Kemptville Royals C1 stop Lion's charge . . .

Sunday, Nov. 27th - It’s no easy task holding on to 1st-place in a very tight division of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League. And bumping into an incredibly hot hand on the part of Kemptville Royals U13 C1 scoring sensation Liam Campbell can further compound that task.

        So it was for the 1st-place South Dundas Lions on Sunday evening at Kemptville. These particular Kemptville Royals currently hold 4th-place, each of the top four teams nestled in to a span of 13-points (at the top) down to 9-points (4th-place), with the next two teams tied with 6-points each.. Teams 2nd thru 4th hold at least two games in hand on the Lions.

  South Dundas fell behind early in the opening period when Liam Campbell scored the game’s first goal for the 1-0 lead, the only marker in the 1st-period. Through the middle frame the visiting Lions came back to steal a 2-1 lead when Carter Froats and Thom LePage each potted singles. The lead didn’t last as Campbell tied the score and Aldan Hyndman put the home team Royals up by one. Campbell turned that lead up a notch with his third of the game before the period ended.


        The final  18-minute stanza had barely gotten underway when Campbell, with his 4th of the night, and Carter Gallant added another two goals for a 6-2 leads. Midway through the same period Carter Froats fired an unassisted counter, bring the Lions slightly closer, but unfortunately with the last goal scored in this match.

        On Saturday, Dec. 3rd the basement dwelling Smiths Falls Bears come to Morrisburg Arena for a 4:30 p.m. start against the front-running Lions. Come on out and support our teams. They are working hard to ice a great product.

Another victory for the U13-C Lions . . .

Wednesday, Nov. 23rd - Carter Froats, fresh from leading his team to the Championship victory at the Annual Russell Minor Hockey Tournament last weekend, continued his aggressive scoring streak at Westport this week. Froat's 1st-place Lions scored a 7-5 victory over  the Leeds Chargers in a tough, back and forth game. Carter fired four goals past Leeds Netminder Harrison Holder,  three set up by Thomas LePage and the 4th unassisted. He also assisted on Mason Perry's counter in the final period.

        The two teams registered a 1-1 tie following the opening 15-minutes of action, Froats unassisted for the Lions and Hudson Wright from Jacob Ross for the Chargers.

        The visiting Lions were up 4-3 following two periods, with Froats scoring on two LePage plays and Liam O'Connor adding an unassisted marker.  Hudson Wright fired both of the Chargers goals, one assisted by Rylan Poole.

        In the final period Perry and Charles Priestman put the Lions up 6-3 before Froats added his fourth goal for a 7-3 lead. The Chargers scored two late goals, one on a power play, to finish the contest in a 7-5 loss.

        South Dundas' U13-C Lions return to Morrisburg Arena on Saturday, Dec, 4th for a 6:30 p.m. encounter with the Smiths Falls Bears. The Bears continue to seek their first win of the season at the time of this post.

U13-C Lions roar at Russell tourney . . .

- Jessica-Lynn Lortie photo

Back row, left to right: Mike Perry, Adam Froats, James McIlwee, Thomas LePage, Mason Perry, Karson Peters, Liam OConnor, Charlie Priestman, Oliver Laurin, Shannon Staye, Adysen Keyes, Brooke Tait, Kevin Bird  

Middle Row: Nick Shields, Carter Froats, Dominic Perrault, Francois Perrrault 

Front row, left to right: Sawyer Markell, William Hamilton

Tuesday, Nov. 22nd - The U13 C Lions, who currently are tied for top spot in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League standings, continued their winning ways over the past weekend when they attended the Annual Russell Minor Hockey Tournament. 

        The Lions dropped their opening contest on a 2-1 score to the West Carelton Warriors then proceeded to go on a 4-game  tear to capture the division championship and tournament trophy.


West Carleton Warriors 2 - South Dundas Lions 1 . . .

        On Friday evening the Lions and Warriors met in a tight challenge, going through an opening scoreless period and trading goals in the middle frame. Early in the final period the Warriors added their second and winning goal for the victory.

        Only two players scored in the game. Armando Borrelli with a pair for West Carleton and Thomas LePage with the Lions single. Coincidentally, both players wore sweater #2. Sawyer Markell stood between the Lions’ pipes for periods one and two and William Hamilton took over in the final period.


South Dundas Lions 7 - Russell Warriors 4 . . .

        Game Two on Friday evening saw the Lions working in pride-like fashion, applying a speedy attack and a relentless pursuit for a victory,  particularly in the final period.

