Thursday, Jan. 17th - South Dundas’ Novice Rep Lions moved into a 3rd-place tie with the Alexandria Glens in regular season standings on Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena. Coming off a defeat at the hands of 2nd-place South Grenville Rangers the Lions defence led by Halle Van Beilen and Brayson Heuff dominated their own zone, turning away the Panthers numerous times. Lion’s netminder Evelyn Cooper registered her second consecutive shut-out in as many games making several key saves when the defence did allow a Kemptville opportunity.
The Lions meet Kemptville again on January 19th at Kemptville (the last tme the two teams met in Kemptville the Lions came away on a 2-1 loss). In their seven remaining games of regular season action South Dundas will face Alexandria, South Grenville, and league leading Leeds. All of the cards are on the table.
A large following of fans witnessed a spectacular performance by goaltenders Cooper and the Panther’s Joshua Hall as the two teams played to a scoreless opening period on Thursday evening at Morrisburg. In the middle period as the time clock wound down the action heated up. An opportune moment developed for Will MacPherson as he picked up a Taylor Elliott set-up in front of the Panther’s net. Hall stopped him point blank but MacPherson whacked at the rebound and Hall kicked the puck out again. A third opportunity for the tenacious MacPherson saw him flick the puck out from under Hall’s pads, swoop to the right and hammer home the game’s only goal.
The Panther’s had two power-play opportunities in the final period and swarmed the Lion’s zone where they met a simply unbeatable goaltender and strong defence. The same can be said of the Panthers when the Lions had a power-play chance that came up scoreless.
The Novice B Rep Lion’s next home game is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27th at Morrisburg Arena in a 2:00 p.m. puck-drop. Admission is free and a full house is expected so please, come to the arena early. As a bonus offer from South Dundas’ Minor Hockey Association fans can catch the Atom B House game before the Novice’s take the ice.
Monday, January 14th - The South Dundas Novice B Rep Lions lost a bit of their roar on Monday evening at Cardinal when the 2nd-place South Grenville Rangers trounced the 5th-place Lions on a 7-1 score. The loss leaves the Lions at 22 points while the Rangers are three back of front-running Leeds at 29 points. Alexandria and Kemptville are wedged between South Dundas and South Grenville with 24 and 22 points respectively.
The Lions took a 1st-period lead in this one when Owen Winter finished a Halle Van Beilen play for the goal with five minutes remaining in the opening frame. That was the last point the Lions scored on this evening.
The Rangers galloped back with five goals in the middle period and added a pair in the final period, all unanswered.
The Novice B Rep Lons play at home Thursday evening, hosting the 4th-place Kemptville Panthers at 6:00 p.m.. The next home game will be against Alexandria on Jan. 27th.
Sunday, Jan. 13th - Seven points separate the top five teams in the Novice B Rep division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League. All eight of the registered entries will make the initial playoff round. Some may not last too long. Among the top five at least, there is going to be a battle.
The Leeds Chargers have 13 wins over 21 games and have a five point 1st-place lead with 29 points. South Dundas has 5th-place, seven points back of the leaders with 22 points and two games in hand. Interestingly, the Lions are only two points out of second place as the #2 through #5 positions are tight.
On Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena the Lions drubbed the 7th-place Brockville Braves on a 3-0 note, the shut-out recorded by netminder Evelyn Cooper. Cooper was solid throughout, keen on the rebounds and acrobatic when the task required. Six players on the 12-player roster took part in the scoring by what is possibly South Dundas’s premier team in the talent department.
Owen Winter opened the scoring midway through the 1st-period when he snapped in a Simon Marten’s pass from directly in front of the goal crease. Braves goaltender Bentley Harris had his work cut out for him in this one and he too performed admirably.
Midway through the second period Christoper Bols put the Lions up by a 2-0 score when he capitalized on an Austin Holmes attempt, beating Harris to the bottom right corner. Bols battled through the Braves defence for the goal.
In the final period the Lions went up 3-0 when Taylor Elliott finished a Will MacPherson play for an easy goal. The speedy MacPherson had worked the puck deep into the Brockville zone and laid a perfect one-timer in front of the Lion’s sniper who made bending the back twine appear the natural thing to do.
The Novice B Rep Lions travel to Cardinal on Monday (tonight) to play the South Grenville Rangers and are at home on Thursday, Jan. 17th to host the 4th place Kemptville Panthers in squaring off 4th-place possession. Winner take all!!
Hockey fans should know the Novice B Rep Lions team is one, if not the top team in South Dundas. The quality of hockey entertainment this gang delivers is so out there it is simply difficult to fathom. They are talented, determined, and totally understand what to do during a game.
The puck-drop for Thursday’s game is 6:00 p.m.
