Lions' netminder Owen Villeneuve loses his catching glove on this shot from the Charlan Rebels. Villeneuve scored a victory over the league leading Charlan Rebels . . .
Monday, Jan. 7th - Coach Jamie Smith was preaching defence and discipline to his Bantam B Lion Rep players on Monday night at Morrisburg Arena. At the same time his assistant coaching staff was reminding the team that the front running, high scoring Charlan Rebels, who were dressing for the game in the room right across the ice, had in fact lost only a single game this season to the 2nd-place Brockville Braves.
Somehow, this coaching staff of Smith, Denis Vileneuve, Tony Barkley and Todd Larocque, were convinced that tonight was the night. Our boys could take their boys. And make it two losses.
The Bantam B Rep Charlan Rebels come by their name honestly enough. They have size, speed, play a great passing game and execute a smart attack that some suggest is beyond their years. And that’s true enough.
But Smith was preaching defence, defence, defence. And discipline.
The Rebels are in 1st-place because they are a very good team. They had lost a single game, very early in the season to the current 2nd-place Brockville Braves, until Monday. They have scored the most goals, and are fourth in a very tight goals against race with a 17-14-2-1, GP-W-L-T record.
On Monday evening the Morrisburg Lions proved they are capable of not only toppling the Rebels, but with a little luck, stealing that 1st-place position prior to the season ending.
Eleven minutes into the game Kieren McLeod beat Lions’ netminder Owen Villeneuve after holding the home team in their own end for the majority of the period. In Villeneuve’s defence the shot from well above the slot was perfectly screened and beat him low on the corner.
Monty Dejong opened the Lions’ scoring six minutes into the middle period when, checking forcibly, he stole a bouncing puck in the Rebels zone, skated wide and fired a wrist shot back across the goalmouth and into the far top corner, tying the game at one each on this unassisted marker.
Fraser McDonell put the visitors up by one midway through the frame catching Villeneuve on a soft goal. But the Rebels by this time were showing frustration. James Martens and Caden Holmes drove the following scoring attempt into the Charlan end, gaining a good opportunity that drew a crowd to the Rebels goalmouth. Netminder Lauren McReady kicked the puck out twice before the speedy opportunist Cam Lynch raced around the net and speared the puck under her pad for the Lions’ second goal, tying the game once again.
South Dundas’ second tally appeared to awaken the taste for scoring in the home team’s leading marksman Wyatt Barkley, who less than a minute later wired a shot past McReady for the Lions’ first lead in the game. It was a lead the home team would not give up over the duration.
Final period action saw South Dundas outscore their opponents 4-3, at one time leading 5-2 over Charlan. Barkley would add a pair, including a dizzying one he managed to score from behind the goal line when he fired a shot from the corner that bounced off McReady’s goal stick and into the top corner. And he meant to do it even though linemate Monty Dejong was standing, uncovered, in front of goaltender McReady. Barkley's sense for scoring opportunities is uncanny.
Devon Honders, who played a very strong game for the Lions, added a single and then assisted on Barkley’s second goal. The Rebels pulled McCready, went with a sixth attacker, then gave up the puck at the Lions’ blue line on a check by Dejong. Although far from the fastest skater on the team, catching Dejong on a break is a lot tougher than one might think. The crafty winger stayed in front of his pursuers to the visitors blue line and snapped a shot into the gaping goal mouth for the 7-5 victory.
Chad Watson was called on the only infraction in the game, a hooking minor in the opening period, in front of the Rebels net, assessed by referee Sean “Block Our View” Boulerice.
The Lions meet the 5th-place Leeds Chargers in their next three games, two of them scheduled for Morrisburg Arena on Saturday Jan. 25th and Monday, January 27th, both with an 8:00 p.m. puck drop. This UCMHL division is producing exceptionally entertaining hockey and fans are encouraged to come out and support their team.
South Dundas' Wyatt Barkley slams on the brakes, forcing Perth goaltender Kenny Larush to move, then scored one of a pair of goals against the Blue Wings in a 5-0 Lions' victory tonight . . .
Saturday, Dec. 28th - Playing without three of his regulars in the line-up, South Dundas Lions Bantam B Rep Coach Jamie Smith dressed affiliate players James Martens, Cameron Stewart and Travis Faulkner for a regular season game with the visiting Perth Blue Wings. Stewart got knocked out of the game on a slash to his arm in the 1st-period, Martens assisted on the Lions’ fourth goal and Faulkner scored an unassisted goal while through the entire game checked and skated like the arena was on fire.
