Wednesday, Feb. 13th - William Hamilton backstopped the South Dundas Novice C-1 House Lions to a shut-out victory on Wednesday evening at Spencerville. Visiting the South Grenville Rangers home barn the 5th-place Lions disposed of the 8th-place Rangers on Ethan Nelson’s hot shooting and Hamilton’s acrobatics between the pipes.
The Lions have three games remaining in their regular schedule, all at Morrisburg Arena, prior to the 1st-round of playoff action beginning. This coming weekend South Dundas hosts the 3rd-place Kemptville C-3 Panthers on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and on Sunday they will meet the 4th-place C-4 Panthers at 1:00 p.m. There are three Panthers Novice C teams in this division, stacked in 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, all with 36 points. This weekend games will not change places in the standings for South Dundas’ Lions but they could well alter those of the Kemptville teams.
On Wednesday evening Ethan Nelson’s speed and accuracy around the opposition’s net played a huge roll in the Lion’s victory. Nelson scored less than two minutes into the game and added a second goal before the period closed for a 2-0 South Dundas lead.
The Lion’s sharp-shooter added his third with the only goal scored in the middle period and closed his performance with five minutes remaining in the final period when he scored his 4th-goal of the night. What Nelson was doing in the opponent’s end of the rink, William Hamilton was doing the opposite in his end of the rink, turning away numerous opportunities in the Rangers diversified attack.
Late in the final period Elijah Geertsema fired the last goal of the game on an unassisted effort to post a 5-0 win for the Lions. Carter Froats and Thomas Lepage notched single assists on the second and third Nelson goals.
Novice C-1 Lion's Tyler Stirling makes this stop against the high-flying Panther's Jaxon Matthew . . .
Saturday, Feb. 9th - South Dundas Novice C-1 Lions gave up two goals in each of the three periods in a meeting against the Kemptville C-1 Panthers on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena. The 5th-place Lions were checked constantly by the 4th-place Panther, failing to muster a consistent attack of their own in this game.
South Dundas notched a pair of counters, one in the opening period and one in the final frame. In spite of the final score Lion's netminder Tyler Stirling put in a strong performance against a team that stormed his net throughout the game.
Zaurek Moore and Jaxon Matthew each beat Lion’s netminder Tyler Stirling in the opening 15 minutes before Ethan Nelson replied for the lines on an unassisted effort. Liam Campbell added a goal to put the visitors up 3-1 in the middle period followed by Moore with his second of the night raising the count to 4-1 over the Lions.
Matthew scored his second of the game early in the final period. Mason Perry slammed in a one-timer five minutes into the closer and the Lions moved the play into the Panther’s zone suggesting a comeback could be in order. Emmet Kennelly broke out of the Panther’s end, hit Moore’s tape with a great lead and Moore finished his hat-trick with five minutes remaining in the game. The contest ended in a 6-2 win for Kemptville.
Carter Froats picked up the Lion of the Game in this one putting in a full three periods of and skating and tenacious checking.
The Lions host the 2nd-place Panthers C-3 entry on Saturday, Feb. 16th at Morrisburg Arena, 12:30 p.m., followed by a return match against the Panther’s C-1 squad the following day, again at Morrisburg Arena, with a 1:00 p.m. puck-drop
C-2's Harrison Bland clears the puck from harms way just as opponent C-1 sniper Mason Perry moves toward the slot . . .
Thursday, Feb. 7th - South Dundas two Novice C Lions teams are looking forward to a play-off run. But they may be looking more at a rubber-match between the C-1 Lions and the C-2 Lions on Saturday, Feb. 23rd at 8:30 a.m.
According to the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League records the two teams have met twice on the regular schedule this season. The first was a 2-1 victory for the C-2 entry and the second, Thursday evening past, was a 2-0 shut-out for the C-1 Lions. The third and last will be the final regular season contest for the C-1 Lions while the C-2’s meet Brockville the following day in their season closer.
Both Lions teams are making the playoffs, the C-1’s currently in 5th-place and the C-2 team in 7th-spot, six points up on their closest rivals. The last place teams don’t have enough games remaining in the regular season to change the standings to any great extent.
