Lions dump Selects in rough contest . . .

The Lion's Mason Hummel stirs up the Selects goal-mouth on this scoring attempt . . .

 

Monday, Oct. 29th - South Dundas’ Bantam B Rep Lions moved up a slot in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League standings on Monday evening at Morrisburg Arena, but not before giving their fans something to keep them on the edge of their seats.

        The 2nd-place Lions ran the score to 3-0 after the opening period and added a pair of counters in the middle frame for a 5-0 lead. Then after allowing the visiting South Stormont Selects a pair of goals early in the final period the Lions took four penalties, one of them a six minute infraction for cross-checking and checking to the head, in the final 13-minutes. During the South Stormont power-play South Dundas' net-minder Aiden Hutt backed a stand-up defence to kill off the total penalty time and take the two points on a 5-2 win.

        The Lions are in 2nd-place in league standings, one point back of league leading Brockville who boast five wins and a tie in six games. South Dundas is at five wins and two losses. This victory not only edges the local team toward the top of the pack but improves their goals per game output to just more than five counters per outing, tops in the division. 

        Caden Holmes opened the scoring on Monday when he fired a Devon Honders pass by Martin Bissonette in the Selects goal. Four minutes later Wyatt Barkley added one for his first of two on the night when he wired a shot past Bissonette after Monty Dejong drew the defence away from the slot and laid the puck on Barkley’s blade.

        As the clock wound down in the opening period the Lions pressed again, this time with Terrence Mudde stealing the puck on a Selects power-play, leading Jordan Heuff on a breakout pass and Heuff twisting Bissonette like a pretzel before dropping the puck into the South Stormont net for the short-handed goal and the 3-0 lead.

        In the middle frame Holmes completed a Dejong/Mason Hummel play for a 4-0 lead and five seconds before the period closed Wyatt Barkley picked off a Bissonette rebound and slid the puck into the South Stormont goal for final South Dundas score of the night.

        The Selects opened the scoring in the final period when Ian McCosham picked up a loose puck and snapped a perfectly screened floater past Hutt to steal the shut-out bid and put the Selects on the board. McCosham’s goal was a short-handed effort. 

        Two minutes later Evan Waldroff cut the South Dundas lead to three goals when he combined with Ethan Beaudette to slip one past Hutt, and that was all the Selects could muster. The visitors had come out hitting in the opening minutes but the effort not only proved fruitless, it proved to be their downfall. Once the home team began playing a more physical game the Selects faultered, allowed five goals and took the eventual loss.

        “The boys are gaining some confidence,” Coach Jamie Smith said following the game, “We came to play tonight and they did well.”  Smith said the penalties late in the game were worrisome and unnecessary and that kind of play can lead to problems.

        “Our team were great on offence and the penalty kill, even though it’s crazy exciting, was well executed.”

        The Bantam B Rep Lions play the Cornwall Colts on Monday, Nov. 4th at the Benson Centre and then return to the Morrisburg Arena for a home game on Saturday, Nov. 9th at 8:00 p.m. against the 4th-place South Grenville Rangers. This is exciting hockey not to be missed. 


Bantam Reps bounce Pan(er?) Royals 5-2 . . .

Thursday, Oct. 24th - The 2019-20 South Dundas Bantam B Rep team has lost two of their six games this season. The first in early October on a 6-2 score to South Grenville and the second to the CharLan Rebels on a lopsided 7-1 score mid-month.

That being said, the local Bantam Rep squad sits in second place in league standings, just two points back of the Brockville Braves, winners on five of five games.

        Interestingly, Charlan is behind the Lions by a couple of points and the Rangers from South Grenville have accumulated only half as many points as has South Dundas. South Stormont, who are a single point ahead of shared cellar-dwellers Perth and Kemptville, will be the opposition at Monday night’s home game for the Lions at Morrisburg when they host the Selects. Game time is 8:00 p.m.

