion’s Emmett Lemire evened the count at one each when he returned the favor on an unassisted play exactly one minute later.
Each team scored a second goal before the period ended. Liam Desjardins put the visitors up 2-1 when Michael Crossman fed him a goalmouth pass and Will MacPherson tied the score when Chase Alger worked the puck into the Panthers zone for the Lions counter, just seconds remained in the period.
Wyatt Patterson continued his powerful skating in the middle period, scoring midway through to see the Panthers take the lead once again. Not to be outdone Simon Martens and Alger with the assist combined for the tying goal, remarkably one minute later, for the second time.
The two teams continued an end to end, fast skating game, keeping a noisy crowd in the loop with close opportunities around the Panther’s netminder, Xavier Baribeau, and the Lions Robinson. Unfortunately for the home team the Panthers won the final opportunity and after pounding the puck over the blue line and into the slot Patterson whipped a shot by Robinson and into the net. Just 16 seconds remained on the game clock.
The Lions mounted an attack in the final countdown but the Panthers were up to defend and won the contest on a 4-3 score. There were no penalties called in this game.
The Lions don’t play at Morrisburg until Sunday, Jan. 7th, when the Kemptville 2 Panthers come to town.
Monday, Dec. 4th - As the Brockville Braves and the North Dundas Demons distance themselves from the rest of the pack in the Novice B House league standings the South Dundas Lions are cruising along in 3rd-place enjoying the hockey season. Behind the Lions are two entries from Kemptville, Leeds and the South Grenville Rangers.
In a meeting at Winchester Arena on Monday evening the Lions held a 3-2 lead going into the final period but crumbled under a late attack by the Demons, allowing three goals in the final seven minutes. Noah Lafrance scored a hattrick for the North Dundas team.
South Dundas fell behind in the opening period 2-1, then tied the score on a hard -work second frame and moved into the lead minutes into the final period.
The Demons Christopher Bols opened the game scoring with five minutes remaining in the first period, beating the Lion’s goaltender Lincoln Robinson for the goal. Will MacPherson got that one back two minutes later when he whistled a shot into the twine behind the Demon’s Beckett Campbell.
Noah LaFrance gave the Demons the lead a second time in the period when he intercepted a South Dundas pass and screeched in on Robinson, scoring the go-ahead counter.
The Lions roared once in the middle frame when Emmett Lemire completed a Reed McCadden scoring attempt to tie the game a two each.
In the final countdown Simon Martens whistled a shot past Campbell after taking a feed from Emmett Lemire to put the Lions up for the first time in the game. That exchange appeared to scare the Demons into an attack and Nate Cassleman evened the score midway through the period. One minute later Lafrance scored his second of the night on Robinson’s Lions to push his team ahead. Just more than a minute remained when Lafrance completed his hattrick, swirling around the South Dundas defence and whistling his third of the night past Robinson to give the Demons the 5-3 victory.
The Lions were called on two minor infractions in the game while the Demons registered a clean slate in the penalty department.
On Saturday, Dec. 9th at 7:00 p.m. the Lions host the Kemptville Panthers 1 at Morrisburg Arena then travel to Smith Falls on the10th for a noon hour game.
Sunday, Dec. 3rd - The Brockville Braves and North Dundas Demons may be running away in the Novice B House league standings but the South Dundas Lions and the Kemptville B1 Panthers are holding down 3rd and 4th-place respectively. Are they are intending to be in for the long-run come playoff time.
The first four teams leading in regular season games at the end of the season make the playoffs this year. The Upper Canada Minor Hockey League adopted to provide all teams with more regular season games and a shorter playoff season for 2017-18.
That being said, the 7th-place Kemptville B2 Panthers came to Morrisburg on Sunday afternoon and upset the 3rd-place Lions in front of a boisterous crowd. The locals took an early first period lead and then doubled the count before the Panthers got on the board. Kemptville turned it around in the middle frame, shutting out the Lions 2-0 while each team traded a single goal in the final period.
Simon Martens opened the game scoring midway through the first period with Taylor Elliott digging in to post an assist on the goal. Chase Alger doubled the Lions lead when he scored an unassisted marker posting a 2-0 score before the period ended.
Kemptville’s Zachary Davidson cut the lead in half in the final minute of the first period when he beat Lincoln Robinson in the South Dundas net. Kahlaan Wilkes and Evan Hyndman each scored a single Panther’s goal to take the lead in the middle period, both on unassisted plays.
In the final frame the Panthers went up by a pair of goals when Wilkes picked up a loose puck in the South Dundas zone and whipped a low shot past Robinson and into the bottom left corner. The Lions retaliated midway through the period with a heated attack. Alger skated into the Panther’s zone backing the defence tight to the crease but had his shot deflected on to the stick of Taylor Elliott. Snaring the puck and slipping around the defence, Elliott faked left and moved right, sliding the puck past Reid Papineau to cut the Panther’s lead to a single goal.
Unfortunately the Lions couldn’t penetrate a tight Kemptville defence in the dying minutes of the game, leaving the score at 4-3 for the contest.
The Panthers served the singular infraction called in this game, late in the final period, allowing the Lions a powerplay which, with the extra man, was not able to break through for a good scoring opportunity.
The South Dundas Lions next home game will be on Sunday, Jan. 7th, at 1:00 p.m. when the Kemptville Panthers B2 team comes to town. This is exceptional hockey for fans of all ages . . .
Sunday, Nov. 26th - The 3rd and 4th-place teams in the Novice B House division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League each added a single point to their standings on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena, settling their match in a 3-3 tie. The South Dundas Lions will retain 3rd-place for this week while the Kemptville Panthers 1 will remain close on their heels.
The local Lions took an early lead in the opening period when Emmett Lemire beat the Panthers net minder on a Hallie VanBeilen setup. South Dundas increased their lead to 2-0 late in the second frame when VanBeilen beat Xavier Baribeau, this time with Emmett Lemire drawing the assist.
The Panthers cut the Lions lead before the second period closed when Wyatt Patterson finally put one past the Lions goaltender Lincoln Robinson. Michael Crossman drew the assist on the play.
Five minutes into the final period the Panthers speedy Davis Blundell picked off a loose puck and whistled the disc past Robinson to tie the game at two each.
As the excitement of the match reached what fans thought was a peak late in the third period, the crafty and talented Simon Martens slipped across the Kemptville blue line and potted the puck behind Baribeau to give South Dundas the lead with three minutes remaining, 3-2 Lions.
The penalty-free game however was still not over. Barely more than a minute remained in regulation time when Patterson again snared a loose puck, slipped through the tenacious checking of the Lions defenders and tied the game at three each on an unassisted marker.
This excitement producing edition of the Lions Novice B team plays their next home game on Sunday, Dec. 3rd at 1:00 p.m. when the 6th-place Kemptville Panthers 2 come to the Morrisburg Arena.