Lions and Panthers clawing at title . . .

Monday, Jan. 7th - The South Dundas Atom B House Lions and the Kemptville Atom B-1 House Panthers are going at it claw and fang in a race for the league title. They've been battling all season, each having a run at the top. Currently the Panthers hold 1st-place, four points up on the Lions. And the Lions, in turn, are holding two games in hand on the Panthers. 

        In a sampling of all that's to come the Lions travelled to Kemptville on Monday evening where they posted a 2-2 tie with the home team Panthers. The Lions took a 1-0 lead late in the opening period. The Panthers came back midway through middle period and tied the score. Six minutes remained in the third period when the Panthers took the lead. and with just less than two minutes remaining in the final period the Lions, on a power play, tied the game at two each. While the parents sat back and took a rest the grand parents popped nitro hits to calm the heart beat. 

        Chase Alger fired the opening goal of the game when Mathieu Bazinet laid up an opportunity for the Lions. The Panther's following pair of counters both came from the stick of Ashton Hiller, both times set up by Brody Snowdon. The last goal of the game, the tying marker for the Lions, came from the high-speed razzle dazzle Lion's line of Carruthers, Morrow and Elliott with Carruthers netting the goal.

        Both Lion's goals were scored on the power play, the only two penalties called against the Panthers. The Lions successfully defended the Panther's lone power play opportunity in the middle period.

        On Thursday Jan. 24th, Saturday, Jan. 26th and Sunday, Jan. 27th the Lions play at Morrisburg Arena in what's going to be some heart-ponding action, hosting the 3rd-place South Grenville Rangers on the 24th, the 5th-place Brockville Braves on the 26th, and the 1st-place Kemptville Panthers on the 27th. Mark your calendars, the lid's gonna blow off this run . . . 


Atom B Lions roll over Chargers . . .

Chase Alger wires this backhand shot past Leed's goaltender Cameron Cumpson in the second period  . . .

 

Sunday, Jan. 6th - South Dundas’ Atom B Lions rolled over the Leeds Chargers with little effort on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. The Lions opened the scoring in the first period, went up 2-0 in the middle frame and closed with a pair in the final period of a game that saw affiliate players Brenna McCooeye and Grayson Casselman dressed for the locals. 

        Nick Carruthers was the first to hit the scoresheet and the visitor’s net with a shot from in tight for the 1-0 Lion’s lead. Joel Onstein drew the assist on the play.

        In the second period Connor McCurdy snared a clearing pass at the blue line and worked in the right side for a shot. Chase Alger picked off the rebound and backhanded the puck past Charger’s net minder Cameron Cumpson for a 2-0 lead.

        Carter Brown scored the lone Leed’s goal one minute following Alger’s counter when he snapped a Carter Watts pass over the outstretched arm of Lion’s goaltender Owen Conlin to cut the South Dundas lead to a single.

        The Lions were the only scorers in the final frame with defenceman Noah Beimond scoring on an unassisted rush. Grayson Casselman fired the final goal of the game when he snapped up a rebound, faked and unleashed a perfect shot to the far side of Cumpson for the 4-1 victory.

         The Lion’s next home game will be Thursday, Jan. 24th at 6:00 p.m. when the South Grenville Rangers come to town.


Bears take a Christmas chomp of Lions . . .

Lions defence Beimond and Casselman surrounds Nate McLean on this scoring attempt . . .
Lions defence Beimond and Casselman surrounds Nate McLean on this scoring attempt . . .

Sunday, Dec. 24th - An abundance of Christmas Ho Ho was delivered to the Morrisburg Arena on Sunday afternoon and the Smiths Falls Bears dumped it all on the front running South Dundas Lions Atom B House team. The cheer came in the form of the 7th-place Bears running up and down the ice with the high-flying Lions throughout an exciting first period that ended in a 3-3 tie. But the Bears had saved enough for the remainder of the game and the Lions tank was empty save Rowan McCooeye who was performing some Christmas magic of his own between the South Dundas pipes.

And when the defence couldn't stop McLean, McCooeye the goaltender did . . .
And when the defence couldn't stop McLean, McCooeye the goaltender did . . .

