Lions taken to edge against the Demons . . .

Hudson Shaver adds his hat trick . . .

Sunday, Jan. 29th - Secure in 1st-place with a 5-point lead in the regular season standings the South Dundas U-13 B Lions still have their homework to complete. In their remaining 4-game schedule countdown the Lions travel to Chesterville to meet the 3rd-place North Dundas Demons on Monday evening, Jan. 30th. Returning to Morrisburg for a Sunday, Feb. 5th 5:00 p.m. start the front-runners host the 4th-place Kemptville Royals 2. The Lions then travel to Kemptville on Valentine’s Day to meet the 2nd-place Kemptville Royals 1 entry followed by a rematch with the Kemptville Royals 2 squad the next evening at Morrisburg, 7:30 p.m., to close out their regular season.

        To date, these Lions have allowed a single game to escape their winning season, that on Saturday, Jan. 7th when the Royals 1 squad upset the league leaders in a 7-5 effort a Morrisburg.

        On Sunday evening a spectacular performance from Hudson Shaver (at the perfectly required time) played witness to a come from behind effort to stave off their second loss of the regular season and secure a 4-4 tie against a determined North Dundas Demons squad.

        Not only did Shaver score the tying goal late in the final frame, he scored a hat trick performance over the three periods to lead his team mates in this outing. All of the Lions’ goals in this one were on solo efforts.

        Shaver opened the game scoring less than a minute in for a 1-0 Lions lead. The Demons then pounded their way into a 3-1 lead when Jack Deighton beat South Dundas net minder Tyler Stirling on an unassisted play and Justin Miller added a pair from Holden Porteous and Ashton Berends for the 3-1 visitors lead. Shaver swooped into the North Dundas zone in the closing minutes of the frame to add his second unassisted counter of the night.

       In a tight middle period both teams faced strong defensive play that was finally cracked when Garrett Templeton tied the game at three each snapping the puck into the Demons net.

        Midway through the closing period the visitors would go up 4-3 on the Lions when Holden Porteous beat Stirling from close in for his second and the go-ahead goal. Minutes later Hudson Shaver would complete his stellar night with his 3rd-unassisted counter and a tie for his team on this outing.

        The Lions are 14,1,5 (W-L-T) to date on the regular season with a commanding lead in both ‘goals for’ and ‘goals against’, suggesting this team has a promising road to travel into the playoffs.


Brundige leads front-runners with a hat trick . . .

Lions going for a 1st-place finish . . .

Sunday, Jan. 22nd - South Dundas’ U-13 B Lions continue wide-open down the 2nd-half regular season stretch as they grind toward February and their final five games of the season. Should this team continue at their current pace, these Lions all but have 1st-place locked up. Their 5-point lead in the standings (32 points), their lead in ‘goals for’ (112 goals) and ‘goals against’ (40) says it all.

        But they do have one challenger in the Kemptville Royals 1 squad currently holding down 2nd-place. The Royals are 5-points back on 12-wins, 3-losses and 3-ties for 27 points after 18 games. Unfortunately for the Royals 1 team, they met the Lions for the last time on Sunday evening at Morrisburg Arena and were sent packing back up Hwy. 16 after a 5-2 licking.

        Prior to the game several of the Lions boasted they would dump their closest rivals “Because we’re ready for them!” Noting the Royals record the South Dundas players chirped they would win and “. . . that’s all there is to it. We can beat them and we’re going to beat them.”

        Had we plopped several greenbacks on that boast we’d have collected a mitt full on the return.

        The only other team that is capable of challenging the U-13 B Lions could be North Dundas although they do trail the leaders by 13-points. If the two do meet for a playoff round it will be exciting hockey, even though the Demons net minding is weak by comparison says their 76-goals against over 18 games.

        South Dundas opened fast and furious on Sunday night at Morrisburg when Keegan Sadler blasted the puck into the visitors net on an unassisted play just three minutes in for a 1-0 lead. Will Cummings and Talon Brundige would add two more counters, Garrett Templeton recorded a pair of assists and Linden Lemire notched a single helper in building the 3-0 1st-period lead.

        The Royals managed a goal in the dying seconds of the frame when Callen Purcell fought his way into the Lions’ zone and scored an unassisted marker.

        Brundige topped off a hat trick in the middle period when he relayed a Will Cummings psss into the twine behind Royals netminder Jack Fraser and then fired his third of the evening on an unassisted play to put the Lions up 5-1 after two periods.

        South Dundas allowed Kemptville a power-play goal late in the game when Remi Gauthier fed a Tyler Cureston pass between the Lions’ pipes, closing the game scoring at 5-2.

