Midget Lions drop to 6th in tight race . . .

No goal . . .

 

Friday, Jan. 20th - South Dundas’ U18 Rep Lions hosted the 3rd-place CharLan Rebels in a rare Friday evening regular season game at Morrisburg Arena while short on some of their key performers. In the absence of Connor Baird, Wyatt Rivet, Gavin Eikelboom, Terrence Mudde, James Martens, Ryan McNamara and Head Coach Jamie Smith the Lions dressed affiliates Jordan Elliott and Luke Byvelds from the U15 North Dundas Demons Rep squad, both of who performed noticeably well.

        The Lions were bombarded thru the opening period and middle frame, falling behind on a 2-0 score. Then, as U18 hockey sometimes goes, the home team awoke and scored three consecutive goals in a four and a half minute span to take the lead. Jordan Heuff, who until the short lived scoring spree, appeared unable to win a single lucky bounce of the puck throughout the game to this point, scored at 16:59 and 15:00 of the final period, the first on a power-play. Alec Larocque, Wyatt Barkley, Monty DeJong and Bryce Kirkwood all drew single assists.

 

        As the time clock ticked off another two and a half minutes DeJong beat the Rebels net minder Eli Seguin on a power play opportunity to give the Lions the 3-2 lead.

        Later in the closing period the Rebels Shamus McDonald would beat the home team defence and tie the game at 3-3, which lasted throughout the frame.

        As the playoffs approach the local U-18 Rep entry still has a few games to play that could well change the order of the top seven spots in regular season standings. Currently those seven positions are just six points apart, from the 1st-place Cornwall Colts 24 points to the 7th-place Leeds Chargers at 18 points.

        At the time of this post the U-18 Rep Lions next home game is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16th when the Lions host the Soulh Stormont Selects in an 8:00 p.m. start and Friday, Feb. 17th again at Morriburg when the South Grenville rangers come to the Den. The Lons rod schedule includes games on the road at Maxville on Thurday, Feb. 9th against the Braves, on Sunday, Feb. 12th at Cornwall against the Colts and Wednesday, Feb. 15th against the Leeds Chargers.. 


U-18 Rep Lions holding in 3rd place . . .

Thursday, Jan. 5th - As the second half of the 2022-23 minor hockey season gets underway the Dundas Lions U-18 Rep entry sits smack in the middle of a 10-point spread, first to seventh place in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League regular season standings. The  Cornwall Colts currently hold 1st-place with 23 points after 15 games. The South Grenville Rangers, after 13 games hold down 7th-place. Second, third and fourth-places involve a single point difference involving Leeds, South Dundas and the Nor-Glen-Stor Braves, who the Lions took to task last week in a 2-0 shut-out win at Maxville.

        “It was a great game,” offered Head Coach Jamie Smith on Friday, “And a lot of the credit goes to our goal tending. Aiden Hutt virtually stood on his head throughout this game.”  Smith could have been describing net minder Hutt’s performance of late in a number of outings. He has been putting in solid performances.

        Neither team managed to beat either goaltender in the first and second periods of the game. The Lions held the edge with several powerplay opportunities, all defended perfectly by the Braves, while the home team NGS entry enjoyed a near equal opportunity that were all shut down by the Lions defence and Hutt standing between the pipes.

        Early in the final period the Braves mistakenly offered up a golden opportunity to the Lions most dangerous duo in Mont DeJong and Wyatt Barkley. And in many of these chances this duo can light the score board.

        Barkley gave the Lions a 1-0 lead.

        Five minutes later Kade VanBeilen’s clean pass hit James Martens stick and the lanky centre gave the Lions an insurance marker and the 2-0 victory.

        "We've got a good chance this year," Smith admitted, adding, "But the boys have to work hard and stay focused. If they decide that's what they want to do, I think we can make it into the closing rounds. That choice is for the players in this case."

        The U-18 Rep Lions return to Morrisburg Arena on Thursday, Jan. 12th for an 8:00 p.m. start against the Char-Lan Rebels. The Lions then travel to the Char-Lan Rec Centre (Williamstown) for Part II of the home and home series. 

U-18 Rep Lions post yet another win . . .

Allowing Monty DeJong to get a step on you usually turns out to be a fatal mistake

as far as goal scoring goes. DeJong, who is deceptively fast, led the Lions

with a pair of goals in this 5-2 victory over the Charlan Rebels . . . 