        Up 1-0 on a Thomas LePage counter in the dwindling minutes of the opening period the Lions allowed a tying goal by Will Moores. Captain Carter Foats put South Dundas back in the lead before the frame ended.

       Second period action  saw the two teams trade single goals with Mason Perry putting the Lions up 3-1 before Moores beat Sawyer Markell for his second of the night.

        As Lions do when the hunt is nearing success, these Lions moved in on their opponents and added four goals in just more than two minutes with Charlie Priestman, Perry with his second and Liam O’Connor with a pair for the 7-4 victory. Moores notched his third of the night and Reece Dumas put a single past Will Hamilton in the losing cause.


South Dundas Lions 3 - Embrun Panthers 3 . . .

        Rising for a 9:00 a.m. start on Saturday morning the Lions came back from a 2-1 deficit against the Panthers in the middle period, building into a 3-2 lead before the final stanza opened.  Embrun’s Brendan Malboeuf had opened the scoring midway through the first with Charlie Priestman tying thescore two minutes later. Felix Hopkin put the Panthers up 2-1 before the frame ended.

        Thomas LePage tied the game when he scored the Lions second goal midway through the middle period and Mason Perry gave South Dundas a 3-2 lead as the second period wound down.

        Both teams raced back and forth during the closing frame, each facing sharp goaltending and great defensive work. As the clock headed into the final six minutes, Malik Camara broke out of the Panthers zone, raced ahead of the Lions’ defenders and scored the tying goal. It was on to the semi-final for both teams.


Semi-Final: South Dundas Lions 2 - Embrun Panthers 1 . . .

        In an offensively fast but defensively cautious rematch to decide finalists these two feline monikered entries put on an unbelievably exciting game with South Dundas scoring a pair of counters in the first period and Embrun coming back with a late goal in the middle period. The Lions would advance to the final on Sunday.

        Carter Froats led the Lions to the game’s opening goal midway through the opening period in this one, beating Panther’s Maverick Cousineau on an unassisted play. As the first period went into the final minute of action Liam O’Connor corralled a Charlie Priestman pass and put the puck behind Cousineau for a 2-0 South Dundas lead.

        Midway through the middle period Brendan Malboeuf put the Panthers on the board when he notched an unassisted marker, but that goal would prove too little, too late for Embrun. The Lions took the 2-1 win on O’Connor’s first period counter.


Final: South Dundas Lions 6 - West Carleton Warriors 2 . . .

        The scent of victory has been know to activate aggression, and it's no surprise the Lions from South Dundas are no strangers to attacking aggressively at the opportunity of a win. Entering the Championship game South Dundas went up 2-0 on Carter Froats and Mason Perry singles before the West Carleton Warriors stepped up their game. Elio Borrelli cut the Lion’s lead midway through the period to a single, although the Panther’s goal appeared to spark the South Dundas duo of Froats and Perry. The scoring duo returned to the Warriors zone and fired a second pair of goals for a 4-1 lead before the frame close.

        West Carleton added a single in the middle period that brought them within challenging range when Aiden Falcone added a goal, but Priestman all but erased that possibility when he fired the Lion’s 5th-goal into the Warrior's net.

        Carter Froats would cap off the Lions run with his third goal, set up by Brooke Tait, a hat-trick for the South Dundas sniper, to take the game, the tournament and the Championship Cup.

        Froats led the team scoring through the five-game tournament with eight points over the five games. Mason Perry was hot on Froats’ heels and Charlie Priestman, Liam O’Connor and Thomas LePage weren't far behind.

        As has been the procedure at past tournaments this Lion’s group presents a  ‘Player of the Game’ award following each outing. At Russell Thomas LePage took the honour in Game One, Karson Peters in Game Two, Liam OConnor following Game Three, and Carter Froats in the tournament semi-final Game Four. In Game Five, not only was Brooke Tait a clear leader in the defence department, she set up the final goal of the game and the tournament when Carter Froats scored on her assist. The Lion’s 6th-counter. For those efforts, the Player of the Game award following her team’s winning the Tournament Championship was Brooke Tait.

        The U13 Lions are on the road for their next few games, at Leeds Community Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd and Kemptville DDC on Sunday, Nov. 27th. The team returns to ‘the Den’ on Saturday, Dec, 4th for a 6:30 p.m. encounter with the Smiths Falls Bears. Smiths Falls continues to seek their first win of the season at the time of this post.

Front running Lions lose one to Braves . . .

Charlie Priestman whistled this U13 C shot into the Braves net in the

middle period on Wednesday evening at Morrisburg Arena . . .


