Saturday, Nov. 16th - The South Dundas Midget Lions weren’t quite awake when they skated on to the ice for the opening game of the Midget B House Tournament in Westport on Saturday. The early start saw South Dundas drop the contest to the Stittsville B1 Rams on a tight 3-1 score, leading the Lions into the Consolation Round. Raiden Foote scored the lone goal for South Dundas in the first game, with assists going to Koldy Latulippe and Colin Van Hoof. Each team served four minor penalties.
Second round action had the Lions facing the Nepean Midget B Team M and following three action packed periods register a 4-2 victory. South Dundas took a 2-1 lead in the opening period, up the score to 3-2 in the middle frame and added a single in the final period for the win.
Dryden Buter fired a pair while singles went to Colin Van Hoof and Colin Verbruggen for the Lions. Jaeden Shaver notched a pair of helpers and Ryan Thompson, Devon Swindells, Kolby Latulippe and Ben Wiltshire each recored single assists. The Lions were called on a single minor infraction while Nepean served three minors.
In the final game the two teams returned to the ice for the hardware, this time with South Dundas wide awake and firing on every opportunity. The team shut out the Nepean entry on a lopsided 5-0 score.
Kolby Latulippe and Colin Van Hoof each accumulated 4-point games on a pair of goals and a pair of assists each while Dryden Buter scored the 5th Lion’s goal. Buter also had a pair of assists. Ben Wiltshire, Devon Swindells and Raiden Foote all recorded a single assist.
South Dundas was called on eight minors versus Nepean’s three infractions.
The Lions next home game at Morrisburg Arena is scheduled for Friday evening, Nov. 22nd against the Brockville Braves in an 8:00 p.m. start.
Sorry Sparky! Not this time! Brendan Shaver steals one from the top of the circle with a deft glove hand . . .
Thursday, Nov. 14th - South Dundas’ Midget B House Lions have managed to claw their way into the “top 4” group in league standings, a lofty feat in this competitive 11-team division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League. The Lions most recent victory coming at the hands of the Brockville 2 Braves, currently tenants of last place.
Tonight, Nov. 15th, the Lions host the 8th-place Brockville 1 Braves in an 8:00 p.m. start at Morrisburg Arena.
The Kemptville Royals have all the goals to own the top two league positions. The Royals 1 and 2 teams have 1st and 2nd-spot respectively, with the next three positions deadlocked between South Grenville 1, South Dundas and South Grenville 2. Leeds and Smiths Falls bring up 6th and 7th-place respectively.
On Thursday evening at Morrisburg the Lions opened the game scoring midway through the 1st-period when Colin VanHoof beat the Braves Jackson London with a wrist shot. Raiden Foote drew the assist.
The visiting Braves tallied the single goal in a wide open middle period when Lucas Henderson stymied Lions netminder Brendan Shaver on a screened shot.
South Dundas added a pair of counters in the final period, one coming in the opening minute for the go-ahead goal and the insurance marker bunching the twine in the dying minutes.
Devon Swindells put the home team up to stay on a Jaeden Shaver/Colin VerHoof set-up and Shaver then added the insurance marker for the 3-1 victory.
Following the game on Friday, Nov. 15th at Morrisburg the Lions next home game will be Thursday, Nov. 28th when South Grenville come to town for an 8:00 p.m. start.
Saturday, Nov. 9th - In the highly competitive, 11-team Midget House division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League the South Dundas Lions are holding their own, and maybe a little bit more. The Lions have four games in hand on the leading Kemptville 1 Midget squad, who after 10-games are in front spot with 15 points. Kemptville 2 holds 2nd-place three points back and the two South Grenville entries are tied with 8-points each in third and fourth place. The Leeds Chargers and the Lions are next in 5th and 6th place.
The Lions, icing a contained attack and smartly staying away from the penalty box, not only whipped the league leaders last Saturday evening, they whipped the Kemptville Royals in Kemptville on a 5-4 score for the 2-point victory.
The Lions opened the game scoring when Sean Nicolaasen wired a shot past Royals netminder Gavin Kirkham for the 1-0 lead. The front running Royals raced back with a pair of goals late in the frame to grab the lead on a 2-1 count when Josh Price and Owen Lucas each fired a single past Brendan Shaver who was playing between the Lion’s pipes.
The Lions opened up the game in the middle frame, outscoring their hosts on a 3-1 count and taking a lead they would not relinquish for the duration of the game. Jaeden Shaver, after setting up the game’s first goal combined with TJ Barnhartd and Grayce Janes to tie the score early in the second. Then Nicolaasen put the visiting Lions ahead when Shaver fed him a scoring opportunity midway through the period.