        The Lions were fortunate too to have access to a couple of seasonal bright stars brought in to replace sick and travelling regulars in Novice defenceman Brenna McCooeye and Novice sniper Grayson Casselman. The presence of Brenna McCooeye in any game is becoming well known in minor hockey circles and her diminutive physical presence does little to hide her willingness to give and take, be it the puck or the body (or when challenged, the stick) causing some opposing players a fatal hesitation in their bid to attack the Lions cage.

        Grayson Casselman needs little introduction at either level. He is a zoned in, hockey talented, exceptional skater who can stick-handle with the best and possesses a shot that if not topping in heat, is certainly more accurate than most. He scored the Lions first two goals in the 4-3 loss. Nick Carruthers added South Dundas’ third counter.

        For the Bears the opening period goals were scored by Nate McLean, Nolan McNeil and Colton Webster. The winning counter, scored late in the middle period was notched by Isaac Drummond from Cohen Rogers and McLean.

        The Lions retain 1st place, momentarily at least, through the Christmas break, with the Kemptville Panthers B-1 House in extremely close pursuit. The Lions are back on the ice for a 6-game January run starting with the basement dwelling Leeds Chargers on Sunday, Jan. 6th at 1:00 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena.

Rowan McCooeye kicks out a pad to guard against this corner shot . . .
Rowan McCooeye kicks out a pad to guard against this corner shot . . .

Atom B Lions are in it to win it . . .

Thursday, Dec. 13th - The South Dundas’ Atom B House Lions squad continues to dominate their Upper Canada Minor Hockey division, riding 1st-place with a game in hand over the 2nd-place Kemptville Panther’s B-1 House entry. Both teams are sporting 27 points as of this post, although the Panther’s have played one more game than have the Lions.

        On Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena the Panthers B-2 packed up their gear and headed back up the road on a 5-1 loss to their hosts. For the Lions sweater #3 (Kai Morrow), sweater #4 (Jordan Elliott) and sweater #5 (Nick Carruthers) each notched a pair of points.

        Elliott opened the game scoring from Morrow and Jake Thompson to kick off the evening, a goal that was followed by an unassisted effort on the part of Nick Carruthers to give the Lions a 2-0 1st-period lead.

        Second period action saw the Panthers record a single goal from the stick of Carson Forbes. Unfortunately the Lions netted a pair, again from Elliott, with a Morrow assist, and Carruthers with his second of the game, unassisted.

        Early in the final period the Lions secured a 5-1 lead on the work of Chase Alger, unassisted, the final goal by either team in this game. Goaltender Rowan McCooeye, who shares net-minding duties with teammate Owen Conlin, was in net for the Lions in this one.

         Two days before Christmas the Atom B House Lions meet the Smiths Falls Bears at Morrisburg Arena, on Sunday, Dec. 23rd in a 2:00 p.m. puck-drop.


Jordan Elliott records unbelievable feat . . .

Jordan Elliott, a pure goal scorer . . .
Jordan Elliott, a pure goal scorer . . .

Sunday, Dec. 9th - Matieu Bazinet scored the only assist in the game on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. Unbeknownst to Bazinet, he initiated an unbelievable scoring show staged by the South Dundas Atom’s team Captain and sniper, Jordan Elliott. The Lion’s Captain and top scorer fired a natural hat-trick in just 46 seconds in the 1st-period of the game, scoring his first at 9:28 of the opening period and scoring his third at 8:42 of the same frame. Two of the goals were unassisted. 

        Unfortunately, we have no way of comparing this statistic to past scoring sprees by players on area teams and in area leagues, but we do believe it would be a tough act to match, and near impossible surpass. Specifically by a single player.

        The South Dundas Atom B House Lions have moved four points up on their nearest rivals in the race to the finish line for the 2018-19 regular season. After 15-games the Lions are comfortable with 11 wins and three ties for a 1st-place at 25 points. The team leads the division in ‘goals for’ with 45 markers. The shared goal-tending of Rowan McCooeye and Owen Conlin have a considerable lead in the ‘goals against’ mark at 1.2 per contest, and the players have served less than two penalties per game.

        Following a busy week the Lions hosted the last place Leeds Chargers to a game on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg, scored three counters in the opening period, Elliott's performance,  and then settled back and worked on their defence. The Chargers gave them a bit of a scare in scoring two goals in the middle period and shutting down the South Dundas team in the final fifteen minutes. Great defence on their part.

        Carter Watts and Orien Cowan scored the Chargers goals in the 3-2 loss. The Leeds team has recorded a single victory in their 16 outings and have added three points on ties.

