South Dundas' Andrew Leizert loses the puck on a poke check by Royals netminder Reid Papineau in the Atom C House game on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena . . .
Sunday, Jan. 19th - Goaltender Lincoln Robinson is leading the South Dundas Atom C-2 House Lions toward the end of the regular season and eventual playoffs with a performance typical of a 1st-place team. Robinson, despite facing a good number of scoring chances from the 5th-place Kemptville C-2 Royals at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday afternoon, turned away all but one Kemptville shot in his team’s 5-1 victory. The C-2 Lions have moved five points in front of the Smiths Falls Bears and the Leeds Chargers who are deadlocked in 2nd-place.
Sammy Schuler and Owen Smyth led the Lions in a 2-1 opening period lead and a 3-0 shut-out third period for the victory.
Five minutes into the game Owen Smyth corraled a pass from Sammy Schuler and wired a shot past Reid Papineau in the Royals cage for the 1-0 lead. Liam Wilsey tied the scoring for the visiting Royals when he hammered a bouncing puck past Robinson from in close. Braeson Last drew the assist.
Late in the same period Schuler returned to the front of the Kemptville net, this time with the puck and his sights fixed on the twine, notching a 2-1 lead for the Lions. Carter Froats was credited with the assist.
Following a scoreless middle period Smyth stepped up the game when he picked up a loose puck at center ice, raced into the Royals end a fired his second counter of the game, this time unassisted. Sammy Schuler picked up his team leading 3rd-point of the game with five minutes remaining when he relayed a Declan Kelly pass from the point into a shot from the corner that eluded Papineau for the Lions fourth goal and a 4-1 lead.
The clock showed barely a minute remaining to tick away when Carter Froats stole the puck on a beautiful poke check just outside the Royals blueline. Froats stepped around the rushing defenceman retrieving the puck, beat a second defender and then top-shelfed the puck over goaltender Papineau for the Lions fifth and final goal of the game. I was as perfect a play as a coach can ask for.
The Atom C-2 House Lions return to Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, Feb. 2nd to face the 8th-place Brockville Braves in a 4:00 p.m. start. Three days later, Wednesday, Feb. 5th, the local Atoms host the 5th-place Kemptville Royals in a 7:00 p.m. game, and close out their regular season with a game on Saturday, Feb. 8th against the current 4th-place South Dundas Atom C-1 House Lions. This one will be the traditional barn-burner, and a huge crowd is expected. Reserved seats are available by contacting Krusty and his crew at the arena.
The above photo shows a number of reasons the South Dundas Atom C-2 House lions are in 1st-place and extending their lead in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League regular season standings. Goaltender Lincoln Robinson is near the top in goals against averages, Andrew Leizert, 75 white, scores multiple goals per game and back-checks with the best of them, and Brooke Tait, (9 - white) is strong and steady on the defensive crew.
Saturday, Jan. 18th - Andrew Leizert led his high-flying Atom C-2 House Lions to a 7-2 victory over South Grenville at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, scoring five goals. The front-running Lions moved five points ahead of their nearest competition in regular season standings and boast one of the stingiest goals-against averages (Lincoln Robinson) in the division as the schedule winds down.
Speedster James Barrie set up three of the Lions counters, Harrison bland notched a goal and an assist, Owen Smyth notched two assists, Sammy Schuler scored a single goal and Madison Johnson filed a single assist.
Y=The home team Lions moved to a 4-1 lead after the opening period, were up 5-2 after the second frame and added a pair in the final 15 minutes.
Eli Luimes and Lennon Collins scored singles for the Rangewrs. Neither team was assessed a penalty in this game.
The 1st-place Atom C-2 Lions hit the road for an extended stretch in the next week and more, returning to Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, Feb. 2nd to face the 8th-place Brockville Braves in a 4:00 p.m. start.