        These South Dundas Lions play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, Jan. 29th in a 5:00 p.m. start against the North Dundas Demons in what should be a prelude to the upcoming playoffs. And it too will, for sure, be an exciting match. Hockey fans are urged to come out and follow these South Dundas Lions all the way to the championship round.


Bears suffer 6-0 defeat by Lions . . .

Saturday, Jan. 14th - South Dundas’ U-13 B House entry have continued their winning ways in the New Year. The front running regular season team to date, these Lions have only one loss in their regular schedule.  Over 18 games they are 13-wins, 1-loss and 4-ties. They lead the GF category with 107 counters, slightly under six per game, while allowing a very stingy 38 GA on the work of a great defence and the more than solid performances of Liam Barkley and Tyler Stirling between the pipes.

       On Saturday the Lions hosted the 5th-place Smiths Falls Bears at Morrisburg Arena in a 6-0 drubbing, led by Aaron Campanaro's goal and three assists. South Dundas established a 3-0 lead in the opening period, added a pair in the middle frame and another single in the closing 15 minutes. 

        Max Bazinet notched a pair of goals, one in each of the 1st and 2nd-periods with singles going to Brody Ortwein, Hudson Shaver and Will Cummings. Jeremy Barkley and Charlie Sears added a paid of helpers with single assists going to Shaver, Ortwein and Keegan Sadler.

        South Dundas is at Kemptville on Monday, Jan. 16th and don’t return to Morrisburg Arena until Saturday, Jan. 28th at 4:30 p.m. when the 4th-place Kemptville Royals II come to town. 


Can Lions hold off the charging Royals? . . .

Saturday, Jan. 7th - The question developing around the U-13 B division in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League regular season is “Can South Dundas continue their exciting winning ways thru the end of the schedule?”

        These Lions have suffered a single loss to date in the 2022-23 regular season schedule. After 15 contests South Dundas has accumulated 10-victories, 1-loss and 4-ties. The Lions lead the ‘goals for’ category having scored 93 counters over the 15 challenges. They are also in front of the pack in the ‘goals against’ stats on the work of Liam Barkley and Tyler Stirling, having allowed a paltry 36 markers to date.

        The persistent Kemptville Royals 1 are 5-points back of South Dundas, hold a pair of games in hand as of this week, are 8-2-3, win-lose-tie, and have notched 73 markers while allowing 37 goals against.

        These same Royals outscored the favoured Lions on Saturday at Morrisburg Arena in a 7-5 Lions loss on home ice. Initially the game appeared 'as normal' after the home team South Dundas jumped into a 3-1 1st-period lead. That changed over the next two periods when the Royals charged back with 6 goals, outscoring the Lions in each of the 2nd and 3rd-frames on a 3-1 count.

        Jeremy Barkley notched a pair of South Dundas goals in the opening period on Saturday, the first from Will Cummings and his second on a Garrett Templeton set up. Jacob Szufranowicz combined with Lucas Hambly to half the South Dundas lead before Cummings boosted the Lions into a 3-1 lead from Brody Ortwein prior to the end of the frame.

       Tyler Cureston cut the South Dundas lead to a single counter in the middle period when he beat netminder Liam Barkley on a Jaxson Matthew play. Cummings got that one back, again from Ortwein and Jeremy Barkley. The Royals Szufranowicz combined with Callen Purcell in the final two minutes for a pair of goals just 7-seconds apart to register a tie game after two.

        Through the final period and a Lions goal tender change the South Dundas entry couldn’t manage to stop the charging Royals who, led by Szufranowicz  with his 4th-counter on the night, managed to add another three markers. The Lions answered with a single goal. Matthew and Cullen Ralph recorded singles for the Royals while Hudson Shaver hit the score sheet for the Lions.

        South Dundas’ next home game is slated for Saturday, Jan. 14th when the Smiths Falls Bears come to Morrisburg Arena for a 4:30 p.m. start.


Lions settle for tie with ND Demons . . .

U-13 B Lions netminder, Liam Barkley tracks the shooters presentation, and stopped him cold

on this scoring attempt on Wednesday evening at Morrisburg. Barkley has been a huge part

of the Lions to date, undefeated 1st-half schedule, allowing just 28 goals against

while his teammates have scored 82 counters in 13 outings.. . .

 

Thursday, Dec. 22nd - The undefeated South Dundas U-13 B Lions had all they could handle for moments in a home game on Wednesday evening at Morrisburg Arena. As the Lions close the first half of their regular season tonight in Smiths Falls their undefeated title has rarely been challenged rarely.

        The 3rd-place North Dundas Demons left Morrisburg Arena with a single point on a tie, having been credited with a trio of 3rd-period goals that were actually the result of errors on the home team’s part. Jack Deighton was credited with a single and Holden Porteous with a pair of counters for the Demons.

