The Seaway Intermediate Spartans defeated South Grenville 1-0 in the championship game of an all-day tournament on the home field last Tuesday to earn the right to advance to the Intermediate Soccer Championships coming up in Kemptville on Tuesday, October 18. On their way to the local championship the girls defeated St. Mary/St. Cecilia, 5-0, St. Marks, 4-0, and South Grenville 4-0 behind the unbeatable goaltending of Kendra Buter. “It was an outstanding team effort,” said coach Robin Gibbs of the Spartans win. Pictured above members of the team are, kneeling l-r, Sierre Swindells, Abigail Macmillan, Sophia Currier, Brynn Gilmour, Emma Barkley, Emily Hector and Hailey Markell. Goalkeep Kendra Buteer is in front. Back, l-r, are Sierra Dodge, Courtney Casselman, Teisha Mullin, Allison Waytowich, Jessica Ferguson, Mackenzie Whyte, Jane van Moorsel, Taylor Casselman, Sydney Runions and Logan Millward. In the action above, Brynn Gilmour has control of the ball and teammate Emily Hector (back left) is waiting for the pass. Jane van Moorsel is pictured throwing the ball in.
Last Wednesday, October 15, the Morrisburg Junior B Lions were in Brockville where the Tikis nabbed them for a 7-2 win.
Then on Friday, October 17, the Tikis lost to the Westport Rideaus, 6-1.
On Saturday night in Morrisburg, the Lions turned it completely around to defeat the Rideaus, 13-6.
The Brockville Tikis are in second place in the Rideau Division with 13 points, four points behind the Prescott Flyers. The Rideaus are in last place with nine points.
The Lions, thanks to the Saturday night win against the Rideaus, have moved into fifth place in the St. Lawrence Division, two points up on the Char-Lan Rebels.
A betting man might have difficulty deciding where to place his money. A junior B hockey coach might understand anything can happen in any given game.
Wednesday night in Brockville, the Tikis built a 2-0 first period lead and never looked back. They went up 4-0 in the first five minutes of the second period before Eric Evans counted for the Lions with help from Michael Paquette and Justin Lefevbre.
The Tikis got one more late in the frame to carry a 5-1 advantage into the third.
Early in the third period, Paquette counted the Lions third and final goal on a penalty shot.
John Gilmer started in net for the Lions, and was replaced in the second period by Keiran Weir.
The Lions sat out 22 minutes in penalties on seven infractions, and the Tikis were assessed 33 minutes, also on seven infraction. The Tikis scored only one goal on their power play, that at 12:53 of the third period from Ethan York.
Back home on Saturday night, the Lions got off to another shaky start and trailed the visiting Westport Rideaus 2-1 heading into the second period.
Just 3:46 into the second, Jacob Kendrick scored unassisted to tie the game 2-2, and spark the Lions to a scoring exhibition which saw them count five consecutive goals to go up 7-3. The Rideaus finally got them stopped with a Travis Marshall goal with 38 seconds left in the frame.
Peter McGahey got two back for the Rideaus early in the third period to tighten the count to 7-5, but again the Lions went on the offensive. This time they counted three goals for a 10-5 advantage before the Rideaus got them stopped with an Aaron Gregoire player-play goal at 10:10.
This sparked another Lions spree, which resulted in another three goals, and the 13-6 Lions victory.
Jacob Kendry and Eric Evans led the Lions scoring with three goals each, and Landon Veenstra added a pair.
Zach Belaire, Michael Paquette, Ryan Griffin, Jacob Guillot and Justin Rutley all scored single goals.
Veteran Lions, Paquette and Rutley both had big games. Paquette helped out on four goals and Rutley provided the assists on three.
John Gilmer was in net for the Lions win.
The Lions sat out 22 minutes on seven infractions, and the Rideaus were assessed 24 minutes on eight infractions. The Rideaus scored one power-play goal, while the Lions were not successful in their six power-play opportunities.
The Lions now move into the St. Lawrence Division’s fifth place spot with six points on three wins.
