Lions' Rob Walker is a tenacious competitor around the goal mouth . . . - file photo
Saturday, Feb. 16th - South Dundas’ Peewee C-2 Lions are set to pull a fast one to enter the playoffs. Entering Saturday’s action the C-2 squad were in 9th-place, out of the running. hey were 1-point behind 8th-place Kemptville C-1, who were in the running. But the Lions changed all that in beating the Panthers at Kemptville on a 3-2 score.
South Dundas’ C-2 Lions play their final four regular season games this week, meeting 3rd-place Brockville C-2, 1st-place Leeds, 6th-place South Dundas C-1 and 11th-place South Grenville C-2. On the other side of the coin, 9th-place Kemptville C-1 has two games remaining and unfortunately for the Panthers they are scheduled to meet 2nd-place Brockville C-1 and 3rd-place Brockville C-2 to close the season.
We’re betting on the Lions.
At Kemptville on Saturday, following a scoreless opening period, the Lions’ Owen MacDonald gave visiting South Dundas a 1-0 lead on an unassisted marker less than a minute into the middle period. That counter was followed by Travis Faulkner who doubled the lead when he beat Panther’s netminder Ivan Lockwood for an unassisted goal.
The Panthers came back to score 13 seconds after the Faulkner score, cutting the Lion’s lead to a single marker when James Hyland beat Logan Hoger playing between the Lion’s pipes.
In a back-and-forth final period each team scored a single goal, the first, and eventual winner, by South Dundas’ Robbie Walker on a Skyler Keeler setup. Hyland again came back seconds later with a Panther’s goal, and again kept the South Dundas lead at a single goal. The Lions managed to defend against a late attack by the Panthers and take the 3-2 victory, moving them up a notch, to “certified playoff ready”, before the time-clock ran out.
Affiliate Abby McCurdy dressed for the Lions to fill in as a suspension replacement.
Sunday, Feb. 10th - It’s a long 6-game run but the South Dundas Peewee C-2 Lions have the opportunity to make the playoffs. Currently in 9th-place the Lions have six games remaining, only one at home on Lion’s Day, Feb 23rd at 3:30 p.m.
The 9th-place current Lion’s standing is one point back of 7th-place as South Dundas, South Grenville, Kemptville and Smiths Falls are tight for the final to spots.
On Sunday afternoon at Morrisurg the Lions lost a 6-2 decision to the league leading Leeds Chargers. The visitors took a 3-1 lead, went up 4-1 after two and closed with a 6-2 victory. Travis Faulkner and Robbie Walker were the lone Lions scorers. Conleigh Brown pegged a hat trick for the Chargers, Connor McMasers picked up a pair and Landan Dunster added a single.
The Chargers won the penalty race picking up five minor penalties while the Lions served two minors and a pair of misconduct infractions.
Tuesday, Jan. 29th - Kemptville’s C-1 Panthers are chasing the South Dundas C-2 Lions for the final spot in the upcoming playoff round of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey Association. And after the home team Panther’s staved off a late challenge by the Lions, they are now tied in 8th-place with as many games remaining to be played in the regular season schedule. Should be an exciting few weeks.
On Tuesday evening the Panther’s took an early lead, starting a see-saw battle into the final period. The home team then added a pair of late counters for the 5-3 victory.
Tyson Vaux opened the game scoring and the Lion’s Skyler Keeler batted in a Jackson Turcotte pass to tie the score late in the 1st-period. Rob Walker completed a Skyler Keeler attempt in the middle frame, giving the Lions a 2-1 lead until Jacob Seymeur evened the count for the Panthers late in the period.
James Hyland and Griffin Forman put to home team Panthers up by a pair early in the final period. Keeler picked up an Aedan Norris pass midway through the frame and cut the Panther’s lead to a single goal with 13 minutes remaining in the game. As the clock wound down Hyland returned with the insurance goal for a 5-3 victory.
