Royals show their stuff at the Den . . .

Some players believe that if you can't get your shot around the netminder  you're supposed to try to put it through them. Kemptville Royals Carter Forman, 14, shooting from the top of the crease, leans into this one to no avail. South Dundas' Reed McCadden stopped the shot.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 14th - The Kemptville Atom B Rep Royals showed their stuff at the Lion's Den on Wednesday night when they brought their 3rd-place standing to Morrisburg Arena and walked away two hours later with another two points. The Royals have lost one in six games, that to the Perth Blue Wings on an off night when they gave up a 2-1 score. Kemptville is also in 3rd-place with three games in hand over the two teams sitting 4-points in front of them.

        At Morrisburg the Lions made their visitors work for the win, and work they did. The Royals showed why this division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League is so competitive. Their ability to jump on a loose puck, to defend and break from their own zone, to tend goal, to pass and to receive a pass, is not only amazing, they are a pleasure to watch. Suggestion is the Royals are going to be on top of the pack at season's end.

 

South Dundas' defence, Halle VanBeilen, uses her reach to run a Royals shooter out of contention . . .

 

       Not forgetting it takes two to tangle, it was the Lions desire to compete and play throughout the full 3-periods that helped make this game so great to watch. South Dundas held the Royals off the scoreboard in the middle period which itself is no easy feat. The home team took no penalties and Reed McCadden, playing between the Lions' pipes, was a standout in spite of being knocked over, fallen on, and peppered with shots.

        The Royals Brady Graham registered a hat-trick and Cameron Bruneau, Connor Veal, Carter Forman, Brady Nichol and Luke Seymour each fired singles.

        The Lions next scheduled home game will be on Wednesday, Nov. 27th at 7:00 p.m. when the Perth Blue Wings come to Morrisburg. If you enjoy good hockey, come out and watch these young people. Their ability is a treat.


Atom B Reps going on road-trip . . .

Sunday, Nov. 10th - South Dundas’ Atom B Rep team is suffering some tough times. Eight games into the current Upper Canada Minor Hockey League Regular Season and they have yet to win a game. Such is the fun for a team of 1st-year players in a competitive division.

       On Sunday playing at Cornwall’s Benson Centre against the 5th-place Colts the Lions did manage a pair of goals. Unfortunately a 2nd-year Atom star player on the Colts roster by the name of Kayden Thompson had notched a natural 4-goal night just to start things off. Thompson’s team-mates, after giving up the Lions 1st-goal to Noah LaFrance, then added three more counters for what turned out to be a 7-2 victory.

        The final word did go to the Lions when they handed the Colts a bit of a wake-up, sort of. Taylor Elliott combined with Christopher Bols, and Bols fired South Dundas’ second and final goal of the game. A small shout out of “be careful cuz we’re comin’ back before the season is out.”

        Wednesday, Nov. 13th the Lions host 3rd-place Kemptville at Morrisburg Arena. The officials will sound the game-opening whistle at 7:00 p.m. sharp. This team can use our support.

        Following that game the Lions head out on an extended road-trip with stops in Perth, South grenville and South Stormont.


Atom B Reps keep sluggin' it out . . .

Will MacPherson stands in the slot awaiting the pass that never arrived on Wednesday night . . .

 

Wednesday, Nov. 6th - Opponents representing the opposite ends of the 9-team Atom B Rep division in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League met here on Wednesday night. And a handful of fans witnessed the top team winning a game over the bottom team by a 5-1 score at Morrisburg Arena. Although the score is in fact representative of the game, what that same score fails to provide is the constant back and forth effort by both teams throughout this game.

        The South Dundas Lions have yet to win a game this season. Seven straight losses. Which provides a real effort on the part of the coaching staff to keep these young players interested in the task at hand. Their opponents on this night are the South Stormont Selects. They’ve lost a single game this season, that to Kemptville on October 26th by a 3-2 score. They are currently riding a four game win streak and are in possession of 1st-place in league standings.

        In all fairness, the Selects appear to be named well. As a team they skate, check, pass, shoot and defend beautifully. They are a treat to watch. On the other hand, the Lions too are perfectly named. They carry their pride opening whistle to final buzzer every time out. Made up in a large part by 1st-year players they have yet to grow into their physically developing years. And these attributes combined are exactly what makes this age level of the hockey so wonderful to watch.  Talent versus talent at varying times on the age spectrum.

        On Wednesday evening the Selects opened the game scoring midway through the 1st-period when Arden Duprau beat Lion’s netminder Reed McCadden from the slot. Braden Carr drew the assist. Two minutes later Noah Lafrance took a pass from Halle VanBeilen, fired a shot from the point that beat the Selects Steve Kofinas and tied the game.

        Second period action continued up and down the ice with the visitors showing some dominance in puck control and eventually gaining the lead when Gary Ward and Duprau combined to beat the Lions defence and McCadden for the go-ahead counter.  South Dundas defended steadily though the final period, suffering three goals against by Cooper Rolland, Nolan Stoqua and Braden Carr for a 5-1 loss.