        The Lions had taken the lead in the opening period when Hudson Shaver beat the North Dundas netminder on a Jeremy Barkley play. Will Cummings followed that one to give the Lons a 2-0 lead when he snapped a Brody Ortwein pass  into the twine behind the visitor’s guard.

        Ortwein scored the Lion’s final goal in the third period during a four minute span that witnessed all three of the Demons counters and Ortwein’s goal.

        The U-13 B Lions return from their Christmas break to host the 2nd-place Kemptville Royals 1 on Saturday, Jan. 7th at Morrisburg Arena in a 4:30 p.m. start.


Undefeated Lions running to the break . . .

We've seen this play in past years. Brody Ortwein beat the defensive unit and the goaltender

like a scrambled egg on Wednesday night at Morrisburg Arena. Brody's U-13 B team

is closing in on an undefeated first half of the regular season,

an impressive feat at any level of the game . . .

Wednesday, Dec. 14th - South Dundas’ U-13 B Lions are aiming to write an undefeated opening half to their Upper Canada Minor Hockey League regular season in the record books for 2022, and the fact is, the intention looks very promising.  To date the locals, who have no illusions about what it takes to achieve goals, are in control of the top position in the seven team division with a comfortable 5-point lead on 8-wins and 3-ties in 11 games. 

        These Lions play the passing, organized play style of a good team in a “B” division. And they do not boast size. But they do boast a fearlessness not particularly common to the division where players in this age group do vary widely in size, strength and attitude. Somewhat surprisingly, the Lions don’t abuse that fearlessness. 

       South Dundas has recorded an impressive 0.846 winning percentage, 72 goals-for and 22 goals-against over the 11 games played to date. Liam Barkley and Tyler Stirling have blossomed this year playing between the pipes for the Lions, with three games ending in shut-outs so far.

        On Wednesday evening at Morrisburg Arena Barkley experienced a slow night, although when the Kemptville Royals 2 entry did make it into the scoring zone Charlie Sears, Keegan Sadler, Linden Lemire and the very talented Jeremy Barkley were quick to the task of defending their net in the 7-0 shut-out.

        Overall the game had as much action around the penalty box as it did around the nets and that mattered only to the Royals. The home team Lions still operated as though playing  at even strength, scoring seven goals. 

        Brody Ortwein led the Lions on four points, a goal and three assists, while Will Cummings notched a single and a pair of assists. Talon Brundige fired a pair of markers with singles going to Jeremy Barkley, Charlie Sears and Aaron Campanaro..    

        Linden Lemire recorded a duo of assists and Max Bazinet, Garrett Templeton and Hudson Shaver each put up single assists in the 7-0 drubbing.

        The Lions travel to Smiths Falls tonight (Thursday, Dec. 15th) to play the Bears and then host the North Dundas Demons at Morrisburg Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 21st in a 7:30 p.m. start to close their first half season schedule. Following the 2-week plus break in action the Lions open their second half run hosting the 2nd-place Kemptville Royals 1 in a game at Morrisburg Arena slated for a 4:30 p.m. puck drop. And that will be the real test of can the Lions repeat their opening half!!! Be there or be square Lion's fans. This U-13 team is really entertaining to watch play the game.


Lions comeback to edge the Bears . . .

Undefeated through the 1st half . . .

Saturday, Dec. 3rd - South Dundas’ 1st-place U13-B Lions had to make a last period comeback at Morrisburg Arena on Saturday after allowing the 4th-place Smiths Falls Bears a 4-2 score over the opening two frames.

        The Lions took the initial game lead on a Hudson Shaver counter just minutes into the 1st-period. Jeremy Barkley and Aaron Campanaro provided the set-up. Grady Shelly stole the lead back for the Bears 4-minutes later when Luke Hodge and Cohen McDonnel drove into the Lions zone to challenge South Dundas’ netminder Liam Barkley.

        Brody Ortwein tied the game for the second time before the opening period expired when he finished a Talon Brundige/Jeremy Barkley play to beat the Bear's backstop Andrew Moffat.

       Cohen McDonnel scored the lone goal in the middle period, aided by the play of Elliott Weldon and Luke Hodge.

        Early in the final frame the Bears took a 4-2 lead when Hudson Thom, supported by Austin Thomas and Carter Kennedy, beat the home team’s defence and slipped the puck past Barclay and over the goal line..

        At the midway mark of the same frame the Lions appeared to gather themselves, snapping three goals past Moffat in a three-and-a-half minute span for the victory.

        Garrett Templeton, Shannon Staye and Jeremy Barkley scored singles with assists going to Hudson Shaver (2), Brody Ortwein, Charlie Sears and Talon Brndige.