The Leeds player in the foreground knows well how to have it appear he has been tripped, we suspect he could have been called for the hold and leg-lock he has on Austin Holmes stick during Thursday evening's game . . .
Thursday, Jan. 3rd - The Novice B Rep South Dundas Lions were stuffed like a Christmas turkey in more ways than one on Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena. The home team Lions, who more often than not are fast, utilize pin-point passing and tough, stand-up defence, and incidently, are the highest scoring team in the division, were not themselves in this game, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Leeds Chargers.
The visiting Chargers roared back from a 1-0 first period deficit in the final frame with three unanswered goals to not only steal the victory, but move ahead of the Lions in the division standings. The South Grenville Rangers currently hold 1st-place on 22 points after 10 wins and a pair of ties in 15 games. The Kemptville Panthers, having played 16 games, hold second place, a single point back of the Rangers on 9-wins and 3-ties. The Chargers bounced the Lions out of 3rd-place with the 3-1 win and now sit on 9-wins and 3-ties for 21 points after 17 games. And the Lions are right behind after 18 games with 20 points on 9-wins and a pair of ties.
“The kids have had too many treats and not enough hockey through the break,” one parent was heard to say in the arena lobby following the game, adding, “They’ll be a different team in the next week, back to speed and scoring.”
The Lion’s Head Coach, Dereck Holmes, was not on the bench for the game having arrived at the arena and while still in his vehicle suffered a sudden bout of vertigo. Holmes spent the game time in his vehicle in the parking lot hoping it would pass. We have not received a follow-up report prior to this post.
Leed’s Preston McCulloch was the star of this game, playing between the pipes for the Chargers. McCulloch turned away several clear shots from a very few feet away in the dying minutes of the game.
Simon Martens opened the game scoring when he beat McCulloch early in the opening period. Hudson Bradford put the puck on Martens' stick. It was the only goal of the opening and second periods in this game.
In the final period the difference was around the Chargers outskating a visibly tiring Lions squad, and three shots that beat net-minder Evelyn Cooper in the South Dundas net. Cooper was left alone on two of the shots to face multiple Leeds shooters, while the third was scored an a well-screened shot slipping through along the ice.
South Dundas has 10 games left in the 2018-19 season, half of them in the Lion’s den, and at least four of them against the front running duo of South Grenville Rangers and the Kemptville Panthers. They will also meet Leeds again on February 10th in Westport. South Dundas’ next home game is on Sunday, January 13th at 2:00 p.m. in Morrisburg Arena, against the Brockvillle Braves.
Sunday, Dec. 9th - The South Dundas Novice B Rep Lions added a little distance between their 3rd-place league standing and that of the 5th-place Alexandria Glens on Sunday at Morrisburg Arena. The Lions grabbed a 3-2 opening period lead and increased the score to 5-2 in the middle frame before the Glens stormed in with a pair in the closing minutes for a near upset.
It was Will MacPherson’s effort to win a battle in front of the Glen’s net and hammer home the winning goal that made the difference in this game.
Taylor Elliott opened the scoring midway through the first period. Elliott finished a Chris Bols/Will MacPherson play to put his team up on a 1-0 count.
Joshua Bourgon evened the count with an unassisted marker when he beat netminder Evelyn Cooper from close in with a wicked wrist shot high on the glove side. Two minutes later Bourgon did exactly the same thing, putting the visitors up on a 2-1 count. The Glens opening goals seemed to set a fire to the Lion’s and Hudson Banford tied the game following a lone effort from his own blueline in to beat Ethan Cholette with just more than a minute remaining in the period. Brayson Heuff matched that effort with the Lion’s third goal in the dying seconds, to close with South Dundas leading 3-2.
The home team added a pair of counters in the middle period, methodically taking more and more of the play and increasing their lead. Chris Bols scored for a 4-2 lead on an Elliott pass as the second period wound down and Will MacPherson recorded what turned out to be the winning goal with a single second remaining in the period for a 5-2 lead.
The Glens gave it everything they had in the closing frame, scoring a pair of goals and holding the Lions off the score sheet, but it was not enough. South Dundas took the 5-4 victory and the two points.
The Lions return to Morrisburg Arena following the New Year when the Leeds Chargers come to Morrisburg on Sunday, January 3rd for a 6:00 p.m. game.
Lion's netminder Evelyn Cooper kicks out a screened shot by the Panthers on Thursday evening . . .
Thursday, Dec. 6th - A very hot start was followed by a very cold finish for the South Dundas Novice B Reps on Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena. The Kemptville Panthers Novice Rep 1 entry fell behind on 3-0 count and then kicked the game wide open mid-second period with three unanswered goals for the 5-4 victory. And 1st place (shared with South Grenville).