Currently the C-2 lions have a few games in hand over most teams ahead of them in the play-off run, as do the Kemptville C-1 Panthers. The real test over the final eight outings will be to stay ahead of those same Panthers.
Next home game for the Lions will be Sunday, Feb. 10th at 5:00 p.m. when the 1st-place Leeds Chargers come to Morrisburg Arena.
Lion's defence Travis Faulkner and goaltender Logan Hoger secure the puck while the Kemptville Panther's Charlotte McGowan more than crashes the net in Peewee C-2 action . . .
Saturday, Jan. 5th - When two teams in an 11-team division hold 5th and 6th-place in the standings fans can expect an entertaining game. And that’s exactly what fans did get on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena when the Kemptville C-2 Panthers and the South Dundas C-2 Lions clashed.
South Dundas opened the game scoring, took a 3-2 1st-period lead, went up 4-3 in the middle frame and were outscored 2-1 in the final stanza to get the tie. Affiliates Abby Mcurdy and Mason Roderick dressed for the Lion's Peewee team for this challenge.
The Lion’s Skyler Keeler notched a pair of goals in the opening period and was matched by the Panther’s Ashton Lalonde who tied the count. Aedan Norris put the Lions up by one before the period ended when he snapped in a Jayden Dempsey set-up for the 3-1 lead.
Dempsey, who wears the Lion’s #11 jersey, and Lalonde, who wears the Panther’s #11 jersey, traded goals in the middle period. Lalonde’s was unassisted while Dempsey was assisted by Rob walker.
Travis Faulkner fired a bullet from just inside the blue line that rang off the post before crossing the goal line to give the Lions a 5-3 lead early in the final period. Sam McGowan brought the Panthers to within a single when he beat the South Dundas defence and scored on an unassisted play.
The excitement peaked just prior to Kemptville's Owen Murray scoring the tying goal with 16 seconds remaining in the game when he hammered the puck into the Lion’s net while Kemptville pulled their goaltender and utilized an extra forward. Tie - 5-5.
The Lions have 10 games remaining in the regular season, the next one at home hosting the South Grenville Rangers on Saturday, Jan. 19th at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 4th - The Peewee C House Lions have two games remaining to play on home ice before the end of the current schedule plays out. Their chances of making the playoff round are slim but not impossible. And even though these young players may have experienced a somewhat dismal collection of statistics to date this season, if you watch them through a game they are laughing and smiling and having a good time. To that end, we’d put them and their always optimistic coaching staff in around 1st maybe 2nd-place.
On Friday evening the 3rd-place Brockville Braves raided the Lion’s den and went back up the highway after scoring 11 goals. The Lion’s Logan Hoger started the night between the pipes and absolutely nothing went right for a young netminder who has seen better nights. Much better nights! Brogan Kyle took over in the second period and faced a barrage of shots from the constantly rushing Braves and he didn’t have any better luck than did Hoger. The Lion’s offence, when they did bear down, were somewhat effective against the Brockville visitors, but neither did they get a single bounce in this game.
The period scores went 5-1 after the first (the lions scored the opening goal of the game), 7-1 following the second and 11-2 when the time clock ran out. And after allowing 11 goals the Lions suddenly came to life and shut down any further scoring by the Braves over the 12-minute duration. And it wasn’t because the Braves simply gave in with the victory. This South Dundas gang didn’t simply roll over. They played through to the end and were still laughing and smiling at the final buzzer.
And that’s why, when the kids are allowed to enjoy themselves, they call the game hockey.
The 8th-place Peewee C Lions play their next home game on Saturday, Jan. 19th at Morrisburg Arena against the 9th-place South Grenville Rangers in what should be a good showdown. The two teams are very tight in the 11-team division, each standing at 12 points.
The Lion's netminder had it covered all the way when Owen Murray tried this scoring attempt. South Dundas' goaltending duo of Brogan Kyle and Logan Hoger shut-down the Panther's heated attack while Skyler Keeler led his team on a scoring spree . . .
