Rangers pound Lions on 7-2 score . . .

Sunday, Jan. 12th - The Midget B House Lions dropped an important game to the South Grenville B-1 Rangers at Cardinal on Sunday afternoon when the home team scored three goals in each of the first and second periods and added a single in the final 18 minutes for the victory. The loss leaves the Lions behind the Kemptville B-1 and B-2 Royals in 3rd-place in regular season standings. The team has five games remaining in their season, the next four of which are at home. The Lions last game of the season is scheduled for Spencerville against the front-running South Grenville Rangers and appears now as though it may be the deciding game for a 1st-place finish.

     Caleb Marion led the Rangers scoring on Sunday with a trio of counters  followed by singles from Quinlan Ross, Liam Squires, Curtis Murray and Hayden Weedmark. For the Lions Dryden Buter scored a single late in the opening period and Colin Verbruggen added a second South Dundas goal late in the final period.

     South Dundas will host the Leeds Chargers on Saturday, Jan. 25th at 4:30 p.m. in their next home game.

Shaver nails it in final minute . . .

Colin Verbruggen snaps this shot at the Bears netminder Ethan Bedford . . .


Thursday, Jan. 9th - It seemed Jaedan Shaver waited until less than half a minute remained in the Midget B House game on Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena to score the winning goal. Shaver’s 3rd-place Lions were hosting the 6th-place Smiths Falls Bears in one of the final handful of games that remain in the regular season. All of the teams are jockeying for a playoff position save the North Dundas, Brockville 2 and South Grenville 3 entries who will  see their season end early.

     The South Dundas Lions are promising this season, tied in 2nd-place with the Kemptville B-1 Royals at 27 points and just four points out of 1st-place held by the Kemptville B-2 Royals. 

     On Thursday evening at Morrisburg the opening period went scoreless around fast, back and forth action while both net-minders were kept busy. Aiden Legget broke the scoring silence when he beat Michaela Mustard on a screened shot from the top of the slot for a 1-0 Royals lead. Three minutes later the Royals Taner Wiseman beat the Lions defence and slipped the second Kemptville counter past Mustard for the 2-0 lead.

     In the final period the Lions took control of the game and Colin Verbruggen tied the score with a pair of counters, one early and one late, with assists from Shaver on the first goal and Jack McCann on his second counter. In the final minute of play, with team-mate McCann in the penalty box, Nathan Verhey and Colin Van Hoof broke into the Royals zone, set up Shaver who in turn wired a shot past Ethan Bedford for the game winning goal. Twenty-seven seconds remained in the game.

     The Lions next four games will be at Morrisburg Arena starting on Saturday, Jan. 25th when the Leeds Chargers come to town. Game time is 4:30 p.m. Great, great action hockey . . . 

Midget B Lions could challenge for 1st . . .

Monday, Jan 6th - The South Dundas Midget B House Lions are well within striking distance to steal 1st-place as the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League’s regular season schedule winds down. The Lions have been chasing the Kemptville Royals B-1 and B-2 teams all season and the trio of entries currently stand in those same top three positions.

     Earlier this week the Royals B-1 team whipped the Lions at Kemptville on a 6-3 score, South Dundas giving up a 3-2 lead in the final period to a 4-goals in five minutes Kemptville outburst. And a lesson learned.

     The home team Royals had picked up a 2-0 lead in the opening period when Keiran Riddell spotted his team to a pair of counters over the scoreless visitors. The Lions stole the show in the middle period with goals from Sean Nicolaasen and Jaeden Shaver and shutting out the home team Royals, leaving the game at 2-2 after two.

     South Dundas took the lead early in the final frame when Colin Van Hoof beat Cole Walt in the Royals net for the Lions 3rd-goal. Then their game fell apart. Five minutes later the home team was in a 6-3 lead and that was all the time keeper wrote. Each team served four minor infractions in this game.


Take revenge on the Bears . . .

     Smiths Falls suffered the wrath of the Lions the following night, getting pounded by a 10-1 score on the Bears home ice. Allan Bastian  scored the lone Smiths Falls goal early in the second period when his team was behind on a 6-0 score. Then watched as the Bears visiting opponents scored another four goals.

     The final period turned gong show with the Lions taking five minors and one misconduct penalty while the home team was called on five minors and two game misconducts.

     Colin VanHoof and Kolby Latulippe each scored a pair of goals for the Lions with singles going to Dryden Buter, Colin Verbruggen, Nate Paulino, Nathan Verhey, Jaeden Shaver and Sean Nicolaasen.