Taylor Elliott opened the game scoring seconds after the puck was dropped with an unassisted goal. Twenty-seven seconds following the Elliott counter Chris Bols fired a second unassisted goal to put the home-team Lions up by a pair.
Elliott scored his second goal of the game midway through the second frame for a 3-0 South Dundas lead. Michael Crossman scored to give the Panthers a little breathing room just before Jackson VanAllen made it 4-1 on a Hudson Banford setup. And that goal was the Lions last roar of the game.
The Panthers turned the action up a few notches with the next four goals. Rye Mansell, Kahlaan Wilkes and Reid Foley with a pair, beat the Lion’s defence and netminder Evelyn Cooper to overcome the deficit and take the victory.
The 4th-place Lions next home game at Morrisburg Arena is on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. when the 5th-place Alexandria Glens come to town.
Tuesday, Dec. 4th - South Dundas' Novice B Rep team is as blessed with talent as are most of the teams in the division. That is most of the teams excluding the winless Cornwall Colts, who to date are the division stomping grounds. In 15 games Cornwall has yet to post a win or a tie. The team has allowed 145 goals against - three times that of the next highest total. The Colts have less than half the number of 'goals for' than 4th-place South Dundas, who do lead in that division. If there is a benefit derived in any of this . . . . It might be time to jig the teams in this group and provide the Colts players some enjoyable competition through which they can improve their game. Without fault, finger-pointing, blame or any of that, the Colts are, quite simply, in the wrong division.
On Tuesday evening, the South Dundas Lions were in front of the Colts on a 10-0 score before the third period had barely been open. At that time the Lions turned the puck over to the opposition, who managed to score a pair of goals late in the dying minutes.
Chris Bols had a 5-point game, Will McPherson had four points, Hudson Banford had three, Owen Winter and Nate Casselman had a pair and singles went to Bryson Heuff and Halle VanBeilen.
Lions net minder Lincoln Robinson slips the left leg out to stop this scoring attempt by the Selects . . .
Sunday, Nov. 18th - Will MacPherson and Taylor Elliott combined for six points on Saturday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena when the South Stormont Selects came to town seeking two points. The trio of points by each of the South Dundas Novice B Rep Lions, combined with a pair of points each by Jackson VanAllen and Halle VanBeilen, and singles from Brayson Heuff, Christopher Bols, Hudson Banford and Simon Martens closed out any idea of giving up two points. The Lions added those points to their own league standing.
Taylor Elliott put the South Dundas home team up by two goals in the opening period with MacPherson drawing the assists on both. Seconds prior to the period closing the Selects Bennett Stoqua and Adeline Esford combined to half the lead at 2-1.
The Lions added an unanswered pair in the middle period by Martens and Banford to go up 4-1.
MacPherson opened the scoring in the final period followed by a season highlight, Bobby Orr type goal when Halle VanBeilen raced the length of the ice, weaving between and around the Selects players with some slick stick-handling. Streaking across the blue line Halle unloaded a cannonating drive that blew by the Selects net minder Ben McPhail to put her team up 6-1. The Selects came back with their second and last goal of the game seconds later with Wendel Jodoin firing one that beat Lincoln Robinson in the Lion’s net.
Christopher Bols closed out the game scoring with the Lion’s seventh goal of the game, giving the Lions the 7-2 victory on the afternoon. A single penalty was called in this game, that against the Lions in the middle period.
The Novice B Rep Lions host the Cornwall Selects in their upcoming home game, on Tuesday, Dec. 4th at 6:00 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena.
Hot goaltending can beat any team and the Brockville Braves Bentley Harris was hot on Sunday afternoon . . .
Sunday, Nov. 4th - It required only a single goal for the South Dundas Novice B Rep Lions to drop from second to fourth place in league standings. The 7th-place Brockville Braves came to Morrisburg Arena with a chip on their shoulders named Bentley Harris (their goaltender) and the Lions faltered when they attempted to knock him off. Brockville went home with a 3-2 victory and the Lions evened their wins and losses at four. And dropped from second to fourth place in the standings.
Although the Lions have the most goals for in the current season they too have played more games, at nine, than the South Grenville Rangers, Leeds Chargers and South Stormont Selects, the top three position holders.
Brockville opened the scoring in this game midway through the first period when Caleb Woods lobbed a high shot over a crowd that had formed in front of Lion’s goaltender Lincoln Robinson. The young goalie was caught completely off guard by the shot. He couldn’t see that the Brockville defenceman had shot the puck.
Hudson Bradford got that one back for the Lions two minutes later when he beat the Braves Bentley Harris to tie the game on a Simon Martens set-up. Grayson Rice stole the lead for the Braves again when he whistled a shot from the top of the slot through the 5-hole on Robinson.
