Bryce Kirkwood uses his size to ward off opposing players weaselling their way into netminder Rowan McCooeye's crease on Monday evening . . .
Monday, Nov. 4th - In a battle of sizes, determination at times outmatches skill sets. And the Kemptville Peewee B1 Royals were determined to upset the South Dundas Peewee B House Lions on Monday evening at Morrisburg. Although the two teams each have impressive skill sets, the Royals have the greater number of physically larger, more aggressive players. And the Lions might have the edge in determined players. That, like the game's outcome, was a toss-up.
The game came down to a single goal, and a good bit of luck. For instance, the Royals Jesse Rabuka was very lucky when Lion's defenceman Bryce Kirkwood beat his extended glove hand with a slap shot from the point in the third period, only to have the puck smack hard into the goal post and drop to the ice. Rabuka quickly covered the rebound. Or in the middle period when South Dundas' Kade Vanbeilen turned the Royals left defence inside out, wired a hard shot that Rabuka never saw until it hit his mask just above his eyes, rebounded off the goal post and onto the ice.
The Lions were determined to take this game and move into 1st-place in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League standings, a spot at the time held by the Royals. But the victory didn't happen.
The Royals opened the scoring on a sloppy goal that beat netminder Rowan McCooeye shortly after the game opening face-off. Dane Thompson combined with Tyler Davies for that one. Six minutes later Kirkwood unleashed a rocket from the point that cleanly beat Rabuka to tie the game.
In the middle period Wyatt McLean whistled a wrist shot behind McCooeye to give the Royals the lead a second time, one they would not relinquish again. Evan Mackenzie drew the assist on the goal.
In the final 18 minutes the Lions stepped up their game, at times controlling the play deep in the Kemptville zone for lengthy stays. Less than a handful of minutes remained in the game when Jesse Landon slipped the puck into the Lions net for a two-goal margin. Two minutes later Skylar Keeler gave the Lions an opportunity when he cut the visitors lead with a short shot from in front of the net. Katie Casselman had flipped the puck from the corner after fending off Royals checkers, landing it dead in front of Keeler, who was dead in front of Rabuka.
In the dying minutes the Lions pulled McCooeye in favor of the sixth attacker but never gained a decent opportunity to score the tying goal. Kemptville B1 walked away with the victory, moved ahead of both the Lions and the B2 Royals into 1st-place in the Uppeer Canada Minor Hockey League, and left South Dundas holding on to 3rd-place. The Kemptville B2 Royals now hold 2nd-place.
The Lions next home game is not until Monday, Nov. 25th at 8:00 p.m. when the last place Smiths Falls Bears come to Morrisburg Arena.
Lions defenceman Noah Biemond move in to support his netminder Owen Conlin against the Demons . . .
Saturday, Nov. 2nd - South Dundas’ Peewee B House Lions not only lost their bid to move ahead of the Kemptville 1 Royals in Upper Canada Minor Hockey League standings this weekend, but the front running Royals now have a game in hand to increase their chances of heading the list. And the loss to the North Dundas Demons on Saturday leaves the Lions with the Kemptville 2 Royals nipping at their heels.
Kemptville 1 has accumulated 12 points on six wins and a loss. The Lions have 12 points on six wins and two losses. And Kemptville 2 has 11 points on five wins and three losses. So regardless, there is going to be some heated action coming up in this division.
The home team North Dundas Demons opened the game scoring on Saturday when Michael Theos fired an unassisted marker past Lion's netminder Owen Conlin for the 1-0 lead. The middle period witnessed both teams trading opportunities and Dylan Carkner scoring the only goal of the frame when he relayed a Henry Link set-up into a counter.
In the final period the Lions came out hot. Henry Martens scored to cut the Demons lead to a single in the first minute of play when he snapped a Skylar Keeler manned puck past the Demons Kaiden West. Gavin Copeland gave North Dundas their two goal cushion back when he finished a Cole Jones/Kingsley Raistrick set-up for the eventual winning goal.
Fifty seconds after the Copeland goal the Lions Kade Vanbeilen scored an unassisted marker bringing his team within one of the lead but South Dundas couldn’t manage to add to their output.
Two of the goals scored by the Demons were power-play counters while both Lions markers were even-strength goals. The Lions play tonight (MONDAY - NOV. 4th) at Morrisburg Arena at 8:00 p.m. against those very Kemptville 1 Royals in a game that could change the standings somewhat.
Want to see some great Peewee action. Come out for this one. You’ll sleep well after . . .