 

Thursday, Dec. 15th - Jamie Smith’s U-18 Rep Lions will face a battle in the second half of the Upper Canada Minor hockey League regular season. And they couldn't be more looking forward to the challenge. Currently tied in 2nd-place the Lions are surrounded by competent opposition, particularly in that the top seven spots in the 8-team division are separated by  just five points.

        South Dundas will play their final game of initial half on Thursday, Dec. 22nd at Morrisburg Arena when the 4th-place Cornwall Colts come to the den. The Colts may challenge for the division’s top goaltending, although the Lions, backstopped by Kolten Sage and Aiden Hutt, have moved in tight to that statistic too.

        On Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena the locals hosted the CharLan rebels to a game that in the end was a great practice challenge for netminder Hutt at times and a test for the Lions defence. The team’s offence, although deadly when they do shoot the puck, may have been thrown off their game somewhat in the final 18-minutes when the team was called on six minor infractions that required a mixing of line mates. 

        The game may have been more of a signal to the rough play that throughout the season has been a Rebels trademark, but in this outing the Lions were ready and willing to deal with that style.

        Cole Mader had opened the game scoring in favour of the Rebels five minutes in for a 1-0 lead one minute before Monty DeJong, Wyatt Barkley and Ryan McNamara combined for a fast break and a slick shot that beat the Rebels netminder Kaeden McDonald. DeJong scored his second marker just 25 seconds later as identical as could be possible, with Barkley and McNamara assisting in exactly the same order. And that was the game essentially.

        Team Ca[tain Wyatt Barkley would put the Lions up by a pair when he snared a puck deep in the CharLan zone and with a mean bit of stick handling had the puck behind McDonald before the goaltender was even aware the shot had been taken.      

        Owen Corput cut the Lions lead to a single with the Rebels final counter of the night late in the middle period. South Dundas came back with two more goals and rang the puck several times off the cross bar and the posts. Cam Shaver beat McDonald on a James Martens/Kade VanBeilen set up followed by Gavin Hillier netting the last goal of the game from Shaver and Martens for the 5-2 win.

        Following their Dec. 22nd home game the Lions won’t be returning to the local arena until Thursday, Jan. 12th when the CharLan Rebels return for another round of action.

Host CharLan Rebels here on Thursday evening, Dec. 15th . . .

Surging U18 Rep Lions now in 2nd-place . . .

South Dundas' Kolten Sage slammed his mitt down on this puck before

an unidentified Leeds Chargers player could get control of it.

The Lions netminder, Sage, played a standout game, particularly in the final

period when both net minders in this game earned their full pay . . .

 

Thursday, Dec. 8th - Last Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena South Dundas’ Midget Rep team won on a giant leap in on-ice action against the Leeds Chargers. Although the Lions did not win the game, they won in effort, and both fore-checking and defence, and in goal.

        The game on this night actually ended in a 3-3 tie. A massive improvement over the first meeting between the two teams back on Thursday, Nov. 17th when the home team Chargers hammered their opponents from South Dundas on an 8-0 score. Leeds won the second meeting too, a turn-around for the Lions in an all out effort that saw home-team Leeds edge their guests in this one on a 3-2 note.

        The regular season league-leading Chargers came to South Dundas last Thursday and they were met at every step of the game, every face-off, every scoring attempt, every move they made and the home-team Lions in this one recorded a 3-3 tie. An excellent one-and-a-half hours of amazingly fast action for the sizeable crowd in attendance.

        The tie saw the Lions move into 2nd-place in league standings, two points back of the Chargers. The standings, first through seventh are separated by just 7-points.

        Thomas McLean opened the game scoring following a scoreless 1st-period when he batted a 2nd-period goal past the Lions' goaltender, Kolten Sage, after his Charger's line-mate, Mitchell Hoogwerf, had carried the puck to the Lions goalmouth. South Dundas' Gavin Hillier evened the score at the midway mark when he beat Leeds netminder Nick Burley on a close-in play with Connor Baird drawing the assist.

        Before the middle period ended Hoogwerf and Gabe Size added goals for the Chargers to put the visitors up 3-1.

        The Lions’ Sage would shut-out Leeds in the final period while South Dundas' Wyatt Barkley and Sam Hart would each pot singles to tie the score. Terrence Mudde set up the Barkley goal. The Lions drew 9-minor infractions while Leeds were on record for 7-minors.

        On Thursday evening, Dec. 15th, this coming week, the Lions will host the always rough and tumble CharLan Rebels in an 8:00 p.m. start at Morrisburg Arena. These two teams consistently play great U18 Rep hockey and a sizeable crowd is expected to be in attendance.  