        The Lions return to Morrisburg Arena on Thursday, Dec. 13th at 6:00 p.m. when the 7th-place Kemptville B-2 Panthers come to town.


South Dundas owns 1st-place for now . . .

Lion's Jordan Elliott (red helmet) flips this shot over the shoulder of Panther's netminder Will Treynor in a 4-1 victory . . .
Lion's Jordan Elliott (red helmet) flips this shot over the shoulder of Panther's netminder Will Treynor in a 4-1 victory . . .

Monday, Dec. 3rd - The red hot stick of Jordan Elliott led South Dundas on Monday evening in Kemptville as the visiting Atom B Lions put any challenge of their 1st-place standing to rest. Well, temporarily to rest at least. 

        Going into this game the Lions and the Panthers were tied at 19 points each. The Panthers actually were the favored long shot opportunity to surge ahead having a game in hand. But the Lions had other ideas. Namely an impressively solid team effort, an affiliate in the line-up who is a league-wide known combatant who refuses to quit, and the scoring sense of Jordan Elliott. Which equals a 4-1 victory for South Dundas.

        The Lion’s defensive play was outstanding in this game, swarming the opposition on every scoring chance and shutting down the high-flying Panthers before they could get a great opportunity organized. When the home team did get into scoring range the Lion’s net-minder, Rowan McCooeye who after allowing a soft one early in the game, shut-out the Panthers. These same Panthers boast the third highest “goals for’ stat in the 8-team league.

Leah Beimond and Brenna McCooeye with their game pucks . . .
Leah Beimond and Brenna McCooeye with their game pucks . . .

  After Kemptville charged into the visitors zone early in the opening frame Kai Morrow was quick to jump on a clearing opportunity, out skating the Kemptville defence to the puck and beating netminder Will Treynor for the game’s first counter. Linemates Chloe Cassleman and Jordan Elliott drew assists on the goal. 

        Less than a minute later the Panthers slipped into the Lion’s zone and Joshua Ropple whistled a low, well screened wrist shot to the far post, beating McCooeye for the first and last time in this game. 

        Jordan Elliott scored the single goal in the middle period of this one, slapping a bouncing puck out of the air in a goal mouth battle, up and over Treynor for the lead the Lions would not relinquish.

        Riding a 2-1 head-start the Lions battled the Panthers  back and forth through the second and last periods, the visitors from South Dundas patiently awaiting their opportunity to add to the goal count. It didn’t take long.

        The Panthers attempted to push their offence and Elliotts fleet-footed style saw him intercept a pass at center ice and race in on Treynor to score the 3rd Lion’s goal. This time unassisted.

        Late in the contest, with the clock approaching the final minute, the Lions secured the puck again, Chase Alger hit Elliott with a pass at the Panther’s blueline, Elliott relayed the play to the stick of Nick Carruthers, and Carruthers shared in the scoring glory, beating Treynor cleanly for the final goal of the game.

        Leah Beimond and Brenna McCooeye scored the Lion(s) of the Game awards for their outstanding efforts in this one. Fans haven’t heard the last of these Panthers this season. Kemptville holds a game in hand, and sitting 2-points back in second place they are hot to pursue the Lions through to the end of the regular season schedule. The two teams meet in a Jan. 10th and 13th home and home long weekend standoff which will most likely settle the first place finish. South Grenville, who currently holds 3rd-place, can’t be counted out of the possibility. They might even be the spoiler. 

        The Lions next meet the Leeds Chargers in a home game at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, Dec. 9th at 1:00 p.m.

Please excuse the photo-quality on this game. The lighting over the Kemptville Arena ice surface is poor . . .


Lions settle for 2-2 tie on Demon's Day . . .

Sunday, Dec. 2nd - Settling for a 2-2 tie on their host’s Demon's Day at Winchester could be trouble for the 1st-place South Dundas Lion Peewee B House squad. That tie, and a meeting coming up at the time of this post against the 2nd-place Kemptville B-1 House Panthers in Kemptville on Monday evening could see the home team Panthers take-over the top spot in league standings.

        On Sunday afternoon at Winchester the Atom B Lions scored  a pair of second period goals but couldn’t manage to beat Demon's goaltender Chase Culbert in the first of third periods. The home team Demons fired a single in the second frame and added the tying marker in closing period for the single game point.