The two Lions teams played through a scoreless opening period on Thursday evening followed by the C-1’s top scoring unit netting a pair of goals, one in the middle period and one in the closer. Ethan Nelson notched the 1-0 lead and Carter Froats slapped in the insurance marker from William Hamilton for the 2 point victory.
C-1’s Tyler Stirling was awarded the Lion of the Game in this one after recording a shut-out. The C-1 Lions next home game will be on Saturday, Feb. 9th at 12:30 when the 4th-place Kemptville Panthers come to the den for a battle. The Panther’s are still within striking distance of being upset in the league standings by the Lions.
Saturday, Feb. 2nd - All things considered, and with the regular season growing very short, it woulds appear South Dundas will have both Novice C teams taking part in the initial playoff round. The Lion C-1 team currently holds 6th-place, with their cross-town cousins, the Lions C-2's, in 7th-place, six points ahead of their closest rivals.
And better news than that is that these two teams meet in their upcoming home game on Thursday, Feb. 7th at Morrisburg Arena in a 5:00 p.m. showdown. The teams are nine points apart in the standings and there is extremely little chance that the difference will turn around before the end of the regular season. But there is that “Who’s the Top Team in South Dundas” thing building up here, making this an attractive scenario to have an eye on.
On Saturday afternoon the Lions travelled to Kemptville to meet the 2nd-place Panthers C-2 entry and suffered a 6-4 score. In what turned out to be a Panther’s Braeson Last show the speedy Kemptville winger fired five goals in the opening two period. The first four Panther’s goals were by Braeson.
South Dundas’ Carter Froats scored one in the first frame and added a second late in the middle period. Elijah Geertsema and Ethan Nelson added singles for the Lions. Liam Wilson scored the game winner for the Panthers with less than a minute remaining in the second period.
Tuesday, Jan. 28th - Carter Froats’ two late goals scored 35 seconds apart in the final period gave the 2nd-place Kemptville C-3 Novice House team a wake-up call and the Panthers recovered just enough to hold off the South Dundas Lions for a 4-3 win. These Lons are heading for the playoffs and they are gearing up to challenge any and all competition.
The 6th-place Novice C-1 Lions are assured a playoff spot as the season winds down, with 7 games remaining over the next few weeks. The Lions are 11-8-2 over 21 games, 10 points ahead of their nearest rival and strongly challenging one of the leading contenders who are bent on finishing first overall. Bodes well for a playoff run.
Playing in Kemptville the South Dundas team grabbed an early 1st-period lead when Ethan Nelson beat Nathan Sparling who was playing between the pipes for the Panthers. Nelson’s marker was unassisted. Davis Blundell, who most games plays in the Kemptville goal, tied the game when he beat the Lion’s Will Hamilton on an unassisted play.
The Panthers mounted an all out attack in the middle period with Blundell adding a pair and Lukas Hambly notching a single to put the home team up on a 4-1 count when the second period clock expired.
Carter Froats unleashed his scoring prowess late in the final period with Thomas Lepage and Talon Brundige each drawing single assists to bring the score to a close 4-3 count. Talon Brundige was awarded the Lion of the game for making the best face during the photo op. And some strong play on the ice.
The Lions next meet the Kemptville C-2 Panthers in a Saturday game at Kemptville Arena slated for a 10:00 a.m. start February 2nd. The return to Morrisburg Arena on Thursday, Feb. 7th for a game against the South Dundas C-2 Lions in a 5:00 p.m. puck drop.
Lion's netminder Tyler Stirling grabs a Bear's shot before the puck crosses the goal line and Thomas Lepage takes out the Smiths Falls shooter just behind the official at Morrisburg Arena. . .
Saturday, Jan. 26th - South Dundas’ Novice C-1 Lions are on the move as playoff time looms large, on Saturday afternoon matching the 5th-place Smiths Falls Bears at Morrisurg Arena in a 2-2 tie South Dundas is working to advance in the league standings. The lions are in 6th-place, just 5 ponts out of 2nd-place, while three Kemptville Panthers’ teams hold 2nd, 3rd and 4th spots and the Leeds Chargers are well out in front. Anything is possible.