Sunday, Jan. 12th - The South Dundas Atom C-2 House Lions took in the Eganville tournament over the past weekend and in spite of showing up for the opening game with only five players (Karson Peters, Owen Smyth, Sam Schuler, Carter Froats and Declan Kelly and goaltender Lincoln Robinson). The South Dundas Five remained on the ice for the entire contest, taking the game against the Petawawa Crusaders on a 3-1 score. Declan Kelly also scored the top player of the game.
In their second challenge, having moved into the A Division on the opening victory, the bench of five became the bench of seven with the addition of late arrivals Maddie Johnson and Brooke Tait. This time around the Lions went against the Muskoka Bears, scoring another victory on a 5-1 score with Maddie Johnson picking up the player of the game prize.
Heading into the last game of the day, the A Final challenge, the Lons were playing on a near depleated tank, and came up on the short end of a 7-4 score against the Petawawa Reds. South Dundas netminder Lincoln Robinson, who had stopped 51 of 60 shots in the tournament, was awarded the player of the game in this one.
Congratulations to the C-2 Atoms. Great, great effort by a great team.
Hudson Shaver (20) and Jeremy Barkley try to stuff this rebound past Atom C2 goaltender Lincoln Robinson on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena . . .
Saturday, Dec. 22nd - Bragging rights go to the victor after a great Atom C hockey game between South Dundas’ C1 and C2 entries in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena. The C2 Lions won the game on the score sheet, and the 24 players dressed and participating in the game won the hearts of the fans out to cheer on their favorites.
Two periods of up and down hockey, energy packed play along the boards and battling through the corners, these two Atom teams wearing South Dundas colors put on a scoreless battle through the opening period, extended shut-out hockey through the middle period, and went to the wire to settle the outcome. Midway through the final frame Declan Kelly became the game-star when he intercepted the puck at his own blue line, raced through the C1 defence and whistled a shot high right, over the outstretched glove of net minder Liam Barkley for the first and eventually winning goal of the game.
Late in the final period the speedy James Barrie picked off a loose puck, raced around the defence and dropped the set-up for marksman Sammy Schuler who wasted no time snapping a shot past Barkley for the 2-0 victory score.
The two Atom C House teams are evenly matched this season. The C2 Lions currently hold 1st-place in the league on 12 wins and a tie in 17 games. The Leeds Chargers and the Smiths Falls Bears hold 2nd and 3rd-place positions and the C1 Lions, with two games in hand over the top three teams, are in 4th-place, just 4-points back of the front-runners. Lincoln Robinson, guarding the goalmouth for the C2 Lions, is credited with four shutouts this season, including over South Grenville in October, two over North Dundas in November and December, and Saturday’s over the C1 Lions.
The C1 South Dundas team scored a 10-0 shutout win for netminder Liam Barkley over Brockville in November, and Barkley, along with Robinson, share the division’s top GA averages. The C1 Lions are the highest scoring team in the division at 5.6 GPG.
The C2 Lions next host the South Grenville Rangers on Saturday, Jan. 18th at 12:30 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena. The C1 Lions return to Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Jan. 5th when the Kemptville C1 Royals visit for a 1:00 p.m. puck drop.
Sunday, Dec. 15th - South Dundas’ Atom C2 Lions have battled their way to 1st-place in their Upper Canada Minor Hockey League division, grabbing the position on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena with a 7-0 win over their North Dundas guests. The C2 Lions have played 16 games, scored 11 victories and a single tie for 23 points, and have at least a game in hand over their nearest rivals, the Leeds Chargers and the Smiths Falls Bears.
Sunday’s win gives the two top teams 23 points (the Lions own 1st-place by virtue of fewer games played), the Bears hold 3rd-place at 22 points and the South Dundas C1 entry, who could be the big spoiler, have 21 points on 14 games.
Hockey fans will get an opportunity to see the two South Dundas teams square off in a battle for “Bragging Rights at the Den” on Saturday, Dec. 21st at 12:30 p.m. when the two Lions teams clash at Morrisburg Arena.