The Lions net-minder Aiden Hutt played three full periods of shut-out hockey while regular team-mates Wyatt Barkley and Jordon Heuff each notched a pair of counters in a rough and tumble 5-0 victory. One of the coaching staff on the Blue Wings team was ejected from the game, the team was called on seven minor penalties and the Lions sat out one double minor and seven minor infractions.
The 3rd-place Lions have 11 regular season games remaining in their schedule, five of them at Morrisburg Arena (the next against the front-running Charlan Rebels on Monday, Jan. 6th at 8:00 p.m.). Coach Smith is looking for his team to win at least nine of the remaining games. The Lions travel to Charlan for the final meeting between the two teams on Feb. 6th.
Neither Perth or South Dundas scored in the opening 18 minutes, a period that saw the Blue Wings run most of the play. The Lions took over completely in the middle period and continued to control the game through the final frame. Heuff opened the game scoring early on a Monty Dejong set-up for the 1-0 lead. Heuff then set-up Wyatt Barkley who wired a shot past Perth goaltender Kenny Larush for the 2-0 lead.
Faulkner made it 3-0 on his unassisted goal and James Martens worked his way into the slot and then dumped the puck to a waiting Barkley for the Lions’ 4th-goal of the game. Jordon Heuff doubled his goal output as the clock wound down when he took a perfect pass from Alek Larocque and beat Larush for the 5-0 win.
Following the game on Monday, Jan. 6th at Morrisburg (8:00 p.m.) the Lions will meet Leeds for three consecutive games on Jan. 19 at Westport and at morrisburg on Jan. 25th and 27th.
Just as the Royals goaltender Gareth Robinson attempted to corral this puck, Wyatt Barkley tapped it past him and into the Kemptville net, one of four Barkley scored on the night . . .
Monday, Dec. 16th - After suffering through an 8-0 shellacking at the hands of the 2nd-place Brockville Braves this past weekend the South Dundas Bantam B Rep squad hosted the last place Kemptville Royals in what appeared to be a revenge match, winning the one-way game at Morrisburg Arena on a 10-1 score. The 3rd-place Lions took out their frustrations on Royals goaltender Gareth Robinson particularly in the middle period scoring six goals.
As Bantam aged youngsters are prone to grow and develop rather quickly, there is a duo of quality players on this Lions team who have added weight and height over the past several months, those being Wyatt Barkley and Monty Dejong. As these two have become accustomed to and take part in the body-contact aspect of the game at this level, they appear to have learned to use checking as just an extra tool in their approach to winning.
Sharpshooters Wyatt Barclay and Monty Dejong scored six of the Lions 10 counters in this contest. Dejong scored midway through the opening period on an unassisted play after stealing the puck at the Royals blue line. He slipped wide to the right on the Kemptville defender, pulling the goaltender the same direction then unleashed a blistering wrist shot off the low left post and into the twine. Two shifts later on near the same play, Dejong unloaded a rising shot from the same spot that top-shelfed just inside the post on the right side of the net for a 2-0 lead.
In the middle period with the home team on constant attack, the slick stick-handling Wyatt Barkley scored four consecutive goals in five minutes, increasing the Lions’ lead to an 8-1 count. Barkley beat Robinson twice from in close and on a third occasion with an unbelievable wrist shot from well out in the slot.
In the final period the Lions closed with another pair of goals, ending the contest in a 10-1 victory.
South Dundas served seven minor infractions in this game while the Braves were called on five minors, one of them a double for checking to the head.
South Dundas is scheduled to meet the Perth Blue wings in their next home encounter slated for Saturday, Dec. 28th at 8:00 p.m. Fans are urged to come out and cheer on this team. It is great hockey to watch.
South Grenville's Vincent Lavigne (7) was fortunate to see Seb LaFrance at the last second, saving himself from seeing the ice real close up. LaFrance had the speedy Rangers forward lined up for a solid hit that did not materialize . . . but it was close . . . and it would have been solid . . .
Wednesday, Dec. 12th - South Grenville’s Rangers gained all important ground on the home team South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions at Morrisburg Arena on Wedesday evening. The Rangers, holding 4th-place in league standings, bounced the 3rd-place Lions on a 2-1 score in a game that bounced back and forth even more.