        Alex Miller opened the game scoring before a standing-room-only crowd at Joel Steele Arena in this portion of the Demon’s Day program. Miller’s goal was unassisted. Jordan Elliott followed that with a Chase Alger set-up goal to tie the game before the period ended.

        Late in the final period Miller returned with his second counter, this time assisted by linemates Luke Geurts and RJ Young to put the Demons up by one. As the clock wound down the Lion's Elliott roared in from the blueline and beat Culbert for the tying goal. The Lions-Demons game was called with more than two minutes remaining on the game clock, a contest in which the visitors enjoyed a 23-18 edge in shots on goal. 

        The Lions host the Leeds Chargers on Sunday, Dec. 9th in a 1:00 p.m. start at Morrisburg Arena.

Clean score sheet says a lot . . .

Lions Kai Morrow, #3, stretches to beat the Braves netminder Seth Adolf on Thursday night at Morrisburg Arena . . .

 

Thursday, Nov. 30th - There is a major battle brewing on the Atom B House front. As minor hockey peaks at mid season and the teams initiate planning for a playoff inclusion and run for the last man standing trophy, there is some unbelievably exciting action awaiting fans at all of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League participant arenas. There may even be some extra oomph for your admission fee at the Brockville Braves and South Dundas Lions’ arenas.

        The Braves and our 1st-place Lions have met twice to date this season, both games in the past week. The most recent was on Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena where an outstanding back and forth checking contest took up the entirety of the 50 minute outing.  And nary a goal was scored.

        There are no recorded goals, assists or penalties on the score sheet from this game. As it turned out there isn’t much better proof that the league is competitive at this level. Those who give their time to minor hockey deserve to be commended for the obvious results. Six of the eight teams in the division could be dangerous competition on any given night.

        The tie on Thursday night gives the Braves the edge, Brockville having won the first contest and the Lions suffering their first defeat of the season last week at Brockville on a 3-1 note. BUT, and it is a but to consider, the Lions have two more cracks at their most recent nemesis getting in the way to the regular season championship. Sixteen games remain on the schedule for this eight team division. Two of those will be meetings with the Braves and those will be an indication of what will come at playoff time. On January 20th the Lions host the Braves at Morrisburg in a 1:00 p.m. match and then return to Brockville for their final meeting of the regular schedule for a 10 a.m. match on February 10th.

        Not to be forgotten in this mix are the Panthers and the Rangers from Kemptville and South Grenville respectively. The Lions have bounced the Rangers 4-2 and 4-0 in their first two meetings, and they have tied Kemptville 1 at Morrisburg on November 1st on a 3-3 count. A lot can change over a month. Our boys will know following this weekend as they meet the Panthers at Kemptville on Monday, Dec. 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

        The Atom B House division is icing the best hockey entertainment a fan could ask for. If you have a favored team it is edge-of-your-seat nerve racking, tense, blood-pressure-raising excitement no doctor in their right mind would recommend. This level of hockey brings out the deepest in us-against-them cheering, the thick-in-the-air controversy on every call by the officials, and the all out effort by these very young Lions, future stars at more competitive levels, including future coaches and managers.

        Mark your calendars, Sunday, January 20th at 1:00 p.m. It’s our Lions against their Panthers, on the road to the final.

        The Atom B Lions have two games scheduled for this weekend, including a meeting with the Demons at Winchester on Sunday and their match with the Panthers on Monday. Their next home game will be on Sunday, Dec. 9th at 1:00 p.m. when they host the Leeds Chargers at 1:00 p.m.


Roaring Lions silenced by Braves . . .

Sunday, Nov. 25th - Jaccob Hodgwerf led the 4th-place Brockville Braves Atom B House team to victory over the front-running South Dundas Lions on Sunday afternoon at Brockville.  Hodgwerf scored in each of the three periods, the last on an unassisted counter to post the 3-1 victory over the previously undefeated Atom squad from South Dundas.

        That’s not all! Hockey fans are going to get to see the two teams go at it again on Thursday evening at Morrisburg.

        Braves defenceman Preston Brown hit Jaccob Hodgwerf’s tape with a pass late in the first period and the sniper fired the puck past netminder Owen Conlin for the game’s first goal. Chase Alger returned the scoring favor for the Lions. Four minutes remained in the middle period when Alger stole the puck, moved in on an unassisted effort and fired one past the Braves Seth Adolf to tie the game. Just prior to the close of the period the Brown/Hodgwerf combination lit the goal light once again, giving the Braves back the 2-1 advantage going into the final period.

