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.