In the next week the Lions travel to Kemptville twice to meet Panther’s opposition and then return to Morrisburg Arena for a game on Thursday, Feb. 7th at 5:00 p.m. where they face the task of keeping ahead of the South Dundas Lions Novice C-2 group.
The C-1 Lions and the Bears went rush for rush in Saturday’s outing, each team enjoying great goaltending from Simon Leger in the Smiths Falls’ net and Tyler Stirling between the pipes for the Lions. Four minutes remained in the first period when Rio Van Bekkum-Evoy used his speed to get through the Lion’s defence and he slipped a shot under Stirling for the game’s first goal.
Exactly one minute later the Lions own speedster, Ethan Nelson, returned the favor when he scored an unassisted counter on Leger to even the score.
Neither team managed to add to the goal count in the middle frame although Carter Froats hit the post on a Lion’s charge at the Bears net.
Jackson Charles carried the puck into the Lions end midway through the final period and managed to get a shot off that Stirling turned away. The Bear’s Hudson Thom was quick on the rebound and flipped the puck past Stirling for a 2-1 Smiths Falls' lead. The Lions roared back to tie the game four minutes later when Nelson, in an almost pinpoint repeat of his first counter, scored his second unassisted goal of the night.
The Lions served the single minor penalty in the game. Thomas Lepage was presented the Lion of the Game collar in this one, his strong checking and skating working to help the Lion’s secure the single point.
Mark your calendars for the Thursday, Feb. 7th Lions vs Lions showdown at Morrisburg Arena. Game time is 5:00 p.m., the Lions Club has the hot dogs and hot chocolate with a side of poutine ready for supper and the two teams are promising Hockey Night in Morrisburg like it’s never been seen previously. Should be a great one.
Saturday, Dec. 29th - The Smiths Falls Bears came close to stopping the South Dundas Lions on Saturday in the Bears home rink. The 6th-place Bears went end to end with their visitors from South Dundas but were unable to crack the net-minding of Tyler Stirling who turned in a shut-out in this one.
Elijah Geertsma set up the lone goal in the game when he hit Ethan Nelson with a great break-out pass and Nelson was true on his shot over the arm of Smiths Falls’ Simon Leger.
Shannon Staye, right, was awarded the Lion of the game in this one for her tenacious checking and wok along the boards and in the corners. The Lions served the only minor infraction called in the game.
Sunday, Dec 30th - South Dundas’ Ethan Nelson skated circles around the Brockville Braves on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. The speedy Novice C-1 Lion scoring ace netted six goals in a 7-0 shut-out victory, the first career shut-out for Lion’s net-minder William Hamilton.
The victory keeps the South Dundas C-1 Lions one up on the 5th-place Kemptville C-3 squad who are in hot pursuit of the 4th-place Lions, and are intent on moving up in the standings. However, South Dundas’s current hot goaltending is making a difference in that intention.
Nelson fired the opening five goals in this game, two of them unassisted, his second from Lacey Schell, the third from Thomas LePage, and the fourth from Shannon Staye. Thomas Lepage completed a Shannon Staye play with five minutes remaining in the game when he beat Braves net-minder Theo Panopoulos for the Lion’s sixth counter.
Elijah Geertsma recorded the final assist of the game when he set up Nelson for his sixth counter in the final minute. Neither team was called on a penalty in this one. Lacey Schell, left, scored the Lion of the game for this game.
The C-1 Lions host the South Grenville Rangers in their next home outing, Sunday, Jan. 13th at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8th - In a game of constant back-and-forth action and some strong goaltending the South Dundas Lions Novice C-1 squad outlasted a determined South Grenville Rangers entry on a 4-2 note at Morrisburg Arena. William Hamilton turned away all but two shots from a Ranger’s barrage of pucks directed his way while Bryson Foley held off the likes of snipers Carter Froats, Ethan Nelson, Elijah Geertsma, Talon Brundige and all the other big guns on this Lion’s team.
