Tough, tough season for Bantam B Lions . . .

Thursday, Feb. 7th - It's been a tough season for the Bantam B Lion's House team. One victory. No playoffs. Holding 14th-place in a 15-team league that could go topsy-turvy should the Smiths Falls Bears score a victory in the final five games. The Lions own the second fewest 'goals for' and the second most 'goals against' to date. And their luck isn't going to change much in the near future. he next home game at Morrisburg Arena is scheduled for when the host the front-running Brockville Braves B-3 team.

        At Morrisburg Arena on Thursday evening the Lions fell to another loss. Less painful reports would offer South Dundas scored three goals and were called on three minors. Painful reports offer that the opposing Kemptville B-2 Panthers were called on two minors but scored 15 goals.

        Depicted here is a photo story of the proceedings . . . 


Fight to keep basement door closed . . .

Lion's netminder Brogan Kyle shuts down the Panther's Zach Hale on this point blank shot in Saturday's game . . .
Lion's netminder Brogan Kyle shuts down the Panther's Zach Hale on this point blank shot in Saturday's game . . .

Saturday, Jan. 5th - Not all the news about the Bantam B House Lions playing out of South Dundas is bad news. For starters, they aren’t in last place. That honor goes to the Smiths Falls Bears B-2 team, who in spite of having more wins than the Lions, South Dundas has more ties and two games in hand. Each team has 5 points, and the Lions have 8-game dates remaining in their schedule. The Bears have six games. So the immediate need is a win, or two.

        Five of the Lions remaining games are against top teams while they do get a crack at both Kemptville B-2 and Kemptville B-3 who are more in line for a possible loss than are the other teams in the 15-team division. Staying out of the basement could be a dog-fight right down to the wire.

        On Saturday, playing at home the Lons threw away one of their opportunities for a victory when the Kemptville Panthers B-3 entry scored four times before South Dundas got on the board. And unfortunately, that was with slightly more than two minutes remaining in the game.

        Dylan Craig led the Panthers in this 4-1 victory with the first three goals of the game, then returned to assist on the final goal midway through the middle period.  The Lion’s single goal came on a boomer from the point by Nate Paulino that beat netminder AJ Repple in the Panther’s net.

        The Lions Bantam B House squad suits up on Friday, Jan. 18th at 8:00 p.m. when the 4th-place Braves C-2 come to Morrisburg Arena.


Lions and Bears settle on a draw . . .

Kyra Lewis gives a little meaning to 'leaning into a shot' in this capture from Saturday's encoutner with the Bears . . .

 

Saturday, Dec. 15th - Hosting the last place team in league standings is always a challenge. But even more so is hosting the last place team when you are the 2nd-last place team. 

        Things didn’t look good for the South Dundas Bantam B House Lion's team on Saturday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. The cellar dwelling Smiths Falls Bears came to town and they were hungry for a victory. The 2nd-last place Lions were out to defend their place in the league standings, even if it was to simply stay ahead of the Bears.

        The opening whistle was followed by a Smiths Falls goal. Then another Smiths Falls goal. Then a third Smiths Falls goal. And things were looking grim.

        Unfortunately for the Bears all the cheering from their supporters awoke the Lions. Affiliate Luke Byvelds left a trailer for Raymond Froats and South Dundas was on the board. Byvelds then set-up Ryan Thompson and the Lions were back in the game trailing by a single goal.

        Early in the final period Braydon Barrie slammed home an Alec Larocque rebound to tie the game. And 16-seconds later affiliate Henry Martens notched the go-ahead counter with Barrie assisting in a great comeback story.

        Through the balance of the final period the two teams traded attacks, while goaltenders Diego Alfaro-Peters and Zach McMullen each turning away chance after chance. The Bears tied the score late in the period and the game was settled on that note.

        The Lions next host the South Grenville Rangers in a game on Saturday, Dec. 22nd at 4:30 p.m.


THEY WON!!! Bantam B House Lions won . . . .

Sunday, Dec. 2nd - The South Dundas Lions Bantam B House team has won a game. After 13 outings the team travelled to Winchester to face the North Dundas Demons, and led by spectacular goaltending behind Diego Alfaro-Peters pads, the Lions came away with a 6-4 victory. Peters faced 39 shots over the course of the game and turned away 35 of those fired his direction. Seth Getz, playing between the Demo’s pipes, faced 46 shots, stopping 40 in the wide open meeting.