Wednesday, Nov. 16th - Every team with a stranglehold on 1st-place runs into an off game. At least that’s what happened to the South Dundas U13 C Lions on Wednesday evening at Morrisburg Arena when the visiting 3rd-place Brockville Braves upset the division’s top entry.

        The Braves charged through the opening whistle and didn’t stop until the time clock sounded to close the final period with the visitors scoring a huge upset on a 5-1 count.

        The Lions were turned away at all but one attempt, that when Dominic Perrault sent a lead pass to Ollie Laurin in the middle period, in turn to Charlie Priestman who raced across the blue line and unloaded a great wrist shot to beat net minder Lincoln Getchell playing between the Braves pipes. That goal cut the Brockville lead at the time to a single marker, following which, unfortunately, the Braves added three more goals to the South Dundas cage. Will Hamilton and Sawyer Markell shared duties backstopping the Lions.

        Cale Reid fired a hat-trick for the Braves, one in the opening period and a pair in the final frame, with Ronan Cholette and Jacob Lott adding single goals, one in each of the first and second periods.

        The Lions next travel to Athens on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd for a meeting with the 5th-place Chargers, and then to Kemptville on Sunday, Nov. 27th to meet the 4th-place Kemptville Royals 1 entry. Home dates following those games have yet to be posted.

Wild weekend battle turns up a draw . . .

South Grenville's deefenceman (8) Colton King attempts to clear the puck from the Ranger's goal mouth

while the Lion's (30) mason Perry presses to capture another scoring opportunity . . .


Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 12th, 13th -  In a wild weekend, home and home battle between first and last place teams in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League, U13 C regular season standings, the South Dundas Lions and the South Grenville Rangers each scored a home ice victory by a single goal. The ever growing rivalry between the Rangers' and Lions' organizations seems to be winding its way through all levels of the game, including the Junior groups.

        On Saturday at Morrisburg sniper Thomas LePage led his team on a 5-4 game score when he closed the first period and opened the second frame with goals. But it was the Lions Charlie Priestman who opened the game scoring when he notched a Carter Froats set-up early in the first period. A handful of seconds later Callie Cook tied the game when she raced from her own blue line to beat the Lions and tie the game at 1-1. 

        Before the opening frame was over Mason Perry would finish a Liam O'Connor play to give South Dundas the lead and before Perry and Carter Froats organized a play for LePage's first counter of the game.

       The visiting Rangers went on the attack early in the middle period with Evander Raycroft firing an unassisted marker  that was immediately followed by Turner Anderson's tying goal from Colton King.

        LePage put South Dundas in 4-3 lead 30-seconds later on a Brooke Tait play and Carter Froats increased the Lions lead when he snared a Dominic Perrault lead pass, raced across the blue line and unloaded a rocket that cleanly beat the South Grenville netminder.

       The never quit Rangers cut the Lions lead in the opening minutes of the final period when Brock Dowdell managed to get around the South Dundas defence and hammer home a goal with Jacob Bazinet drawing the assist. Unfortunately for the visitors the net minding duo of Sawyer Markell and William Hamilton, who shared duties through this game, shut down any further scoring as did Cole Clarke and Keaton Knapp for the Rangers.


         In a turnaround on Saturday's game the Lions travelled to Cardinal on Sunday afternoon for a 9:00 a.m. start, where in spite of scoring in each of the three periods South Dundas came up short by a goal over the game.

        Mason Perry opened the game scoring in South Dundas' favour late in the first period on an unassisted marker. The Rangers took that one back and went into the lead in the dying minutes of the middle period when Lucas Brown and Evander Raycroft each scored single for a 2-1 lead.

        Carter Froats returned to tie the game before the middle period closed when he netted a Liam O'Connor set-up receding a 2-2 count.

        Final period action saw the home team Rangers fire a pair of goals, the first from Turner Anderson and the 4-2 lead counter  from the stick of Brock Dowdell before the midway mark. Mason Perry would come back to cut the lead to 4-3 on a Thomas LePage pass with six minutes remaining in the frame, however, the Rangers defence tightened up the play in their zone and shut out the visiting Lions for the duration of the game.

        On Wednesday evening, Nov. 16th at Morrisburg Arena the 4th-place Brockville Braves come to Morrisburg Arena to take on the 1st-place Lions in what should be a great game for fans.

- Upper Canada Minor Hockey League web graphic

Lions add pair of wins to standings . . .

