South Stormont Selects forwards, like most around the league at this time of year, know that
attempting to beat South Dundas Lions' defence man Halle VanBeilen is a daunting task at best.
And for the determined ones, usually a task that leaves bruises . . .
Cyclone Taylor Elliott and Will 'the Rocket' MacPherson obviously shared a breakfast of the Wayne Gretzky brand Energy Wheaties on Friday morning. This high speed duo of 1st-place U-13 Rep Lions’ snipers fired 10 points in a 6-2 romp over the South Stormont Selects on Friday evening at Morrisburg Arena. The U-13 Rep division is tight with just three points separating the top four spots and 13 points separating the top eight positions. And the Lions, when they put in the effort, appear to have the stuff to go for the long ball this season.
Elliott scored a pair of counters in the opening period and singles in each of the following two frames. And Will MacPherson assisted on all of them before scoring a single of his own, that believe it or not, Taylor Elliott assisted on.
Fans attending this game were entertained to a show of effort throughout the full 60-minutes by both teams as the players raced end to end. The Lions however were the masters in front of the South Stormont net with in-tight passing, and rebound speed that took it’s toll on Selects netminder Ben McPhail. The young goaltender put on a brilliant performance but faced a near over-powering number of South Dundas opportunities to put the puck in the net.
At the opposing end of the ice Elijah Geertsma played a solid game after getting caught on a weak first goal by the Selects. Geertsma misjudged the angle of the shot that wet up and over his outstretched glove before settling in to shut down the visitors.
Ethan Fontaine and Matius Charlebois scored the Selects goals, one in each f the 1st and 2nd-periods.
Significant in this game were the efforts from the Lions’ defence, particularly Halle VanBeilen and Brenna McCooeye, who play solid games most every outing. This pair of strong skaters can grab a lot of fan attention when they break out of their own end. And VanBeilen especially creates a powerful image of hockey breakouts with her long strides and heads up attack. All that while Damon Julien and John McCann are going to make anyone put in a pile of effort to score from in close.
The Lions grabbed a 3-1 lead in the opening period, traded counters in the middle frame and added a pair in the final 18-minutes for the 6-2 victory. Logan Veerman was the third Lion to score a goal, that in the final period, and added an assist on Elliott’s third counter in the middle period. Brenna McCooeye fired a great screened shot from the point early in the final period that Veerman tipped into the Selects net.
The U-13 Rep Lions play their next home game at Morrisburg Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 18th at 7:30 p.m. when the Leeds Chargers come to Morrisburg Arena.
South Dundas' Grayson Casselman breaks between a collapsing Leeds defence on Wednesday evening
at Morrisburg Arena and unfortunately was turned away by Charger's net minder Eli Hartin.
Wednesday, Nov. 23rd - The current holders of the U13's division 4th-place in the regular season, the South Dundas' Lions, hosted the 9th-place Leeds Chargers on Wednesday evening at Morrisburg Arena, walking all over their opponents to record an 8-2 score. South Dundas is looking to make headway against the top three teams, over who the locals have several games in hand.
The Lions mastered a 2-0 lead in the opening period than added three counters in each of the second and third frames for the victory. Will MacPherson led the charge in this one, notching a hat-trick and adding a pair of assists while Taylor Elliott fired a single goal and three helpers. Daymon Julien went on the score sheet with two goals and the same number of assists. Simon Martens added the other two South Dundas counters.
Tristan Kendell and Ashton Gavin were the only to Chargers who managed to beat Elijah Geertsma putting on a stand-up performance in the Lions net.
The 4th-place Lions play the Long Sault Arena against the 8th-place South Stormont Selects on Thursday, Nov. 24th; travel to Maxville to meet the 10th-place Alexandria Glens on Saturday, Nov. 26th; and open the Christmas month at home, on Thursday, Dec. 1st, in a 7:30 p.m. start against the 3rd-place Kemptville Royals.
