2nd vs 3rd seeking Valentine's Day win . . .

Thursday, Feb. 7th - North Dundas’ Midget B Rep squad appears destined to close their regular season in 3rd-place in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League standings. Three games remain on their schedule to complete the regular season, including one on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14th, at Winchester against the 2nd-place Cornwall Colts. The Colts hold 34 points on 16 wins and a pair of ties while the Demons have won 13 games and tied five more contests.

        North Dundas will close their season with games in Perth and Kemptville on Feb. 17th and Feb. 21st respectively. The Blue Wings are holding a 4th-place finish for Perth while Kemptville’s Panthers sit in 5th-place.

        Perth’s Blue Wings upset the North Dundas Demons on Feb. 7th in a Demon’s home game when they broke out for four unanswered goals against Liam Antille in the final period for a 6-1 victory. The visitors had opened the game scoring with a goal in the first period by Campbell Strachan and the Demons tied the game midway through the middle period when Colin Minish fired a shot past Tyson Thomas in the Perth net. 

        Donavan Deacon then beat Antille for a hat trick and Kylan Tavares added a pair for the 6-1 win. As is the norm between these teams the penalty box saw the most action on the night as the Demons were called on 13 occasions including the Demon’s coach and one player being ejected. The Blue Wings sat out a dozen minor calls.

        

Saturday, Feb. 9th - On Saturday evening the Demons travelled to South Grenville to take on the cellar-dwelling Rangers, posting a 7-3 victory. North Dundas was up 2-1 after the first, 5-3 on 4o minutes and added two unanswered counters in the final 20 minutes for the win.

        Cam Sherrer scored the Demons opening goal followed by Ben Fingler with a pair. Sherrer added his second on the way to a hat trick and Blake Watters made it 5-3 at the close of the second period. 

        In the  closing 20 minutes Sherrer scored his third and Curtis Bell topped off the count at 7-3. The Demons were called on four minors in this game while the Rangers sat out six minor infractions.

Demons bounce Rangers on 5-2 note . . .

Thursday, Jan. 17th - North Dundas’ Midget B Rep Demons are solid in 3rd-place in Upper Canada Minor Hockey League action, most recently taking a 5-2 decision and two more points from the South Grenville Rangers on Friday evening. CharLan leads the division on 34 points over 19 games while the Colts from Cornwall are in second at 31 points in 23 games. The Demons have played 22 times, won 11, lost six and tied on five occasions. Perth Blue Wings are seven points back in 4th-place.

        The Demons have five games remaining in the regular season schedule, three in which they meet CharLan’s Rebels, the Perth Blue Wings and the Cornwall Colts. Two of the games are scheduled for Joel Steele Arena in Winchester, when they meet Perth on Thursday, Feb. 7th in a 7:30 p.m. start, and Valentine’s Day (write ‘er down boys, that’s Thursday, Feb. 14th) when the Cornwall Colts come to Winchester in a 7:30 p.m. puck-drop. What more can the favorite Valentine squeeze ask then an evening of hockey at Winchester's favorite gathering place.

        On Friday evening Colin Minish led the Demons on a goal and three assists while Curtis Bell, Cam Sherrer, Jayden Rowe and Ben Fingler each had a pair of points. Minish was first on the score sheet when he beat Zach Adams on a Curtis Bell play for a 1-0 lead following a scoreless 1st period.  Bell increased the North Dundas lead to 2-0 midway through the second before Baeden Hill put the Rangers on the board getting one past Liam Antille in the Demons goal. North Dundas added a third counter late in the period for a growing 3-1 lead going into the closing 20 minutes.

        Early in the third Blake Watters and Joey Hannaford each beat Adams to increase the Demons lead to 5-1, Kris Streit cut that to 5-2 late in the period. The Rangers took five minor penalties on the night while the Demons were assessed a single minor.


Trio battling for top spot at the break . . .

