The race for the puck went end-to-end in this game as the South Dundas U-11 B Lions
recorded their first regular season victory of the 2023 season . . .
Sunday, Jan. 22nd - South Dundas' U-11 B Lions finally scored a win, their first in 18 games, over the 8th-place Kemptville Royals 1 on Sunday afternoon at Morrisbrurg Arena. Backed by an outstanding performance on the part of Becca Beckstead playing between the pipes for the 9th-place Lions, the South Dundas entry was relentless in their pursuit of a victory.
The visiting Royals too were intent on taking a win home, and through the middle period held a wide edge in play. But Beckstead, standing in front of her goal-line like the proverbial brick wall, turned away the Kemptville offence on numerous good scoring opportunities. For the home team, Clara Robinson, driving into the Royals zone at every chance, set up both of the Lions goals in this game. The first scored by Mackinnon Bland in the middle period and the winner, on a fierce, extended effort, battling in front of the Royals net won by Luca Mills.
Late in the middle frame the Royals did manage to put one behind Beckstead, that too in a battle in front of the Lions net when Seth Veillieux and Nolan Lordon worked the puck onto Hunter Lucas' stick and the Kemptville sniper made no mistake on his shot.
Luca Mills' winning counter came midway through the final period, following which the Royals intensified their attack and the Lions tightened up their defence. Kemptville pulled net minder Blyth Martin in the dying seconds of the game but Beckstead and her supportive defence came through to extend their season in the upcoming playoff rounds.
The Lions final home game of the regular season will be played at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Feb. 4th when the regular season league leading Smiths Falls Bears come to town. The Bears, as of this post, had recorded 14-wins, 0-losses and 2-ties after 16-games and a .938 winning percentage. Smiths Falls also scored 84 goals while holding their opponents to just 13 markers.
Saturday, Jan. 14th - The 9th-place South Dundas Lions and 8th-place Kemptville Royals 1 clashed at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday with the latter returning home 2-points richer in league standings. Kemptville over-powered the Lions scoring a 5-0 victory over the three periods.
Hayden Francis led the Royals attack with a trio of goals for the hat trick while Wyatt Campbell and Seth Villieux added singles.
The Lions next host the Kemptville. Royals 2 at Morrisburg in a 1:00 p.m. start on Saturday, Jan. 21st followed by a second meeting the next day with the Kemptville Royals 1, again in a 1:00 p.m. start.
Greyson Durant drives a Braves shooter off to the side of the net and goaltender
Becca Beckstead thwarts a scoring attempt from an extremely sharp angle . . .
Sunday, Dec. 18th - The 9th-place, 0-13-1 (W-L-T) U-11 B Lions played a great game against the 7th-place, 4-4-0 Brockville Braves on Dec. 18th at Morrisburg Arena. Unfortunately their luck ran a touch short in the middle period when the Braves notched a pair of counters, the first of which was the game winning goal on this night.
Bolton Wylie gave Brockville the lead when he batted a rebound past South Dundas goaltender Becca Beckstead midway through the opening frame. Beckstead had stopped the initial attack and then stopped a rebound opportunity before the puck dropped to the ice and Wylie batted it over the goal line.
The Lions came back with a goal when Mackinnon Bland intercepted a lead pass, beat the Braves defence and whistled a shot to the short side on netminder Conor Merkley.
Both teams had a number of good chances through the middle period and the Braves capitalized on two of them, taking a commanding 3-1 lead. Royce Golledge and Wylie with the insurance marker each finished a Liam Boucock play.
Through the final period the two teams skated up and down the ice in a constant effort to change the scoreboard but Beckstead and Merkley stole the show with some excellent goaltending. The game closed in a 3-1 Brockville victory.
The Lions will return to the ice following the Christmas break when they travel to Smiths Falls to meet the Bears on Jan. 10th. South Dundas will then host the 8th-place Kemptville Royals 1 on Tuesday, Jan. 14th in a 1:00 p.m. start. Should be a great one as the Royals are seeking their 2nd-win of the season and the Lions are determined to get their first win in this game.
Everyone is urged to reserve a seat early as this game should be a standout hour of entertainment.
Becca Beckstead had her work cut out for her defending the Lions' net in
a game against the league leading South Grenville Rangers 1 on the weekend . . .