Sunday, Nov. 13th - South Dundas’ U13 Rep Lions slipped from diving in to support the OPP/Community Food Share’s Stuff-A-Cruiser event on Saturday to continuing their winning steak in on ice action on Sunday at Morrisburg Arena. The Lions are tied in 3rd-place with the Kemptville Royals U13 Rep 1 entry with 11 points, three behind league regular season leaders, the CharLan Rebels. But the Lions hold four games in hand.
The Upper Canada Minor Hockey League U13 Rep Division is tight, with the five top teams just four points apart. Add to that the 5th-place Brockville Braves hold five games in hand over the front-running Rebels and boast exceptional goaltending (not quite as good as South Dundas’ duo of Lincoln Robinson and Elijah Geertsma who hold a slightly better record).
There's more! The Braves are averaging more than six goals for per game. Kemptville has posted the division’s best numbers after seven games, scoring slightly less than seven counters per game and allowing a rather unbelievable 2.1 goals per outing. The Lions, after seven contests are nearly as impressive in that department, allowing 17 goals against over seven games.
On Sunday afternoon the 4th-place locals out skated the 8th-place Smiths Falls Bears, who have allowed the regular season’s 3rd-least number of goals to date, in an end to end match of excitement, eventually settling on a 3-2 victory.
Team Captain Taylor Elliott snapped a Grayson Casselman set-up behind Bear’s net minder Angus Allen to tie the game in the opening period after Will Bourne had provided the visitors the lead.
South Dundas’ Will MacPherson continued his blazing scoring pace, trading unassisted second period goals with Smith’s Falls sniper Connor Muldoon to leave the teams standing at a tie after 40 minutes.
Both teams opened up their attack in the final 20 minutes with MacPherson stealing the spotlight in the last minute when he blazed off an Elliott pass and raced to the Bears goal mouth for the game winning shot, posting a 3-2 victory.
The Lions U13 Rep entry next hosts the Leeds Chargers on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd in a 7:30 puck drop, a game that is guaranteed to provide all the excitement fans can absorb in a single outing. Don't miss this one!!
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Lions' defenceman Daymon Julien unloads a high corner shot at Cornwall Colts
net minder William Bailey on Wednesday evening at Morrisburg Arena. Bailey did slap the puck
up and over the net and Julien's teammates did out score the visitors over the game . . .
Wednesday, Nov. 10th - The cellar dwelling U13-Rep Cornwall Colts gave the South Dundas, usually fast paced, Lions fits at Morrisburg Arena on this night. The never say quit attitude the Colts brought to the ice for game kept the home team on edge throughout three periods, even though the game score was never really in doubt.
The Lions eventually won the contest on a 4-2 score. Stalwart net minder Lincoln Robinson truthfully allowed only a single goal, and took part in a clearing error for the second Cornwall counter. The victory has the Lions in 5th-place in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League on a 3-1-1, W-L-T record after five games (although the league standings had not been updated at the time of this post). The CharLan Rebels are in front after 10 games on a 4-2-4 score while the South Grenville Rangers hold second spot after eight games and a 5-3-0 pace.
Kemptville’s Royals are 4-1 after five games and the Brockville Braves are the singular undefeated team in the eleven-team division at 4-0 after four contests. Four of the next in line teams could actually vault into 3rd-place in the standings on a single win at this point in the young, regular season.
On Wednesday night the constantly impressive Simon Martens again had a three point night starting with him slapping a rebound past Colts goaltender William Bailey. The rebound came to Simons stick after Brenna McCooeye raced from her defensive position across centre ice, went deep and wide into the Colts zone and whistled a shot across the goalmouth that Bailey did get a piece of, but dropped. And there stood Simon Martens for a 1-0 lead.
If that play wasn’t impressive enough, Martens captured the ensuing face-off just 30 seconds later, fed high flying Will MacPherson and this speedster was true to form on this attempt, beating Bailey cleanly for a 2-0 South Dundas lead.
Affiliate Aaron Campanaro increased the home team’s lead in the middle period when he tipped a Greyson Casselman set-up into the Colts netting before the Colt's Liam Seguin cut the Lions score late in the middle period when he was credited with a counter that bounced around the South Dundas goal mouth before ending up in the net.