The Casselman Vikings remain in first place, undefeated in eight games, while the Alexandria Glens are in second place with 11 points on five wins and one shoot-out loss.
The Winchester Hawks and the Akwesasne Wolves are tied with 10 points.
Coming up this week, the Lions travel to Casselman to take on the Vikings, Thursday, October 23.
Saturday night, October 25, the Brockville Tikis will be in Morrisburg for a 7:30 p.m. start, and Sunday night, the Lions will be on the road for a game against the Wolves.
The Morrisburg Junior B Lions righted a couple of wrongs here Sunday afternoon when they downed the visiting St. Lawrence Division’s first place Casselman Vikings, 3-1.
Those wrongs were a 10-2 loss to the Vikings in their barn on Thursday, November 1 and 5-3 loss on Morrisburg ice on Sunday, November 4.
While they didn’t play well in Casselman, the Lions felt they played better than the 10-2 score indicated and back home in Morrisburg, despite the 5-3 loss, they felt they had played well enough to win it.
So this time out there was no question that the Lions do have the stuff needed to win against the Vikings and any other team in their division.
“On Sunday, it was our best team defensive game of the season,” said Lions team manager Kevin Casselman early this week. “It was the result of what Dan (coach Frawley) and Andrew (assistant coach Scott) have been preaching for some time.”
“Mikael (Dion) was solid in net and our five defencemen played very well collectively. The forward units were coming back to help and picked up their defensive responsibilities.”
“It was a great game, because we felt we had played well enough to have won against Casselman the previous Sunday.”
“With the parity in the league, each week brings hope and optimism that a four point weekend can lift a team back into the battle for a playoff position. It is really that close.”
And close indeed. With the stats in after this past weekend, the Casselman Vikings are in the St. Lawrence division’s top spot with a slim two point lead over the Char-Lan Rebels. The Akwesasne Wolves have climbed into third place with 17 points, Alexandria is fourth with 15, the Hawks fifth with 14 and the Lions still at the back of the pack with 10, but climbing.
While a four-point weekend is a must do for the Lions to catch up to the pack, it didn’t happen this past weekend as they got it rolling Friday night in Alexandria with a 4-1 loss.
Again it was a slow start for the Lions who found themselves down 3-0 in the first period.
Michel Lefebvre counted the lone Lions goal, a power play marker, at 6:52 of the second period assisted by Chris Rutley.
Dion was in the Lions net for the loss. The Lions were out shot 37-24 by the Glens in the game that saw eight minors and one misconduct assessed to the Lions and six minors to the Glens along with one double minor and a misconduct.
Sunday, the Lions were waiting in their home den for the Vikings to come to town for a game that remained even through two periods.
The Vikings got their only goal against Dion just 3:40 into the first period while on their power play.
Just over four minutes later, Chris Rutley answered on the Lions power play with help from Grant Cooper and the 1-1 tie lasted until 1:10 of the third period.
It was at 1:10 that Lefebvre and Rutley went to work to assist Sylvester Bzdyl on what would be the winning Lions goal.
With Dion unbeatable and the defense buckling down, the Lions protected their one goal lead until 15:37 of the third when Grant Cooper, with help from Brandon Chaffe and Matt Marcil, beat Vikings goaltender Phillippe Quesnel for the Lions third and final goal.
Dion was outstanding in the Lions net facing 43 Vikings’ shots, while the Lions managed just 26 shots against Quesnel.
The Lions sat out nine minor penalties, one double minor and a 10 minute misconduct while the Vikings handled five minors, a five minute fighting major and a game misconduct.
This weekend, the Lions are scheduled to host the Char-Lan Rebels, Friday night, November 16 at 8 p.m. Sunday, they are on the road to take on the Akwesasne Wolves in a 3 p.m. match.
Jeff van Moorsel was returned as South Dundas Minor Hockey president at the organization’s annual general meeting held at the Morrisburg Golf Club, Monday night.
“We had a very good year,” van Moorsel told the handful of interested parents who attended this year’s meeting.
“We had two teams win an Upper Canada Championship and another two teams win their east or west division. For a small association, when you have two championship teams and two runners-up, then you have done very well.”