Thursday, Dec. 20th - Heading into the Christmas break in the midst of a 3-way battle for the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League’s top spot the North Dundas Midget Rep Demons toyed with the division’s doormat Brockville Braves on Thursday evening at Winchester’s Joel Steele Arena, banking two points in a 3-1 victory. Nine different players were in on the Demons three goals.

        As is usual at this time of year the midget ranks, all of them, begin to bear down for the run to the finish line following the Christmas break. Exception hockey takes over during that run and fans are treated to some great excitement, rivalries and excellent 2-way hockey right down to the wire.

        The Cornwall Colts have moved into 1st-place in the league’s points column accumulating 27 marks on 13 victories and a tie after 19 games. The recently displaced CharLan Rebels, who more than likely won’t be displaced for long, also have 13 wins and 26 points, those after just 15 games, leaving them with four games in hand on the Colts. The North Dundas Demons have only one game in hand on Cornwall, and have accumulated 24 points on 10 wins and 4-ties. The Kemptville entry holds on to 4th-place, mathematically, as do Perth, South Grenville and Leeds, all at 11 points. Great for league balance but all with weaknesses on talent.

        Josh Broad opened the game scoring on assists from Blake Watter and Jaymen Heuff for the Demons on Thursday night when he beat Matthew O’Hallaran with five minutes remaining in the opening period. 

        North Dundas went up by three in the middle frame with the Demons Owen Richardson and Cam Sherrer each scoring singles and Ben Fingler, Joey Hannaford, Dean Lapier and Colin Minish all drawing assists.

        Midway through the final period the Braves showed a momentary spark of enthusiasm when Ben DeJong rifled a shot past Demon's netminder Toby Byrne for Brockville’s lone counter, that assisted by Garrett Hough and Tyson Ferguson. The Braves served four minor infractions, one double minor and one misconduct penalty. The Demons were called on two minors, a double and a misconduct.

        Following Sunday’s game, the second consecutive against the Braves, the Demons are off until a Wednesday, Jan. 2nd meeting with Kemptville Panthers, then a Monday, Jan. 7th game in Williamstown against the Rebels. On January 10th their usual Thursday night home game returns to the Joel Steele Arena in a 7:30 start and in the following week home game they will host the South Grenville Rangers. Same starting time.


Two games, two nights, two ties . . .

Thursday, Dec. 13th - Two games in two nights on the secondary school calendar keeps the North Dundas Demons hopping to maintain their 2nd-place standing in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League Midget B Rep division. The Demons are a single win out of sharing 1st-place with the Char-Lan Rebels, who hold two games in hand, and a single point ahead of the Cornwall Colts. The top three positions each have posted near double the points of all other teams in the division. The Rebels have 24 points and 4th-place South Grenville has a comparably minuscule 11 points.

        On Wednesday evening the Demons made the trek to Athens where the Leeds Chargers were scheduled to host the game. Recent meetings between these two teams have not gone well, each being assessed multiple penalties and additional suspensions. This time around the 7th-place Chargers took two minor penalties and managed to post a tie against the high-flying North Dundas team.

        Curtis Bell notched a pair of goals for the Demons and Cam Sherrer had three points on a goal and two assists. Kendrew Byers also scored a single for the Demons.

        The following evening the Demons played at home to the 6th-place Kemptville Panthers, recording a second tie in two nights. The Panthers were all business in this one, serving a single minor penalty, taking the lead in the opening period and holding it through the final frame. In the third the Demons were forced to pull out all the stops to come from behind with a pair of goals to secure the tie. 

        Curtis Bell led North Dundas with a pair for the second consecutive evening with singles going to Joey Hannaford and Cam Sherrer.

        North Dundas is at the Benson Centre on Monday, Dec. 17th for an 8:30 p.m. start and return to the Joel Steele Arena in Winchester on Sunday, Dec. 23rd at 7:30 p.m. to host the last-place Brockville Braves prior to the Christmas break.

Game called, suspensions will follow . . .