        The Lion outscored their hosts on a 2-1 count in the opening period, 3-1 over the second frame and were outscored 2-1 in the closing 18 minutes. Each team sat out a pair of minor penalties.

        Raymond Froats opened the scoring in the first period when he beat Getz on a Ryan Thompson/Kyra Lewis play for a 1-0 count. Maddox England got that one back less than three minutes later when he beat Alfaro-Peters to the low stick side. Nate Paulino fired a point shot that beat Getz before the period closed to give the visitors a 2-1 lead going into the second.

        Sean Nicolaassen put the Lions up by a pair early in the second with his first of two goals on the game, this one assisted by Vanessa Latulippe. Brayden Barrie added to the Demons woes when Alek Larocque and Scarbeau set him up for a goal midway through. The Demons answered with a single by James Forrester and Nicolaassen added his second to finish the middle period with the Lions in a commanding 5-2 lead.

        Opening the final frame North Dundas unleashed a fast pair of goals, bringing the score to a 5-4 count, forcing the Lions to play defensive hockey. Late in the period South Dundas jumped on a Demons error and Ryan Thompson put the insurance goal back on the board with an unassisted marker when he beat Getz for the final counter of the game.

 

Friday, Dec. 1st - After 11 games without a win the Bantam B House South Dundas Lions hosted the Leeds Chargers B House 2 entry to a contest at Morrisburg Arena on Friday evening, a game that ended in a 7-2 loss, their 10th of the season after 12 games.

        The Chargers led 1-0 after the opening period, 4-0 after two and added three more goals in the final frame for the victory. The Lions on the other hand, waited until the third period to unleash their fury, and they scored a pair of counters for their efforts.

        Ethan Berryere led the visitors goal scoring outing with three counters and two helpers for five points. Berryere however was outdone by teammate Bryan Scott who set-up five assists and added a single goal for six points.

        Zach Scarbeau and Raymond Froats each potted a single for the Lions while Kyra Lewis, Froats, Ryan Thompson and Austin Roy added assists. Travis Faulkner, who had been called up as an affiliate for the game, was held scoreless.

        The Lions suffered through four minor penalties while the Chargers sat out a pair of minors.

        The 15th-place Bantam B House Lions play their next home game against the 16th-place Smiths Falls Bears on Saturday, Dec. 15th at Morrisburg Arena. The puck is slated to be dropped at precisely 4:30 p.m. and this one should be a barn burner! Who’s going to the basement?????


Entertaining game for bantams . . .

Lion's net minder Diego Alfaro-Peters,  in spite of being pounded and dumped on, in a game on Friday evening at Morrisburg Arena, came up with numerous saves to keep his team in the game for two periods . . .

 

Friday, Nov. 23rd - The South Dundas Lions put up a determined effort on Friday evening at Morrisburg Arena.  Unfortunately the winless Bantam B House team dropped the final outcome to the Kemptville Panthers B1 squad on a 4-1 score.

        It was a tough night for the Lions net minder Diego Alfaro-Peters who was bombarded at times with shots, stabbed with sticks, and jostled constantly by the aggressive Panthers. Peters allowed a single on a screened shot and three on goal-mouth skirmishes. The PAnther’s Colin Cloutier allowed a single on a goal mouth battle.

        Brayden Barrie notched the Lon’s lone goal in the middle period on an unssisted effort. Brennan Cox scored a pair for Kemptville with singles going to Caden Lawlor and Carter Burgess.

        The Lions host the Leeds Chargers on Saturday, Dec. 1st at 4:30 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena. 


1st-place Braves bomb Bantam Lions . . .

Wednesday, Nov. 21st - The South Dundas Bantam B Lions are in dire straights for a victory. Or just a game where the puck bounces their way. Or a goal or two. That would be good! But it wasn’t going to happen on Wednesday evening at Morrisburg Arena.

        Hosting the 1st-place Brockville Braves B-1 squad the 14th-place Lions did have the opportunities. They did have the chances. And with a little more effort they would have been somewhat more in the game. Several times in the first and third periods particularly the Lions swarmed the Braves zone, forcing the Brockville defence to collapse in on net minder Cameron Rice. And the puck took an errant bounce off a skate or a stick or the boards.

        In the end it was the Braves who bombed the Lions on a 7-0 score, earning Rice the shut-out. Thomas McGlynn and Devon Butler each scored a pair with Will Elliott-Sherman, Ashton Charland-Blair and Wesley Beckstead picking up singles. Each team was called on three minor penalties in the game.

        The Bantam B House Lions host the 4th-place Kemptville Panthers B-1 and the 8th-place South Grenville Rangers B-1 on Friday and Saturday evening respectively. Both games are slated for an opening puck drop at 8:00 p.m.


Chargers edge Bantam B House Lions . . .

Bantam B Lion's goal tender Diego Alfaro-Peters was kept busy on Saturday fending off the Leeds Chargers while his team mates kept just as steady an attack on the visitors net. The Lions dropped the contest on a 3-1 note . . .

 

Saturday, Nov. 17th - The Bantam B House Lions continue to seek their first win of the 2018-19 campaign. To date the team has managed a pair of ties and could have tipped the final result in a number of games with a bit of luck. But not so far.

        The Lions dropped a 4-3 decision to Brockville on Oct. 20th, tied South Grenville 5-5 on Oct. 21st, lost to South Grenville 2-1 on Oct. 26th, lost to Smiths Falls 3-2 on Oct. 27th, and tied Smiths Falls 2-2 on Nov. 15th. It’s not that the Lions don’t get chances, it's that they aren’t getting a desperately needed bounce. 

        On Saturday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena the Lions lost a very close 3-1 decision to the Leeds Chargers, a game that could have gone either way right into the dying moments when South Dundas pulled goal tender Diego Alfaro-Peters in favor of the extra man. And they couldn’t get a shot on net in the ensuing six on three play. The Chargers had two men in the penalty box.

        Brandon Leadbeater opened the scoring in this game whipping a screened wrist shot over Alfaro-Peters’ shoulder for a 1-0 Chargers lead. Manraj Cheema got that one back for the tie picking off a Sean Nicolaassen rebound and flipping it over Connor Brisson. Garrett Bell gave Leeds the go-ahead for the second time in the period when he fired a rocket low, through a crowd, that beat the Lion’s defence.

        Neither team scored in the second period and the Chargers made it a 3-1 game early in the third when Keirran Cheves and Waylon Bell combined for the score. The Lions were called on a pair of minor penalties in this one while the visiting Chargers sat out five minors.

        The Lions face the 1st-place Brockville B-1 House entry on Wednesday, Nov. 21st at 8:00 p.m. in the den.


Bantams edged in final minute - twice . . .

With Alfaro-Peters down and covered by three defenders, the Bear's Mason Whitmore still manages to beat the Lions for the winning goal in the final two minutes of the game . . .

 

Sunday, Oct. 28th - On Saturday afternoon at Spencerville the 14th-place Bantam B House Lions dropped a 2-1 decision to the 7th-place South Grenville Rangers in the final two minutes of the game. On Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg the locals dropped a second game on a 3-2 score to 6th-place Smiths Falls Bears on a 3-2 score.

        The end result in both games was not highlighted by the shortfall in the final score. It was, in fact, highlighted by the steady improvement and resulting work ethic in this team, from the goaltender out. The Lions may remain in 14th-place, but the quality of hockey on Sunday was as good as any game we’ve seen this season, here or away.

        James Martens opened the scoring in Sunday's game when he batted in a Manraj Cheema play in front of the Smiths Falls’ goal midway through the opening period. Gabe Size got that one back when he fired a point blank screened shot past Diego Alfaro-Peters in the Lion's net late in the same frame.

       Neither team managed to beat either goal tender in the middle period although both had numerous chances around some tough checking and runaway break-outs.

        One minute into the final period the Lions Cheema, with help from Martens and Cameron Stewart beat the Bears from the goal-mouth for the go-ahead counter. Midway through Mason Whitmore broke in from the right side, hounded by the Loin’s defence he still managed to unload a hard wrist shot that went over Alfaro-Peters’ outstretched glove for the tying goal.

        Late in the period Whitmore would return with the winner, a hard-fought counter that decided the game at a 3-2 count. 

        The South Dundas Bantam B House schedule’s next home game is Saturday, Nov 17th at 4:30 p.m. when the Leeds Chargers come to Morrisburg Arena. Should be a great one.

Braves pound Lions in 8-3 outing . . .

Defence Vanessa Latulippe and Cameron Stewart hold off the Braves attack in front of Diego Alfaro-Peters in Saturday's game against the Brockville Braves at Morrisburg Arena . . .