On Sunday afternoon Sammy Schuler and Owen Smyth led the scoring parade with a pair of counters each and Declan Kelly also shared a two point game with his goal and an assist.
Carter Froats opened the game scoring midway through the first period on an unassisted play when he beat the Demons goaltender Liam Hinde on a breakaway. Just before the period closed Smyth notched his first of two to give the Lions a 2-0 advantage going into the middle frame.
Sammy Schuler scored the only goal of the second period when he picked up a loose puck and rifled it past Hinde for the home team’s 3-0 lead.
The Lions showed off their scoring touch in the final period with four counters, three of them scored in the final two minutes of the game. Schuler picked up his second of the game early in the period then with just under two minutes remaining Declan Kelly fired one from well out that beat Hinde. Owen Smyth and Andrew Leizert each added a goal before the final whistle.
Mark your calendars - Saturday, Dec. 21st at 12:30 p.m., Lions vs Lions for Bragging Rights!
Brooke Tait stands prepared to defend goaltender Lincoln Robinson . . .
Sunday, Dec. 8th - In a roaring third period the South Dundas Atom C2 Lions threw all of their might at the Leeds Chargers and came back from a 2-0 deficit to close the game in a 3-3 tie at Morrisburg Arena. The home team Lions are in a head-to-head battle with the Chargers for 1st-place in the Atom C House division of Upper Canada Minor Hockey League standings, a battle that includes the Smiths Falls Bears (1st), the South Dundas C1 Lions (4th) the Chargers (2nd) and the C2 Lions (3rd). Just three points separate these four teams, and all are being persued closely by the entries from South Grenville and Kemptville C2.
Max Noonan scored a goal in the opening period and Liam Buchholz gave the Chargers a 2-0 lead in the middle period in this game. In the closing 15 minutes the Lions came to life, battling along the boards and through centre ice. The attack paid off when five minutes into the third frame Sammy Schuler gave the home team their first goal on a Carter Froats set-up just five minutes in. Andrew Keizert then tied the game two minutes later when he beat Deegan Oomen in the Leeds goal on a James Barrie play.
Max Noonan came back with his second goal of the game to give the Chargers a 3-2 lead in the final five minutes. that one was followed by the Lions sniper Schuler with his second of the game when he scored the tying goal with four minutes remaining. And that’s where the scoring ceased. A great game.
The Lions next host the North Dundas Demons at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15th at Morrisburg Arena.
Atom C2 Lion Declan Kelly wards off a Royals shooter with some support for goaltender Lincoln Robinson on this play at Morrisburg Arena . . .
Sunday, Dec. 1st - Declan Kelly was all over the ice and goaltender Lincoln Robinson came within a whisker of a shut-out when the south Dundas Atom C2 Lions hosted the challenging Kemptville Royals C1 Atoms on Sunday afternoon at Morrisburg. The Lions scored a 2-0 lead in the opening period, increased it to 3-0 in the middle frame and closed the contest on a 4-1 victory securing 3rd-place in regular season standings as the year approaches the Christmas break.
Kelly opened the game scoring early in the 1st-period when he beat Braden Jordan with an unassisted marker. Andrew Liezert gave the Lions a 2-0 lead when he relayed a Harrison bland set-up from the point for the game’s second goal.
Sammy Schuler put his team up 3-0 in the middle period when he finished off a Carter Froats/Liezert play with a quick flip of the puck over an outstretched Jordan.
The two teams traded goals in the final period, the first with Kane Millson beating Lion’s netminder Lincoln Robinson for his team’s only counter of the game. The second goal of the period came from the stick of Lion James Barrie with Kelly assisting for the 4-1 victory.
The Lions were penalty free in this contest while the Royals were called on a pair of minors.
The 3rd-place South Dundas Atom C Lions next host the 2nd-place Leeds Chargers at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, Dec. 8th at 4:00 p.m. and this one should be a barn-burner . . . be there or be square. Go Lions!!!!!