Sunday, Dec. 2nd - In a penalty marred game at Winchester Arena on Sunday evening the Leeds Chargers staged a repeat performance of their previous visit when numerous players were ejected from the ice, numerous suspensions followed and the game was called before the time clock ran out.

      This time around the visitors showed up with a 9-player bench, fell behind the North Dundas Demons Midget Reps on a 7-4 count and fighting took over the game. Eight minutes remained on the clock when the officials decided they had enough. Again, suspensions will follow. So ended Demon’s Day at the Joel Steele Arena and you can bet organizers will be choosing a different opponent for next season’s celebrations.

       Colin Minish opened the scoring in this one, giving the Demons a 1-0 edge less than two minutes into the game when Cam Sherrer put him in scoring position. The Chargers came back with a pair of quick counters 33-seconds apart that caught North Dundas netminder Liam Antille off guard. Ben Fingler tied the score and Cam Sherrer put the Demons up by one to close the first period scoring. The Demons last two goals of the period were scored 30-seconds apart.

        North Dundas recorded a pair of unanswered goals in the middle frame, posting a tough lead to crack for the 7th and second last place Chargers, when Nic Brugmans and Jaymen Heuff each scored singles.

        The visiting Leeds entry were on their heels early in the final period with the Demons swirling the visitor's scoring zone and adding another pair by Joey Hannaford and Blake Watters for a 7-2 lead.

        Kohle McCulloch scored the final two goals of the game (he scored all four if the Chargers goals) before the fighting erupted and the game was eventually called. The Chargers Ryan Judson, Matthew Taite and Justin Callaghan will face the possibility of further discipline while Jaymen Heuff and Blake Watters from the Demons could be called before the disciplinary committee.

        The Demons hold 2nd-place in the league standings, one victory behind the Char-Lan Rebels. They are, however, leading in the ‘goals for’ department. The Rebels do have a game in hand.

        The next home game for the North Dundas Midget Reps will be on Saturday, Dec. 6th at Joel Steele Arena when the 4th-place South Grenville Rangers come to Winchester. The official puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. 


Midget Reps in thick of top three . . .

Thursday, Nov. 29 - Dean Lapier and Cam Sherrer combined for a pair of goals early in the final period to lead the North Dundas Demons a on a 4-1 victory over the 3rd-place Cornwall Colts on Thursday evening at Winchester. The 2nd-place Demons, currently sitting 2-points behind the front-running Char-Lan Rebels,  allowed the Colts a 1-0 lead in the opening frame, tied the game with an unanswered goal in the middle period and added three in the closing 18 minutes as they breezed over the Cornwall entry.

        Tyler Bowen whipped a shot past Toby Byrne in the Demons net very early in the opening minutes of the game. Bowen completed a Riley Fitzgerald attempt for the score.

        Ben Fingler tied the game in the middle period when Nic Brugmans sent him on his way to the goal, beating the Colt's Alexie Sabourin for the counter.

        The home ice Demons dominated the game in the chippy final period with Dean Lapier scoring a pair of goals two minutes apart for a 3-1 lead that the Colts never did recover from. Curtis Bell added the final counter of the game when he beat Sabourin from Jayden Rowe and Josh broad for the 4-1 victory.

        Each team went to the penalty box six times during the game, all minor infractions.

        The Demon Midget Reps play the 7th-place Leeds Chargers on Sunday, Dec. 2nd at home in a 6:30 p.m. start and then return to Winchester Arena on Thursday evening, Dec. 6th, for a game against the 4th-place South Grenville Rangers. The last time the Chargers were in town they suffered through multiple misconduct and game suspension penalties both during and following the game.


Demons lose one, tie one and win one . . .

Thursday, Nov. 22nd - The North Dundas Midget Rep Demons recorded a 4-2 loss in Perth and a 2-2 tie in Cornwall before travelling to Cardinal and drubbing the South Grenville Rangers on an 8-1 count. The Demons, currently sitting three points back of league leading Char-Lan, are 6-3-1 over 10 games at 13 points. The Rebels lead with 16 points on a yet undefeated eight games.

