We will miss watching our favorite Midget hockey team on Thursday evenings. Coach Rob Casselman and Assistant Jamie Smith instilled a desire to work and to play the game at their best level every time they tied on the skates. And win, lose or tie, this gang consistently gave it their best shot. From goaltender Michaela Mustard out, they laughed when they won and they laughed when they lost, they stewed and cursed and took good penalties and maybe one or two dumb 'Midget' penalties. But they never gave up. And they provided those of us who enjoy some entertaining Midget hockey a treat each and every Thursday night they played at Morrisburg Arena.
Thursday, Feb. 28th - South Dundas’ Midget B-2 House Lions were eliminated from the playoff picture at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday night. Rob Casselman’s team of hockey enthusiasts had snuck into the last playoff spot in the last week of the regular season on seven wins and six ties. They were a midget team that came to the arena to play every time they stepped on the ice.
Meeting the 1st-place finishing Kemptville B-2 Panthers the Lions bowed in the minimum number of games but not without giving a good account of themselves. The physically larger Panthers did dominate for the most part.
Colin VanHoof scored the single goal for the Lions who were stocked with four bantam affiliate players for this game, including Diego Alfaro-Peters, Nate Paulino, James Martens and Alec Larocque, all of who fit comfortably into the line-up. The Panthers scored a single in the opening period, a pair in the middle frame and three to close out the game. Michaela Mustard left the net in the third period with Alfaro-Peters taking over between the pipes.
Saturday, Feb. 9th - Missing six regulars from the lineup seemed to crank up the South Dundas Midget B-2 House Lions over the past weekend. A standout performance on Saturday by eight of the regular players who did show up ended in a 6-4 loss to the 2nd-place Kemptville Panthers at Morrisburg Arena. On Sunday afternoon those same 8th-place Lions added affiliate players Alek Larocque and James Martens to the line-up, hosted those same Panthers and took a 5-2 loss on the chin, and still showed no quit.
Fighting for a playoff spot, the Lions have 5 games remaining in their regular season. They host the Brockville Braves on Wednesday night and then face the front-running Panthers B-1 squad at Kemptville, meet Smiths Falls twice in Smiths Falls, and close out their regular season in Morrisburg against their cross-town rivals, the B-1 Lions.
On Saturday Riley Smith and Owen Lucas each scored four points for the Panthers while Jacob Traynor, Nicholas Halliday and Adam Sterkenburg beat Michaela Mustard in the Lions net for singles. Answering for South Dundas was Nolan Henry and Ryan Wiltshire each with a single and a pair of assists, Brady Smith and Sarah Backes with single goals and Trystan Hummel with a single assist.
On Sunday at Kemptville the Lions Jacob Beliveau led the Panthers with a goal and an assist. Riley Smith, Avery Kelly, Adam Sterkenburg and Nicholas Halliday each scored single goals. The Lions Nolan Henry and Kolby Latulippe returned fire for South Dundas to close the contest at 5-2.
The Midget B-2 Lions on Saturday afternoon, attending the game with one goaltender and eight forwards, put on a display of what hockey effort is all about. In spite of being outscored over the game, and very slightly outplayed, they were far from outclassed. In particular, most of the players were on the verge of straight out unbelievable. A fabulous game to watch. This team hosts the Brockville Braves on Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 31st - After soundly pounding the league leaders in last week’s home game the Midget B-2 Lions were themselves soundly pounded by the North Dundas Demons on Thursday evening at home. The 5th-place Lions, hosting the 4th-place Demons were either setting up the North Dundas contingent for a playoff fall, or they were simply outplayed through most of the game.
The Demons, it must be said, couldn’t have had the puck bouncing more in their favor. At every opportunity they bounced, flipped and blasted the puck past netminder Michaela Mustard in the Lion’s net, a task that on any other night requires much more effort. At the other end of the ice Ewan Wilson was winning the bounces in the Demon’s net. Scoring opportunities for South Dundas were plentiful enough to put many more numbers on the board, except on this night the shots were more than not directed at Wilson, instead of past Wilson.
Colin Van Hoof and Nolan Henry each had a single goal and an assist for the Lions, the first midway through the middle period and the last at the same time of the final period. The Demon's Michael Freeman and Mason Carr led the visitor’s attack with a pair each while Brady Berube, Curtis Bowman and Tucker Mitchell each had singles.