The two teams traded goals in the final 20 minutes. Rafael Planet beat Robinson on an Owen Gauthier attempt before MacPherson came back for his second of the night with Martens picking up his third point of the evening on an assist.
The U13-Rep Lions dressed four affiliate players for this game, including Campanaro, Bentley Johnson, Charlie Sears and Linden Lemire, all of whom fitted into the play admirably.
The U13-Rep Lions next home game will be on Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. when the comparably ranked Smiths Falls Bears visit Morrisburg for the teams initial meeting of the regular season. This level of hockey is as entertaining as it comes and South Dundas’ entry in this division is favoured to provide a strong showing throughout the season. Fans are urged to get to the rink early for a good seat . . .
Wednesday, Nov. 2nd - Simon Marten’s slick moves and Lincoln Robinson backstopping his teammates with the Lions at Morrisburg Arena on Wednesday night made up the better part of an exciting South Dundas U13 Rep vs North Dundas Demons show. Robinson shut-out the 1st-place North Dundas Demons in the opening and closing periods for the victory. And Martens combined with Taylor Elliott to give Will MacPherson the game’s opening goal then worked with MacPherson to hand Elliott the Lion’s second counter for a 2-0 lead.
North Dundas has played six games into their regular season as have the CharLan Rebels. The Rebels have accumulated three wins, one loss and a pair of ties for 1st-place. The Demons, listed in 3rd-place, have three wins, two losses and a tie. The Lions hold two games in hand over both teams, and boast a remarkable 24-9 goals-for/goals-against stat on three wins and a tie.
North Dundas Peyton Wilson attempted to get his team going midway through the middle period when he caught Robinson to cut the Lions lead to a single. Austin Holmes and Owen Winter assisted on the play. Late in the same period Colby Morozuk hit Trent Sloan in front of the Lion’s net and Sloan was quick to put the puck between the South Dundas pipes, tying the game.
As the two teams raced back and forth through the opening of the final period the Demons' Holmes was called on a tripping infraction. Elliott moved the puck into the North Dundas zone and passed off to Halle VanBeilen, who win turn moved it to Martens. The snipers deadly shot would eventually sign the fate of the Demons on this night. A 3-2 victory for South Dundas.
As of this post South Dundas and the Brockville Braves are the only two teams in the 11-team division who have not faced defeat. The 4th-place Braves are at 3-0, wins and losses, and this group is looking as though it is THE division to watch this season.
The Lions next home game will be at Morrisburg Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 9th with a 7:30 p.m. start when South Dundas hosts the Cornwall Colts.
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Char-Lan's Hudson Baird beat South Dundas' Elijah Geertsma
in the dying minutes of Wednesday night's game at Morrisburg Arena
to give the Rebels a tie after three back and forth periods of action-packed hockey . . .
Wednesday, Oct. 26th - South Dundas’ U13-Rep Lions found themselves hosting a real battle on Wednesday evening at Morrisburg Arena. The Char-Lan Rebels brought their top game on this evening, and according to one member of their coaching staff, one of their best efforts of this young season.
Char-Lan took an early lead midway trough the opening period before the high-scoring, home team Lions fired a pair of counters to move ahead. During the middle frame the Rebels managed to beat South Dundas net minder Elijah Geertsma twice to move the lead back in their favour. But South Dundas tied the score in the last minute of the period.
In a wide open final period the Rebels went up 4-3 less than a minute into the stanza before their hosts earned South Dundas a rather commanding 6-4 lead on three goals in less than five minutes.
The Rebels refused to give in, storming the Lions cage constantly and eventually scoring the tying goal with just more than a minute remaining in the game.
Simon Martens speed and smarts earned him a goal and three assists on the night and Will MacPherson continued his scoring pace with a pair of counters. Jackson Dunning recorded one of each in the goals and assists column as did Taylor Elliott. Greyson Casselman put up a single goal. Leila Cassell and Linden Lemire each posted single assists.
For the Rebels Maxime Houde netted a pair while Rowan Grant, Sawyer McDonell, Will Decoeur and Hudson Bard each posted single counters.
Char-Lan was called on the only two minor infractions in the game.