Saturday, Feb. 10th - The South Dundas Atom C Lions are in a must win situation. They must win all of their remaining three games to get into the opening playoff round. Unfortunately, they are scheduled to meet three teams own lofty positions in the standings, including the team that shut them out on Sunday at Morrisburg Arena, the 6th-place North Dundas C-1 Demons.
The Lions are also scheduled to meet the 2nd-place Brockville Braves and the 4th-place Smiths Falls Bears prior to closing their regular season. Meeting up with a small hockey miracle would be better all the way around.
The Lions held the Demons scoreless in the opening period on Sunday in a fast back and forth screamer, then faultered once in the middle frame and again in the closing period, giving up a single goal each time.
Aiden LeClair capitalized on a power play for the Demons late in the middle period with the Lions serving a tripping infraction. Then as the final period wound down the Demons returned with a Jack Robinson/Jacob Miller set-up to double the lead to 2-0. Miller was credited with the goal.
The Lions meet the same Demons on Lion’s Day at Morrisburg Arena on Feb. 23rd.
Friday, Jan. 25th - Nine-year-old Reed McCadden is a hockey veteran of sorts, started his career a number of years ago with the South Dundas Minor Hockey
Association IP program. He graduated after two years to Novice and now on to Atom.
This season, in a twist as young men this age seem to experience, Reed decided he would give the netminder's position a try-out. He is now the full-time goaltender for the Lion's Atom C team. More recently, Reed took part in the annual Long Sault Atom Winter Classic tournament. McCallum led his team through the round robin on an undefeated run, registered a shut-out in the semi-final game and hung in to the bitter end in the championship game only to shake hands on a 2-1 loss.
Reed's regular season team currently holds 9th-place in an 11-team division. This Grade 4 student at Iroquois Public School ranks 5th among the division goaltenders, logging a very stingy, 2-goals against per game over 22 regular season games.
Oh, by the way, did we mention that this was Reed's first year playing between the pipes for the Lions? Amazing . . .
Our congratulations go out to Reed McCallum and the entire South Dundas Atom C Lions team on their run through the very competitive Long Sault tournament. All of the players put in amazing performances. Mr. McCallum's leading effort also saw him presented a Player of the Game award. - Photo provided
Sunday, Dec 9th - South Dundas’ Atom C House Lions ran into a tough South Grenville Rangers defence on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena and were shut out in their attempts to move up in the division standings. The Lions, currently in 8th-place with 11 points after 13 games, just might get the opportunity to make that move before Christmas. The next home game for this South Dundas squad will be on Sunday, Dec. 23rd at Morrisburg Arena when they face the 6th-place Brockville Braves C-2 entry in what promises to be a great game.
Nora Holliday got things going for the Rangers on Sunday when she slipped the puck past Reed McCadden in the Morrisburg net for the 1-0 lead. Kaylee Veerstra set up the play in front of the Lion’s goal.
Veerstra returned to haunt McCadden in the middle period when she unloaded an unassisted marker to put the visitors up on a 2-0 score. Neither team scored in the closing period although the Lions held a strong advantage in possession and shooting in this frame. Some great goaltending on the part of the Ranger’s Callum Smith and aggressive defensive work kept the South Dundas shooters off the score sheet.
The Rangers picked up the singular minor infraction handed out in this game. South Dundas’ next home game, as mentioned, is a 4:00 p.m. start on Sunday, Dec. 23rd, a great contest for hockey fans to start the holidays.
Sunday, Dec. 2nd - The Atom C-1 Lions and the Kemptville Panthers are as near neck and neck in the standings as hockey fans can wish for. Such numerical facts mean there is always great and exciting action throughout any game when in which the two teams meet. This past Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena was no exception.
The visiting Panthers and the home team Lions battled to a 3-3 draw after South Dundas had built what seemed to be an insurmountable lead early in the final period. Owen Smyth had opened the game scoring midway through the 1st-frame when he scored an unassisted marker for the 1-0 lead. Late in the same frame Declan McIntyre tied the score when he beat the Lions defence and fired a high wrist shot past netminder Reed McCadden.