The Lions play their next home game on Saturday, Feb. 9th at 4:30 p.m. when the 2nd-place Kemptville B-2 Panthers come to Morrisburg Arena.
Just a little touch of warning with the stick sets the tone between Lions Raven Baldwin and a Kemptville defenceman in the background while Panther's netminder Jesse Zlomislic takes a shot on the left shoulder that will drop into his glove . . .
Thursday, Jan. 17th - South Dundas’ (current) hope in the upcoming playoff round of the Midget B House division, the B-2 Lions, stunned the 1st-place Kemptvile Panthers B-1 entry in a 7-3 Lion’s victory at Morrisburg Arena. The Lions, particularly around the Panther’s net, and Michaela Mustard in the South Dundas goal, were sensational. Both Nolan Henry and Colin Van Hoof recorded 4-point nights.
South Dundas scored their final three counters while the Panthers sat out penalties and Kempville's third and final goal of the night also came on the powerplay.
Colin Van Hoof scored the opening goal and Nolan Henry doubled the count for an unanswered 2-0 lead in the first period. Van Hoof, Henry and Aiden CAsselman each picked up an assist on the two goals.
The Panthers scored the only goal of the middle period when they cut South Dundas’ lead to 3-1 on a Devon Ramsden goal. Netminder Jesse Zlomislic assisted on the Ramsden goal when he handed the Panther’s forward the puck in front of his own net.
Liam Mathieson added Kemptville’s second goal when he beat Mustard from in close with a little help from Evan Davidson, setting the score at 3-2. The Lions roared back with three goals in three minutes coming from the sticks of Maclean Machan, Nolan Henry, with his second, from Colin Van Hoof, and Kolby Latulippe from Ryan Wiltshire.
Henry Bailey slipped a low shot past Mustard to cut the lead to 5-3 but that was all the Panther’s could muster against the hard-working South Dundas team. The Lions added the final two goals of the game when Brandon Lovely wired a single from the left side and Nolan Henry completed his hat-trick with Van Hoof assisting.
The Midget B-2 House Lions are on a 2-week break from regular season action, then play at Morrisburg Arena against the 4th-place North Dundas Demons on Thursday, Jan. 31st at 8:00 p.m. The Lions have seven games remaining in their schedule.
Sarah Backes takes the shooter and Michaela takes the shot in Thursday night's Midget action game at Morrisburg. This dynamic duo were just two of an entire team that was so close . . .
Thursday, Jan. 10th - South Dundas’ Midget B-2 House Lions came within 32.2 seconds of defeating one of the division’s top teams on Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena. After allowing the visiting Leeds Chargers a 1-0 first period lead the Lion’s fought tooth and claw for every shot, scoring a pair of goals late in the middle period. The South Dundas defence, aided by a fast two-way skating offence, checked ferociously throughout the duration of the game and netminder Michaela Mustard did everything but stand on her head to stave off the Chargers growing offensive attack.
Leeds’ Hunter Bresee snared a clearing pass in the final minute of play, faked a low shot just long enough to take advantage of a screen and then snapped a waist level bullet past Mustard’s outstretched arm and into the net with 32.2 seconds remaining on the clock.
A victory for the lions would have been their sixth win over 19 games and would have vaulted them into a tie with Brockville B-1 at 5th-place. Leeds has scored 12 victories in 20 games and tied two others, currently holding 2nd-place. Kemptville B-1, Leeds, Kemptville B-2 and North Dundas own the top four spots but with eight games remaining in the regular season the standings will change some what.
Bronson Greaves scored the game’s first goal on Thursday evening, an unassisted effort that caught the entire team off guard. Five minutes remained in the middle period when Nolan Henry left an opportunity for Collin Van Hoof to put the Lions on the scoreboard. Van Hoof had no problem tying the game, beating Charger’s netminder Alissa Adrian.
Maclean Machan put the Lions up by a goal with less than a second remaining in the same period, this time on a Kolby Latulippe/Martina Lewis scoring play. The Lions held the lead thru the first seventeen minutes of the final period.
South Dundas B-2 Lions meet the league leading Kemptville B-1 Panthers on Thursday, Jan. 17th at Morrisburg Arena in an 8:00 p.m. puck drop. Great Midget hockey to come out and support.
Lion's net-minder, Michaela Mustard kicks out her right leg and she stopped this clear break-away in the final period against the Kemptville Panther's on Thursday evening. Mustard's Lion's dropped the two points to the visitors on a 3-1 score . . .
