Chris Bols bangs one into the Brockville net after the whistle sounded, the goal disallowed . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 12th - On Tuesday, Feb. 18th the South Dundas Atom Rep Lions travel to Charlan for their final, regular season game of the year. And should they experience a miracle of sorts and post a victory, it would be long celebrated after a season to forget.
The Lions hosted the Brockville Braves on Wednesday evening at Morrisburg. The 8th-place Braves are headed to the playoff round. And they looked much improved of late, ready to continue. How far they will make it doesn’t hold a lot of expectations. The Braves will meet 1st-place Kemptville who finish the regular season some 25 points ahead of Brockville.
The visitors jumped into the lead in the opening period on Wednesday night, with a pair of counters from Caleb Woods and Lucas Rockey. Woods came back with a second goal late in the middle period and team-mate Jeffrey Barrington added the visitor’s fourth goal.
The Lions dropped their defensive effort in the final period and scored a pair of goals early, from Noah LaFrance and Chris Bols. Emmett Lemire and Bols recorded assists. Going with the extra forward late in the game the Lions failed to penetrate the Brockville defence and the visitors left with a 4-2 victory.
Saturday, Feb. 8th - If the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League gave out trophies for persistence or perseverance, the South Dundas Atom B Rep Lions would run away with all the hardware. Simply because this gang has consistently stepped onto the ice for the past 24 regular season games believing they had just as much a shot at winning as did the opposing team.
The Lions have played every game with at least the same intensity in the final 10 seconds as they did in the opening 10 seconds. They have not gone goon or acted like quitters in any way, regardless of the game score at any point during the game or at the final buzzer. And each and every one of them has worn the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association colors respectfully and with pride.
On Lions Day at Morrisburg Arena, Saturday immediately past, these Lions dropped a 7-1 decision to the 7th-place Charlan entry. Noah LaFrance wired a rocket, the only Lions goal, from the top of the slot past Charlan netminder Jason Sauve. An unassisted achievement. And our gang cheered like they had just taken the game.
This Lions team is not going to the playoffs. In their four remaining games they are leaning into the task of recording one victory this season. And on Wednesday evening they host the 8th-place Brockville Braves in their final home game of the season. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:00 p.m. and you already know the rest.
Be there or be square!!!!! Go Lions . . .