“We had very good coaching, and not many complaints. They are all volunteers, and I think they did a great job.”
“I go to all the meetings and I hear complaints about refereeing, but I never hear any complaints about the South Dundas referees. They are doing a good job.”
van Moorsel reported the association had a good year financially, his statement backed by treasurer Pam Mullin’s report later in the meeting.
He explained that after breaking even for a couple of years and losing money last year, the association is in the black this year. This he said was mainly because the association used 48 less hours of ice time this year.
“There are several factors for this, but mainly it depends on the ice time required for playoffs. Hours are also affected by how Christmas falls, and how many events the Figure Skating Club hosts.”
van Moorsel took the time to say good bye and thank you to several out going executive members. They included Ice Scheduler Steve Martineau (four years service), Secretary Andrea Cartier (eight years) and Equipment manager Rob Perry (two years).
“This executive has done a great job,” said van Moorsel. “It was a pretty easy job this year, and you have all been a good group to work with.”
Of major interest was Pam Mullin’s financial report which shows the association ending the season with a net income of $10,554.
“We have ended up in a very positive position,” said Mullin.
Because of the good year, Mullin reported that the board of directors had decided there would not be a fee increase for the 2013/14 season.
“We have $4,400 cash on hand, and we have $30,000 again in GICs. Our goal now is to keep the numbers (players) consistent.”
Mullin suggested that to do so, the association could look at a more pro-active enlistment of players, try to keep the girls on teams longer before they move to all girl leagues and to continue to keep the Initiation fees low to attract the younger children.
“It is nice to keep a safety net so that when we have a year when expenses are higher, we don’t have to raise our fees,” said Mullin of the $30,000 in GICs.
This year’s registration fees brought in $82,613, while fund raising contributed another $43,110. The largest portion of the fund raising money, $40,800, came from the Lottery Draw.
The major expense was Ice Rental at $78,024, which, with about 50 fewer hours used, was down from the previous season that came in at $83,035. Referee cost was the next biggest expenditure at $16,007. Insurance costs were $6,588 and league fees accounted for $3,433.
Total revenues were $127,597 while total expenses were $117,043.
The average program cost per participant this year was $567.57. There were 204 registrations. A total of 725.5 ice time hours were used compared to 773.5 used the year previous.
Various reports were given including that of registration, which this year was co-handled by Tanya Domanko and Cassandra Barry.
Domanko reported that for the coming season there would be no online registration. “We need to have it done in person,” she said. “Hopefully, we will be able to get all of the information correct. We will give everyone their draw tickets at registration and the ticket numbers will be recorded.”
Domanko indicated registrations have been set up at the arena for Saturday, May 14 (10 a.m. until noon) and Wednesday, May 8 (6-7:30 p.m.) For added convenience a minor hockey registration will be held at the Iroquois soccer fields on Saturday, June 1.
After various reports were given, three amendments were made to the South Dundas Minor Hockey Constitution. The first officially standardized the Association’s Lions logo; the second dissolved the board of directors position of Trophies, Awards and Tournament and moved those duties to that of the 1st Vice-President; the third created the position of Electronic Communications Coordinator.
The two changes to the board kept the voting directors at a total of 14.
The final item of the meeting was the election of the 2013-14 Board of Directors.
van Moorsel remained as President, Mike Domanko is 1st Vice-President-Awards & Tournament Coordinator, Jamie Smith is 2nd Vice-President–Risk Management and Gary Hart remains Past-President. Johanna Kronstal replaced Andrea Cartier as Secretary and Pam Mullin remained Treasurer. Tanya Domanko is Registrar and Cassandra Barry took on the position of Electronic Communications Coordinator.
David Lapier remained Rules and Discipline Chair, and Bruce Mullin remained Coaching/Development Co-ordinator. John Connors was elected Equipment Manager, and Jason Broad was elected Ice Scheduler to replace Steve Martineau. Lisa Schwerdtfeger became Referee In Chief and Joanne Backes was elected Fundraising Co-ordinator.