Rep Lions add a needed victory . . .

Thursday, Dec. 1st - South Dundas’ U18 Rep Lions are slowly putting together an eye pleasing effort in the game we all follow. On Thursday evening at Long Sault the locals dumped the basement dwelling South Stormont Selects on a 4-1 score. 

        Ryan McNamara continued presenting his presence from the point setting up Kade VanBeilen’s goal midway through the middle period and then scoring an unassisted marker of his own late in the same frame. The Selects, in spite of holding down the bottom of the regular season’s standings, do ice a competitive product.

        James Martens gave South Dundas the initial lead in this game on a set-up from Cam Shaver and VanBeilen, another of the Lion’s blossoming first year players. Midway through the second frame Sam Hart notched an unassisted counter for a 2-1 Lion’s lead. VanBeilen followed that one with South Dundas’ third goal from Seb LeFrance and McNamara, who as mentioned scored the Lion’s final goal late in the closing period.

        The Selects single marker on the night came from Noah Walker early in the final period with Owen Beauregard drawing the helper.        

        On Thursday, Dec. 8th at 8:00 p.m. the 1st-place Leeds Chargers come to Morrisburg to challenge the 4th-place Lions. The Chargers boast high scoring and stingy goal tending with just two losses, six wins and a tie to date. South Dundas has more recently began stepping up their defensive and goaltending games and are showing steady improvement on the increased number of goals for. Promises to be a great game.


U18 Rep Lions lose close one to Colts . . .

Drop opportunity on missed chances . . .

Wednesday, Nov. 30th - Upper Canada Minor Hockey League’s U18 Rep Cornwall Colts dropped into Morrisburg Arena on Wednesday evening for a regular season game scheduled with the South Dundas Lions.  The visitors left the arena a few hours later with another pair of points to bolster their 3rd-place regular season standings, that possibly on the good fortune that the Lions, several of who are recovering from a nagging flu, appeared throughout the game reluctant to shoot the puck in the direction of the Colt’s net minder Valade Logan. 

        At the other end of the ice South Dundas’ recently acquired 15-year-old budding phenom from Long Sault, Kolten Sage, back-stopped his team more than respectably, but did end up on the losing side of a close 3-2 Colts victory.

      Cornwall opened the game scoring midway through the first period when Antoine Lafrance stole the puck as the Lions were moving out of their own zone, raced in on goaltender Sage and deposited the puck in the back of the net.    

        James Martens returned the favour, tying the game just 23 seconds later when he tapped a Sam Hart set-up behind Logan. 

        Second period play saw the Lions press the Colts deep in their own zone for extended stretches, although the home team failed on a number of opportunities, several goal posts and cross bars, to get the advantage on the scoreboard. The Colts moved back into the lead late in the middle frame when Jonah Ashby combined with Noah Menard and Antoine LaFrance for the 2-1 lead.

        Midway through the final period the visitors applied offence and went up 3-1 on a semi-crashing the net attack that resulted in a good goal jammed behind Sage by Carson Lapierre. 

        Play returned to the back and forth, very fast U-18 Rep style from both teams with the Lions showing an advantage in the hitting department. As the game clock wound down the locals moved out of their own zone when talented defenceman Ryan McNamara fed James Martens crossing the Cornwall blue line. Martens hit a free-wheeling Wyatt Barkley who wasted little time unloading a deadly rocket from deep on the right side that squeezed through a near impossible hole between goaltender Logan and the Colts post. 

        The home team Lions attempted to go for a tying marker in the final 19 seconds left remaining on the clock but were turned away by their visitors prior to getting a serious attack organized. The game ended in the 3rd-place Colts winning over the 4th-place Lions on a 3-2 note.

       South Dundas’ U18 Rep Lions host the league leading Leeds Chargers at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday, Dec. 8th in an 8:00 p.m. start.  Fans need not be reminded the South Dundas Lions have a considerable squad of talent on this team, including this very young goaltending sensation, Kolten Sage. The U18 Rep games are excellent entertainment, and possibly a sneak peak at some of the future Junior Lions. Come out for a game and cheer this team on. There’s easy money on the bet you’ll be back for more.


Lions topple South Grenville 4-1 . . .

Sage slams the door on Rangers snipers . . .

Kolten Sage performed near magic in shutting down the South Grenville Rangers

on Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena. Playing like a  gifted athlete, Sage turned away

all but one scoring opportunity in a wildly exciting U18 Rep game . . . 