South Dundas took a 2-1 1st-period lead, outscored their opponents 2-1 in the middle frame and the attending goaltending duo took over the spotlight in the final period, shutting down all scorers on both teams.
Following Renée Cook’s high shot for a Ranger’s goal early in the game, the Lion’s Ethan Nelson wired a wrist shot past Foley midway through the period to give his Lions a 1-1 tie. Carter Froats drew the assist. Late in the same period Elijah Geertsma beat Foley on a Thomas Lepage pass to put the home team in front to stay for the duration of the game.
Carter Froats scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal midway through the second period when he swooped in from the right side on an unassisted play and slipped the puck past a sprawling Foley for the 3-1 lead. One minute following the Froat’s goal Mason Perry hit Talon Brundige with a beautiful lead pass and Brundige was deadly with a shot over Foley’s glove for the 4-1 lead.
The Rangers finally managed to get one back late in the second period when Grace Elliott beat Hamilton with Callie Cook drawing the assist.
South Grenville drew the only infraction called in this game, and the Rangers killed off the Lion’s man advantage. Shannon Staye scored the ‘Lion of the Game’ for an outstanding effort in this South Dundas victory.
The Lions next home game is at South Dundas’ Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Dec. 22nd, at 12:30 p.m. when the North Dundas Demons come to town.
Sunday, Dec. 2nd - The South Dundas Novice C-1 House Lions continue to battle their way into the top four in league standings, the most recent effort in a win on Sunday over the North Dundas Demons on a 6-1 victory. The Lions are currently tied with Smiths Falls for 4th spot, although the Bears have a game in hand.
South Dundas led from the opening period throughout, ramping it up in the final frame with four unanswered goals for the win. William Hamilton opened the scoring in this one when he relayed a Carter Froats set-up into the game’s first goal and a lead the Lions never relinquished. The Demon’s Rijker Roosendaal came back midway through the second period to tie the score on an unassisted play against Lion’s netminder Tyler Stirling. South Dundas’ Charlie Sears turned that one around four minutes later when he notched an unassisted marker, which turned out to be the game winning goal, and the lead to keep for the duration.
In the final period the Demons couldn’t manage the Lion’s constantly repeated attack, Speedster Ethan Nelson was on his game with a pair of unassisted, first and last goals in the final period. Nelson added a third point on the night in an assist when Carter Froats fired the Lion’s fourth goal.
Thomas LePage tallied the Lion’s 5th-counter before Nelson notched the last one in the 6-1 victory.
Mason Perry was selected as the Lion of the Game in this one, giving all he had to a strong back-checking roll and hard work throughout. On Saturday, Dec. 8th the South Grenvillle rangers come to Morrisburg to face the Lions in a 12:30 p.m. start. The last time these two teams tangled was on Nov. 17th when the Rangers went home following a 3-0 loss.
Saturday, Dec. 1st - South Dundas’ Novice C-1 House Lions put the capital “R” in Roar and the capital "s" in Score on Saturday when they hosted the Brockville Braves in a regular season match at Morrisburg Arena. The Lions scored three unanswered goals in the opening period, traded two for one in the middle frame and closed the contest with a single for the lopsided 6-1 victory. Mason Perry had a spectacular game in the Lion’s net, warding off frozen feet and stopping all three shots and numerous intended shots directed his way. Lacey Schell put in a powerhouse game on defence, scoring the Lion of the Game recognition for her efforts.
Charlie Sears opened the game scoring in the first period with an unassisted marker followed by Thomas LePage on an Ethan Nelson set-up for a 2-0 lead. Carter Froats sent the crowd into a frenzy with his dazzling stick work and clean goal to close the first with the Lions leading 3-0.
The Brave’s Gabriel Mulder was awarded the single goal that got by Perry in this game, midway through the second period. Ethan Nelson wired a shot past Brave’s netminder, Theo Panopolas, on a lone effort for the Lion’s 4th-counter late in the second period, and the Lion's Talon Brundige repeated the feat less than a minute later.