     The Lions host the Smiths Falls Bears Thursday, Jan. 9th at Morrisburg Arena in an 8:00 p.m. start. This game could open a possible run that would see the Lions challenge for 1st-place. Of the seven games remaining in the South Dundas schedule all are against teams that stand lower in the regular season points count.

     Four of the remaining seven games will close the season at Morrisburg starting on Saturday, Jan. 25th against 7th-place Leeds; Thursday, Feb. 6th against 4th-place South Grenville B-1; Friday, Feb. 7th against 10th-place Brockville Braves B-2; Wednesday, Feb. 12th against 9th-place North Dundas. All of these games are at Morrisburg Arena and all but the Jan. 25th game are scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. On Jan. 25th against the Leeds Chargers the game start is set for 4:30 p.m.

     The Midget B House Lions final regular season game will be at South Grenville.

Latulippe notches 7-point nite, leads Lions in battle for 2nd-place . . .

Two nights, two games, two wins . . .

In this file photo Latulippe scores against the Brockville Braves in a previous game at Morrisburg Arena . . .
In this file photo Latulippe scores against the Brockville Braves in a previous game at Morrisburg Arena . . .

Latulippe: 7 goals, 3 assists . . .

Thursday, Jan. 2nd - South Dundas Lions forward Kolby Latulippe scored an unbelievable seven points in Midget B House action in his first game of the new year at Brockville, including a natural hat trick to open the South Dundas scoring in the middle period.

     In fact, Latulippe’s second period output would have won the game for the visiting Lions on its own. Through the course of the January 2nd 7-3 victory Latulippe nailed an additional goal and a trio of assists.

     The 8th-place Braves hosted the 3rd-place Lions  in this challenge at Brockville, taking an early 2nd-period 2-0 lead. The Lions roared back up the ice with seven consecutive goals, apparently knocking the Braves near unconcious. Brockville, when they eventually came around, scored their third goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

     Jaeden Shaver with a goal and an assist, Colin van Hoof with a pair of assists and Sean Nicolaasen with the last two South Dundas goals of the game each added a pair of points in this contest. The Lions sat out five minor infractions while the Braves were called on four occasions.


Lions outlast & outperform Rangers at Cardinal . . .

Friday, Jan. 3rd - Traveling to Cardinal the night after pounding the Brockville Braves on a 7-3 score the Midget B House Lions outlasted the 6th-place South Grenville Rangers on a 9-6 scoring challenge. This time around Jaeden Shaver recorded his name on the game sheet five times with a pair of goals and three assists over the course of the game. Dryden Buter and Ray Foote were in close pursuit each scoring a four point night. 

     The Lions are sitting at a single point out of 2nd-place behind the Kemptville 1 Royals following their most recent victory, on a 19-11-6 W-L-T record. On this evening the team jumped into a 2-1 period lead, sat back while the Rangers evened the score at four after two periods and then cut loose for a five goal, final period to take the 9-6 win.

     Colin Van Hoof and Sean Nicolaasen each scored singles in the final period and Ray Foote scored all of his four points in the same frame. Each team sat out four minors in the game.

     The Lions play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday, Jan. 9th in an 8:00 p.m. start against the 6th-place Smiths Falls Bears. Smiths Falls and the two South Grenville entries are deadlocked for 4th-place behind the Lions’ 3rd-place position, and each are quite capable of putting on a fantastic show of Midget hockey. This one, as the regular season winds down and the jockeying for play-off position heightens, will no doubt be a good one.

Demons haunt Lions late in third . . .

South Dundas' Jaedan Shaver slams a Jaedan Shaver assisted one-timer past Demons netminder Ewan Wilson at Morrisburg Arena . . . The Demons came back to win the game . . .


Thursday, Dec. 19th - South Dundas’ Midget B House Lions dropped a big game Thursday evening as they head into the Christmas break. The 3rd-place Lions, hosting the North Dundas Demons without the support of defenceman Grace Janes and back-up goaltender Michaela Mustard, gave up a 2-1 lead in the final period and a 3-3 tie on a late goal by the 9th-place Demons.

       Sean Nicolaasen opened the game scoring when he stole the puck and rifled a waist high shot from well out past net minder Ewan Wilson. Late in the period Jack MacGregor evened the score when he beat the Lions’ goaltender, Brendan Shaver, stuffing the puck into the bottom corner on a wrap-around. Preston Shelaga and Mitchell Walker drew the assists.

       Second period action saw the Lions take the lead for the second time in the game when Devon Swindells combined with Jaedan Shaver for the counter. Swindells mark was the only goal scored in the period.