Thursday, Dec. 13th - Cole Walt, who plays in goal for the Kemptville Panthers B-3 Midget House team, shut down the South Dundas Midget B-2 Lions in the second and third periods in 3-1 victory for the visitors at Morrisburg Arena. The Panthers, currently sitting in 6th-place in league standings, have a shot at making the playoffs should they turn their season around in the second half. The Lions, sitting in 10th-place, need a small miracle, and then some good luck.
Michaela Mustard kept the visitors off the score board through all but the final three minutes of the opening period, in spite of facing the greater number of shooters. Following Nolan Henry’s marker for South Dundas, Mustard stopped no less than three clear breaks, turning all aside. Schuyler French figured out the home team’s goaltender late in the period when he fired a close-in shot that beat Mustard cleanly.
The Panthers took control of the game in the middle period, outshooting the Lions by a wide margin, and notching a second goal from Hunter Walt with Chad Lackie setting up the play. Third period action was under the strict control of referee Sean Boulerice on this night and seven minors were called before anyone could get too far out there. Brennan Parks scored the lone goal of the final frame, putting the visitors up by a 3-1 score.
The South Dundas Midget B-2 House Lions travel to Cardinal on Saturday for a 5:00 p.m. start against the South Grenville Rangers. The team returns to Morrisburg Arena for the Holiday Season Bragging Rights Game against their cross-town rivalries, the Lions B-1 House team, on Wednesday, Dec. 19th at Morrisburg Arena. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. start.
Brockville Brave's Claire Cushing successfully battles her way to the front of the net in an attempt to score on Michaela Mustard, but the Lon's netminder won on this occassion . . .
Thursday, Dec. 6th - An exciting and very close midget hockey game was decided on a errant clearing pass late in the second period when the puck bounced off the back of goaltender Michaela Mustard’s stick and into the Lions net. The bounce gave the Brockville B-1 House Braves a 3-2 victory in a fast and exciting game.
Tyler Gagliano opened the game scoring midway through the first period beating Mustard on a three-player passing attack that included Garin Durnat and Dallas McCArthy. Max Garlough tied the game just before the first frame closed when he fired an unassisted marker past Cole Trickey playing between the Braves pipes.
Lucas Henderson put Brockville back in front on an unassisted goal in the middle frame followed by Garlough’s second of the night to tie the game for a second time, late in the period.
While hemmed in their own zone the Lions attempted clearing pass resulted in the 3rd Brockville goal being credited to Henderson, giving him a pair on the game and the Braves a 3-2 lead. And that was the last goal scored in this one.
The Lions served six minor infractions while the Braves sat out seven calls.
The 10th-place Midget B-2 House Lions host the 8th-place Kemptville B-3 Panthers on Thursday, Dec. 13th in an 8:00 p.m. start at Morrisburg Arena.
Midget B-2 Lions Sarah Backes and net minder Michaela Mustard shut down the Demons on this third period scoring attempt in an eventual 5-4 loss for South Dundas . . .
Thursday, Nov 14th - The South Dundas Midget B-2 House Lions ran into a stubborn North Dundas Demons team on Thursday evening. And more-so, they ran into a tough bit of goal tending from Ewan Wilson in the Demons net.
Overall, the visitors at Morrisburg Arena had more scoring opportunities than did the locals on this occasion and Lion’s net minder Michaela Mustard faced constant scoring threats. In the end, some great defence came to Mustard’s aid and the Lions were within a goal of tying the game when the clock ran out. South Dundas had pulled Mustard in favor of a sixth attacker in the final two minutes of the game but to no avail.
North Dundas opened the scoring in this game just more than a minute in when the Lions caved on their goal in an attempt to stop the charge. A soft, flip shot lobbed out of the goal-crease crowd and over the South Dundas’ goaler's shoulder for a 1-0 lead. As the period wound downfor the two teams, Lion's Nolan Henry picked off a break-out pass from Trystan Hummell and beat the Demon’s Wilson to tie the score. Twenty-five seconds later the Demons were back in charge, up 2-1.
North Dundas added a trio of goals in the middle period while the Lion’s TJ Barnhardt and Brady Smith each scored singless to have the frame close in a 5-3 Demons lead. Martina Lewis and Nolan Henry, with his second point of the night, assisted on the Lion’s goals.