Going into the final period leading 5-1 the Lion’s closed out the game scoring when Thomas LePage notched a single from linemate Charlie Sears for the 6-1 victory. There were no penalties called in the game.
The Novice C-1 House Lions will meet the South Grenville Rangers on Saturday, Dec. 8th at Morrisburg Arena in a 12:30 p.m. start.
The might be more than one way to harness Ethan Nelson's scoring prowess and that's tackle this speedy Suth Dundas Lions marksman. North Dundas' Carter Elshof was racing Nelson for the puck and the two collided at Morrisburg Arena in the above photo, with Elshof landing on the top of the two-man pile . . .
Saturday, Nov. 24th - Ethan Nelson was a force to be reckoned with on Saturday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. This South Dundas forward with the Novice C-1 Lions challenged the North Dundas Demons at every opportunity, scoring to setting up plays, back-checking to standing down attacking forwards, Nelson was on top of his game.
Late in the first period Ethan Nelson carried the puck across the blue-line, fed Carter Froats a perfect pass, and Froats, who is no slouch to scoring goals, beat the Demons Carter Elshof for the opening goal. Elshof was pounded with shots through out this game, time and again keeping his team in it wth some great goaltending.
The home team Lions ran away with three unanswered goals in the middle period, overpowering the Demons with unbelievable checking and numerous break aways, most turned aside by the Demons netminder. Carter Froats came back one minute into the 2nd-frame to set up Talon Brundige for a 2-1 lead. By the time the period closed Nelson had added a pair of goals, the first from Mason Perry and the second on an unassisted play after he had stolen the puck at the Demon's blueline and created a break-away play.
The teams traded counters in the final period, Nelson scoring his 4th point of the game when he set up Thomas Lepage for the Lions 5th goal. The Demon's Nick Cavanaugh stole Lion’s netminder William Hamilton’s shutout bid when he scored midway through the final period leaving the count at 5-1 for the game. Lion of the game went to Oliver Laurin for his solid work on the blue line breaking up multiple North Dundas rushes before they even got started.
The Novice C-1 Lions play their next home game against the Brockville Braves on Saturday, Dec. 1st at Morrisburg Arena. The official puck drop is slated for 12:30 p.m. These Lions are on the move and lately have been employing an entertaining work ethic that is winning them games. They could be a playoff contender in the making.
Sunday, Nov. 18th - Running into one of the top teams is one thing, but running into one of the top teams with one of the division's hottest goal tender(s) is another. The 3rd-place Kemptville Panthers Novice C-2's have a goals against average of approximately ONE after seven regular season games. Second best. And they are third in 'goals for' which rounds out a good mix.
Visiting the Morrisburg arena on Sunday afternoon the Panthers outscored a very hard-working Lions team on a 4-1 count and went home with another two points. The determined Lions shut out the Panthers through the opening period, and in the dying minutes Ethan Neilson beat Kemptville net minder Jack Fraser for the opening goal of the game.
The fast skating Panthers were checked relentlessly through the second and third frames but managed to score their four goals in bunches. In a one minute stretch midway through the second period Liam Willsey and Carter Presley each scored a single with Braeson Last drawing an assist. Following, in the final period, Brock Thompson and Willsey with his second of the game scored a pair in a three minute stretch for the 4-1 victory.
The Lion's Cater Turcotte picked up the Lion of the Game for his hard work in this game.
Saturday, Nov. 17th - Two Novice C House goaltenders put on a display of net minding on Saturday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena that was a site to behold. The 5th and 6th-place (respectively) Kemptville Panthers C-3 and the South Dundas Lions C-1 battled to a 1-0 victory for the visitors, that victory sealed in the final 30 seconds of the game.
Over the course of three periods the Lions had a number of break aways, they had numerous opportunities, each in comparable chances to the Panthers. And Davis Blundell in the Panther’s net against Tyler Stirling in the Lion’s cage turned in spectacular performances, both running the opportunity of a shut out. Stirling was awarded the ‘Lion of the Game’ for his performance.
