Saturday, Jan. 20th - The South Dundas Peewee B House team may be having a tough time in their division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League, but in tournament play they are more than holding their own. On Saturday the team travelled to Blackburn Hamlet to take part in the annual Blackburn Minor Hockey Peewee Tournament and after a two-day run they bowed out in the semi-final following a fast and scrappy match with the Stittsville B2 squad.
South Dundas fell behind right out of the gate in their opening game (possibly road tired) and then burst the game wide open with four unanswered goals for the 4-2 victory. Firepower came from the stick of team scoring leader Zach Scarbeau who tallied a pair of goals and an assist. Raymond Froats and Caleb Machan each scored a single. Callum Deavey added a pair of assists and Luke Byvelds, Alex Larocque, Scarbeau and Manraj Cheema each counted a single assist. Drew Laperle was named the player of the game.
In their second outing of the tournament the Lions faced the Nepean Flames in a very lopsided contest that ended in a 7-0 victory. Alex Larocque led the Lion’s scoring machine in this one with a pair of goals and an assist while Raymond Froats had a goal and an assist and Cameron Stewart added a pair of assists.
Austin Roy opened the game scoring early in the first period from Manraj Cheema and Stewart. Roy’s goal was followed by a pair of unassisted goals by Larocque. Luke Byvelds added a single from Stewart followed by Raymond Froats with an unassisted marker to close the second period.
In the final frame Devon Honders and Zach Scarbeau each scored a single and Froats and Larocque each drew a singel assist. Larocque was named the player of the game.
The Lion’s goaltender, Austin Pirie, scored a second shutout win late on Saturday in whipping the Blackburn Stingers in a 5-0 contest. Four of the South Dundas goals were scored on unassisted efforts while the fifth counter was notched by Devon Honders from Manraj Cheema late in the middle period.
Raymond Froats had singles, unassisted, in the first and third periods, Luke byvelds scored unassisted in the middle period and Cameron Stewart tallied his single in the final frame on an unassisted effort. Raymond Froats was named player of the game in this one.
Moving on to the semi-final match on Sunday morning the Lions were overpowered by a tough squad out of Streetsville, losing on a 5-1 score. Following a scoreless opening period Streetsville scored three goals on the Lions and then outscored the South Dundas team on a 2-1 count in the final frame.
Caleb Machan scored the lone Lion’s goal in this game, that one coming with an assist to Luke Byvelds. Byvelds was also named player of the game in this contest.
The Peewee B House Lions next home game at Morrisburg Arena will be on Saturday, Jan. 27th, at 1:30 p.m. when the Leeds Chargers come to town. Should be a good game as these two teams are neighbors in the “league standings” column.
Saturday, Jan. 6th - When your team has posted a record of 2-wins, 12-losses, 3-ties, 37-goals for and 92-goals against after 17 games, you might be better off planning something other than a run to the finals. And although the South Dundas Peewee B House Lions own that record, there are some very good hockey players on the team, starting with last season’s championship goaltender Austin Pirie. What there doesn't seem to be are pucks willing to bounce their way.
It’s been a tough year for the Peewee B House Lions. Goal scoring is way down and goals against are way up. And this is a team with the likes of Alek Larocque and Cameron Stewart patrolling the blue line. Caillum Deavey, Zack Scarbeau and Raymond Froats and more up front. Yet they are in the basement of league standings with just 7-points, a full 23-points behind the leading Brockville Braves.
At Morrisburg Arena on Saturday the opening period was as evenly played as any game we’ve seen this season. In fact, if either team had the edge it was the Lions over the 4th-place South Grenville Rangers. And when the Rangers did challenge, Austin Pirie did everything including stand on his head to shut them down. It seemed to be working.
Until the final minute of the first period that is. The Rangers scored with 1:11 remaining and the game suddenly and drastically changed direction. Pirie was bombarded with Rangers scoring chances and without him between the pipes the score may well have been four-fold lopsided. The locals were shut-out on a 6-0 score.
Vincent Lavigne opened the scoring with that 1st-period goal and he added a second counter, the Rangers 5th-goal, in the final frame. Other singles went to Hayden Abrams, Kasey Jessome, Jakob Ostrander and Reuben Dejong.