Second period action saw Mikayla Roberts up the challenge when she gave the Lions the lead on an Owen Smyth set-up, beating Xavier Baribeau in the Panther’s cage.
Five minutes into the final period the Lions went up by two goals when Mason Roderick whistled an unassisted marker past Baribeau for the 3-1 lead. The visiting Panthers mounted a challenge in the final five minutes of the game. Phoenix Raymond scored to cut the Lion’s lead to a single goal with four minutes remaining and Jaxson Pershaw tied the game on an unassisted goal with just 16 seconds remaining on the game clock. The fans were exhausted.
The Atom C House Lions host the South Grenville Rangers 2 at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, Dec. 9th at 4:00 p.m. in what promises to be edge of the seat action.
Saturday, Nov. 23rd - The Panthers may have taken the first bite but the Lions, backed by some great goaltending on the part of Reed McCadden, roared back for the victory in the second and third period on Saturday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. The Kemptville C-1 squad remains in 10th-place, one back of the Lions, who with a single victory could vault into 6th-place, the league standings are that close.
Kemptville's Owen Slattery opened the game scoring when he beat McCadden on a Jaxson Pershaw set-up for the 1-0 lead. That was the first and last time the Panthers would beat the nimble South Dundas goaltender.
Midway through the middle period Matthew Onstein scored when Austin Workman provided the assist to tie the game. The Lions tested Kemptville’s netminder numerous times in the last two periods but Xavier Baribeau turned them away on all but two occassions.
As the final frame wound down and the Panthers were on the attack, Harrison Burke intercepted the puck at the Lion’s blueline. Burke’s long strides jetted him around the Panther’s defence and a low shot from the top of the slot drove the wining goal past Baribeau for the victory, unassisted.
The Lions served the only infraction called in this game. On Sunday, Dec. 2nd the same two teams meet at Morrisburg Arena for round II. The puck drop is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18th - Reed McCadden traded the goal pads with Mason Roderick for a forward’s slimmed down version of protection and went full charge against a tough Brockville Braves squad on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. McCadden and company put up a great showing and Roderick stood in like a champion. Unfortunately the team was outscored by the 5th-place Brockville Braves on a 5-1 count. McCadden scored the lone Lion’s goal on an unassisted effort midway through the second period.
Carter Kelly and Taylor Brayton each scored a pair for the Braves with Vince Mulder picking up the single. South Dundas served the only minor penalty called in the game.
The Atom C House Lions play the Kemptville C-1 Panthers on Saturday, Nov. 24th at Morrisburg Arena, with a 3:30 p.m. puck drop.
Austin Workman fires this goal off Ranger's netminder Mason Snelling's glove for the Lion's 3rd-goal . . .
Sunday, Nov. 4th - With as many as six teams fighting for fourth place in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League standings the South Dundas Atom C Lions whipped the South Grenville C-1 Rangers to hang on to the spot for another week. In front of stand-up goaltending by Reed McCadden the Lions staved off a determined effort by the Rangers to score the 3-1 victory.
The Rangers power forward Khloe Lavigne scored the game’s opening goal with a minute remaining in the 1st-period when she beat McCadden on a break-away for the 1-0 lead.
The second period belonged to south Dundas with the home team tallying three counters in the final half of the frame. Callum Larocque tied the game from James Barrie and Mason Roderick, Matthew Onstein wired a shot past Mason Snelling in the Ranger’s net for a 2-1 lead on an unassisted play, and Austin Workman fired a shot that glanced off the top of Snelling trapper and into the high right side of the net. Owen Smyth assisted on the Workman goal.
The Rangers sat out two minor infractions in this contest.
Next home game is Sunday, Nov. 18th at Morrisburg Arena against the Brockville Braves Atom C-2 squad.
The Lion's Austin Workman scoots by the crease after a near goal in the middle period of Sunday's 1-0 victory . . .