     South Dundas travelled to Kemptville on Wednesday evening for a game and celebrated both the return of Jordan Heuff and a victory over the recently re-named Royals. Kemptville Minor Hockey, according to the rumor mill and unverified by the Panthers, has been wrecking havoc on the Florida Panthers NHL franchise in using the “Panthers” identity, causing the NHL team a drop in attendance, not to mention a drop to last place in the Atlantic Division standings. But as we said, that info is sourced as rumor and has yet to be verified.

        For the Lions, Heuff’s return, particularly his scoring ability, is worth celebrating. He netted the tying goal in the first period and added a second counter in the final period as South Dundas romped to a 5-2 victory over the winless, and pointless, Royals. Heuff’s first goal was unassisted and his second was set up by Caden Holmes. Holmes had scored the Lion’s go-ahead counter late in the middle period when he relayed a Wyatt Barkley set-up behind Gareth Robinson and between the Kemptville pipes.

        Gavin Hillier and Braiden Lockwood each scored singles for the Royals, one in the opening period and the second in the third frame. Following Heuff’s second counter in the third stanza, Wyatt Barkley and Monty Dejong each continued their hot scoring pace with single goals before the final buzzer sounded. Barkley’s was unassisted and Dejong’s was the result of a Cam Lynch/Caden Holmes play in front of the net with Dejong  firing the puck past Robinson for the 5-2 victory. Owen Villeneuve was the winning goaltender for the Lions in this one.

        The Lions sat out three minor infractions while the home team Royals were called on four minors. Next home game for the South Dundas Bantam Rep Lions will be at Morrisburg Arena on Monday, Oct. 28th at 8:00 p.m. when the South Stormont Selects come to town.


Bantam Rep Lions bounce NGS for win . . .

Sunday, Oct. 21st - There is going to be some great hockey action at the Morrisburg Arena before this season is even halfway over. And a lot of that great action is going to be at the Bantam B Rep Lions homes games. The Lions are 3-2 in their opening five games, all high scoring affairs, and combined with the speed some of these maturing young players are showing, the promise of top hockey is a given.

        The Lions posted losses to CharLan and South Grenville, neither of who are in the top four of league standings. They scored a close 7-6 victory over Akwasasne, and lopsided wins over Perth and NGS,  notching 24 goals versus 9 goals in the three wins. They have an abundance of firepower. And this week they celebrate the return of Mason Hummel and Jordan Heuff, both key role players, after they served a rest for being bad boys.

        In their past home game at Morrisburg the Lions leading scorer, Wyatt Barkley fired seven counters and then added a few assists. Barkley has grown up and out over the off season, and displays an ability reminiscent of a close relative so they say in hockey circles.

        Barkley's line-mate, Monty Dejong who plays the game with an uncanny smoothness, has too added height and weight over the summer. And he unloaded for a pair of goals and set-up three others on Sunday at Alexandria. Barkley, try as he might to stay out of the limelight after Monday's 9-point effort, scored a natural hat trick in under four minutes in the middle period of the Sunday game against NGS. South Dundas brought home a 7-3 victory.

        Nate Thompson scored a pair of assists, Cam Lynch and Caden Holmes each had a single goal, and Devon Honders, Marty McLeod and Wyatt Rivet each marked a single assist. The Lions Alek Larocque registered three assists in this game. Aiden Hutt took the goaltenders victory for the team.

        The Bantam Rep Lions next home game is set for Monday, Oct. 28th at 8:00 p.m. when the South Stormont Selects visit the Lions Den.


CharLan slams Lions on 7-1 score . . .

Thursday, Oct. 17th - Although the two teams playing in the Thursday evening Bantam B Rep game at CharLan were near identical after just a handful of games, the home team CharLan Rebels pasted the visiting South Dundas Lions on a 7-1 score. The loss leaves the Lions with a win-loss split after four games. South Dundas was missing at least two key players in this game, Hudson Fetterly on the injury list and Jordon Heuff sitting out his second game.