        Hodgwerf scored the insurance marker three minutes into the third on an unassisted play when he zipped one by Conlin with nine minutes remaining. Brockville sat out the single minor infraction called in this game.

        The Atom B Rep Lions host the same Braves at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday, Nov. 29th in a 6:00 p.m. puck drop. This Atom hockey may be the most exciting of all the current minor divisions. It is, give the age of these players, incredibly fast and skilled, and it is top notch entertainment on any night. That puck drop again, is 6:00 p.m. on Thursday . . . see you there . . .


Bears no match for high scoring Lions . . .

After their game on Sunday the Atom B Lions pose with their team sponsor Jimmy, from Jimmy's Restaurant in Ingleside . . .

Sunday, Nov. 18th - The league’s front running South Dundas Atom B Lions required less than two periods to retire the score keepers task of recording goals on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. Along the way they ran all over the Smiths Falls Bears. 

        Working as smoothly as a performance machine the Lion's passing and free-wheeling attack on Sunday was a display of finesse, near all of the 50-minute game played in the visitors zone. Carter Robertson-VanDusen, playing in goal for the Bears, had his work cut out for him throughout, and turned away as many as five shots for every one that got by him.

        It was the perfect day to have invited the Lion’s team sponsor, and owner of Jimmy’s Diner in Ingleside (right across the road from Kraft). Jimmy saw that he was backing a talented team of hard working hockey players who are not only undefeated, but lead in every category in the standings. Jimmy Dingwall and his wife Vicki sponsored both of the Atom teams this season and provided each a set of practice sweaters.

        The Lions scorers included Jordan Elliott with a hat trick, Kai Morrow with a goal and an assist, Chloe Casselman with a hat trick of assists, Chase Alger and Noah Beimond (a real beauty from the point) with singles, and single assists to Leah Beimond, Connor McCurdy, Matieu Bazinet and Katie Casselman.

        Nate McLean scored the lone goal for the Bears with the assist going to Taidyn Graham.

        The Lions host the Brockville Braves in their next home game, Thursday, Nov. 29th at 6:00 p.m.


Atom B's double Rangers on 4-2 note . . .

The Rangers Pearl Hare is stopped by Owen Conlin on this scoring attempt . . .

 

Thursday, Nov. 15th - The South Dundas Lions Atom B team continues to hold 1st-place in the league standings.  As the statistics show they have the greatest scoring power and the best goal tending, and they seem to get better each game out.

        Playing against the 3rd-place South Grenville Rangers on Thursday night at Morrisburg Arena the Lion’s deadliest duo, Kai Morrow and Jordan Elliott, rattled the twine twice each to lead the club to their 8th-victory in nine games. 

        Morrow opened the scoring when winger Katie Casselman picked off a pass attempt by the Rangers and hit Morrow's tape perfectly for the 1-0 lead. Jordan Elliott made it 2-0 when he carried a long run through the South Grenville defence and beat Daniel Leeman in the Rangers net.

 

Connor McCurdy handed the puck . . .
Connor McCurdy handed the puck . . .

        The Rangers scored before the period ended when Grady O’Neil let a wrist shot go from the top of the hash-marks that beat Owen Conlin on an unassisted play. The two teams broke with the promise of a great 3rd-period.

        The promise proved perfect as Elliott made it 3-1 early in the final period scoring his second unassisted counter. Less than a minute elapsed before Morrow was back with a beauty, this time from Elliott, giving the Lions a commanding 4-1 lead. Two minutes later the Rangers arrested any thoughts of a run-away when Pearl Hare pounded the pack past the Lion’s net minder Owen Conlin to leave the score at 3-2. Cayden Aikens was credited with the assist on the Hare marker. Neither team scored in the final six minutes of the game and neither team was called on an infraction throughout this contest.

        Connor McCurdy scored the Player of the Game puck for his constant effort, passing and team play in this game.

        The South Dundas Atom B Lions are a great team to watch play the game. The perfect age where the game is making sense and the players are experimenting with some great passing and scoring plays. And serving up some that aren't so great, but could be promising. This team plays their next home game at Morrisburg on Sunday, Nov. 18th, at 1:00 p.m.


Lions add to standings lead over Bears . . .