South Dundas scored the only goal in the see-saw battle of a third period, that when referee Sheamus Boulerice called the Demon’s Robbie Sallery on a tripping offence. Boulerice made the call when Sallery near tackled Nolan Henry, who had a clear break to the visitor’s net. Referee Boulerice awarded a penalty shot. Henry made the goal appear effortless, faking Wilson, who left a gapping left side of the net open.
Two minutes remaining in the third gave the Lions the opportunity to add a sixth player in favor of Mustard, although the South Dundas extra-man play did not work well. The game ended in a 5-4 victory for the Demons.
The Lions B-2 House Midgets play their next home game in Morrisburg Arena on Thursday, Dec. 6th at 8:00 p.m. when the Brockville Braves B-1 team comes to town. The Midget House hockey is great entertainment, fast action, lots of spills and thrills. Come on out and cheer our team on.
Thursday, Nov. 9th - Following all the scoring, all the shots, all the laughs and jokes and pushing and shoving, and the official game clock had run out, the officials assessed major penalties to players from both teams for fighting. And so goes Midget House League hockey in South Dundas.
The two minor hockey midget teams clashed head-to-head on Thursday evening at Morrisburg in a regular season game that ended with the B-1 entry whipping their counter-part B-2 squad by a 6-3 score. The game saw nine different players score goals, Nolan henry, Jeff McPhail and Keiran Geurkink score three points each, and both goaltenders perform some close to magical saves.
During the second period Michaela Mustard playing between the pipes for the B-2 team, faced two on-coming forwards intent on scoring. Mustard stopped a point blank wrist shot that bounced to her right, like a gift goal offering to the second opposing shooter. And when he fired the puck toward the gaping hole she allowed him, Michaela snapped out a pad and made the save. At the opposite end of the ice the B-2 forwards were offering no kindness to net minder Gauge Brown. But Brown kept coming up with crucial stops, snaring the puck in goal-mouth crowds, and taking the ‘unintentional’ hit here and there throughout.
The B-1 Lions outscored the home-team B-2’s by a 3-2 count in the opening period, went up 4-2 in the middle frame and added two more against a B-2 single in the third period for the 6-3 victory. Colin VanHoof, Martina Lewis and Nolan Henry scored for the B-2 Lions while Nathan Verhey, Jaedan Shaver, Keiran Geurkink, Owen Orendi, Devon Swindells and Connor Thompson replied for the B-1 team.
During the actual game time the B-2 Lions were called on two minor penalties while the B-1 served a single minor infraction.
The South Dundas Midget B-2 Lions play their next home game against the North Dundas Demons on Thursday, Nov. 15th at Morrisburg Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.
Midget B-2 House Lion's celebrate a goal in Thursday's game at Morrisburg Arena. The Lions roared back in the dying minutes in the final period for the tie . . .
Thursday, Nov. 1st - In an all out, third period effort the South Dundas Midget B-2 Lions put everything they had on the ice and came out tied against the Leeds Chargers after 60 minutes of heated action. The 9th-place Lions matched the 6th-place visiting Chargers at Morrisburg Arena in the final 20 minutes of action after allowing their opponents a 4-1 lead late in the middle period.
Jacob Adrian and Vincent Lecompte managed to beat the Lion’s defence and then net minder Michaela Mustard for the only goals scored in the opening period. Mustard was screened on a long shot early in the second period when the Chargers took a 3-0 lead in what was appearing to be the makings of an onslaught.
Aden Casselman broke the ice for the Lions when he rifled a shot past Cole Hanna for a 3-1 score. Wesley Eawart restored the three goal lead on a long wrist shot from the point for Leeds although two minutes later Maclean Machan cut the lead in half again when he beat Hanna on a Nolan Henry assist.
The Chargers came out in the final period taking a 5-2 lead early on Vincent Lecompte’s counter followed by Brandon Lovely’s pair of goals all in the opening five minutes, leaving the game at a 4-3 score.
The Lions controlled the contest for much of the final period with the Chargers finally breaking down in the last two minutes, allowing Brady Smith to take a Sarah Backes lead, fire a shot from the blueline, have TJ Barnhartd grab the rebound and slide it out for a Smith snap into the net. Tie game and what a comeback.
The next home game at Morrisburg Arena will see the Midget B-2 Lions host the Midget B-1 Lions in what should be an all out battle for community supremacy. Game time is 8:00 p.m.