        On Sunday morning the Lions were heading to Maxville playing even more shorthanded as their affiliate roster had their own scheduled games to take part in.

        Coach Jamie Smith said his team dropped the ball on Thursday night at CharLan and just couldn’t get back in the game. 

        “We’re confident we going to be in the thick of things this season,” Smith said, “It’s still early and the players are working out their routines, but I’m pretty sure we’re going to be in the lead pack come Christmas.”

      Smith’s comments remained that his team simply had a bad game, with the singular bright spot being midway through the opening period when Alek Larocque send Wyatt Barkley into the Rebels zone and the Lion’s top shooter made good on the play. Barkley had just come off his previous game having scored seven goals.

      The Rebels fired five goals in the opening period, added a single in the middle frame and topped off the night with another pair in the final period. Each team had a steady stream of players coming and going at the penalty box door.  The Lions took ten penalties including two misconduct infractions. The rebels were assessed eight penalties, one a double minor and a misconduct.

        The Lions upcoming home game will be Monday, Oct. 28th at 8:00 p.m.


Wyatt Barkley notches 7 goals, 2 assists . . .

Bantam Rep Lions pound Blue Wings . . .

Perth's Aiden McDonald and South Dundas' Marty McLeod bring a lot of size into this check on Monday evening at Morrisburg Arena. The two battled throughout a great game of hockey with the Lions taking a lopsided victory . . .

 

Monday, Oct. 15th - To say Wyatt Barkley is an intense hockey player is an understatement. He’s intense, . . . period!

Barkley roared off the Lion’s bench on Monday evening at Morrisburg Arena in the opening period of the South Dundas Bantam B Rep game against the Perth Blue Wings and scored a pair of goals. One of them unassisted. In the middle frame he added three more counters and a pair of assists. And in the final 15 minutes Barkley topped off the night with two more singles.

The Lion's Wyatt Barkley shows his goal count following Monday's game against the Perth Blue wings . . .
The Lion's Wyatt Barkley shows his goal count following Monday's game against the Perth Blue wings . . .

        The Lion Bantam Rep squad was playing in their third game of the season, previously winning their 2019-20 opener over Akwesasne on a 7-6 count at home,  and then dropping their second to South Grenville by a 6 -2 score. Tonight, firing from all three lines and playing a stand-up, rough and tumble defence, the Lions easily romped over the Blue Wings by a 10-0 score. Their next home scheduled game is set for Monday, Oct. 28th at 8:00 p.m. against South Stormont.

        South Dundas topped out in every score sheet category on this night, registering eight minor penalties to Perth’s six minors, a shut-out for netminder Aiden Hutt, and a return to form following a weak effort in South Greville in their past outing. Barkley opened the game scoring early in the first period with and unassisted marker and then added a second goal late when Nate Thompson and Monty Dejong conned the Blue Wings defence into an error.

        James Martens, who played a commanding game up front, made it a 3-0 score two minutes into the middle period with Wyatt Barkley providing the set-up. Less than a minute later Wyatt Rivet set-up a winning opportunity for Barkley for his third goal of the night. That one was followed by a Monty Dejong-Wyatt Barkley rush into the Blue Wings zone with Cam Lynch playing the roll of trailer, and tapping in South Dundas’ 5th goal.

        Barkley would add another pair and James Martens piled on his second before the period ended. Devon Honders and Marty McLeod each added assists to the runaway.

        In the final frame Barkley’s scoring night continued when he tallied the Lion’s 9th and 10th goals, the final set-up by Seb Lafrance.

        “It was a good night,” Coach Jamie Smith said following the game, “We’re looking good early but it’s going to be a long season ad there are some strong challenges in this division this season.” Smith added that one of his star players, Jordon Heuff, wasn’t dressed for the game as he’s currently sitting out a suspension. Brockville has the early lead in the standings with NGS and the Lions all tied at four points. 

        Monday night, Oct. 28th at 8:00 p.m. hockey fans. Bantam hockey is going to be entertaining this season.