Mathieu Bazinet nicked the Player of the Game puck for his performance at Smiths Falls on Wednesday evening . . .
Mathieu Bazinet nicked the Player of the Game puck for his performance at Smiths Falls on Wednesday evening . . .

Wednesday, Nov. 14th - The Atom B Lions continue their winning ways, leading the division in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League and have added two more points to their total Wednesday evening of this week. This time around the Smiths Fall Bears fell victim to the leaders on a 3-1 note at Smiths Falls.

        The Lions have seven wins and a tie in eight games to date for 15 points, giving them a healthy and growing lead over 2nd-place Kemptville, who are four points back on four wins and three ties.

        Nick Carruthers opened the game scoring at Smiths Falls when he completed a Jake Thompson scoring attempt for the counter. Neither team managed to score in the middle frame but midway through the final period Colton Webster notched a marker behind the Lion’s Rowan McCooeye to tie the game.

        Kai Morrow needed less than a minute to give the Lions back the lead when he beat Alexandre Abe in the Bear’s net with Katie Casselman drawing the assist. One minute later Mathieu Bazinet fired the Lion’s third goal past Aube for the 3-1 victory when Connor McCurdy initiated a three way play with Chase Alger and Bazinet.

        The Lions served a pair of minor penalties late in the middle period while the Bears were called on a single minor infraction in the third period. 

        The Atom B Lions return to Morrisbrg Arena for a home game on Sunday, Nov. 18th at 1:00 p.m. when these same Bears roll into the den.

Lions dump Panthers B-2 entry . . .

Katie and Chloe "The Casselman Twins" with their Hard Workers of the Game pucks . . .
Katie and Chloe "The Casselman Twins" with their Hard Workers of the Game pucks . . .

Saturday, Nov. 3rd - Noah Beimond led his teammates with a pair of goals on a victory run over the Kemptville B-2 Panthers at Kemptville on Saturday. Beimonds duo of counters wrapped around a single by Jordan Elliott gave the Lions yet another two point game in their run to retain the league lead in UCMHL standings.

        Currently the Lions have recorded a pair of ties and the balance victories, and they lead the league in scoring. Just as interesting, this team has recorded only two minor penalties in six outings.

      Beimond opened the scoring midway through the first period when he beat Panther’s goaltender Owen VanSanten with Jordan Elliott and Kai Morrow drawing assists. Later in the same period it was Elliott who notched the Lion’s second goal when he beat VanSanten from Morrow and Chloe Casselman.

        Second period action saw the Panthers come back with a pair of goals with Liam Desjardins and Jack Johnson managing to tie the game, beating Owen Conlin between the Lion’s pipes.  Beimond gave the Lions the lead very late in the middle period when he scored with four seconds remaining for a 3-2 count on a Nick Carruthers set-up.

        VanSanten and Conlin took over the spotlight in the final 20-minutes when neither team scored simply because the two goaltenders put on a spectacular show. The game closed in a 3-2 victory for South Dundas.

        The undefeated Atom B House team will host the South Grenville Rangers on Thursday, Nov. 15th at 6:00 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena. This is an exciting team to watch play the game . . . 


Panther's match Lion's ferocious attack . . .

Lion’s defenders close in an attempt to defend the goal mouth on a Kemptville Panther’s attack . . .

 

Thursday, Nov. 1st - South Dundas’ Atom B Lions are undefeated in their first six games of the 2018-19 campaign. They have allowed only four goals over the seven games to date, three of those scored last night at Morrisburg where the Lions faced a well matched Kemptville Panthers B-1 squad.

The Lions opened the scoring late in the first period when Chloe Casselman ripped a shot past Kole Wolenschlager and into the Panther’s net. Kia Morrow orchestrated the play, passed off to Chase Alger and Alger hit Cassleman’s waiting stick.

        Owen Anderson tied the game for the Panthers when he fired a screened shot from the point that slipped through net minder Rowan McCooeye’s skates and into the net. Wyatt Patterson assisted on the Kemptville goal.

        The two teams raced end to end in a full 15 minute back and forth, free wheeling game that excited the screaming fans to no end. As the game progressed so too did the fan support, and the speed of the players, with very few whistle stoppages over the fifteen minutes.

        Brady Nichol put the Panthers up with an unassisted goal well into the final period and the Panthers commanded a 2-1 lead. That was equalled by Jordan Elliott who stole the puck from a Kemptville defender, raced in and fired a wrist shot past Wollenschlager to tie the game.