Sunday, Oct. 28th - A tough, back and forth, penalty free hockey game ended in a 1-0 victory for the South Dundas Lions Atom C House team on Sunday afternoon. The Leeds Chargers came to the local arena seeking a victory and put up a great game against the Lions. Unfortunately for the Chargers, our Lions were just one goal better on this day.
The Lions now boast a win and a tie against a pair of losses in their first four games of the season. In mid-October the locals lost a very close contest to the Smtihs Falls Bears on a 2-1 score. Seven days later, October 21st, the Lions dropped a very tough decision to the Brockville Braves by a single goal on a 1-0 score. And this week South Dundas turned the tables.
Reed McCadden scored the shut-out victory on Sunday afternoon and Owen Smyth fired the goal past the Chargers net minder Eamon Morrison, on a pass from Abby McCurdy, to win the game.
The Atom C Lions play in Chesterville against the North Dundas Demons on Tuesday, Oct. 30th. They then return to Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, Nov. 4th for what should be a great home game against the South Grenville C-1 entry. The two teams are running close in the standings early in the season and this game just might determine who is moving forward. Bring the bells and urge on the Lions . . . puck drop is set for 4:00 p.m.
And being in it for the ride is pretty awesome too . . .
Don't get too excited hockey fans! The Lion's McCadden stopped this puck . . .
Lions net minder Reed McCadden held on to this scoring attempt by the Brockville Braves on Sunday at Morrisburg Arena . . .
Sunday, Oct. 21st - The South Dundas Atom C Lions continue seeking their first victory of the season after registering a pair of losses to open the 2018-19 season. The Lions have dropped both contests by a single goal. And by that score, both could just have easily been wins.
On Sunday, playing in the den at Morrisburg Arena, the Lions played with all the enthusiasm of league leaders but couldn’t beat the net minding of Braeden Notman in the Braves goal. Notman recorded his second shut-out of the young season in this game.
The first and second periods went by with neither team scoring, and Lions goaltender Reed McCadden performing as well for his team as was Notman for the Braves. Late in the closing period Isaac Martell managed a breakout and long run for the Lion’s zone, slipping through the defence he whistled a low shot past McCadden’s outstretched glove and pad for the only goal of the contest. A 1-0 victory for the Braves.
The Lions next home game will be on Sunday, Oct. 28th at 4:00 p.m. when they face the Leeds Chargers, both teams seeking their first wins.
Saturday, Oct. 14th - In their first home game of the season the South Dundas Atom C House Lions celebrated a number of firsts for 2018-19. The first first (???) was when Abby McCurdy became the first Lion’s Atom C player to score the first goal in the first game, even though it was in the third period. And she came unbelievably close to scored a second goal for the first time in her life! That would have been a first for sure.
But wait! That’s not all!
Reed McCadden, for the first time in his young hockey career, decided he want to try the net minder’s position this year. And this was his first game between the pipes. Very nearly his first win, (but the Lions lost it on a very close score) and in fact, it was his first loss. So that’s a first also.
Smith’s Falls took the lead in the opening period when Wyatt Hackett scored an unassisted marker, a lead tchat held until midway through the third period when McCuirdy beat the Bears net minder, Colton Wright in a goal mouth scramble to tie the game. Two minutes later Ross Irvine picked up the lead for the Bears a second time when he beat McCadden with a perfect shot from the top of the slot over the goaltender’s glove hand. In spite of a sustained attack by the Lions throughout the remaining six minutes, Wright managed to turn away every shot.
NOTE: We watched five hockey games this past weekend and this particular game was the most entertaining. It was a wild, back and forth, great goaltending, heads-up defence (Furtado!!!) old time hockey bewtween two teams who came to the arena to win a game. It was wonderful to be there. The Atom C House Lions next home game is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21st at Morrisburg Arena against the Brockville Braves. Slated for a 4:30 p.m. puck drop, this one could be a first also, so come on out and cheer on our team.