The persistent Royals came back again to tie the game on Josh Price’s second score only to be outdone by Kolby Latulippe who fired his first of two late in the game for South Dundas. Latulippe would record the tying and the winning goals in this one, his second coming early in the final period to secure the 5-4 victory for the Lions.
South Dundas hosts the Brockville Braves at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday evening, Nov. 14th at 8:00 p.m. Great hockey for fans who enjoy the midget age group.
Monday, Oct. 28th - South Dundas' Midget B House Lions scored a pair of victories in last week's Upper Canada minor Hockey League schedule, dumping the Leeds Chargers at Westport on a 5-3 score and then returning to Morrisburg Arena for a tight 4-3 victory of the South Grenville Rangers on Saturday. The pair of victories leaves the Lions in 5th-place in league standings.
No strangers to the penalty box were on the ice in the final period of the game at Leeds. The Westport arena seems to bring out the best in this age group. The Lons were assessed three major and six minor infractons in this game while the home team scored three majors and 10 minors.
The Chargers tied the game early in the 1st-period when Gil Judson combined with Bob Ross for the tieing goal. The Lions' Colin VerBruggen had posted the visiting Lions with a 1-0 lead when he completed a Nicolaasen/McCann set-up early in the frame.
The Chargers closed the period with a second goal and the lead when Sylvan Dowsley beat the Lions defence for the go-ahead marker.
The visiting Lions owned the middle period in spite of handing over three power-play opportunities to Leeds. Jaeden Shaver and VerBruggen both fired counters past Chargers' Connor Brisson. South Dundas' Dryden Buter set up both goals.
South Dundas outscored their hosts 2-1 in the closing period, registering the 5-3 victory over Leeds. Waylon Bell scored early in the third for the Chargers but the Lions roared back with counters from Buter and Nicolaasen before the final buzzer.
Close victory against the Rangers . . .
Returning to their home arena on Saturday, the Lions were pressed to edge the South Grenville Rangers on a 4-3 score in spite of having three power-play opportunities in the final frame. South Dundas was called on a comparatively light three minors in this game while the visiting Rangers were assessed seven minors and a single game misconduct over the three periods.
Nathan Verhey opened the game scoring on an unassisted play with less than two minutes remaining in the first period when he beat the Ranger's netminder with a quick shot. Blake Harnum tied the game early in the second frame with an unassisted marker.
The Lions added a pair in the middle frame, but so too did the Rangers, managing to keep the score even following two periods. Druden Buter and Jaeden Shaver each fired goals, from Ryan Thompson and TJ Barnhartd, each drawing an assist, for South Dundas while Kyle Hoogwerf fired a pair for the visitors.
In the final two minutes of the third period the Lions scored the tie breaker when Kolby Latulippe relayed a Dryden Buter set-up into a winning goal for South Dundas.
The upcoming home game for the South Dundas Midget B Lions will be at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday, Nov. 14th at 8:00 p.m. and a strong contingent of fans is expected for this one against the always game Brockville Braves.
South Dundas' lone Midget B House team turned in a great showing in their first game of the reular season on Friday at Morrisburg, and the game wasn't without some aggressive defensive efforts on their part. This team and this division, if the opening game is anything to go on, will provide some great winter entertainment over these coming winter weeks . . .
Friday, Oct. 18th - A fast and exciting game of hockey between two aggressive Midget age teams entertained fans on Friday at Morrisburg Arena. Early in the contest it appeared the lone South Dundas’ Midget team was in for the challenge although as the game went on the visiting Royals from Kemptville turned it around in their own favor.
Cole Lalonde opened the game scoring when hew whistled a low screened shot past Lion's netminder Micheala Mustard for a 1-0 lead. Twenty-one seconds later the game was tied by South Dundas' Jaeden Shaver who snapped a wrist shot past Gavin Kirkham in the Royals cage. Nic Dunning put Kemptville up by one before the period closed when he beat Mustard on an unassisted play to the bottom right corner.
Alex Hu gave the Royals a 2-goal advantage when he scored a power-play marker with the Lions down two men late in the middle frame and the leaguer leading Royals then stepped it up a notch.
In the final frame the visitors outscored the Lions on a 2-1 count to close the game in a 5-2 victory for Kemptville with Liam Mathieson notching a pair from Cole Lalonde and Owen Wallace respectively. Nathan Verhey scored the single for the Lions on a Devon Swindells' play.
Following an away game Thursday, Oct. 24th the Midget B House Lions return to Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Oct. 26th at 8:00 p.m. to host the visiting South Grenville Rangers in what promises to be an exciting match of entertaining hockey.