Saturday, Nov. 5th - The Upper Canada Minor Hockey League’s U11-B division standings show a dog fight at the top two positions between the South Grenville Rangers 1 and the North Dundas Demons. Both teams have played seven games. The Rangers are in top spot with a 5-1-1 (W-L-T) record while the Demons are a single point back with a 5-2-0 standing.
The next three positions are held the Smith Falls Bears, the Kemptville Royals 2 and the Brockville Braves 1 entries. And the last five positions include the Brockville Braves 2 and the South Grenville Rangers 2 (each with a single win), the Kemptville Royals 1, the South Dundas Lions and the Leeds Chargers (all still seeking their first victory).
The down side of being one of the final five holders of any of those records might be any time you have to face one of the top five stat holders. And the up side would certainly be getting to play the best competition available as an opportunity to improve.
The game on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena in this division saw the mighty South Grenville Rangers 1st-place team pitted against the 0-5-1, 9th-place South Dundas Lions. Being a fan within ear shot of the home team’s bench at this game would leave one to believe the Lions enthusiasm marked such an intention to improve. Being able to view the game at the same time provided a clear explanation that the Lions netminder, was actually the one creating all the bench chatter.
Becca Beckstead is in her initial year in the goaltender’s gear. She’s a stand-up who isn’t afraid to sprawl, challenge, or hold her position. And her top talent is in concentrating on the stops she does make and the positive side of the game. Her no quit attitude seems to be great fodder for her team-mates. They love it.
Gabriel Lee, Parker Sloan, Keegan Bradford, Ryder Riddell and Jayden Bazinet who fired a pair of counters were the Rangers scorers.
Beckstead made a considerable number of great saves against a team that averages 4.5 or more goals a game. The Rangers aren’t in 1st-place for no reason. They dress a number of great shooters. But Beckstead and her team-mates stood their ground through the 6-0 loss. No one gave anything away. And the game was a great visual for all of the fans in attendance.
The U11-B Lions play their next home game on Saturday, Nov. 19th at 1:00 p.m. when the 7th-place South Grenville Rangers 2 come to the Den to meet the 9th-place Lions. Promises to be an exciting match.
Tuesday, Oct. 25th - (Chesterville) South Dundas’ U-11 B House Lions ran into the explosive North Dundas Demons on Tuesday evening where they finished on the short side of a 7-1 score after three periods of hockey.
The Demons jumped into a 2-0 lead after the opening period, fell behind 4-0 after two and were outscored 3-1 in the closing 15 minutes. Ryder Spychi and Jake Guy scored the opening period counters followed by Brody Feeny and Guy with his second of the game in the middle period. Max Belanger extended the Demons lead in the third frame before Luca Mills finally got the lions on the board.
Teaghan Murphy closed the game scoring with a pair of goals in the final three minutes.
North Dundas now holds the top position in the 10 team, league standings on four wins, 0 losses, 34 goals for and just 6 goals against. The Lions are in 7th place on three outings with a pair of losses and a single tie. They have scored 3 goals and allowed 17 against.
On Saturday, Nov. 5th the Lions host the South Grenville Rangers-1 at Morrisburg Arena in a 1:00 p.m. start. The Rangers are currently holding 2nd place in league standings. The following day the 6th place Kemptville Royals-1 come to Morrisburg for a game slated for a 2:30 p.m. start.
Welcome to the goaltender's crease: Rebecca Beckstead, playing in her first game in goal
for the U11-B House Lions took this shot in the chops 'for her team' in Saturday's season opener . . .
Saturday, Oct. 22nd - It was a rough start for the U11-B House Lions in their attempt to start the regular season with a victory. The locals hosted the North Dundas Demon entry in their first regular season action and the visitors showed up with a more than impressive set of skills.
In the opening period the play went back and forth with the Lions holding the great share of puck possession. But it was the Demons slow wake up that soon took over, netting three goals in the opening period, adding five more counters in the middle frame and adding a single for the 9-1 win.
Clara Robinson was the lone scorer for the Lions, stealing a loose puck in the North Dundas zone and slipping it between the legs of netminder William Lutz for South Dundas’ single goal.
Declan Haas, Case Guy, and Jake Guy notched singles for the Demons while Cole Hutchison netted a pair and Teaghan Murphy fired four counters.
Rebecca Beckstead suited up for her first game playing between the Lions pipes. Displaying a strong talent for the position Beckstead made numerous saves through the bombardment of shots from the Demons scoring contingent.