Near the close of the penalty free game the Panthers Lukas Hambly took a lead pass from Madden Leonard and on a long and blistering shot beat Stirling for the singular and deciding goal of the game. Just 30 seconds remaining on the clock.
The Lions host the North Dundas Demons on Saturday, Nov. 24th at 12:30 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena. Should be a great game to come out and support our squad.
Wednesday, Nov. 14th - It’s one thing to take on an opposing hockey team but the South Dundas Novice C-1 Lions had to content with heavy snow in their 3-0 shut-out victory over the South Grenville Rangers on Wednesday evening at Spencerville. And that was inside the arena.
When the arena staff at Spencerville attempted to clean the ice the zamboni broke down and the two teams were soon slowed by the accumulated snow. In the final period the snow was heavy enough “Everytime someone got a break away they would hit a small drift and the puck would stop dead!” a member of the Lion’s coaching staff said. “It was quite humorous to watch."
Talon Brundige opened the game scoring late in the second period, beating the Ranger’s Bryson Foley for the counter and the 1-0 lead. Brundige went on to take the ‘Lion of the Game’ award for his performance through the contest. In the final period Tomas LePage and Ethan Nelson each scored singles to go up 3-0 with the Lions taking the victory on that score. Carter Froats assisted on all three of the Lion’s markers and Elijah Geertesma, playing his first game in goal for the Lions, scored the shut-out and received a congratulatory puck for his efforts.
South Dundas hosts Kemptville C-3 on Saturday, Nov. 17th at Morrisburg Arena with a puck drop slated for 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10th - South Dundas’ Ethan Nelson led the charge on Saturday afternoon at Kemptville where the Novice Lions C-1 and the Panthers C-1 teams battled to a draw after 50 minutes of end -to-end, fans leaning into the excitement, action. Nelson managed to get away from a tight-checking Panther’s group for three break-away opportunities but was turned away on each occasion by some spectacular Kemptville goal tending.
Turning his speed to defending for the Lions, Nelson shut down the Panther’s attack several times, out-skating fast breaking Kemptville forwards intent on doubling the score and taking the win. But this Lion “Nelsonized” them each time.
Following the 1-1 tie Ethan Nelson was named the ‘Lion of the Game’ for his tenacious work and commitment to his team.
Sunday, Nov. 4th - William Hamilton led by example and Carter Froats led the offence on Sunday afternoon at Leeds when the South Dundas Novice C-1 Lions battled the home team Chargers in a 3-2 loss. The Lions had been demolished by the Chargers the previous day and following a regroup, team discussion and analysis, and a few tweaks the South Dundas squad stepped onto the ice a very different crew.
William Hamilton picked up the Lion of the Game Award for his outstanding performance between the pipes in backing up his team. The offence, led by Froats, scored the first goal of the game when Shannon Staye laid a perfect pass on Froats' stick and the young marksman put a new crease in the twine at the Athens Arena. The Chargers came back with a counter late in the period to tie the score when Hartley Jackson managed to slip one past Hamilton.
In the middle period the Lions controlled play for the most part, working their feet and hounding the Chargers like a pride of Lions on the prowl. Less than a minute remained when Froats broke away again and this time smoked a shot past Leeds net minder Eli Harten for a 2-1 South Dundas lead.
In the final period the home team Chargers made good on a bid to take the two points. Hudson Wright beat the Lions defence and stung Hamilton with a low shot to tie the game and in the final three minutes Rya Handley gave Leeds a 3-2 lead, their first of the contest, when he fired one into the Lion’s net.
The Novice C1 Lions play their next home game against the Kemptville panthers C-3 on Sunday, Nov. 17th at 12:30 p.m.
Lions goalie Ethan Nelson turns away this Leeds scoring attempt on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena . . .
Saturday, Nov. 3rd - Ethan Nelson faced a barrage of scoring opportunities against a constantly attacking Leeds Chargers’ team on Saturday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. In spite of surrendering five goals in the Novice C-1 House game, Nelson never gave in, making numerous spectacular saves over the course of the contest.