Almost losing her footing in this do-si-do rendition of "Where did the puck go?", a Lion's Midget defender mesmerizes a team-mate and a South Grenville Rangers player - but Lion's goaltender Michaela Mustard knows . . .
Thursday, Oct. 25th - Midget age hockey competition over the past two years has improved. And if the fans attending the games this season are correct, it will continue to improve for the next few years.
The South Dundas Midget B-2 House entry hosted the South Grenville Rangers at the Morrisburg Arena on Thursday night in a fast game that drew a good number of fans. And the two teams put on a show that went end to end for three periods, offered great checking and great scoring chances. And relative few penalties considering it was midget hockey, which honestly can be attributed to keen officiating at this level.
Unlike many midget games in which the penalty sections of the score sheets are full and then some, this game offered a tough, fighting style without the actual fights, and some great defence and goaltending, the latter by the Rangers Matthew Juneau and the Lion’s Michaela Mustard.
Maclean Machan opened the scoring 12 minutes into the first period from line mate Kolby Latulippe and TJ Barnhardt for the home team. Nolan Henry put the Lions up by a pair when he beat Juneau in close on a pass from Rachel Nicolaassen.
The visiting Rangers turned the table in the middle period, beating the Lions for an unanswered pair of goals when Nathan Myers and Jeret Moore each scored singles.
In the final period Brady Smith gave the Lions the lead early on a solo effort, wiring a shot past Juneau. South Grenville, refusing to turn in the keys, came right back and tied the game again when Gracie Curry hammered the puck past Mustard on a determined effort. The Rangers continued to press, seeking their first win of the season, but unfortunately let Lion Mclean Machan pick off a goal attempting pass. Machan broke out of the Lions zone flying past the Rangers defenders, crossed the opposing blue line and easily beat Juneau over the right pad for the game winning counter.
The Lions Midget B-2 House hosts the 7th-place Leeds Chargers on Thursday, Nov. 1st at Morrisburg Arena. Great hockey. Great entertainment. Enjoy the photos . . .
Thursday, Oct. 18th - The Smiths Falls Bears came to Morrisburg Arena on Thursday evening and proceeded to battle the home team Lions for an 8-5 victory in a spirited contest. South Dundas captured the early lead on a 2-1 score but were outscored over the duration by 4-1 in the second period and 3-2 in the final stanza.
The speedy Bears managed to slip the Lions defence time and again, facing a good performance by net minder Michaela Mustard in spite of the loss. The game was strong on entertainment value with both teams icing a great effort.
Riley Lemay led the scoring parade in the game, potting four counters for the Bears including singles in the first and third periods and a pair in the middle frame. For the Lions Ryan Wiltshire and Nolan Henry notched two goals each and Max Garlough had the single.
Maclean Machan, Brandon Lovely, Mustard with a pair, Martina Lewis, Garlough and Colin VanHoof all drew assists in this contest. Each team served fur minor infractions.
The South Dundas Midget B-2 House Lions face the South Grenville Rangers on Thursday, Oct. 25th at 8:00 p.m. in a home game at Morrisburg Arena. On Nov. 8th, the two South Dundas Midget B House teams face-off against each other . . . a real barn-burner in the making.
Friday, Oct. 12th - South Dundas’ Midget B House 2 Lions goaltender Michaela Mustard backstopped her team in a 2-2 tie at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday evening in spite of facing eight power plays from the Brockville Braves. The visiting Braves did score on a two-man advantage when the Lions Nolan Henry and Cassidy Bilmer were sitting in the penalty box.
Brandon Lovely opened the game scoring for South Dundas midway through the first period when he scored an unassisted goal on the Braves Nathan Belise. Late in the period Trystan Hummel gave South Dundas a 2-0 lead when she completed a Max Garlough play for a goal.
Second period play offered a rough and tumble brand of play with both teams taking the opportunity to run at each other, and both serving minor penalties. Late in the frame Dylan Malette hammedred the puck past Mustard in a goal mouth scramble to bring his team within a single counter.
The Lions undisciplined play in the final period led to five infractions and the tying goal by Brockville when Jared Boyd slipped the puck past the Lion’s net minder. Hunter Price drew the assist on the play.Neither team scored in the final ten minutes of the game, the last two minutes of which saw a checking from behind infraction called followed by a game misconduct call.