        Joshua Repple put the Panthers ahead again on an unassisted conter with just two minutes remaining in the game when he beat the Lon’s defence and hammered the puck past McCooeye for ac 3-2 lead. The Lions answerred once again whgen Chase Alger slid Elliott a runaway pass and the hard-skating winger swooped across the goal mouth, waited until Wollschlager went down and slid the puck around his outstretched pads and into the net. Elliott tied the game with one minute remaining.

        Neither team was penalized in this contest. The Atom B House Lions play at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday, Nov. 15th at 6:00 p.m. when the South Grenville Rangers come to town.


Lions lead division, remain undefeated . . .

"Shove over, I'm goin' here . . .", Lion's Katie Casselman and Panther's Brody Snowdon jockey for position in the Lions - Panther's game on Saturday . . . 

 

Saturday, Oct. 27th - The top team shut out the cellar-dwellers on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena when the Atom B House Lions whipped the Kemptville Panthers Atom B-2 entry.  But make no mistake. This division in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League is chock full of very fast, very skilled action, some fabulous goal tending and some heady scoring plays that just might give some of the ‘you know who’ teams a run for their money.

     The Lions and Panthers raced back and forth at dizzying speeds in the opening period of this game. Owen VanSanten and Owen Conlin, the Panthers and Lion’s net minders, both were called on time and again to turn away scoring chances. And they we sharp every time. As the current record stands, the Lions are in 1st-place, five games, four wins, one tie and one goal against. Conlin shares the team’s duties between the pipes with Rowan McCooeye, dressing the best one-two punch in the league to date.

        Second period action saw Jordan Elliott kick up his play a notch, using speed and a great shot to beat VanSanten on a Katie Casselman set-up for the 1-0 lead. Lion’s defenceman Jake Thompson spotted and fed Elliott five minutes later when the speedy winger was hitting the Panther’s blue line, and Elliott, after drawing the defence his way hit Brody Duncan’s stick with a perfect set up. Duncan was sure on the 2-0 goal. 

        Minutes later the Lions attacked the Panther’s zone again, this time with Mathieu Bazinet roaring into the slot after a loose puck. Backstop VanSanten was well surrounded by defensive help but allowing a hint of a rebound triggered Connor McCurdy’s scoring instinct and he jammed the puck home making it 3-0 for the Lions.

        The Panthers mounted a rally in the final period and the Lions were happy to wait for opportunities while working the defensive side of their game. Several times Conlin was forced to make great saves to retain his shut out. Late in the final period Elliott swept in on a pass from Chloe Casselman and beat VanSanten for the final conter of the game. It was his third point of the night.

        The Atom B Lions next home game will be at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1st, at 6:00 p.m. when the Kemptville Atom B-1 Panthers  come to town.

Goaltending duo setting hot pace . . .

Monday, Oct. 22nd - The net minding duo of Rowan McCooeye and Owen Conlin backing the Atom B House Lions is setting a blistering pace in the early going of the 2018-19 hockey campaign. They have not only recorded three consecutive shut-outs, but have allowed a very stingy one goal against in their first four outings, that against the North Dundas Demons who they beat on both games of a home and home series.

        Kai Morrow (pictured right) scored the South Dundas Atom B Lion’s Player of the Game Award on Monday evening at Spencerville leading his team on a 4-0 rout of the home team South Grenville Rangers. Morrow assisted on the first and second goals in the game. Chase Alger got the Lions going with a marker when he beat Daniel Leeman in the Rangers net in the opening period for the game’s first marker. During the middle frame Nick Carruthers and Chloe Casselman beat Leeman to up the Lion’s lead by three counters. In the final period 'Smooth Hands' Alger came back to notch his second of the contest, this time from Joel Onstein, to set the shut-out victory at 4-0.

        South Dundas currently leads the league in the early going, a win up on Brockville, Kemptville and South Grenville.

        The Atom B Lions upcoming home game will be at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Oct. 27th at 1:30 p.m. when the Kemptville panthers come to the den.


Second consecutive shut-out for Atom B's . . .