The Chargers couldn’t beat the determined Lion’s net minder until midway through the middle period when the swift-footed Sawyer Brisson swooped in with a low shot under Nelson's left pad. Three minutes later Aiden Larabie scored to give the Chargers a 2-0 lead when he finished an Isaac Khan Grundy play for the goal.
It was the Leeds scorer Brisson who took over the game in the final period. Brisson, after opening the game scoring in the first period, returned to score three more times in the final period, giving Leeds a 5-0 lead. Late in the contest the Lions Carter Froats took a lead from Tyler Stirling and bursting over the blue line fired a shot to take out the Chargers shutout attempt. The visitors posted a 5-1 victory.
The Lions host the Kemptville Novice C-3 House Panthers on Saturday, Nov. 17th in a 12:30 p.m. start.
Saturday, Oct. 13th - Carter Froats is working to be a considerable scoring threat to face for any team in the Novice C division. Froats (photo at right) fired a single goal in each of the three periods in the regular season opening game, leading his squad on a 3-1 victory over the Kemptville Panthers C-3 club.
Froats first counter came from Lacey Schell to put the visiting Lons up by 1-0. Froats returned to the slot in the middle period and beat the Panther's net minder Davis Blundell for a second time with a wrist shot into the open side fo the net.
In the final period Froats scored an early marker on an unassisted play, this time beating Blundell on a low wrist shot. The Panther's lone goal came on a charge in the third period when the Panthers swarmed the Lion's cage and beat William Hamilton on a tight play.
Saturday, Oct. 20th - As the Upper Canada Minor Hockey Association continues to work to put the final touches on a new season and local hockey organizations work to ice competitive teams, there is, on occasion, a lopsided victory scored here and there. On such game took place on Saturday at Brockville where our guys walloped their guys in a very lopsided contest.
However, the Braves, as they have consistently accomplished in past seasons, will rise and fight another day.
The Lions on the other hand, being aware of their opponents, removed their regular star goaltender, William Hamilton, dressed the very capable Tyler Stirling, and threw caution to the wind. Over the following three periods Carter Froats scored five goals, Ethan Nelson tallied a hat trick, and singles went to Lacey Schell, William (goaltender playing forward for the first time) Hamilton, Thomas LePage, and Talon Brundige. There were no penalties called in the game and everyone had a blast . . .
A Lion's defender attempts to take out Bear's scorer Nixon Chapman in Sunday's game at Morrisburg Arena. Chapman had the insurance goal in the 3-0 victory. William Hamilton, in the Lion's net, played a great game for South Dundas . . .
Sunday. Oct. 21st - The Smiths Falls Bears iced a spectacular goaltender in Simon Leger on Sunday afternoon to defeat the South Dundas Novice C-1 Lions. And William Hamilton, defending the Lion's cage against the Bear’s constant attack literally stood on his head (well almost, but he at least stood on one foot part of the time) to keep the opposition scoreless. And it worked, as William explained after the game, “All except for three times!”
“We lost 3-0,” William said, “But we played good!” And how perfect an explanation is that?
The two teams were scoreless in the opening period although Carter Froats did have several opportunities that were frustratingly checked by the Bears just prior to getting off a good shot. Jackson Charles opened the game scoring midway through the second period and Jaxon Chapman gave the Bears a 2-0 lead six minutes later. Both counters were unassisted.
Through the final period the Lions mounted a sustained attack, hemming the Bears in their own zone but Leger came up time and again with the critical saves to register his shut-out. Late in the game Smiths Falls' Kaitlyn Cardinal forced the play into the Lions zone, was stopped on two quick scoring attempts by Hamilton, and then drew the assist as team-mate Carter Kennedy pushed the puck over the goal line and into the Lion’s net. A 3-0 win for the Bears.
The Lions Novice C-1 squad meets the Kemptville Panthers on Saturday, Oct. 27th at 12:30 p.m. This exciting brand of determined hockey action is an inspiration for all fans. Be there to cheer on our Lions.