Lions are Kings over Panthers . . .

Sunday, Jan. 21st - A clash between the 9th-place South Dundas Novice C-2 House Lions and the 10th-place Kemptville Panthers Novice House C-1 teams, who in the standings are tied at eight points each, ended as it should. With the Lions up by a single goal. And another two points.

       Backed by the strong goaltending of Evelyn Cooper the determined Lions squad roared through a 3-goal second period after scoring a single in the first and adding a single in the third for the 5-4 victory. The Panthers had made a charge late in the game, actually tying the score with six minute remaining on the time-clock. Unfortunately for them, the Lion's Owen Smyth won his team the lead again when he scored the winning goal with three minutes remaining in the game.

       Smyth and Mathieu Bazinet each scored a pair of goals in the contest, Bazinet with two in the second period, were scored only a minute apart. Smyth notched his pair, one in each of the second and third periods.

       James Hollister opened the game scoring for South Dundas midway through the first period when he completed a Bazinet set-up for the counter. The Braves answered that one two minutes later when Charlie Colbourne tied the score.

       The balance of the Lon’s scoring was completed by Bazinet and Smyth with Isaiah Edwards scoring two assists and Decian Kelly picking up a single helper.  Jack Hinch added a pair of goals, and the final Braves counter was scored by Rhys Anderson.

       The C-2 House Novice team hosts the Brockville Braves C-1 team on Saturday, Jan. 27th at 9:00 a.m. at Morrisburg Arena in their next game.


Great plays, great goaltending . . .

South Dundas' Evelyn Cooper shuts down the Panthers with this unbelievable save in Sunday's game . . .
South Dundas' Evelyn Cooper shuts down the Panthers with this unbelievable save in Sunday's game . . .

 Sunday, Jan. 14th - South Dundas’ Novice C-2 Lions House team put on a great show on Sunday at Morrisburg Arena in spite of dropping a 4-0 shut-out decision to the Kemptville C-2 Panther’s squad. The Lions are a long way from nailing a playoff spot, but they are in it for the fun and they love the competition. And the fans, in turn, love to watch them play.

       Goaltender Evelyn Cooper made the save of the weekend when she faced a clear-cut break-away and at the very last, final, tiniest spec of a second, flashed her left pad out and stopped a sure goal with the toe of her skate in the above photo. The save alone was worth the Vezina Trophy and we’ve got a call in to Carey Price about it.

       At the opposite end of the arena the best play of the day came from the Lion's Brody Ortwein who threaded his way end to end with some slick stick handling, swirled in on the net, was cut off by the Panther’s goaltender Joshua Hall, held the puck and slid it back through the goal mouth, barely missing the best scoring opportunity the Lions had throughout the game. The puck slid along the goal-line, behind the Kemptville goalie, all the way across the crease, and out the other side.

       South Dundas couldn't buy one.

       Rylan Mykeyev opened the game scoring on an unassisted goal for the Panthers followed by three Kemptville counters in the last five minutes of the game. Owen white had a pair and Ty Patterson picked up the last goal of the contest for the Kemptville victory.

       The Novice C-2 House Lions play their next upcoming home game on Sunday, January 21st at 3:00 p.m. when they host the Kemptville C-1 Panthers at Morrisburg Arena.


Lions tie-up Chargers . . . .

Leeds Charger Seth Laming appears to have Novice C2 goaltender Evelyn Cooper and defenceman Isaiah Edwards beaten on this play, however Edwards snatched the puck away at the last minute and cleared it . . .
Leeds Charger Seth Laming appears to have Novice C2 goaltender Evelyn Cooper and defenceman Isaiah Edwards beaten on this play, however Edwards snatched the puck away at the last minute and cleared it . . .

Sunday, Nov. 19th - In spite of continuing their quest for their first victory of the season, the South Dundas Novice C2 House Lions are certainly competitive. The Lions may be in the basement in league standings BUT!, they have five games in hand over the league leaders and their five game history is a list of very close contests.