       The Demons went to the lead early in the final period with a pair of goals in the opening two minutes. MacGregor picked up his second and Jacob Walker put his team in front on a 3-2 score.

      Four minutes later Jaedan Shaver tied the game at three each when he beat Wilson on an unassisted counter for the Lions. That score didn’t last long as Michael Freeman matched Shaver’s performance scoring an unassisted marker of his own with little more than five minutes remaining in the game.

     The Lions were turned away on several late opportunities and the Demons scored the victory.

     The Midget B House Lions travel to Brockville on Jan. 2nd; Kemptville on Jan. 6th; Smiths Falls on Jan. 7th; and return to Morrisburg Arena for a game against the Smiths Falls Bears on Thursday, Jan. 9th at 8:00 p.m.

Lions sit Chargers on a shutout win . . .

It's as though South Dundas goaltender Brendan Shaver is challenging Leeds Chargers shooter Eric Judson to 'bring it on!'  The Chargers forward spent a good portion of the Thursday night game trying to beat Shaver for a goal - and he and his team lost that bid. . .


Thursday, Dec. 12th - Brendan Shaver, on this night, was all about winning in a hockey game between the South Dundas Midget B House Lions and the Leeds Chargers of the same division. Shaver, who did get help from his defensive corp, was also all about recording a shut-out. 

     Playing with a consistent attention on the shooter, Shaver came up with a number of spectacular saves over the course of the game, challenged all of the shooters on breaks, and was involved in the action around his crease throughout the game. And he did score that shut-out.

     The home team Lions whipped the Chargers on this night, the second time this season they have dumped Westport. The previous was at Westport in late October when South Dundas scored a 5-3 victory. On tonight's occasion, on home ice, the Lions scored a 5-0 win and a needed 2-points.

     Currently the Midget B Lions are in 3rd-place in regular season play in the Upper Canada League. They are two points back of Kemptville B2, having played the same number of games. And they are six points back of Kemptville B1 who have played two additional regular season games. On the Lions' heels ride the South Grenville Rangers B1 squad, a single point behind with a game in hand. These divisional standings are tight.

        On Thursday evening at Morrisburg Jaedan Shaver's first good opportunity saw him wire a shot that rebounded past Chargers goaltender Connor Brisson to open the game scoring late in the 1st-period. Shaver’s support on the play came via Devon Swindells and Ryan Thompson.

     Midway through the middle period the Chargers raced around into the Lions zone and set up a great screened shot opportunity. Shaver, choosing what turned out to be the safest move, threw out his left pad to make a spectacular save.

     Twenty minutes, including a period change, following the opening goal, the Lions struck again. Twice in two minutes actually. Colin Vebruggen carried a Dryden Buter set-up wide and top-shelfed the puck over Brisson’s left shoulder for the counter. Verbruggen has scored on that same shot a number of times this season and he has it down clean.

     Two minutes later Jaedan Shaver carried the puck over the blueline, and drawing the the Leeds checkers off position, dropped a pass to Jack McCann. The speedy defenceman McCann rifled a shot through the crowd and behind Brisson for the 3-0 lead.

     Early in the final period Verbruggen struck again for the Lions, carrying the puck the length of the ice and out-manouevering Brisson for the fourth South Dundas goal. 

     As happens more than not in this age group, the final period and the lost chance for a win often is witness to rough tactics taking over a good game. On this occasion Referee Carrie Gilmour and her staff were quick (and busy) to control the game. As the third period wound down the Lions Devon Swindells combined with Ryan Thompson and Jaedan Shaver for the final goal of the game, giving the Lions the 5-0 victory.

     Next Thursday, Dec. 19th, the Lions host the North Dundas Demons for a match at Morrisburg Arena. The puck drops at 8:00 p.m. for a game between two very competitive opponents on this evening.

Win and loss for Midget B Lions . . .

Friday,Dec. 6th - Taking the 6th place team lightly was  proven a mistake for the South Dundas Midget B House Lions last Friday evening at Spencerville. The South Grenville Rangers took the roar out of their opponents in the second period of this game, outscoring the Lions 7-2 over the 18 minute period. The game score closed at 10-5.

     Jeret Moore and Gavin Prosser put the Rangers up on a 2-0 count until the final minute of the 1st-period. Kolby Latulippe and Rai Foot potted singles in that last 60 seconds to tie the score.