        The 1st-place U13-B Lions host the 2nd-place Kemptville Royals 1 on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. at Morrisburg Arena in what is almost guaranteed be an exciting match. The Lions are 7-0-3, (win, loss and tie) while the Royals sit three points back with a 6-2-2 record. Kemptville has amassed ’59-goals for’ while allowing ’27-goals against’. Holding a slight edge in the stats the Lions are at ’65- goals for’ and ’22-goals against’.

        Again, game time is 8:00 p.m.


Lions bounce Royals, capture 1st-place . . .

Thursday, Dec. 1st - Wrestling 1st-place away from the U13 B division leaders requires tough going in front of the net, in the corners, and along the boards. And that’s how the U13 B South Dundas Lions stole the top position from the U13B Kemptville Royals on this night at Morrisburg Arena.

        These Lions are undefeated, held, and still hold, a game in hand over the Royals, now lead Kemptville by a point with that game in hand in hand, lead by two in the goals for department and have allowed 10 less goals scored against their stand-up pair of netminders, Tyler Stirling and Liam Barkley.

        On Thursday evening, with Stirling performing between the pipes, the Royals were no easy task to upset. Both teams pounded the opposing goaltenders with shots and scoring opportunities, and eventually Stirling took the victory spectacularly, with aggressive saves and tough defence in close. The Lions opened the scoring early when Hudson Shaver moved the puck out of the South Dundas zone on a forward pass to Linden Lemire. Lemire drew the defence to the left and hit Charlie Sears with a lead pass that Sears made no mistake about. He beat Jack Fraser in the Royals net cleanly to give the home team a 1-0 lead.

        Seven minutes later the Royals Braeden Jordan broke in on Tyler Stirling who made the initial stop but was defeated on the cover-up, inadvertently allowing the puck to slide over the goal line. Tie game.

Charlie Sears displays a take-no-prisoners kind of defence against the aggressive Kemptville Royals attack in Thursday's game at Morrisburg Arena.  Sears and his Lions took 1st-place from the Royals . . .
Charlie Sears displays a take-no-prisoners kind of defence against the aggressive Kemptville Royals attack in Thursday's game at Morrisburg Arena. Sears and his Lions took 1st-place from the Royals . . .

        Affiliate Charlie Priestman gave South Dundas the lead just more than a minute following, when he organized a goal mouth battle in which he kept battling and eventually winning on a Brodie Ortwein set-up to put the Lions up 2-1.

       Late in the period the Lions top battler throughout this game, Charlie Sears, scored his second goal on Fraser, doubling the South Dundas lead to 3-1. Sears had intercepted a lead pass and beat the Royals defence on the the play.

        In the middle frame Jaxon Matthew brought the Royals to within a single goal of the lead, scoring an unassisted marker on a one-timer from the slot. Prior to the period closing Will Cummings moved to the front of the net, again on an Ortwein play, and put the Lions back in front by a pair.

        The action heated up in the final period with both teams keeping the game on edge, particularly in the battle for puck possession. Neither team allowed the other a scoring chance that resulted in anything near a goal, that is until the Royals pulled Fraser for the extra man in the dying minutes. Jamming the front of the Lions net the South Dundas defence was over-powered and gave up a goal to the Royals Bryson Boyce-Peters with Jakob Szufranowicz assisting, to draw within a single counter of a tie. Unfortunately, there were only three seconds remaining in the game. And the Lions defence grabbed possession and moved out of harm’s way.

        On Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 11:00 a.m. the league leading Lions host the 6th-place South Grenville Rangers to a game at Morrisburg Arena. 


Barkley holds Royals to a single goal . . .

Saturday, Oct. 29th - South Dundas Minor Hockey Association' top performing team, the U13-B House Lions, played a 'take no prisoners' kind of game on Saturday afternoon at Morrisburg Arena. The Lions set a blistering pace and a constant attack on the 5th-place Kemptville Royals-2, firing one answered goals in the opening, adding five more goals in the middle frame and another pair in the closing 20 minutes.

        The game was far from one-sided as the Royals worked straight through to the final buzzer, but unfortunately for the visitors a stand-up performance by netminder Liam Barkley allowed them only one goal, that in the second period by Evan Barkley.

        Defenceman Jeremy (bit of a look-alike to the netminder) Barkley and Hudson Shaver led the scoring parade with a pair of markers and a single helper, Max Bazinet notched a single goal and two assists, and Will Cummings and Aaron Campanaro had a pair of goals. Single assists went to Froats, Linden Lemire, Keegan Sadler, Talon Brundige and Brody Ortwein. 

        The front running, undefeated South Dundas Lions are off to Leeds Community Arena to meet the last place Chargers on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, then visit the Memorial Arena in Smiths Falls on Thursday, Nov. 10th to play the 5th-place Bears and return to Morrisburg on Sunday, Nov. 13th to meet the 3rd-place Kemptville Royals-1 in a 6:30 p.m. game.

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