     The Lions opened the season against Smith Falls with a close 4-2 loss; dropped a nail-bitter to first place North Dundas on a 5-4 count; lost in the final minutes to Smith Falls 3-2; took a bit of a burp against North Dundas on a 5-2 score and most recently tied the Leeds Chargers 2-2. Had these games been any closer we wouldn’t have known who to cheer for.

     Following Sunday’s 2-2 tie with Leeds the Novice C Lions don’t play at home until Sunday, January 14th, when the Kemptville Panthers come to town.

     The Sunday afternoon game drew a large crowd of family and followers to Morrisburg Arena for the Chargers - Lions challenge. First period action was near mesmerizing as both teams carried the scoreless play back and forth throughout the opening 15 minutes. Lions netminder Evelyn Cooper was called upon several times, facing clear-cut two and three man breaks, and on each occasion faced the opposition with an icy stare and hot hand. Preston McCulloch in the Chargers goal turned away Owen Smyth’s stick-handling and hard shot early in the period and then stopped Kane Casselman close in.

     Midway through the second period Owen Smyth picked up a Keagan Sadler pass at the blue line, stepped around the Chargers defence and fired a hard wrist shot over the outstretched glove of McCulloch to give the Lions the lead. Although this play was the singular counter of the period, the intensity continued to rise and the speed of the game continued to get faster and faster.

     Third period play saw both teams turn it up resulting in the Chargers Alex Wood intercepting a South Dundas break-out pass, fly in on Cooper and unleash a bullet to the lower left corner tying the game at one each.

     Twenty-eight seconds after the Chargers goal the Lions’ Mathieu Bazinet secured the puck in the Leeds zone, dipsy-doodled with some neat stick-handling around the defence and batted the puck past replacement netminder Luc Laming for a 2-1 South Dundas lead.

     The Chargers, now threatened with a loss, dug in, launching rush after rush and each time being turned away by tough Lions forechecking and stand-up defence. Unfortunately for South Dundas the Chargers Seth Laming noted a slow line change by the Lions, rushed along the far boards, swooped across the goal mouth and slid the puck past the lone Lion standing, Evelyn Cooper, to tie the game.

     A single minor infraction was called in this contest, against the Lions in the second period, during  which the tough South Dundas penalty-killing unit performed flawlessly. Indeed, as good a game as we've seen this season . . .


Novice C2 Lions frighten leaders  . . .

Demons goaltender Harrison Burt appears a little disgusted at this goal by the Lions . . .
Demons goaltender Harrison Burt appears a little disgusted at this goal by the Lions . . .

Sunday, Nov. 12th - The Novice C2 House Lions continue to seek their first victory of the season after falling to the league leading North Dundas Demons on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. The Demons have a powerhouse team this year, led by super scorer Kade Young, who in spite of the tight checking Lions, still managed to notch a pair of goals and a single assist in this contest.

     Declan Kelly opened the game scoring, beating the Demons net minder Harrison Burt on a pass from Kurtis Stewart to give the Lions the go ahead. Young got that one back within two minutes when he slipped a breakaway shot under South Dundas emerging superstar goaltender Evelyn Cooper.  

     Second period action saw both teams speed up and down the ice with Cooper and Burt stealing the show on save after save of additional goals. The Lions finally scored a 2-1 lead when Mathieu Bazinet beat Burton on a shot from the top of the slot. Benjamin Service provided the assist on the Lions second goal. Seconds prior to the close of the middle period Anthony Sylvestre tied the game when he scored the Demons second goal. Kade Young had fired the first shot and the Lions Evelyn Cooper kicked the puck away from the goal mouth. Sylvestre was johnny-on-the-spot and fired the rebound into the gaping side of the Lions net.

     The Demons fired three more goals in the final period, dominating the last 15 minute stanza on a 3-0 score. Young and Spencer Sharpley with a pair gave the visitors a 5-2 win.

South Dundas’ Novice C2 Lions host the Leeds Chargers on Sunday, Nov. 19th, 3:00 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena.