Saturday, Jan. 19th - The South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions won their fourth game of the regular season on Saturday evening at Cardinal, and netminder Owen Villeneuve posted a shut-out against the South Grenville Rangers.
The last place Rangers have scored a single win this season in the 10-team division, a group where the top three teams have scored twice as many goals and allowed half as many counters against as those teams at the bottom of the standings. The top eight positions will make a playoff round. The Lions have six games remaining in their schedule.
Cole Eikelboom led South Dundas in the 5-0 victory, scoring a single goal and assisting on two more. Spencer Billings opened the game scoring when he took a Jack Link/Eikelboom pass and beat the Rangers Tyler Varley for a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Jordan Heuff doubled the Lon’s lead in the final two minutes of the same frame when he was set-up by Colin Verbruggen for the goal.
The Lions added a single in the middle period when Spencer Barclay rushed the Rangers net and fired a shot past Varley to go into the final frame in a 3-0 lead.
Wyatt Barclay continued his first year point collection, topping the lead to 4-0 early in the third when Eikelboom fed him in front of the South Grenville net. Eikelboom closed the game scoring at 5-0 with six minutes remaining in the game. The Lions had been called on just two minor penalties while the Rangers sat out three minor infractions. The Lions opening goal was scored on a power play.
South Dundas next plays at home against the 6th-place Kemptville Panthers on Monday, Feb. 4th at 8:00 p.m. The same two teams are meeting at the time of this post in Kemptville. Prior to that the Panthers hosted the Lions at Morrisburg and left with a 4-3 win.
Monday, Jan. 14th - Midway through the second period of a Bantam B Rep game at Morrisburg Arena on Monday evening, Spencer Billings combined with Cole Eikelboom to force the puck into the NGS Braves zone where Eikelboom waited until the last second in an effort to draw the visitor's defenseman to him. Just prior to taking a hit for the team Eikelboom slipped the puck between the opponents skate and stick and into a perfect shooting lane for Monty Dejong. Dejong, in turn, snapped the puck past one of the league’s best goaltenders, Greg Harps, between the NGS Braves pipes.
The goal was as near a hard-earned work of art as it could be. Slick, neat, as nice as they get. And cut the NGS lead to 2-1.
South Dundas' Bantam B Rep team remains in 8th-place in league standings, four victories and three ties in 19 outings. And they will make the playoffs as the chances of either the Cornwall Colts or the South Grenville Rangers catching them are absurdly out there.
These NGS Braves have 15 wins in 20 outings, are second only to the 1st-place Brockville Braves who enjoy a lead of six points. And they are in it to win it with every charge up and down the ice. They check constantly, shoot at every opportunity and never stop moving their feet.
Mederic Jeaurond and Ethan Logtens led the NGS visitors with a pair of assists each and Logan MacMillan, Ian Kintocj, Tyler Babcock and Rowan McPherson each had a single goal. That was the difference. The visitors scored on their chances. The Lions, who had near as many chances, did not.
There may have been many more goals in this game had young Owen Villeneuve not played such an outstanding game in net for the Lions. He was on top of his game in spite of sharing in a 4-1 loss.
The Bantam B Reps play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Monday, Feb. 4th, when the Kemptville Panthers are here for an 8:00 p.m. start.
Friday, Jan. 11th - Fans attending the Bantam B Rep game between the South Dundas Lions and the Brockville Braves witnessed some great hockey action that unfortunately for South Dundas had one tiny flaw. The Lions weren’t scoring. The Bantam Reps are in 8th-place in league standings, good enough for the last playoff spot, and hosting the front running Brockville Braves is no small task for any of the seven followers. The NGS Braves are in second place with a near identical record to the leaders, other than taking four losses while Brockville has recorded four ties.
On Friday evening the Lions came out like gang-busters, holding a wide advantage in play and scoring the opening goal against the Braves netminder Ben Spear, who along with fellow netminder Joel Grant shares an impressive team goals against average of 1.61.
Cole Eikelboom netted the counter with the help of Spencer Billings and Cameron Lynch.
The first and second periods were up and down hockey, the Braves tying the score in the first when Tima Kassengliyeva beat Noah Levesque in the Lion’s net. Brockville would go ahead in the middle frame with that period’s lone counter credited to Isiah Blanchard.
The Lions were faultering in the final period, the league’s top team outworking and out shooting the home team, and outscoring them 3-0 over the last 18 minutes. Marcus Ola, Matrt White and Mason Jones each scored a single goal to close the match at 5-1.
The Lions Bantam B Reps host the NGS Braves tonight (Monday) at Morrisburg Arena and then play their next home game is on Monday, Feb. 4th against the 6th-place Kemptville Panthers at Morrisburg Arena. Game time is 8:00 p.m. for both.
Monday, Jan. 7th - Eleven games remain in the regular season for the South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions. The team has skated through a tough season to date winning just two contests over 17 outings. A good number of them by relatively close scores.
It’s not impossible that the team could make the playoffs. But it is slightly far fetched to believe they will. The most important and most positive aspect of the season is in the players keep coming out, they don’t give it up on the ice and they, more times than not, appear to be enjoying the game.
On Monday evening the Lions faced the Leeds Chargers, a team with eight wins to their credit, twice as many as the South Dundas entry. The Chargers played like a team bent on making a playoff run scoring a pair in the opening period, doubling the score over two periods and adding a single in the final 18 minutes for a 5-1 victory.
In spite of holding onto 7th-place in league standings the Chargers’ goaltender, Nick Leroux, is ranked 4th in ‘goals against’ and the team holds as many as four games in hand over some of those ahead of them in the standings. Leroux was the key for the Chargers in this contest, turning away scoring chances on all but one Lion's attempt.
Wyatt Barkley scored the lone South Dundas goal on Monday evening. Barkley is a first year forward who is very close to scoring in every game he has played. Cameron Lynch drew the assist on the play.
Greyson Coleman scored three goals to lead the Chargers attack with William Vander Bly and Kurtis Morey adding singles for the victory. The Lions served three minor penalties in this one compared to the eight infractions, including a major and a misconduct called against Leeds.
Fans can watch the league’s two top teams this coming weekend when the front running Brockville Braves come to Morrisburg on Friday evening and the NGS Braves are in the Lion's den on Monday evening. Both games have an 8:00 p.m. start.
Cameron Lynch can see this one coming and he intends to bat it past NGS goaltender Spencer Levac. Spencer has other ideas, all for naught! Cameron struck out . . .
Monday, Dec. 10th - The North Grenville Selects are in 2nd-place in the Bantam B Rep standings for a reason. Or maybe a few reasons. Including a no quit playing attitude. The Selects have a game in hand over the front running Brockville Braves. They have scored more goals than any other team in the league. They are in second place, (to Brockville) in the ‘goals’against’ stat and hold the game in hand. Yadda, yadda. You get the drift.
Hosted by the 8th-place South Dundas Lions on Monday evening at Morrisburg Arena the Selects were taken to task in the opening period. The home team Lions did more than hold their own, and looked as though there was an upset in the making. The first period ended in a scoreless tie.
Opening the second period the Selects came out aggressive. Heavy checking was the name of the game and the Lions can give as well as they take in this department. The difference in the overall game however, is the Selects can give and take and continue to play hockey. And they shoot at every opportunity. The Lions appeared focused on one or the other. And they hesitate to shoot.
Of the six scoring points logged in this game, six different players on the NGS team were credited. A record that might indicate fans had witnessed a great checking game. None of the four goals in the 4-0 NGS victory could be called sloppy or lucky, although several clearing attempts from the Lions zone may have been described that way.
Three goals in the middle period and a single in the closing frame from Alexander Leroux, Mederic Jeround, Noah Ault and Logan Hahn beat Lion’s net minder Owen Villeneuve.
South Dundas had four power-play opportunities compared to the Selects three occasions.
The Bantam Rep Lions play their next home game against the South Grenville Rangers on Monday, Dec. 17th at Morrisburg Arena in an 8:00 p.m. start .
Thursday, Nov. 29th - South Dundas’ Bantam B Rep Lions picked up another point on Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena against the Char-Lan Rebels, taking a seat in 8th-place with six games in hand over their opponents.
The Lions jumped to an early lead in the opening period and then, backed by Owen Villeneuve in the goal, managed to stave off a late charge by the Rebels in the final period to share the tie. Cole Eikelboom opened the game scoring midway through the first period on a Jack Linx set-up for the 1-0 lead. Jack Gray got that one back for the Rebels only goal of the frame when he beat Villeneuve five minutes following. Wyatt Barkley continued to add to his season long scoring run with an unassisted goal in the final two minutes of the period when he beat Donavan LaFlamme to put the Lions up by one.
Second period action saw South Dundas go up by a pair when Spencer Barclay took a Cameron Lynch feed and beat LaFlamme for a single. Up 3-1 the Lions settled in to defend their zone.
In the final period the Rebels had other ideas, specifically that of taking home two points. Jack VanGrish cut the home team’s lead to a single goal less than a minute into the last stanza, scoring on a Joshua LeDuc feed. Five minutes remained in the period when Mac McRae tied the game, beating Villeneuve from close in on a Jack Chisolm assist.
There were only three minor infractions recorded in the game, two of them to the Lions.
The Lions host 2nd-place, high-scoring NGS Braves in their next home game, Thursday, Dec. 10th in an 8:00 p.m. start. The Braves have tallied 53 goals on 10 wins over 11 outings while allowing a very stingy 19 goals against.
All or nothing, the Lions Bantam B Reps have an all new attitude and they are out to show it . . .
Monday, Nov. 26th - The 10th (last) place South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions have succeeded in winning their first game of the 2018-19 season. And that weight is off their shoulders. The victory could have been the aftermath of three weekend tournament games in which the team lost, tied and won games. Whatever the reason, the confidence builder had the team elated following a shut-out, 6-0 drubbing of the Cornwall Colts at Morrisburg Arena on Monday evening.
The Lions have played only six regular season games, as compared to league leading Brockville who have a 9-0-3 record after a dozen official puck drops. The victory moves the Lions up a notch in the standings and opens a door to yet undiscovered tests of their talent level.
There was never a doubt in the Monday night game, the home team taking a 2-0 lead after one period and a 3-0 lead following two. Adding three more goals in the final period, the result of a noticeable change in work ethic, South Dundas took the 6-0 victory with great smiles.
First year midget player Wyatt Barkley led the locals with a pair of goals, one in the opening minute and a second in the closing minute. Team-mate Jordan Heuff also had a 2-point night with a pair of assists. Single scores went to Monty Dejong, Cam Shaver, Colin Verbruggen and Jack Link. Spencer Billings, Chase Berube, Kieran MacQueen, Cameron Lynch and Spencer Barclay all recorded single assists.
The Lions meet the Char-Lan Rebels on Thursday, Nov. 29th at Morrisburg Arena in an 8:00 p.m. puck drop.
Monday, Oct. 29th - The Upper Canada Minor Hockey League schedule shows the South Dundas Lions Bantam Rep team is on a three week vacation-regrouping opportunity early this season and it might be a very good thing. The Lions are 0-4 starting the 2018-19 season, and although their goals for and against record is not so bad, they haven’t been able to parlay a victory to date.
On Tuesday evening the locals ran into a fast skating, hard hitting South Stormont entry and closed in their fourth consecutive loss on a 6-4 score. And now face a three week layoff. The next game is scheduled for Smiths Falls on Sunday, Nov. 18th and their next home game is Monday, Nov. 26th at 8:00 p.m. against the Cornwall Colts. The last place Lions are actually in 5th place in ‘goals for’ and could be closer to the top in ‘goals against’ with a more consistent effort on the part of their defensive unit.
South Stormont scored a pair of goals in each period of Tuesday’s game with Ryan Butler leading the sharpshooters on a hat trick. Matt Doyon, Griffin Charlebois and Ben St. Germain notched singles.
The Lions went to the South Stormont Selects net in the middle period, scoring a pair on Dryden Buter’s and Cole Eikelboom’s play. Eikelboom added a second goal midway through the final frame and Keiran McQueen’s counter rounded out the home team’s scoring. Wyatt Barkley and Spencer Billings added a pair of assists with singles going to Monty DeJong, Chase Berube, Spencer Barclay and Stef Kronstal.
South Stormont sat out the only two minor infractions called in the game.
The CharLan Rebels attacked the Bantam B Rep Lions throughout the opening two periods of Friday's game at Morrisburg Arena and nobody was under as much threat as Owen Villeneuve in the South Dundas net. The 1st-year Lion's net minder heard shots like this one (top corner of goal post) ring off the post more than once through the game . . .
Friday, Oct. 27th - Over the initial seven games of their 2018-19 campaign the CharLan Rebels have logged one victory. That was prior to a Friday night game at Morrisburg Arena. Their opposition, the South Dundas Lions, have played in three games, and still have not accomplished that feat. After eight and four games respectively, CharLan has moved on.
The visiting Rebels scored early and in a bunch opening the game on Friday evening, two screened shots and a snap shot from the slot went past Owen Villeneuve in an 8-minute first period span. The home team Lions managed a weak answer with a single counter.
The Rebels would increase their lead with a single in the middle frame, then hold off the late awakening Lions who made a huge charge late in the final period. The Rebels took the game on a 4-3 score.
Jack Vandrish scored the games opening goal less than a minute into the contest, firing a point shot from Joshua Leduc that beat Villeneuve. Colin Verbruggen tied the game when he snapped in a Cam Shaver goalmouth pass.
Declan McDonald and Mac McRae pushed the CharLan lead to 3-1 before the period ended with Addison McDonell and Leduc drawing assists.
The Lions scored took command of the game midway through the final frame, holding the Rebels in their own end for much of that time. Spencer Billings cut the visitors lead to 4-2 when he and Kieran McQueen combined for the Lion’s second goal and Cameron Lynch made it a one goal game when he nailed a rebound and beat Rebels net minder Kaden MacCrimmon.
In spite of holding the Rebels in a defensive position over the final two minutes and adding a sixth attacker, the Lions had waited to long to mount a sustained winning attack. The Rebels, on the other hand, gave it their all early and throughout the opening two periods for the victory.
South Dundas sat out four minor infractions in this game while the Rebels were called on three minor penalties.
Next home game is Monday, Oct. 29th at 8:00 p.m. when the 4th-place Stormont Selects come to Morrisburg Arena.
The Big and Small of it all. Players in the Bantam Rep division and the Bantam House divisions play against some astounding physical size differences in every league game . . .
Monday, Oct. 22nd - The 3rd-place Bears from Smiths Falls came to Morrisburg Arena on Monday evening to meet the South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions, but couldn’t manage the two points they have become used to securing at the end of each game. The Lions skated, checked, and worked from start to finish over the duration of the game, coming away with a tie after three very fast periods.
The Bantam Rep squad looks very much like the Morrisburg Junior C team as a work ethic goes. That could be because they have Junior Coach Ken Turnbull on the bench, at this level, working with Coach Brian Shaver. And his very presence somehow seems to have a ‘keep skating’ effect on the players.
The Lions checking so frustrated the normally high-flying Bears that the final period saw a number of misconduct and game misconduct penalties assessed the visiting players. Throughout the game the Bears were called for a total of 56 minutes while the Lions served a total of 10 minutes.
South Dundas fell behind 3-2 after one period, went ahead 4-3 after two frames and tied the game in the final five minutes when Stef Kronstal wired a shot from well out that beat Bears net minder Josh Muoka cleanly. Muoka was partially screened on the play.
Adam Hustins opened the game scoring with a close-in play to beat the Lion’s Owen Villeneuve for a 1-0 lead. The visitors went up by a pair of goals when Isaac Morris beat the Lion’s defence and then slipped the puck past Villeneuve.
South Dundas’ Wyatt Barkley and Cameron Lynch mesmerized the Bears defence with some tight puckwork with Barkley snapping a deadly wrist shot past Muoka followed by Jordan Heuff tying the game at the 9-minuter mark when he carried a Colin Verbruggen/Cam Shaver set up into the Bears cage.
Smiths Falls scored the lead in the final minute of the first period with less than five seconds remaining in the frame, taking the break with the score at 3-2.
Through an up and down middle period both teams tested the goaltenders several times, forcing the large contingent of fans to lean and wheeze, then lean back again. Slightly more than three minutes remained on the second period clock when Cole Eikelboom stole the puck from a Bears defender, hit Cam Shaver standing on the edge of the slot with a perfect pass, and Shaver cranked a heavy wrist shot that beat Muoka cleanly to tie the score.
Wyatt Barkley had no sooner returned to the ice when he sent Monty DeJong in for a shot. DeJong seldom misses from that range and he made the task look easy, leaving the game at 4-3 in favor of the Lions.
Over the final period Smiths Falls scored two goals over a 50-second time lapse, those going to Robert Onion and Riley Irvine and putting the bears back in front by a single goal. Still not prepared to give in the Lions roared back with Stef Kronstal leading the charge, and gaining a tie for the effort. Final 5-5.
The Lions Bantam B Rep team will face the 6th-place CharLan Rebels at Morrisburg Arena on Friday, Oct. 26th, at 8:00 p.m.
Lions Bantam B Rep Monty DeJong beats Kemptville panther's Owen Miller for a goal in the middle period of Monday night's game at Morrisburg. The Lions however lost the contest on a close 4-3 count . . .
Monday, Oct. 15th - Opening their home season on Monday at Morrisburg Brian Shaver’s Bantam B Reps look as though they could be headed for the entertainer of the year category. South Dundas has fielded a team of quality players in this division, defensive and offensive, and have solid goaltending. In fact, the Bantam B Rep goaltender, Owen Villeneuve stood in for the Lion’s Midget team last week and didn’t look a bit out of place.
The opening period of Monday’s game with the Kemptville Panthers saw Wyatt Barkley slip the puck out of a goal mouth scramble and into the net for a 1-0 Lion’s lead. Barkley, dangerous around the crease against any opponent, doesn’t give in easily and has a history of working the crease area successfully. The Panthers returned to tie the game early in the second period and then took the lead on goals by John Collins and Ayden Robinson.
Monty DeJong was allowed a step on the Kemptville defence less than a minute later and didn’t hesitate to show the Panthers the error of their ways. DeJong roared in on the slot, faked left and fired right past a beaten Owen Miller to even the score and match ‘cousin’ Barkley’s performance. Eric Tackaberry gave the Panthers the lead at 3-2 closing the second frame.
The home team Lions pressured their opponents in the third frame, playing much of the game in the Panthers zone. As often happens when one team is pressuring, the opposition hit a breaking Cameron Durie with a long pass who in turn hit Taylor Musgrave in front of the net. Musgrave beat a somewhat screened Levesque for a 2-goal lead.
Jordan Heuff got one goal back with five minutes remaining in the game, bringing the Lions to within a single counter. The visiting Kemptville defence then blanketed their scoring zone, keeping the Lions’ players out of range and without great opportunities for the duration. The game closed 4-3 in favor of the Panthers.
The South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Monday, Oct. 22nd against the Smiths Falls Bears. Game time is 8:00 p.m.