The Panther's Simon Desnoo is shut down by the Lion's Sawyer Markell in this scoring attempt on Sunday . . .
Sunday, Jan. 28th - The South Dundas Novice C-2 Lions came within seconds of upsetting the 2nd-place Kemptville Panthers C-2 team on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. The Panthers racked up a 4-0 lead over the opening two periods and the Lions roared back in the final frame with a trio of goals, and were in a threatening position to add more when the final buzzer sounded. The Panthers were fortunate indeed to escape with the victory.
Liam Willsey led the Panthers with a pair of unassisted markers in the final four minutes of the first period for a 2-0 Kemptville lead. The Panthers added another pair of goals in the middle period, this time an unassisted single by Braeson Last and Carter Presley’s goal from Steven Sutherland giving the Panthers a 4-0 lead.
The Lion’s Linden Lemire picked off a Kemptville pass in the final period and beat Panther’s netminder Jack Fraser from close in with five minutes remaining in the game. Aaron Campanaro doubled the South Dundas count with less than two minutes remaining when he scored the Lion’s second goal.
South Dundas turned up the heat even more when James McIlwee cut the Panther’s lead to a single counter with 17 seconds remaining. The Lions snared the final puck drop but couldn’t manage a set-up for the tying marker. The Panthers took the win 4-3.
The C-2 Novice Lions have one of the season’s most exciting games coming up in their next home encounter, the final meeting between the C-1 Novice Lions and the C-2 Novice Lions with 6th-place on the line. And bragging rights for all of South Dundas.
The puck drops at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7th, Lions VS Lions in the season showdown. Don’t miss this one hockey fans.
And you may as well dance a bit of a two-step when you score against the Lions . . .
Oh, so it's the old stand off! The shooter waiting for the goalie to move and the goalie waiting for the shooter to move. When the shot was eventually taken we just missed it as an official shot on goal. Actually, it sorta went sideways . . . but next time!!!
Sunday, Jan. 13th - Over two and a half periods of back and forth hockey was followed closely by a strong fan contingent before a goal was scored. And as it turned out, it was the singular goal of the game.
The South Dundas Novice C-2 House entry, currently sitting comfortably at 7th-place, five points up on the South Grenville Rangers and eight points back of Kemptville Panthers C-3, are intent on being included in the opening playoff round, and the standings show they will most likely make that milestone. In this game they defeated the Rangers.
Prior to the game starting “one of the Williams” requested that if we were planning to take a picture of him scoring, “ you should stand right here . . .” pointing to a tile on the floor in the lobby.
“Oh, okay,” we offered, “But don’t you play goal on this team?”
“I used to be a goalie and got a shut out one time but now I just score goals.”
The information was stored for future reference but the claim was close. It was #45 Grayson Boomhower who set up the lone goal and #55 Jackson Dunning who scored the goal. The “two Williams" are #49 and #48, so that’s close.
The Lions won the game on Dunnings goal. The gifted youngster beat the Rangers netminder, Bryson Foley, midway through the final period. Sawyer Markell registered the Lion's shut out.
The Novice C-2 House Lions play their next home game on Saturday, Jan. 19th at 12:30 p.m. when the 4th-place South Grenville Rangers come into the Lion’s den. Be there hockey fans . . . these youngsters love being cheered on.
South Dundas' Jackson Dunning was dumped on this break-away scoring attempt against the Kemptville Panthers on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena. Dunning scored the lone Lion's goal in a 1-1 draw with the division's top contender . . .
Sunday, Dec 30th - A first half couldn’t end much better than beating a top team. And for the 7th-place South Dundas Novice C-2 entry, drawing a tie on home ice against the 2nd-place, highflying Kemptville Panthers C-1 entry is as sweet as icing on a cupcake. The fact is, the Lions, with an added bounce or two, would have had this game in the New Year’s grocery bag save the hot goaltending by Kemptville’s Scott Getz.
Sawyer Markell led his Lions in this outing with some hot net-minding , and several spectacular saves in the dying minutes of the final period. The Lions came under attack as the Panthers attempted a late victory but it was not to happen. The South Dundas defence tightened up the shooting lanes and Markell did the rest.
Jackson Dunning led the Lion's offence, charging the visitors net a number of times and scoring the lone South Dundas goal midway through the opening period on an unassisted effort. The Panther’s Zaurek Moore got that one back to tie the game late in the middle period and for the duration of the game both teams raced up and down the ice at break-neck speed, attempting the go-ahead marker. Unfortunately for all, save the net-minders, Markell and Getz were having a great time too.
The 7th-place C-2 Lions play their next home game against the 4th-place C-1 Lions at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Jan. 19th at 12:30 p.m., an opportunity for South Dundas hockey fans to witness the future of the game on a local level. There are some dynamic young players coming down the pipe and these two teams display that very claim every time they are out on the ice. Plan to attend this one . . .
"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 Sunday, 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 . . .