Bantam C Lions tame leading Chargers . . .

Saturday, Dec. 7th - South Dundas’ Bantam C Lions tamed the league leading Leeds Chargers at Morrisburg on Saturday afternoon in a 4-4 draw. The 5th-place Lions gave up a victory with little more than two minutes remaining in the game when the Chargers beat South Dundas  netminder Kelsey Duncan for a power play counter.

         Zack Scarbeau opened the game scoring in this one, just minutes into the 1st-period when he took an Alisha Verbruggen set up to the goal mouth and slipped the puck past Colton Leger in the Chargers net. 

     The visitors came right back 30 seconds later to tie the game and go up by a single when the Kudrinko brothers each scored single goals. Raymond Froats earned the Lions a tie closing the 1st-period when he beat Leger on a long wrist shot. The assist came from Cameron Stewart.

     The two teams scored singles in the middle period, the Scarbeau/Verbruggen duo with an assist from Kathryn Swerdfeger tying the game in the final minutes after Jayden Brown had given Leeds the lead. The stage was set for the final frame of action.

     South Dundas came out roaring, hemming the Chargers in their own end of the ice. Brandon Crawford notched the go-ahead goal on a Cameron Stewart set-up to put the Lions in a 4-3 lead. As both teams worked to increase the tempo of the back and forth action, the Chargers Glen Whitteker, on a power play, slipped his check and beat Duncan on a scramble for the tying goal with just under three minutes remaining in the game. 

     The Lions were called on four minor penalties, three of them in the final period, while the visiting Chargers were also called on four minor infractions.

     The Bantam C House Lions don’t return to the Morrisburg Arena until Saturday, Dec. 28th at 4:30 p.m. when the 4th-place Brockville Braves come to South Dundas. In the mean time the team travels to Brockville and then Leeds on Dec. 21st and 22nd respectively for road games.


Lions drop one to Braves on 7-5 score . . .

South Dundas goaltender Kelsey Duncan shuts the door on a Braves shooter . . .

 

Saturday, Nov. 30th - The Upper Canada Minor Hockey League’s Bantam C House division is widespread on talent. And relatively short on teams.

        The Leeds Chargers have lost one game in 10 in the 1st-half to date. The South Grenville Rangers have won one game in 12 so far. Second place Kemptville have seven wins in nine games. Fifth place South Dundas has lost six games in 10, recording two wins and two ties.

       When statistics are that wide spread, game wins and losses are very near predictable, so it was no real surprise that the Lions dropped a contest to the Brockville Braves on Saturday by a 7-5 count. What is surprising though is watching these Lions play against any of the teams in the division, put in a relatively strong, quite competitive showing, and almost consistently come out on the short end of the game score. And it’s a tough go on the players.

        To date there is not quit in the team. Working through to the final buzzer on Saturday the home team were behind 3-1 after the opening period, doubled to 6-2 after two periods and then outscored the opposition 3-1 in the final frame.

        Landen Chard netted a hat-trick over Lion’s netminder Kelsey Duncan in this one while Ian Duffy had a pair of counters. Ashton Blair and Nick Bernicky each added singles for Brockville.

        From the Lions Zack Scarbeau had a pair of goals with singles coming from Raymond Froats, Alisha Vebruggen and Manraj Cheema. Cheema also recorded an assist. Brandon Crawford and Travis Faulkner also scored assists.

        On Saturday, Dec. 7th the Lions host the regular season front running Leeds Chargers in a game scheduled for Morrisburg Arena with an opening puck drop slated for 4:30 p.m.


Bears maul Lions in 9-3 pounding . . .

Sunday, Nov. 24th - South Dundas’ Bantam C Lions are holding on a pair of victories and two ties in nine regular season games. The South Grenville Rangers stand in the last position in the regular season standings in this 6-team division. The Rangers have a single win. The top four teams have eighth, seven, six and five wins respectively.

        The Smiths Falls Bears, who currently hold 4th-place in the standings hosted the Lions on Sunday, Nov. 24th at Smiths Falls in a game that saw the home team run away with a 9-3 victory.

