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.