        The Lions travel to Cornwall’s Benson Centre on Snday, Nov. 10th for a game against the 7th-place Colts and then return to the Lion’s den for a home game when they host the 3rd-place Kemptville Royals on Wednesday, Nov. 13th at 7:00 p.m. Come out and cheer on these young people. They play a wonderful brand of the game.

That elusive 1st-victory still out there . . .

Reed McCadden stops this point blank shot with his right pad on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena . . .

 

Saturday, Nov. 2nd - If those who created the game of hockey had decided to reward those who played the game with the most heart, then surely the South Dundas Atom B Rep squad would have been the recipients of those accolades. This team, including all eight 1st-year players and four veterans, lays it out there game in and game out. From netminder Reed McCadden out to center ice, they are, to a player, unbelievable. The never stop trying.

        The Atom Reps currently hold the spot at the bottom of the standings, have played six games and scored four goals. But we’ve yet to see them “out of a game” so to speak. Regardless of the opponent.

        On Saturday evening the Lions hosted the 3rd-place Alexadria Glens, a team who had destroyed them in a 10-3 thrashing earlier in the season. And a team that boasts a considerable number of second year, long-legged players. The physical size difference stands out. Yet this time around, in a game that went end-to-end for 50 full minutes, the locals dropped a very tight 3-0 score. Possibly the best game of hockey played at Morrisburg Arena this season.

        Each team was called on two minor infractions. The Glens scored in the opening period, Maxime Menard from Rowan Blaine, and added a pair in the final frame, one on a power-play from Kaiden Leroux and the second also by Leroux and assisted by Maxime Lavigne. 

        The Atom Rep Lions host their next home game on Wednesday, Nov. 6th, against South Stormont when the Selects come to town for a 7:00 p.m. start.


It just might be a 'learning year' . . .

Saturday, Oct. 26th - Steady improvement is a sign of things to come and the South Dundas Atom B Rep Lions are showing signs of steady improvement. In their regular season scheduled game on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena the locals had their second two goal game in as many games. The team, with a roster heavy on 1st-year players in a competitive division, hadn't scored a goal in their first three outings.

        Noah LaFrance opened the game scoring in this one when Will McPherson provided the scoring opportunity against the CharLan Rebels. Late in the period the Rebels came back to tie the game on a Chace Mader counter.

        Christopher Bols gave South Dundas the lead again in the second period, and again with McPherson drawing the assist. And again, late in the period, the Rebels came back to tie the game, this time Bobby Gautheir scoring an unassisted marker.

        In the final period the Lions had a number of opportunities to score the go-ahead goal but each time Jaxson Sauve was there to turn the puck aside. Unfortunately for the Lions, Chace Mader streaked back into the South Dundas zone and fired the winning goal midway through the period with Slone McDonald drawing the assist.

        The Lions early-season frustrations surfaced in this game with an uncommon five minor penalties being served. CharLan was called on four occasions, all minors.

        South Dundas meet the Alexandria Glens at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 7:00 p.m.


Atom Rep Lions working hard . . .

Wow! That's close . . .
Wow! That's close . . .

Wednesday, Oct. 24th - South Dundas’ Atom B Rep Lions may be in for a tough year. So goes the great Canadian game when near 75 per cent of your players are in their initial year of the division.

        But this group of young people are by no means quitters. On Wednesday evening they all showed up to play, throwing caution and the past game scores to the wind. It was game time in their minds.

       Entering their 5th regular season contest of this young season on Wednesday evening at Morrisburg the Lions had not, at game time, scored a single goal. In the game’s single hour, the team improved 200 per cent. They scored two goals.

        South Grenville leads the nine team Atom B Rep division, accumulating seven points in four games. Cornwall, Kemptville and South Stormont share second place with six points while Alexandria and Perth each have five points. Brockville, South Dundas and CharLan sit at 2 points, 1 point and 0 points respectively.

        The Brockville Braves played the visitors role on Wednesday night, charging out of the gate with a 2-0 lead late into the first period. And for some reason, from somewhere, South Dundas’ Noah LaFrance picked off a Braves pass deep in the Lions’ zone, outskated, out stick-handed, and over-all outsmarted every player while skating the length of the ice, and firing a perfect shot past net-minder Adolph Seth to cut the Brockville lead to 2-1.

       Twenty-four seconds later, the Lion’s Hudson Banford hit Emmett Lemire with a breaking lead at centre and Lemire did exactly the same thing. Game tied 2-2.

        Those two goals served like a wake-up call for the Atom B Rep Lions. The second and third periods were great hockey, and the Braves and Lions battled back and forth for the next half-hour. Brockville accumulated the winning number of goals, but the positive spin on the outcome is that the Lions’ young and learning squad picked up a wonderful lesson in winning. They could, in fact, still score goals!

        We wouldn’t be too quick to rule this young team of rookies out of contention just yet. They certainly owned their share of the puck in the second and third periods. 

        The Atom B Rep Lions host the CharLan Rebels in the upcoming home game on Saturday, Oct. 26th @ 7:00 p.m. Should be a great one as CharLan and South Dundas currently are close in league standings.