Saturday, Nov. 5th - South Dundas’ U13-C Lions keep rolling up the victories, scoring two wins on the past weekend. The first was on Friday, Nov. 4th when the Lions travelled to Brockville where the hot hands of Carter Froats scored the winning goal and then set up the insurance marker in a 4-2 victory.

        The following evening the Lions made their way to Smiths Falls where they rattled the home town Bears after falling behind a 1-0 lead in the 1st-period. In the middle frame the Lions fired four counters and added another pair of goals in the final frame for a 6-3 victory.

        At Brockville on Friday Thomas LePage opened the game scoring with an unassisted marker that was matched by the Braves Declan Hunter one minute later.

        Liam O’Connor put South Dundas up by a goal with his unassisted effort recorded as the only goal of the frame.

        Third period action saw the Lions double the Braves with Froats’ goal and O’Connor’s second of the game. Hunter scored his second with little more than a minute remaining in the game.

        At Smiths Falls Roy McDonnell opened the game scoring early in the 1st-period giving the home team the initial lead. The Lions returned in the middle stanza with four goals, two by the sniper Carter Froats and singles by Liam O’Connor and Mason Perry.

       Each of the teams scored two goals in the closing frame as O’Connor and Froats hit for South Dundas while Logan loser and Ryland Spratt replied for the Bears.

        On Saturday, Nov. 12th the Lions will host the South Grenville Rangers at Morrisburg Arena in a 3:00 p.m. start.

Top teams trade 2nd-period goals in tie . . .

Saturday, Oct. 29th - There aren’t many hockey rivalries these days that can do better than that between the South Dundas Lions and the Brockville Braves. There’s a vocalized dread of meeting each other from both camps. And as those voices age so too does the intensity of the game.

        Saturday afternoon the 2nd-place U13-C Lions met the 1st-place Braves at Morrisburg Arena and following three periods of play each team had been called on a single minor penalty, each team had scored a 2nd-period goal and each team have failed to score on their power-play opportunity. The game closed in a 1-1 tie and the standing in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League division remained unchanged.

        Netminders Lincoln Getchell in the Braves goal and Sawyer Markell between the pipes for the Lions were spectacular, as was a stand-up defence for both team. 

        Thomas LePage opened the game scoring for the Lions when he snapped a wrist shot from the slot that Getchell initially stopped. Unfortunately for the Brockville backstop the puck hit his stick and careened up and over his head, dropping behind him and into the net. The goal was unassisted.

        Seven minutes later Declan Hunter sped across the South Dundas blue line and whistled a shot from the right side that handcuffed Sawyer. That goal too was unassisted and the game remained tied for the duration.

        The Lions do not return to the Morrisburg Arena until Saturday, Nov. 12th when the Kemptville Royals visit for a 3:00 p.m. puck drop. Through the next two weeks the 2nd-place South Dundas entry has a return engagement with the 1st-place Braves on Friday, Nov. 4th at 6:00 p.m., and a game against the 5th-place Bears at Smiths Falls on Saturday, Nov. 5th with an 11:00 a.m. start.

- Upper Canada Minor Hockey League graphic

U13-C Lions win and lose with Royals . . .

Saturday, Oct. 22nd - Two games in two nights, home and home against the Kemptville Royals, is a daunting task at best. The Royals are never an “easy” two points. The Lions did manage to share the four point take evenly with the Royals, winning 8-3 over the U13-C 2 Royals in Morrisburg, then taking it on the snout against the same team on the following night by a 5-1 score.

        On Friday evening at Morrisburg the Lions came out with all blades locked and loaded, they scored one goal in each of the 1st and 3rd periods and pounded net minder Reid Papineau for six counters in the middle frame. Carter Froats led that attack with a hat trick and a pair of assists for a 5-point night.

        Liam O’Connor scored a pair and a single assist with single goals coming from Mason Perry, Charlie Priestman and Thomas LePage.

        The Royals Brock Thompson, Logan Lake and Logan LeClair tallied the Kemptville goals, one in the opening period an a pair in the final period.


Sunday, Oct. 23rd - One evening makes all the difference in the world. 

        Twenty-four hours prior to the puck-drop on Saturday evening at Morrisburg Arena the U13-C Lions had showed well in an 8-5 victory over the Kemptville Royals. On this evening, playing in Kemptville, the Lions never did get the skates going well, scoring a single counter late in the middle period.

        The Royals however cut loose at the opening whistle, taking a 2-0 lead and adding three more goals in the final period for the 5-1 victory.

        C. McLean recorded a hat trick in the final period, adding to the pair of 1st-period goals by L Lake and W. Peacock. Carter Froats scored the lone South Dundas goal in the second frame.