Chris Bols scored the only goal of the second period, beating Harris to bring his Lion’s team into a tie. Jackson VanAllen drove the puck into the crease and Bols guided it over the goal line for the counter.
Neither team was prepared to lose this game as play in the final period showed. Back and forth action at it’s best, goaltender saves that were ridiculously extreme and some great passing. The Braves Lucas Rockey was at the blue line when the Lions were attacking Harris at the front of the Brockville goal. A clearing shot went out over the blue line and Rockey picked it off, screamed down the ice and slid a low cooker into the far right corner for the game winner.
It was enough to tame a Lion, although we’ve been assured, “Well be back!!!”
There’s pride in this pride for sure . . .
The upcoming home game for the Novice B Rep Lions will be on Monday, Nov. 18th, at Morrisburg Arena. The puck drop is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and this hockey team is a pleasure to watch play the game.
Lincoln Robinson shuts down Emmet Adams in the Lion's goalmouth on Thursday's 7-2 victory . . .
Thursday, Oct. 26th - The South Dundas Novice B Rep Lions are at the top of the league standings which by a single point or argument is a tangle of three or four teams. The Leeds Chargers are in 3rd-place and have whipped the Lions, but they’ve played an extra game and have two losses in their record. South Grenville is listed officially in 1st-place by virtue of goals scored, but they have lost to the Lions. All three teams have seven points.
In a busy 10 days the Lions tied South Stormont 1-1 on Oct. 13th; bounced South Grenville 5-1 on Oct. 14th; toughed out a 5-4 victory over Alexandria on Oct. 21st; dropped on to Leeds 5-1 on Oct. 23rd; and most recently they pasted South Stormont 7-2 on Oct. 25th.
On Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena the win overe the South Stormont Selects occurred in a game which saw most of the play in the visitors end of the rink. When the Selects did manage to get into the Lion’s end of the ice the talented Lincoln Robinson was well up to the task of shutting down the Chargers attack.
The Lions took a 1-0 lead in the opening period, added four more counters against the Chargers single goal in the middle frame, and outscored the visitors 2-1 in the closing 15 minutes.
Nate Casselman led the scoring parade with a pair of goals, Owen Winter and Simon Martens each scored a goal and an assist, Jackson VanAllen, Brayson Heuff and Taylor Elliott fired singles, while Will MacPherson and Halle VanBeilen each were credited with an assist.
Bennerr Stoqua scored both of the Selects goals and Wendell Jodoin picked up an assist on the South Stormont side.
The Novice B Rep Lions play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, Nov. 4th at 2: 00 p.m. when the last place Brockville Braves come into the den.
South Grenville Rangers Maxim Sauve moves on a rebound but was stopped by the Lions Evelyn Cooper on this scoring attempt on Sunday at the Lions den. Cooper's team came out the victors on a 5-2 count . . .
Sunday, Oct. 14th - The hockey season is finally here, and the South Dundas Lions Novice B Rep team looks very strong in the early going. Talent laden, fast, and smart would be the best way to describe this gang, with strength in every position. And most obvious is that oce they get their passing accuracy back to peck season form, they are going to be a team to be reckoned with.
Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena the lions hosted the South Grenville Rangers to their second regular season game of the new schedule and after 50 minutes came away with a 5-2 victory. The rangers were no pushover but unfortunately for the visitors, neither was net minder Evelyn Cooper playing between the Lion’s pipes in this one. And South Dundas boasts Lincoln as the other half of their goaltending duo.
Simon martens opened the scoring on an unassisted effort when he captured a shot opportunity deep in the Rangers zone and made good beating Owen Woodcock for a 1-0 lead. Maxim Sauve evened the count when he slipped the puck under Cooper’s pads less than a minute later to tie the game.
Second period action saw the Lions move in front to stay when Owen Winter moved the puck into the visitors zone and set up Nate Casselman who snapped a goal past Woodcock.
The Lions extended their lead in the final period with a pair of goals six minutes apart when Chris Bols completed a Jackson VanAllen play and Brayson Heuff notched an unassisted marker to put the home team up 4-1. Jade O’Neil gave the Rangers a chance when he halved the lead, beating Cooper with a wrist shot over the glove. Controlling the play at this point in the game the Lions scored their 5th goal with just more than a minute remaining. Will MacPherson picked off a lead pass from John McCann and buried the puck behind Woodcock to close the game scoring with the Lions leading 5-1.
The Novice Reps next home game will be at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday, Oct. 25th at 6:00 p.m. when the the South Stormont Selects come to the den. The Lions played the Selects to a 0-0 draw in the opening game of the 2018-19 regular season.