Saturday, Dec. 29th - Skyler Keeler stole the show on Saturday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. Keeler, who at any chance of putting the puck in the net, is possibly the most zoned in goal-scorer in Dundas County. A natural hat-trick and a pair of assists in a 7-4 drubbing of the 6th-place Kemptville C-2 Panthers were credited to the South Dundas Peewee C-2 Lion’s #12, Keeler’s sweater.
Owen Murray opened the game scoring for the Panthers when he fired an unassisted marker early in the first period. Undaunted, the 8th-place Lions roared back with four unanswered markers before the visiting Kemptville players were heard from again.
Ashable Weegar tied the game on a Robert Walker/Skyler Keeler set-up followed by Jayden Dempsey and Keeler with unassisted counters to go up 3-1. The Panthers answered with a pair from Ashton Lalonde and Tyler Davies to close the second period in a 3-3 tie.
Keeler added a pair to put South Dundas back in the lead opening the final period, the first with Caleb Machan drawing the helper and the second unassisted. Rob Walker increased the home team’s lead to 6-3 with five minutes remaining in the game on a Keeler set-up but Jason Hyndman kept the Panthers in it when he scored the visitor’s 4th-goal late in the frame.
Travis Faulkner closed the game scoring when he fired an unassisted marker after rushing across the blueline, giving the Lions the 7-4 victory. Each team was called on five minor infractions in this contest.
The C-2 Lions next home game will be Friday, Jan. 4th at 8:00 p.m. when the 3rd-place Brockville Braves come to Morrisburg Arena.
Rob Walker (middle of crowd) bangs one in for the Lions late in the third period . . .
Saturday, Dec. 15th - Following a tour to Smiths Falls and an upset victory there, the South Dundas Peewee C-2 Lions had a tough game on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena, dropping the outcome by a lopsided five goals against those same Smiths Falls Bears. The Bears went home this time with the 7-2 victory in their hip pocket.
Benjamin Anderson and Connor Desjardins each registered three points on a pair of goals and a single assist while teammate Carter Slack had a pair of assists. Nathan Drummond and Spencer Streight each helped the cause with a single assist.
For the Lions it was Aiden Norris and Rob Walker with scores and Skyler Keeler with both assists.
The Bears held period leads of 1-0 after the opener, 4-1 after two and 7-2 at the close of the game. The Lions went penalty free in this one while the Bears sat out three minors.
The Peewee C-2 Lions next host the North Dundas Demons on Friday, Dec. 21st at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9th - The Peewee C-2 House Lions moved up a position on the Smiths Falls Bears at Smiths Falls on Sunday evening when they scored a pair of second period goals and added a single in the third for a 3-1 victory. South Dundas’ 8th-place entry in this division sit one point up on their Sunday opponents in the 11-team league.
Following an opening 15-minutes of fast back and forth action Skyler Keeler opened the scoring six minutes into the second frame to give the Lions the lead when Travis Faulkner laid one on his tape. Keeler snapped the shot home for the 1-0 lead. Owen MacDonald doubled the Lion's lead when he completed a Cameron Froats play four minutes later, notching the eventual wining goal on this game.
The Bears finally broke into the Lion’s zone and scored their only goal of the contest with two minutes remaining when Benjamin Anderson whipped a shot through the Lions defence and past a screened goaltender, cutting the Lion’s lead to a single counter. South Dundas’ MacDonald put the Lion’s back in a 2-goal score when he notched the final marker of the game with less than a minute remaining for the 3-1 victory.
The Peewee C-2 Lions play their next home game on Sunday, Dec. 16th at 6:30 p.m. when the 6th-place north Dundas Demons come to Morrisburg Arena.
Saturday, Nov. 17th - The 5th-place Brockville Braves ran over the 7th-place Morrisburg Lions on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena, moving in front to stay in the middle period and continuing the goal output into the 3rd-period. Reid Jardine scored the first goal of the game from Shannon O'Dair, although the Lions Skyler Keeler was quick to get that one back on an unassisted play four minutes later.
