"Oh! Just missed! I'll be back Mr. Goaltender . . . "
Sunday, Dec. 9th - Sawyer Markell was a goal within a shutout and Jackson Dunning fired a pair of counters to lead the South Dundas Novice C-2 team to a 2-1 victory over the North Dundas Demons on Sunday afternoon.
The 7th-place Lions controlled the game from the onset, holding their opponents in a defensive mode while the South Dundas shooters remained on the attack.
Midway through the opening period Dunning picked off a loose puck at centre and raced across the blue line to the top of the slot where he unleased a bullseye shot for the games first goal.
Neither team scored through the middle period due to some very strong goaltending on the part of both netminders. Late in the final frame Dunning repeated his opening performance as though it was a curtain call, firing a second unassisted marker to put the Lions up on a 2-0 note.
Not to be outdone, the Demons Rijker Roosendall stole the puck on a Lion’s attempt and then stole Sawyer Markell’s shutout bid, scoring North Dundas’ only counter 32 seconds after the Dunning score. The game ended in a 2-1 score following three periods of great action.
The Lions play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Sundday, Dec. 16th at 3:00 p.m. when the 6th-place Smiths Falls Bears come to town. And you know how Lions love Bears for Sunday dinner . . .
Braeson Last attempts to beat Sawyer Markell on this breaks-in on Sunday afternoon by Markell shut this one down . . .
Sunday, Nov. 4th - The South Dundas Novice C-2 Lions fell to the 3rd-place Kemptville Panthers C-2 squad on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. The Lions, backed by some strong net minding from Sawyer Markell went toe to toe with the Panthers in the opening period, fell behind by a pair in the middle frame and allowed a single in the final period to give up the 3-0 shot-out.
Braeson Last scored all of the goals in this game, leading his Panthers with the hat-trick while Brock Thompson and Ryder McWinnie posted assists.
The Novice C-2 Lions play back at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday Nov. 18th at 3:00 p.m. when the South Grenville Rangers come to town . .
Jackson Dunning steps through the Chargers defence on his way to score for the Lions Novice C-2 squad . . .
Saturday, Oct. 27th - Sawyer Markell was outstanding between the pipes for the South Dundas Novice C-2 Lions on Saturday. In spite of taking a loss, Markell shut-out the 3rd-place Chargers in the second period and was beaten on a single in the final 15 minutes, a goal the Leeds based visitors required to have a win in the game.
The Chargers scored a pair of counters in the first frame, saw the Lions score a pair in the middle period, and then scored the winner with only two minutes remaining.
Isaac Khan Grundy opened the game scoring late in the 1st-period when he beat Markell by hammering in a goal mouth bouncer. Then Aiden Larabie made it 2-0 on a long shot that Markell very nearly stopped.
Jackson Dunning cut the Chargers lead late in the middle period when he combined with Aaron Camanaro to beat Eli Harten in the Leeds net. The 'fireball' Dunning returned with just eight seconds remaining in the period to tie the game at two apiece on an unassisted play.
Heading into the final period the Lions were holding a wide margin of the play in the Chargers zone until they were caught on quick breakout that resulted in Leeds scoring the winning goal with two minutes remaining.
Neither team served a penalty in this game.
The Lions next home game will be on Sunday, Nov. 4th at 3:00 p.m. against the 4th-place Kemptville Pathers.
That "I'm just here to watch my brother . . ." kind of smile . . .
Sunday, Oct. 21st - It had to be the best game at Morrisburg Arena in this young hockey season to date. The Lions versus the Demons. Novice C-2.
For near 50 minutes the two teams went up and down the ice. Great offence, great defence, great goaltending, checking out friends in the stands. But neither team scored. It was lip-biting, edge of the seat action, drawing ooo’s and aaw’s from a large crowd.
As the clock wound down, the Demon's Rijker Roosendaal swept over the Lion’s blue line, firing a shot at a partially screened Sawyer Markell in the Lion's net. Although Markell’s lightning reflexes allowed him to get a piece of the puck, the shot burrowed through the five-hole and barely made it across the line.
The Demons took the contest on a 1-0 score in a beautiful, penalty free game. Pretty lucky . . .
The Lions host the Leeds Chargers at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27th at Morrisburg Arena in their next home game.
Sunday, Oct. 14th - Not only did Brooke Tait lead the defensive corp of the South Dundas Novice C-2 Lions against their in house rivals, the Novice C-1 Lions, on Sunday at Morrisburg Arena, she scored the tie breaking goal in the last half of the final period to secure two points for her squad.
South Dundas’ two Novice C House teams faced off with Sawyer Markell between the pipes for the C-2 entry and William Hamilton as backstop for the C-1 team. Each were tested steadily through the game and each were up to the task in spectacular fashion. It wasn’t until late in the opening period that the game’s first goal was scored, that by Elijah Geertsema who snared the puck in the opposition’s zone and fired it past Markell.
Almost one minute clicked off the time clock before the C-2’s James McIlwee raced out of his own zone, down the ice and swooped in on Hamilton to stuff the puck over the red line and tie the game.
The second game went scoreless, setting up the showdown in the final 15 minutes, all the players on both teams prepared to chase the victory. But it was Tait who raced in from the point during a C-2 attack and snapped a bouncing puck into the twine for the victory.
On a Sunday double-header, Oct. 21st, the C-1 Novices host the Smiths Falls Bears at 2:30 p.m. and the C-2 Lions will meet the North Dundas Demons immediately following. Great hockey to follow the young stars of the future . . .