The Lions were called on three minor infractions while the Rangers served four penalties.
The Peewee B House Lions don’t return to Morrisburg Arena until Saturday, Jan. 27th at 1:30 p.m. when the 6th-place Leeds Chargers come to town. Possibly we can all help by coming out and cheering them on . . .
Friday, Dec. 15th - It’s a long, long road . . .
The South Dundas Peewee B House team skated stride for stride, passed stick to stick and scored goal for goal against the league’s second place Kemptville Panthers on Friday evening at Morrisburg Arena. Well, they did for the first period and the first five minutes of the second period. And then . . .
The last place Lions, who have won only two games this season, but who have taken part in tournament action going all the way to the final before bowing out, took an 8-2 loss back to their dressing room.
The Panthers opened the game scoring three minutes into the first period when Billy Tighe beat a deserted Lions' goaltender Austin Pirie for a 1-0 lead. The Lions roared back to tie the game five minutes later when Manraj Cheema dumped the puck to Alec Larocque who fired a point shot that beat Seth Getz between the pipes for the Panthers. The visitors took the lead a second time in the first, this time Ayden Robinson scoring from close in the slot.
Second period play saw the lions fall three goals back when Kemptville’s Cameron Pitz, Caden Lawlor and Connor Arcand each netted singles for a 5-2 lead. Drew Laperle got one back for South Dundas late in the second when Caleb Machan organized the set-up for the counter.
Third period action saw the Lions control the play for the opening five minutes again, hemming the Panthers in their own end, but failing to get a clear shot on net. Ayden Robinson, Evan Dunning and Connor Arcand with his second of the night all scored for the Panthers to increase the lead to 8-2 and take the two points home to Kemptville.
The Peewee B House Lions play their next home game two days before Christmas, Saturday, December 23rd at Morrisburg Arena when the 4th-place Smith Falls Bears come to town.
Saturday, Dec. 9th - The Peewee B House Lions are the “happy go lucky” team in the South Dundas Minor Hockey organization this season. A little bit slight on the ‘win’ column, they approach every game with enthusiasm and can always been seen laughing and enjoying themselves around the arena.
And that’s exactly what they did on the weekend! Laughed their way through the annual Peewee B House Tournament at Cardinal, lost two games and won a single, met some new friends, attempted to eat the entire snack bar, and had a blast.
But the weekend wasn’t over. On Sunday evening the 8th-place South Dundas Peewee B House team returned to Cardinal where they bounced the 3rd-place South Grenville Rangers on a 4-3 score for only their second regular season win in 14 games. And the Rangers weren't too happy about that . . .
Drop opener at tourney 4-1 . . .
Opening tournament action against the Canterbury Coyotes the Parcoll Products sponsored Lions fell behind 2-0 in the opening period, scored the only goal of the middle frame and allowed two more goals against in the final period to suffer the 4-1 loss. Zack Scarbeau notched the single South Dundas counter with Raymond Froats drawing the assist. Brayden Barrie was named Player of the Game for South Dundas.
Froats scores only goal in 1-0 win . . .
In their second match of the day the Parcoll Products’ Lions were pitted against the Streetsville Rams in a titanic battle of skills. They eventually won the contest on a Raymond Froats goal with Caillum Deavey and Luke Byvelds picking up the assists for the 1-0 victory. Austin Pirie, picking up the shut-out for the Lions, was victorious as the Player of the Game in this one.
Bow out after 2-1 loss to Senators . . .
Heading into the runner-up round the Lions fell to the Osgoode Senators on a very tight 2-1 score, and were eliminated. Froats picked up the lone South Dundas goal in this one on an unassisted play. The Senators however picked up the victory on a 2-1 score. The Lions Devon Honders was awarded the Player of the Game.
Bounce South Grenville in Sunday evening feature . . .
Sunday, Dec. 10th - The South Grenville Rangers couldn’t believe their eyes. Or the score sheet. They had just been whipped soundly by the last place team in the league, their 3rd-place standing markedly tarnished. The South Dundas Lions had collected only their second win of the season, in Cardinal, at the expense of the home team Rangers on a 4-2 score.