Alex Plant scored a pair of goals and Connor Neild added a single before Owen MacDonald scored the Lion's second goal of the game late in the middle period. The frame closed with the Braves leading 5-2.
In the closing 15 minutes the Braves added another pair of scores, this time from Rowen Barton and Neild with his second, for the 6-2 victory.
The 7th-place Peewee C-2 House Lions play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, Dec. 9th against the 10th place Smiths Falls Bears. Game time is 12:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16th - An official decision on the status of who will have bragging rights on the South Dundas Peewee C House Hockey will not be final until February 23rd, 2019. And even then, it may be no one!
Currently the Peewee C-1 Lions are the owners on a win and a tie to date this season. The C-1 Lions whipped the C-2 entry on a 4-1 score in the first game on November 3rd. In a return match this past Friday evening the two teams battled, and we do mean battled, to a 1-1 tie after 75 minutes. And that leaves the title up in the air for the third and final contest set for the final regular season game on February 232rd, 2019. Should the C-2 Lions continue to raise their game and win that one, the title could be up in the air for the off season, and a clear winner be sought in 2020.
The game on Friday evening that ended in a 1-1 draw was just hard to fathom. Both teams skated and checked and shot and skated some more. Neither quit for a moment. Goaltending at both ends of the ice was superb.
Lion’s C-2 scorer Rob Walker belted in a Skyler Keeler attempt when he was left in front of the crease with the rebound. Walker snapped a quick shot behind Kelsey Duncan for the 1-0 lead.
Unfazed the C-1 Lions continued their dogged checking style, Reyen VanBeilen pushed into the opposition’s zone and on intercepting a clearing pass, fired a low, along the ice wrist shot that eluded net minder Brogan Kyle, and the score was tied. VanBeilen’s counter was unassisted.
Only three minor infractions were handed out in the game, two went to the C-1 Lions.
The 7th-place Peewee C-2 House Lions play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, Dec. 9th against the 10th place Smiths Falls Bears. Game time is 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10th - It’s appears, at first glance, to have been a tough season to date for the Peecee C-2 House Lions, although their 50/50 won (1-tie) loss record doesn’t look so bad. Hosting the 1st-place Leeds Chargers on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena the visitors felt comfortable enough to unleash their somewhat impressive firepower.
The Chargers have played in eight games to date. The have scored an average of more than seven goals per game, while goaltenders Colton Kadium and Nicholas Burley have allowed a very stingy 2.5 goals against. They’ve lost a single game.
The Lions are holdng on with three wins and a tie, have an average of three goals per game and have allowed 4.5 goals against. They lead in penalty time by a considerable margin.
In spite of falling behind on a 5-2 note in the opening period on Saturday the locals refused to quit, hammering away at every opportunity against the league leaders. They didn't win the game, but the Chargers knew they were there.
Leeds went on to add a single goal in the middle period and three counters, all unanswered, in the last 18 minutes. The Lions did double the Chargers on the penalty count.
In what promises to be a very exciting upcoming game the 6th-place Lions Peewee C-2 House will host the 8th-place Lions Peewee C-1 House on Friday, Nov. 16th at 8:00 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena.
Friday, Nov. 2nd - The 5th-place Lions Peewee C-2 House team and the South Grenville C-2 House entry went at it in old fashioned hockey on Friday evening in a barn-burner of a game. Fans were treated to three periods of great action, the first with teams trading gaols, the second with the Lion’s scoring an unanswered counter, and the third with the Rangers coming back to tie the game with only one minute and four seconds remaining.
Unfortunately for the visiting South Grenville team, caging a Lion isn’t as easily done as one might tend to believe. South Dundas’ defenceman Travis Faulkner picked up the puck following the ensuing face-off, raced down the ice and with just 18 seconds remaining in the game beat the Rangers Trey Minish for the winning goal and a 5-4 victory for South Dundas. Not only did Faulkner score the winning goal, he had scored a pair earlier in the game and assisted on a Rob Walker near poetic effort on the Lion’s fourth goal of the game.