     During a wide open second period the Lions were out-skated and out-smarted, seven times to two if you will. But it was the Lions who took the lead early in the period when Jaeden Shaver fired the first goal. South Grenville came back with a pair in the next two minutes from Moore and Donovan McNeilly before the Lions Foot tied the game again.

Then this happened. The Ranger's Kyle Hoogwerf scored a natural hat-trick in just under five minutes, Donovan McNeily added his second of the night and Colby Miller fired a single to boost the home team Rangers into a 9-4 lead.

     In the final period each team added a goal, Miller for the Rangers and Colon VanHoof for the Lions, closing the game in a 10-5 win for South Grenville.


Lions bounce Demons on a 7-3 score . . .

     Two nights following the drubbing in Spencerville the Lions took out their frustrations on the North Dundas Demons, scoring a 7-3 victory in the game at Joel Steele Arena in WInchester. The Lions exchanged goals in the opening period with the Demons, doubled them 2-0 in the middle frame and outscored them 3-1 in the closing 18 minutes for the win.

     Colin Verbruggen opened the game scoring and would go on to record a hat trick in this game. The Demons added a pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead on Verbruggen’s initial counter, both coming from Brady Berube’s stick. Jaeden Shaver and Verbruggen added goals in the middle frame giving the Lions a 4-2 lead and the South Dundas team never looked back.

     Shaver, Verbruggen and Devon Swindells all added singles in the final period while Shelaga Preston banged in the lone counter for the North Dundas side, rounding out the score to 7-3 on the night.


     On Thursday, Dec. 12th the Lions host the Leeds Chargers at Morrisburg Arena in an 8:00 p.m. start, which should be an exciting game to say the least. These two teams have played with excitement in the past.

Lions-Royals deadlock at two . . .

Tuesday, Dec. 3rd - South Dundas’ Midget B Lions travelled to Brockville on Tuesday evening for a get together with the Brockville B1 Braves, current holders of 8th place in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League regular season. The Braves scored 10 minor infractions over the evening and otherwise showed little presence on the game sheet against the 4th-place Lions.

Michaela Mustard scored the shut-out win in this contest, including a shut-out opening period when neither team managed to put the puck in the net.

     Early in the middle period Kolby Latulippe broke the ice when he beat Kara Boassaly in the Braves goal for the game’s first score. Later in the period Colin Verbruggen gave the Lions a 2-0 lead prior to the period buzzer. Both second period goals were on unassisted efforts.

       Third period action saw the visiting South Dundas entry add two more goals in a 27 second span, both by Sean Nicolaasen, and again, both unassisted. The Lions skated out the remainder of the period.


South Dundas 5 - Kemptville B2 Royals 5 . . .

Thursday, Dec. 5th - The visiting 2nd-place Kemptville B2 Royals and the 4th-place South Dundas Midget B House Lions battled thru three periods of up and down hockey on Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena. The two teams put on an exceptional game, going goal for goal, hit for hit (it’s no-contact) and shot for shot. 

     So close was this game and these two team performances that period scores tell the entire story. Each team scored a single in the opening period, each team added a pair of goals in the middle period, and each team closed the game with a pair of goals in the final period. Ans each team sat out three minor infractions.

     The visiting Royals opened the scoring when Evan Davidson beat Lion’s netminder Brendan Shaver early in the first period on a Ryan Simser play. Three minutes later Colin Verbruggen tied the game when he relayed a Grace Janes pass to the back of the Royals net.

       South Dundas went up 2-1 in the second frame on a Jaeden Shaver goal from Ryan Thompson and Devon Swindells, only to see the Royals Ty Wilson get that one back three minutes later. That goal sparked Colin Van Hoof, who fired the Lions into the lead again when he beat goaltender Cole Walt to give the home team a 3-2 lead midway through the second. Prior to the period closing the Royals tied the game on an unassisted counter from Mark Gilpin, his first of two on the night.

        Final period action offered no decision, gave each team a single point, and closed in a tie at 5-5. Dryden Buter put the Lions in front once again early in the period on a Nate Paulino set-up. A single minute of playing time passed before Gilpin once again tied the game scoring the Royals 4th goal. 

     Kolby Latulippe answered Gilpin’s effort by putting the Lions up a goal just 49 seconds after Gilpin’s second counter and Kieran Riddell drew the Royals into a tie for the final score of the game when he beat Shaver with little more than seven minutes remaining in the final period.

       The Midget Lions play in Morrisburg Arena on Thursday, Dec. 12th at 8:00 p.m. when the Leeds Chargers come to town. Every game with the Chargers is exciting, fast and hard hitting hockey.