Thursday, Oct. 24th - Had we not followed the Lions Novice B team last season we may not have noticed what appears to be coming together in the Peewee B House division in 2019.
The South Dundas and Kemptville Novice teams were in a dead heat early in the 2018 season and went all the way to the end of the schedulen before the race to be first in regular season standings was settled. As the league graph below shows, the race is on again, this time around in the Peewee B divison that involves a number of Novice graduated, first year players.
To date each team has played seven games, won six and tied one, the Royals with a 35 - 14 goals for/goals against record. The Lions have a 36 - 19 record. The division could provide year long entertainment.
On Thursday evening at Smiths Falls the Peewee B House Lions handed the Bears a lesson on the scoreboard in a 7-3 win over the home team. Skylar Keeler fired an unassisted hat-trick in the 1st-period for South Dundas and his team-mates never looked back. Kade VanBeilen added an unassisted single for the Lions who took a 4-1 lead into the middle frame. Carter Slack added the only response from the Bears side.
Second period action saw the Lions double-down on the Bears with Nick Carruthers and Henry Martens adding singles while Connor Desjardins responded for Smiths Falls. Bryce Kirkwoood scored the only assist in this 10-goal game when he led Martens with a breakout pass.
In the final period Colton Webster scored the Bears 3rd-goal and Jordan Lowe fired the final counter of the game for the 7-3 South Dundas victory.
The Bears were called on five minors and one misconduct and the Lions sat out a single minor.
South Dundas returns to Morrisburg Arena on Monday, Nov. 4th for an 8:00 p.m. game of heated action against those same, aforementioned Kemptville Royals, an 8:00 p.m. start. If you’re looking for a great game to watch, this will be it.
Getting to the Lions zone is one thing but getting past Katie Casselman and then facing netminder Owen Conlin is a completely different story. Conlin was superb between the pipes for the Lions on Monday evening and the South Dundas defence had their hands full with the North Dundas Demons throughout the game . . .
Monday, Oct. 21st - South Dundas' Peewee B House squad, and the rest of the clubs in this 8-team Upper Canada Minor Hockey League division are promising great hockey this season. After only five regular season games every team in the division has at least one win. The Kemptville 1 Royals and the South Dundas Lions are out in front early, with South Grenville, North Dundas and Brockville 1 in hot pursuit.
On Monday evening at Morrisburg Arena the local Lions hosted a game against the North Dundas entry, three full periods of up and down action that went right to the wire with the Demons attempting to tie the score in the dying seconds, only to be turned away on a spectacular save by Owen Conlin in the South Dundas net.
The Demons, carrying the play early, had taken the lead late in the opening period when Dylan Carkner beat Conlin on a pass from Carter Latimer. Making matters worse for the Lions the Demons then turned it up a notch and went up by a pair of goals midway through the middle frame when Luke LaRussa fired a low shot past Conlin's outstretched glove to the bottom corner.
North Dundas' second goal appeared to wake up their opposition and momentum suddenly switched ends. The Lions kept the Demons hemmed in their own zone, although a tough and determined defence kept shots at a minimum against their netminder, Kaiden West. Unfortunately for West, the Lion's captain, Kade VanBeilen was left alone at the corner of the goal. VanBeilen snared a loose puck, snapping a wrist shot that West initially stopped. The netminder couldn't hold off the Lion's shooter as VanBeilen secured the rebound and flipped the puck over West's stick and into the corner.
The home team Lions continued their attack in the final period, and VanBeilen scored to tie the game when he picked off a Demons clearing pass, spun and unloaded a low hard shot that baffled the visitors defence and slipped into the far corner of the net. The game was tied.
The competition heated up with both teams attempting to gain the lead. The Lions had the Demons deep in their defensive zone, working in for a close scoring attempt. Bryce Kirkwood, playing the left point, took a cross-ice pass from Connell Bittles and fired a perfectly screened and perfectly placed shot that sailed clearly past several players around the goal mouth and into the open corner. Goaltender West, hidden from the play by a small crowd in front of his crease, never saw the shot coming.
In the final six minutes the Lions were aggressively challenged by their visitors, and the Demons tested Owen Conlin time and again with great scoring chances. Conlin was up to the task each and every time, bringing the fans to their feet with an unbelievable stop in the final seconds. South Dundas took the victory on a 3-2 score. The fans took home a game to remember.
The Peewee B House Lions play their next home game on Monday, Nov. 4th at 8:00 p.m. when the front-running Kemptville 1 Royals come to Morrisburg Arena. If you are looking for a great game of hockey to watch, come out for this one. It will no doubt be a prelude of what's to come this season on the Peewee B House division.