South Dundas took the lead in this match on a Brandon Crawford score early in the opening period. Jocelyn Sanger got that one back for the Rangers when Nathan Holmes set up a scoring play.
Second period action saw Travis Faulkner start the rare road to a hat trick when he gave the Lions a 2-1 lead on an end-to-end rush and goal early in the middle period. Faulkner scored the single goal in this frame.
In the final period the Lions took a 3-1 lead less than a minute in when Faulkner nailed his second counter of the contest. The Rangers kept it close when they stormed back to cut the lead to a single again with Ethan Halliday doing the damage. Rob Walker fired a beauty set up by Faulkner to give the Lions back the 2-goal margin with seven minutes remaining.
Walker’s goal gave the game all the makings for a showdown and Gavin Davis answered that call for the rangers when he picked off a Halladay pass and whipped the puck into the Lions net. Now a single goal behind.
The fans were leaning when Kyle Hermer stole the puck during a South Dundas attack with just more than a minute remaining, scooted down the ice and scored the tying goal, silencing the east side of the fan gallery while the west side came up with a deafening cheer. The Ranger’s fans are not the only group that has been silenced by a sudden roar and deadly attack. But they are the ones who suffered that fate in the final minute of the game when Travis Faulkner roared down the ice and scored the winning goal with 18 seconds remaining in the game. Faulkner’s goal was his third of the night, and his team’s winning counter on the game.
Peewee C-2 House Lions play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Nov. 10th at 3:00 p.m. when the Leeds Chargers come to town.
Bryce Kirkwood was turned away on this rush in Saturday's game . . .
Saturday, Nov. 3rd - In the first of the ‘bragging rights’ games in the Peewee House division of South Dundas players the Peewee C-1 outscored the C-2 Lions entry to boast their prowess throughout the community. For now . . .
The C-1 Lions notched three goals in the opening period and added a single in the final 12 minutes to take a 4-1 victory to the loudspeaker. Bryce Kirkwood scored very early in the game when he picked up the puck deep in his own zone, rushed around the defending team and wired a shot past the C-2 net minder and into the twine. The counter was unassisted.
Luke Byvelds then added a pair of goals before the period closed, both on great break-out passes from Reyen VanBeilen, to give the C-1 Lions a 3-0 lead. Brandon Crawford got one back for the C-2 squad when he managed to get in close to goal tender Kelsey Duncan and slip a shot into the net.
Neither team scored in the middle frame and Kirkwood added a second goal in the final 15 minutes when he relayed a Jordan Lowe pass into a goal late in the game for the 4-1 victory.
Jayden Dempsey and Skylar Keeler attempt to score on Ivan Lockwood in a 4-2 Lion's loss on Saturday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena . . .
Saturday, Oct. 21 - In spite of taking an early lead in their first meeting of the season the South Dundas Peewee C-2 House fell to the Kemptville C-1 Panthers on a 4-2 count on Saturday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. Skyler Keeler, who had several good chances in the game notched an unassisted marker to open the scoring late in the first period for a 1-0 Lion’s lead.
Griffin Forman got that one back for the Panthers when he beat the Lion’s defence and fired a smoker for the goal. Nolan Severenuk drew the assist. Jaekob Seymour gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead early in the final period when he and Matthew Lohnes combined for the go-ahead goal.
Brandon Crawford made a game of it when he picked off a clearing pass and beat Ivan Lockwood in the Panther’s net to tie the score once again. Unfortunately for the Lions, Forman picked off his second counter Lohnes gave the Panther’s the insurance marker when they each scored late in the contest.
The Lions sat out three minor infractions while the Panthers were assessed a pair of two-minute infractions. The Peewee C-2 House Lions next home game will be at the Morrisburg Arena on Friday, Nov. 2nd at 8:00 p.m.