Monday, Oct. 22nd - South Dundas’ Atom B Lions travelled to Westport on Sunday morning to meet the winless Leeds Chargers in a regular scheduled contest and came away with an Owen Conlin backed shutout victory on the day. The victory was the third of the season for the Lions, following their two consecutive, home and home 4-1 and 2-0 victories over the North Dundas Demons last week. In the 2-0 victory goaltender Rowan McCooeye posted the shut-out.

        The Chargers winless three-game run so far this season does not mean the Leeds team is a push-over. All of their contests have been close scores. The win on Sunday does suggest that our undefeated  Lions might be a bit of a force to be reckoned with before the season is over.

        Neither team scored in the opening period as Conlin defending the Lion’s cage and Cameron Cumpson between the Chargers pipes stole the show's opening act.

        Midway through the middle frame Jake Thompson raced down the ice, hit Jordan Elliott with a clean pass and Elliott unleashed a burner to beat Cumpson and give the Lions the lead. The Thompson/Elliott score was the highlight of the middle frame.

        The closing period saw the Lions push for an insurance marker while the Chargers attempted to get at least a tie in the game. In a swift give-and-go Jordan Elliott combined with Connor McCurdy who made good on the opportunity and gave the Lions a 2-0 lead and the eventual victory on the game.  It was the second goal of the young season for last season's Novice and this season's rookie scoring ace McCurdy. 

        On Monday, Oct. 22nd, the Lions travel to Spencerville to meet the South Grenville Rangers, and return to the den this coming Saturday, Oct. 27th at 1:30 p.m. when the Kemptville Panthers B-2 come to Morrisburg Arena for a 1:30 p.m. start.


Lions shut-out the Demons at Morrisburg . . .

Was it in????  No it was not! South Dundas' Atom B House Lions goaltender Rowan McCooeye gloved the puck before it crossed the line, according to game officials . . .

 

Thursday, Oct. 18th - Rowan McCooeye made several spectacular saves in the South Dundas Atom B House net on Thursday evening, leading his team to a 2-0 shut-out victory over the relentless North Dundas Demons. The visiting Demons sustained a 50 minute attack plan, and in spite of falling behind over that period, never once threw in the towel.

Jordan Elliott led the Lions in the opening period when he fore checked the puck away from a North Dundas player and broke in alone to beat Chase Culbert in the Demons net.

         The lone, first period goal stood for the remainder of the opening period, through the middle frame and for 15 minutes through the final period before Connor McCurdy’s fast hands around the net beat Culbert following a goal mouth scramble. McCurdy’s goal came with just four minutes remaining in the game.  Neither team was called on a penalty in this contest. 

The Atom B House team plays their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Oct. 27th at 1:30 p.m. when the Kemptville anthers come to South Dundas.


Atom B Lions match Demons in challenge . . .

Lions goaltender Owen Conlin,  Leah Beimond (left), Jordan Elliott and Jake Thompson(corner of net) turn away a Demons attack late in the game on Tuesday evening.
Lions goaltender Owen Conlin, Leah Beimond (left), Jordan Elliott and Jake Thompson(corner of net) turn away a Demons attack late in the game on Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd - South Dundas’ Atom B House Lions have all the makings for great competition for the 2018-19 season on display at Morrisburg Arena Tuesday night. Starting at the back end with a strong goaltending duo of Owen Conlin and Rowan McCooeye this team will be tough to crack. The squad boasts a strong defence and a number of sharpshooters on the forward lines.

        The Casselman twins, Katie and Chloe, who have added physical size over the off-season, as has Connor McCurdy and Jordan Elliott. Nick Carruthers and Jake Thompson add some punch and noted scorers from last season, Chase Alger and Mathieu Bazinet are always dangerous around the net. The team rounds out with the always hard working Joel Onstein and Brody Duncan.

        Hosting the North Dundas Demons in a pre-season game at Morrisburg Arena the Lions built momentum throughout the 50 minute challenge, and controlling the final eight minutes for a number of scoring attempts.  The Demons were up for it in this game, returning great scoring chances. 

        Each team came as close as the width of a goal-post more than once, but neither managed to beat the goalies, including Chase Culbert and Cooper Smith in the Demons net. The game ended in a scoreless tie.

        North Dundas served a pair of minor infractions in this one and the Lions outshot their opponents on a 19-15 count. Regular season schedules will be released on Thursday, Oct. 4th and posted at http://ucmhl.ca/index.php?id=schedules, while games and start times at Morrisburg Arena are posted at https://www.sdhockey.ca/schedule/