        At Perth the home team took a 1-0 lead after one period, tied the Demons output in the middle frame with two goals apiece, and added their fourth in the final frame to take a 4-2 victory.

        At Cornwall the following evening the Demons allowed the Colts a late goal to tie the game in the final three minutes. Josh Broad and Blake Watters scored singles for  the Demons while Jared Seguin replied for both the Colts counters.

        At Cardinal the South Grenville Rangers were allowed the opening goal and that was it. The Demons scored the next eight unanswered goals for the lopsided victory. Eleven players on the North Dundas 16-man roster took part in the scoring at Cardinal, suggesting a somewhat potent offence. 

        Ben Fingler led the Demons scoring rampage with a 4-point night on one goal and three assists and Brad McLean added a trio of helpers. Two points went to Nic Brugmans, Dean Lapier, Cam Sherrer and Joey Hannaford. Owen Richardson, Jayman Heuff, Blake Watters, Kendrew Byers and Jayden Rowe all scored single points.

        The Demons next host the Kemptville 2 Panthers at Chesterville on Sunday, Dec. 2nd at 4:30 p.m.


Penalties highlight hockey game . . .

Friday, Nov. 8th - In what may turn out being the craziest Midget Rep game of the 2018 season officials called more than a dozen major penalties, ejected a coach and numerous players, and additional (as many as six) game suspensions are pending. In a regular season game.

        No strangers to the penalty box, the cellar dwelling Leeds Chargers have managed to sit out 103 minutes in penalties in their first five games of the season. The North Dundas Demons, currently two points out of second place in the standings, have suffered just half of that total over the same number of games.

        Last Thursday at Winchester the Demons hosted the Chargers in a contest that saw the home team Demons outscored 1-0 in the first period and then come back to score three unanswered goals and win the contest over periods two and three. The Demons were without the services of three regulars serving suspension.

        Ryan Judson scored the game’s first goal on an unassisted play, the only counter in the first period. During the following period the Chargers sat out 10 infractions, five of them majors, and watched the Demons tie the game on a Joey Hannaford goal.      

        North Dundas returned to add a pair of goals in the final frame when Colin Minish and Brad McLean scored goals for the 3-1 victory. The Leeds team chose to take part in another dozen infractions with more to come. The game was called with more than five minutes remaining in regulation time, which could have been plenty of time for a late charge, but . . .

        The Demons next upcoming home game will see the Kemptville Panthers visit Winchester Arena on Thursday, Nov. 15th  for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Demons hold off Braves late attack . . .

Sunday, Nov. 4th - The North Dundas Midget Rep Demons staved off a late Brovckville Braves charge on Sunday at Brockville to hold on to a 5-4 victory and 4th-place in league standings. Colin Minish put the game just out of the Brave’s reach with an unassisted goal early in the period to give the visiting Demons a 5-1 lead. Then North Dundas played content to sit on the lead until the clock ran down.

        A very fast start by the Demons caught the Braves flat-footed in this game. North Dundas scored three times in the last half of the 1st-period for a 3-0 lead before Brockville managed to put one past Liam Antille in the Demon’s net.

        Blake Watters scored the game’s opening goal from Dean Lapier and Nick Brugman’s followed by a pair of quick goals in one minute and four seconds by Brugmans to go up 3-0 before the Braves managed a responce. Dean Fingler drew two assists and Josh Broad scored a single point on the Brugman’s goals. Brockville scored late in the period.

        Kendrew Byers nailed the only goal in the middle period. The frame was marked by stand-up goaltending and fast and furious scoring attempts and managed to keep the crowd on edge.

        In the final period the Demons topped their effort at 5-1 on the Minish counter. The Braves came back with two goals from Dylan Butcher and a single from Ben DeJong before calling it a day. The victory leaves the Demons in 4th-place, tight with Cornwall and South Grenville at 7-points and 6-points respectively.