 

Saturday, Oct. 20th - South Dundas’ Bantam B House squad is having a tough time getting the new hockey season running in their favor. Not something their new coach, Jamie Smith, is used to. Smith coached the Midget Rep team over the past two seasons, both fast out of the gate and both regular season champions. The team moved to North Dundas this season, and are currently running neck and neck with CharLan for top spot. Smith moved to the Bantam ranks to stay involved in the Minor Hockey program, and now is working to get the struggling Lions moving. They are currently in the cellar, along with Kemptville and Smiths Falls, in the 15 team division.

        On Saturday, facing the 6th-place Brockville 4 team, the Lions dropped an 8-3 decision in front of Diego Alfaro-Peters who was kept extremely active throughout the contest. Alex Phillips opened the game scoring early in the first period on an unassisted effort, beating Peters after slipping around the defence for the goal. Manraj Cheema got that one back for the Lons when he batted in a bouncer from the goal mouth that James Martens had worked in close. Jacob Herbison gave the Braves the lead with one second remaining in the period when he flipped the puck from well out along the boards that bounced past Peters and into the net.

        Jack Carroll, Tyler Orr and Ty Chevrier each added singles in the middle period for Brockville, bringing the score to a 5-1 lead while holding the Lions scoreless through the 15 minute period.

        The Braves would add another trio of goals in the final frame, Orr and Phillips with their second and Cameron Ryan with a single, while the Lions managed a pair from Alek Larocque and James Martens to close out the game in an 8-3 loss. The Lions were assessed a pair of minor penalties while the Braves served a single in this game.

        The next scheduled home game for the Bantam B House team will be Saturday, Oct. 27th at 4:30 p.m. when the Smiths Falls 1 entry comes to town. Smith’s Falls and South Dundas are virtually tied in the standings.


Bantam B House Lions edged 4-3 . . .

Lions' goaltender Diego Alfero-Peters drew a crowd throughout the game on Thursday evening in a Bantam B House spirited contest at Morrisburg Arena . . .
Lions' goaltender Diego Alfero-Peters drew a crowd throughout the game on Thursday evening in a Bantam B House spirited contest at Morrisburg Arena . . .

Thursday, Oct. 4th - Exciting hockey and an exciting season are in store for fans of the Bantam age group minor hockey this season. Not only will the Bantam B Rep Lions play out of the Morrisburg Arena, but the Bantam B House team is calling the same building home.

        “This is going to be a great season in Bantam hockey,” coach Jamie Smith said prior to the team’s final exhibition game on Thursday evening at home. “We’re in a 15-team league and that makes the competition wide spread with the kids facing many challenges.”

        The Upper Canada Minor Hockey League eliminated the Bantam C level for the 2018-19 season and pooled all of the players in a B Division in an effort to provide a more level ice surface for all involved. The decision meant the creation of a 15-team league, including four Brockville teams, three Kemptville teams, two teams each in Leeds, Smith Falls and South Grenville, and a team in each of North and South Dundas. If the game on Thursday evening was any indication, the results are going to make for an interesting season.

        The South Grenville Rangers 1 were the visiting team on Thursday evening. The game clock was allowing one hour and 30 minutes for three periods of playing time. And the two teams went back and forth throughout those 90 minutes. The visitors took a 1-0 first period lead when Jacob D’Ambrose beat Lions’ goaltender Diego Alfaro-Peters four minutes into the game. Charlie Swan doubled the lead for South Grenville when he jamed in a goal-mouth scramble midway through the second frame.

        The Lions' James Martens slipped a beautiful finish past goalie Jase Hodge one minute later to cut the visitors lead on an unassisted play. Zach Scarbeau polished off a second Martens play two minutes after the first Lions first goal when he fired a shot that beat Hodge cleanly.

        Third period action opened with the two teams picking up where they left off in the middle frame. The pace quickened, both squads racing back and forth in an attempt to break the tie.  Brayden Barrie hit Scarbeau with a pass in the slot and the Lions' marksman wasn’t long in taking aim. Scarbeau put the home team in front for the first time in the contest. Caleb Marcos notched a pair of goals two minutes apart for the Rangers midway through the period, returning the lead to the visitors. Unfortunately for the Lions, Rangers goaltender Hodge shut the door for the duration.

        Each team sat out four minor penalties in the contest.

        The Bantam B House Lions play their first home game at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Oct. 20th at 4:30 p.m. (their regular home time slot) against the Brockville 4 Braves. Fans are urged to come out and watch this team in action. Early indications are it could be a great team to follow this season.

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