 

Thursday, Nov. 24th - Dundas’ U18 Rep Lions scored the opening goal and the final three goals in a game that ended in a 5-1 victory over the South Grenville Rangers at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday evening. Not only did the locals work in a more disciplined effort, the team skated stride for stride with the high flying Rangers through-out the game.

        The most spectacular effort however, was the goaltending of South Dundas’ 17-year-old cage minder Kolten Sage. Three times the Rangers earned clear break-aways on the Morrisburg net and three times Sage’s unbelievably quick right hand glove snapped point blank shots out of the air before they crossed the goal line. The young net minder joined the Lions after a start with Long Sault's South Stormont Selects, where he was relegated to third string. Lion’s Head Coach Jamie Smith negotiated his move to South Dundas.

        Pressing the Rangers deep into their own zone through the opening period Wyatt Barkley dropped the puck to defence man Alek Laroque who unloaded a long screened shot that beat the Ranger’s goal tender Tim Turcotte.

        Midway through the second period South Grenville’s Keagan McAllister battled a bouncing puck over the Lion’s goal line to tie the game. Hayden Walker drew the assist.

Kade VanBeilen wires this attempt into the top right corner for the game winning goal . . .
Kade VanBeilen wires this attempt into the top right corner for the game winning goal . . .

        Lion’s winger Kade VanBeilen showed he has joined this team for the long run, particularly in the middle period when he relentlessly took part in the physical aspects of battles along the boards. VanBeilen then intercepted the puck, drove across the blue line into the Rangers right corner and passed off to Cam Shaver behind the opponents net. Shaver slipped the puck to James Martens who drew the defence to the left side of the net before returning the puck to VanBeilen, who unloaded a wrist shot from the right slot, high over Turcotte’s glove for the game lead, and eventually the winning goal.

        Sam Hart put the home team up 3-1 when he snapped a shot past Turcotte with Connor Baird and Jordan Heuff drawing assists on the play.

    Third period play gave the strong contingent of fans the hockey they came to see. From an entertainment stand-point, the score in this one was irrelevant. The calibre of play locked everyone’s eyes on the puck and the two teams roared back and forth, each trying to add to their team’s output. Sage remained unbeatable and Turcotte wasn’t far behind in that department, losing only once in the final period to Sam Hart who fired his second of the game on an unassisted effort, settling the game score at 4-1.

        The 4th-place Lions travel to Brockville on Sunday, Nov. 27th to meet the 3rd-place Brockville Braves. The locals then return to Morrisburg Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 30th for a scheduled match with the 2nd-place Cornwall Colts, scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start. The following evening, Thursday, Dec. 1st, South Dundas hikes east to Long Sault to meet the 8th-place South Stormont Selects in a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.


U18 Rep Lions rebound, join 1st place trio . . .

Saturday, Nov. 12th - Two days after dropping a needed victory to the North-Glen-Stor Braves the South Dundas U18 Rep Lions skated onto the ice at Memorial Arena in Brockville to take on the league leading Braves. After three periods of somewhat disciplined hockey the Lions came away with a 2-1 victory and a shared piece of the front runners in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League regular season standings.

        The Cornwall Colts after five games scoring two wins and three ties for 7 points, and the Brockville Braves and South Dundas Lions with identical 3-3-1 records for seven points, all possess a piece of the action. The South Grenville Rangers are hot on the heels of the leaders, 2-1-2, with six points.

        Ryan Robinson stole the puck midway through the opening period in the Saturday game at Brockville and beat both the Lions forward contingent and net minder Kolten Sage for a 1-0, unassisted lead. Minutes following that goal the shifty James Martens combined with Lions Terrence Mudde and Sam Hart to tie the contest on a power-play counter while the Braves Ty Chevrier sat out a charging infraction.

        During the middle frame the South Dundas players presented the home team Braves a man advantage. Seemingly teasing their opponents, the Lions followed that error offering up a two-man advantage, and a second man advantage opportunity, Throughout, the South Dundas penalty killlers and Lion's net minding were superlative in shutting down the Brockville power play.

        To make the Braves lack of scoring near embarrassing in the period, the Lions captured the puck slightly after the midway point, moved into the Braves zone where Jordan Heuff cleanly set up Sam Hart to beat Brockville goaltender Owen Healey for what would turn out to be the game winning counter.

       The two teams failed to capitalize on further power play opportunities in the closing period, the Lions on one occasion and the Braves on a pair of opportunities, as neither managed to add to their goal output.