At times flat and unexciting, and at other times edge of your-seat nail biting exciting, the game between these two teams went back and forth. The home team Lions had numerous occasions to score, although a bouncing puck or great goaltending by Hunter Sanger turned them away. The Rangers too had many chances and the Lion’s netminder, Owen Villeneuve, was there to redirect the puck.
The opening period went goal free and near shot free, while both teams poured their efforts into checking, much to the dismay of a large crowd that had come out for the game.
In the middle period Reuben Dejong and Danniel Murphy each fired a South Grenville goal past Villeneuve, giving the visiting Rangers a 2-0 lead.
Midway through the final period the Lions' Monty Dejong stole the puck on a check and batted it past Sanger to cut the South Grenville lead to a single goal. With the clock winding down the checking by both teams kept the puck in the centre ice area, with little or no threat on either team's goaltender.
The South Dundas team sat out seven penalty infractions, one of them a double for cross-checking from behind. The Rangers were called on three minors.
The Lions next home game will be on Monday, Dec. 16th at 8:00 p.m. when the Kemptville Royals come to the Morrisburg Arena.
Montreal Can-Am Bantam Division Gold Medal winners, front row, Owen Villeneuve (goal), Monty Dejong, Wyatt Barkley, Jordan Heuff, Seb LaFrance and Aiden Hutt (goal). Back row, Jaime Smith (Head Coach), Hudson Fetterly, Shelly McLeod (Manager), Cam Lynch, Terrence Mudde, Marty McLeod, Nate Thompson, Todd Larocque (Trainer), Mason Hummel, Caden Holmes, Alek Larocque, Tony Barkley (Assistant Coach), Devon Honders, Denis Villeneuve (Assistant Coach).
Sunday, Dec. 8th - South Dundas’ Bantam B Rep Lions, along with some 50 teams from all over Eastern Canada and the United States descended on Montreal (Pierrefonds) over the past weekend to attend the Annual Can-Am Hockey Tournament. Over the 3-day weekend the Lions went undefeated, scoring the (Patrick) Roy Bantam Division Gold medals on Sunday afternoon over the Burlington (Ontario) Bulldogs.
In their opening game the Lions hosted the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, serving the American team a lesson in scoring on an 11-0 shutout victory. Monty Dejong led the Lions in this opening game scoring three goals and adding a pair of assists. Marty McLeod had a 3-point game on a trio of helpers while Wyatt Barkley and Cameron Lynch each notched a pair of goals and a single assist. Caden Holmes and Jordan Heuff each scored a goal and added an assist and single points went to Wyatt Rivet, Hudson Fetterly, Devon Honders, Terrence Mudde and Mason Hummell.
Round two for the South Dundas entry on Saturday morning saw the Lions hosted by the Burlington Bulldogs. Jordan Heuff led the scoring parade in this one with four points on three goals and a single assist. Monty Dejong, Nate Thompson and Hudson Fetterly each scored single goals while Camden Holmes registered three successful set-ups. Terrence Mudde and Wyatt Rivet each notched a single assist.
Saturday afternoon the Lions came out roaring against Forest Hills (Toronto, On) squad. Showing their scoring prowess in the opening game was no fluke, South Dundas whipped the team from the Big Smoke by a devastating 9-1 score. Monty Dejong, Mason Hummel, Jordan Heuff and Cam Lynch each had a 2-goal game And Hudson Fetterly added a single late in the final period. Dejong, Heuff, Lynch and Wyatt Barkley each recorded a pair of assists with singles going to Marty McLeod and Terrence Mudde.
In the championship game against the Bulldogs the Lions proved their skilll set above the crowd. Coming out of the opening period tied at a single goal each South Dundas went up 3-1 in the middle frame and matched the Burlngton team with a pair of counters each in the closing period for the Bantam Division Gold Medal,
The always slick Wyatt Barkley closed the tournament leading his team with a pair of goals and an assist. Monty Dejong added a single goal as did Cam Lynch and Jordan Heuff. Lynch and Wyatt Rivet each had single assists. The Lions were presented with Gold Medals, a Championship plaque and a tournament banner for the 2019-20 Bantam Championship.
These same Lions, standing 3rd in their regular season performances in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League, host the 5th-place South Grenville Rangers on Wednesday evening at Morrisburg Arena with a puck drop slated for 8:00 p.m. If you're looking to see a championship tram in action, or just seeking some great hockey to watch, come on out and cheer these boys on. They do deserve our support.