        The Bears scored four goals in a span of less than 32 seconds in the 1st-period. The rally started when Smiths Falls had a 2-1 lead, and suddenly they opened the flood gates on their visitors, rising to a 6-1 lead. 

        Cameron Stewart scored late in the first for South Dundas cutting the home team’s lead to a single goal. Minutes later Stewart’s team was behind 6-1.

        The Bears went up 9-1, adding another three counters in the middle period, before Caleb Machan and Paul Theos scored singles for the Lions in the final frame. The Lions were called on four minors while the home team Bears sat out nine minors.

        The Bantam C House Lions next home game will be played at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Nov. 30th at 4:30 p.m. when the Braves visit the Lion’s Den.


Bears comeback to match Lions . . .

"Wait a minute! I'll take the puck!" says Lions' netminder Kelsey Duncan on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena . . .

 

Saturday, Nov. 16th - Initially it appeared the 5th place South Dundas Lions were intent on running the 4th-place Smiths Falls Bears right out of Morrisburg Arena. The locals, in uncommon fashion, jumped into a 3-0 lead in the opening period and then were outscored 2-1 in each of the following periods. The game ended in a tie between the two combatants.

        Paul Theos opened the scoring in the 1st-period when he slammed a Cameron Stewart rebound past a sprawling Joseph Bridson in the Bears net. Caleb Machan drew the second assist on the counter.

        Later in the same frame Manraj Cheema wired a rising wrist shot past a clearly beaten Bridson on an unassisted play. Cheema had checked the puck from a Smith’s Falls skater inside the visitors zone, then wheeled and fired the second Lions goal.

      Late in the period Zack Scarbeau added the 3rd Lions counter on an unassisted play, giving his team a 3-0 lead. Late in this frame the Bears managed to get their 1st goal past Kelsey Duncan on a screened shot from the blue line. Jesse Scheutten was  credited with the counter.

        Second period action saw Scheutten and Liam Duberville each score singles to cut the South Dundas lead although Scarbeau added his second to close the frame with the Lions in front on a 4-2 count. Alsha Verbruggen drew the assist on Scarbeau’s second goal.

      In the final period the Bears scored the tying goal less than a minute in when Colton Staples beat Duncan. Midway through the final period the Bears Seth Abass put the visitors in front for the first time with his unassisted marker. Cameron Stewart gave South Dundas the tying marker again with just under 5-minutes remaining when he and Cheema combined for the goal. And that was the last counter of a great hockey game.

        The Lions went penalty free in this one while the Bears were called on three minors.

        South Dundas next hosts the 3rd-place Brockville Braves on Saturday, Nov. 30th when a 4:30 p.m. start has been scheduled.


Hold on to defeat South Grenville . . .

The Lions Sierra Latulippe tapped the puck past the South Grenville netminder's skates in Saturday's game, a goal that was missed by game officials . . . 

 

Saturday, Nov. 9th - South Dundas’ Bantam C House Lions came close to finding themselves in the cellar of league standings on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena. In a home game hosting the South Grenville Rangers the Lions went out in front 4-0 and then watched the Bears score three goals in 90 seconds late in the middle period.

       The home team Lions added a 5th-goal early in the final frame only to have a determined Rangers squad add their 4th-goal midway through the same period.

        The Lions currently hold 5th-place in league standings and were at three points on a win and a tie in previous play. The Rangers have a single win in nine games.

        This time around the Lions glared defeat in the face with a strong effort to defend net minder Kelsey Duncan in the dying minutes. Duncan made several key saves in the contest and affiliate Sierra Latulippe who was dressed for the Lions scored a goal that was not counted in the middle period.

       Paul Theos, Zack Scarbeau and Brandon Crawford gave the Lions a 3-0 lead before the opening period ended. Early in the middle frame Scarbeau added his second to give South Dundas a 4-0 lead. 

        Scarbeau’s second goal appeared to light a spark in the visiting Rangers as they cracked in three counters in 90 seconds with Joel Napolitano, Ashlynn Gillespie and AJ Cook each adding a singe goal.