South Dundas opened fast with a pair of goals in the first period for a 2-0 lead. They headed off a strong Rangers attack in the middle frame, added another pair of counters to increase the lead to 4-2, then held the home team scoreless on the sparkling netminding of Austin Pirie in the final period.
Zack Scarbeau opened the game scoring just more than a minute into the first frame when he finished a Drew Laperle set-up for a 1-0 lead. Scarbeau’s feat was matched by Devon Honders before the period closed when he doubled the Lions score to 2-0, five minutes later.
Vincent Lavigne and Kasie Jessome scored a pair for the Rangers early in the second period to tie the game, only to have Drew Laperle and Scarbeau, with his second, put the Lions up by two more before the frame ended.
In the final period the Rangers picked up the pace but were constantly harassed by Lions’ defenders on their scoring attempts. When they did get in for a shot Pirie was playing stand-up goal, turning away one play after the other. And the victory was sweet.
The Peewee B House Lions next home game at Morrisburg Arena will be on Fridiay, Dec. 15th at 8:00 p.m. when the Kemptville Panthers come to town.
Sunday, Dec. 4th - On Friday, December 15th at 8:00 p.m. the South Dundas Lions Peewee B House team will be hosting the Kemptville Panthers in a regular season game at Morrisburg Arena. Over 11 games this season the 2nd-place Panthers have scored seven wins and a tie. They’ve scored some 50 goals along the way and have allowed 33 counters against.
Comparably, South Dundas has played the same number of games, one win and three ties, 26 goals for and 59 goals against. They share the least number of points in the league with the Smith Falls Bears.
The Lions travelled to Winchester on Sunday to meet the 4th-place Demons of North Dundas and after a disastrous opening period played their opponents goal for goal over the duration of the game.
North Dundas scored three unanswered counters in the first period then each team scored a pair of goals in each of the second and third periods. Both teams have considerable goaltending talent in Austin Pirie (Lions) and Sam Hart (Demons). Hart’s ‘goals against’ lead the league while Pirie’s reflect his team’s overall performance. The interesting statistic is that the Lions outshot the Demons 36-27 over the three periods in this contest.
Nolan Stewart scored a hat trick for North Dundas, his first goal opening the game scoring. Loic Savage-Clement added a pair of goals to finish the first 15 minutes in a 3-1 lead. The Lions got on the board first in the middle period when Zack Scarbeau nailed a goal five minutes in. Stewart got that one back for the Demons two minutes later when he scored his second of the game. Caleb Machan showed his teammates on the Lions were in it when he beat Hart a minute later to cut the Demons lead to 4-2. Late in the period Will Miller gave the home team a 5-2 lead closing the second frame.
In the final period Nate Thompson put the Demons up 6-2 with an unassisted counter only to see the Lions roar back with a pair in a single minute, from the sticks of Manraj Cheema and Scarbeau with his second. That left Stewart completing his hat trick and scoring the final goal of the game with two minutes remaining, and giving the Demons the 7-4 victory.
North Dundas took seven minor penalties in the game while the Lions served only two infractions.
Friday, Dec. 1st - The South Grenville Rangers handed the Peewee B House Lions a 3-1 loss at Spencerville on Friday evening, scoring a goal early in the first period and adding a pair in the closing period. The Rangers scoring was wrapped around a Lion's single counter by Raymond Fischer-Froats with assists going to Caillum Deavey and Caleb Machan.
Kasey Jessome opened the scoring in this one, slipping a shot past Lion's netminder Austin Pirie just three minutes in to take a 1-0 lead. Froats counted the Lions goal to tie the game midway through the second period,
South Grenville added their pair of goals in the third period, one at the opening whistle and a second at the closing whistle. Kasey Jessome made it a pair of goals when she finished a Hayden Abrams-Lily Henderson set-up identical to the first goal the trio scored. With time running out Connor Baird made it a two goal lead for the Rangers on an unassisted play to take the contest.
The Lions were called on a pair of minor infractions in this contest while the South Grenville Rangers sat out three minor penalties.