        On Thursday, Nov. 17th at 8:00 p.m. the U18 Rep Lions, who do attract a strong following each week at Morrisburg Arena, will host the tough  and always pesky Leeds Chargers in the South Dundas Minor Hockey game of the week.

        The following week will see the Lions travel to Leeds for a Wednesday, Nov. 23rd, 7:30 p.m. meeting. The following night, Thursday, Nov. 24th,  South Dundas hosts the always exciting South Grenville Rangers in an 8:00 p.m. start at Morrisburg Arena.


U18 Rep Lions drop the ball against Braves . . .

Missed a chance to improve standings . . .

A lesson in forechecking was presented to the U18 Rep Lions in their weekly Thursday night

outing, on this night against the North-Glen-Stor Braves . . .

 

Thursday, Nov. 1oth - South Dundas’ U18-Rep Lions gave up an opportunity to move into a challenging 2nd-place position in regular season league standings on Thursday evening at Morrisburg Arena, taking a 3-1 loss in handing the North-Glen-Stor Braves their initial win of the young season. The Braves played an aggressive and intimidating game, clearly frustrating their hosts over three periods with very effective forechecking, while also wracking up the greater share of the penalty infractions handed out at this one.

        On two occasions during the game the Lions held a two-man advantage but couldn’t manage to get their power-play clicking for a goal. Following a scoreless opening period the Braves fired a pair of goals barely a minute apart when Nic Rolland and Ethan Leroux put the puck behind Aiden Hutt for a 2-0 lead. Kyle McMeekin, Noah Ault and Zaché Gauthier-Lemieux each drew single assists.

       Early in the final period South Dundas’ Sam Hart won a goal front battle for the puck, shoving the goal behind Greg Harps to cut the Braves lead to a single counter. Jordan Heuff and Gavin Eikelboom drew the helpers on this one.

        The visiting Braves took that one in stride, returning to the Lions zone within minutes to go up 3-1 on a Noah Ault snap from close in, with Cameron MacDonald providing the assist.

        On Saturday, Nov. 12th the 4th-place Lions travel to Brockville to meet the front running Braves at Memorial Arena for 3:00 p.m., then return to the Den at Morrisburg on Thursday, Nov. 17th to host the 5th-place Leeds Chargers in these opponents  initial meeting this season in an 8:00 p.m. start. 

        These U18 Rep Lions appear to have the makings of a team that will be battling through the current season and with a consistent effort well into the playoff rounds. It’s very exciting hockey to enjoy from the stands.


Lions take tough one from Selects . . .

Heated action throughout the second and third periods entertained a large following of

U-18 Rep hockey at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday evening . . .

 

Thursday, Oct. 27th - South Dundas’ U18 Reps hosted the Stormont Selects at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday evening in what may have been one of the best games seen in the current hockey season to date. The Selects, who have yet to snare a victory and after three games are in 8th-place in the nine team division, put on their best game in taking on the Lions. 

        Just more than a minute into the opening period Braden Gagne snapped a bouncing puck past South Dundas goaltender Aiden Hutt to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Late in the same frame the Lions enjoyed  a man advantage when Jack Chenier was tagged with a roughing minor but couldn’t manage a substantial threat against some excellent defence.

       Second period action went up a notch or two in both speed and physical play with each team drawing a pair of minor calls in a well officiated game. Late in the frame James Martens corralled a Kade VanBeilen pass and fired a hard wrist shot over the arm of the Selects Owen Vileneuve to tie the game with three minutes remaining in the period.

        Forty-four seconds following the Martens counter, South Dundas’ team Captain Wyatt Barkley  scored a pair of goals in just 36 seconds, stealing the puck and beating the Selects defence for a break on Villeneuve  for one and out hustling the visitor’s defence to a cleared puck for the other. The Lions took the lead on a 3-1 count.

        Throughout the final period the Selects upped their game, seeking to even the score, but were turned away by steady defensive play and strong goaltending by Hutt. South Stormont did manage to cut the Lions lead to a single goal when Ethan Beaudette put one behind South Dundas' net minder. Both teams won chances to up their goal output, although neither managed to complete their attack with any more goals.

        The Lions currently are in 1st place after four games in the Upper Canada minor Hockey League standings on a pair of wins and a tie. The team does have an early season weakness with a 10 ‘goals for’ - 15 ‘goals against’ statistic, and the second lowest ‘goals for’ percentage in the group.

        The Lions next host the NGS Braves at Morrisburg Arena on Thursday, Nov. 10th in an 8:00 p.m. puck drop. Great fan hockey that will keep supporters on the edge of their seats throughout all three periods.