        The Lions Theos made it a 5-3 game in the final period but with eight minutes remaining South Grenville’s Kyle Jermer fired a single to make it a one goal game. The Rangers upped their attack and the Lions upped their defensive stand, including through an extra man in lieu of their goaltender by South Grenville. The Lions hung on for the win.

        The Bantam C Lions House host the 4th-place Smiths Falls Bears on Saturday, Nov. 16th at 4:30 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena.

Lions doubled by Royals 6-3 . . .

South Dundas' Zack Scarbeau races past Royals goaltender Seth Getz to score the Lions first goal . . .

 

Saturday, Nov. 2nd - The South Dundas Bantam C House team came onto the ice on Saturday flying thru a warmup like a team possessed. They went stride for stride through the opening period against the Kemptville Bantam C-1 Royals, appeared to slow a bit in the middle frame and quietly closed the third period without a goal. The Lions lost their 4th game in six starts and currently are in 5th-place in the six-team division.

        The visiting Royals took a 3-0 1st-period lead on goals by Ethan Bos, Kendrick Mellaney and Vinnie Delorme before Zack Scarbeau and Raymond Froats came back with singles. 

       The two teams traded goals in the middle frame, Froats with his second for the Lions and Delorme with his second for the Royals. 

        Kemptville added another pair in the final period, Delorme completing a natural hat-trick and Noah Rabuka adding his first of the game for the 6-3 victory.

       The Bantam C Lions next home game will be at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Nov. 9th at 4:30 p.m. when  the South Grenville Rangers come to town.

Froats ties up high-scoring game . . .

Saturday, Oct. 26th - A late third period drive by the South Dundas Bantam C House Lions resulted in a tie game at Smiths Falls and a near upset of the 3rd-place Bears when Raymond Froats notched his second goal of the game on an unassisted play. Froats scored his first goal with help from Alisha Verbruggen and Brandon Crawford midway through the second period to give the Lions a 5-1 lead. 

        The Lions seemingly insurmountable lead was erased as quickly as it was assembled when the home team fired five consecutive counters past Kelsey Duncan playing in the South Dundas net.

        Froats returned to the ice with just more than three minutes remaining in the final period and tied the game on an unassisted play.

         Zach Scarbeau had fired a pair of counters while Manraj Cheema and Travis Faulkner added singles on the way to the 5-1 lead. Seth Abbass, Jesse Scheutten and Shamus Hodge each had a pair for Smiths Falls in the 12 goal game. 

        The Bantam C Lions next home game will be at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 4:30 p.m. when the Kemptville Royals come to town.


Leeds overpowers Bantam C Lions . . .

Hannah Waldroff holds of a Leeds shooter in the Bantam B House game on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena . . .

 

Saturday, Oct. 19th - South Dundas’ Bantam C House entry in this year’s edition of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League is just two points out of second place following their first four games. Of course, so are Kemptville and South Grenville, which spells the possibility of some competitive hockey in this division over the coming season.

        Brockville and Leeds sit in 1st and 2nd place respectively, the Chargers being the visitors at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday who drubbed the locals on a 14-4 score. It wasn’t that the Lions didn’t have their opportunities, it was that the goaltending duo of Colton Leger and Nicholas Burley from the Leeds team put on a superb effort.

        In the opening period the Lions held their own equally, closing the frame in a 4-3 deficit. Manraj Cheema snapped a pair of counters into the Charger net and Raymond Froats added the single. Mitchell Miller and Ryan Marley each added a pair for the Chargers.

        Cheema completed his hat-trick in the second period, unfortunately after the visitors had added four more counters including a hat trick by Pat Kudrinko. Ryan Marley had four points on the period with a goal and three assists while Kieran Chaves and Jayden Brown each had single goals.

        The Chargers stayed with the pace over the final frame, adding another four counters while the Lions were held off the score board. Pat Kudrinko his fourth and fifth goals, Kieran Chaves added his second ad Jaedon Simpson scored a single.

        The Lions sat out three minors while the visitors were called on a single minor in the game.

        South Dundas’ next home game will be on Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 4:30 p.m. when the 3rd-place Kemptville entry comes to Morrisburg Arena.