        The Midget Rep Demons next two games are at home in Winchester, the first on Thursday, Nov. 8th against the 8th-place Leeds Chargers and the second on Thursday, Nov. 15th when they host the 7th-place Kemptville Panthers. Fast and furious minor hockey at it’s best . . . 


Rebels dump Demons in last two games . . .

Thursday's game was full of some tuff checking as Jayden Rowe is handing out here,  but the Char-LAn Rebels didn't give in and scored a 3-0 shut-out victory over the Demons at Winchester in Midget Rep action . . .

 

Thursday, Nov. 1st - The Midget Rep Char-Lan Rebels are running an undefeated schedule in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League East Division with a perfect 5-0 record. Their closest rivals statistically are the North Dundas Demons, a combined North and South Dundas entry of talented midget age players. The  Demons have played in five games also, winning their opening three contests and dropping the last two, both to Char-Lan. Last evening’s meeting resulted in a 3-0 loss while the game a week previous saw the Rebels run over the Demons in a 6-2 victory.

        Char-Lan was on the attack the moment the puck was dropped in Winchester on Thursday evening and but for the work of the Demons net minder Liam Antille, the score may have been more lopsided. The Demons on the other hand held the visitors scoreless for the opening dozen minutes, until a heavily screened Antille was beaten for the game’s opening goal by a shot he didn’t see coming. The Demons goaltender was heavily screened on the rising attempt that found the top right corner. Xavier was credited with the goal.

        The visitors added a second counter two minutes later when Jack Maclachlan and Alex Paquette set up Andrew Druoin for a goal-mouth counter that closed the first period scoring with Char-Lan holding a 2-0 lead.

        Neither team scored in the middle period although the action around the Demons net was constant. Both teams had quality opportunities, both goaltenders had other intentions, and they were the stronger to the task.

       In the third period the last goal of the game came in the final 22 seconds when Aidan Leroux and Paquette combined to beat Antille. Leroux was credited with the goal and the Rebels with the 3-0 victory. Each team served a single minor penalty in the game.

        The Midget Rep Demons play their next game against the Brockville Braves on Sunday, November 4th at Brockville in a 5:00 p.m. start. The next home game for the Midget Reps is on thursday, November 8th at 7:30 p.m. when they host the Leeds Chargers at Winchester’s Joel Steele Arena.


Midget Demons grab 1st place early . . .

Thursday, Oct. 18th - The North Dundas Major Midget Rep Demons are setting a pace that just might be too tough to swallow, put past follow! Three games into a news season  this mix of North and South Dundas’ best Midget players are leaving their own goaltenders out in the cold, literally. The Liam Antille/Toby Byrne netminding duo get very limited action (and cold feet) having seen limited shooters and allowing only two goals by the opposition over three games.

        The Demons hosted the Perth Blue Wings on Thursday evening at Winchester, entertained their visitors to a scoreless, back and forth opening period, then took advantage of four power-play opportunities late in the second and into the third periods to take a 4-0 lead. Then just to show there was no fluke like having the man advantage, the Demons poured a little salt in the Perth wound, firing a short-handed goal midway through the final period to take the contest on a 5-0 shut-out score.

        The Blue Wings, for the record, are near the top in the accumulated penalty minutes scoring early this season. Unfortunately they are no match for the Devils who lead the category, averaging eight minor infractions per game, which on the up side provides lots of opportunity to develop a short-handed unit that can score. The Demons are also at the top in ‘goals for’, and are standing first with 6 points.

        Ben Fingler led North Dundas with a goal in each of the second and third periods and assisted, along with Nic Brugmans, on Cam Sherrer’s third period counter. Curtis Bell and Dean Lapier each had single counters while Owen Richardson, and Colin Minish each had a pair of assists with singles going to  Bell and Scherrer.

The Demons next home game is scheduled for the Winchester Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1st at 7:30 p.m. against the third place Char-Lan Rebels.