Oh those grandkids….They do keep us young. Such was the case for Olive MacIntosh of Williamsburg, who, with her daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Jim (Adams) visited her granddaughters Kylie and Katherine in British Columbia in September. In addition to a visit to Whistler and a tour of the Olympic site, the family took Olive, who turned 84 just last week, ziplining. Granddaughter Katherine works for Ziptrek Eco Tours, a world leader in the design, development and operation of zipline-based eco adventures. The company’s flagship location is in Whistler. Top left, Olive gives a thumbs up as she is about to take off. Left she is pictured with son-in-law Jim Adams and above she is photographed as she ziplines through the treetops.
After giving up four short-handed goals in a 9-2 loss to the Vikings in Casselman Thursday night, the Morrisburg Junior B Lions turned it around on home ice Sunday, for a 7-1 win over the St. Lawrence Division’s third place Alexandria Glens.
The Lions went up 1-0 in the first period against the Glens, Sunday with an unassisted goal from Chris Rutley, his first since his return to the Lions lineup a week ago.
In the second, Philippe Paquette beat Lions goaltender Mikael Dion to answer for the Glens.
But then, according to Lions coach Thom Racine, a strange thing happened, which seemed to bolster the Lions and completely shake up the Glens.
“Rutley scored a real beauty from his belly and from that point they seemed to disintegrate, while we picked up momentum. He was tripped and as he slid on his belly he got control of the puck and scored.”
After that it was a power-play frenzy for the Lions, as the Glens took one penalty after another and the Lions took advantage to score another five counters. Four of them were while they were on their power play.
“Four power-play goals were something we needed. And they came from all over. It was a good team effort.”
Drew Veenstra (unassisted) scored the first of the power play markers late in the second period to give the Lions a 3-1 advantage.
Then brother Clarke matched the effort with an unassisted counter at 1:38 of the third before providing the assist for a Marc Antoine Kamel power-play counter and a 5-1 Lions advantage.
Sylvester Bzdyl scored from Zach Seguin at 10:11 and Ryan Dunbar finished it off from Bzdyl and Zach Seguin on the Lions power play at 16:29.
“We played it like a game seven,” said Racine. “We knew we had to win if we wanted to keep within reach of CharLan.”
“We needed to play well and we needed to play smart and we did both on Sunday.”
In fact, even with the win, the Lions now find themselves six points behind the fourth place Rebels who are on a run. This past weekend, the Rebels added another pair of victories over Brockville, 5-3 and Akwesasne 4-2 as they set their sights on third place currently held by the Glens.
The first place Winchester Hawks have a slim three-point edge over the Casselman Vikings.
Thursday night in Casselman, the Lions just couldn’t get it together.
They trailed the Vikings 3-1 after the first period and 5-1 after two.
Michael Paquette scored their lone first period goal on the power play from Alex Steingruber and Michael Keenan. Clarke Veenstra added their second late in the third with help from Michel Lefebvre and Keenan, again on the Lions power -play.
In fact, the Lions power play was a big factor throughout the match as the Vikings collected four of their goals while they were short-handed.
“We weren’t paying enough attention. We forgot about Casselman’s ability to sneak in behind you and steal the puck.”
Mikael Dion started in the Lions net and was relieved midway into the second period by Ryan Cooper.
“I pulled Mikael after four goals and let Ryan play,” said Racine. “Mikael was disappointed, but he bounced back and gave us a great game Sunday. He was awesome on Sunday.”
Coming up this Friday night, December 9, the Lions host Brockville at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, December 11 they are on the road to Athens to take on the Rideau’s second place Aeros.
The South Dundas “Parcoll Products” Novice B Lions got back into the win column Thursday night with a 4-1 victory over the visiting South Grenville Rangers.
Through the first three months of the season the Rangers were atop the East Division standings, and with this loss to the Lions, the Rangers are now in fourth place, behind the Brockville #2 Braves, Kemptville #2 Panthers and the Lions.
The Lions didn’t show any rust in the first period jumping out to a 2-0 lead, as they were coming off a two week layoff after winning the “A” Championship in the North Dundas Tournament in late December.
Ben Lapier opened the scoring at 6:35 by grabbing a puck at the offensive blue line. Lapier broke into the zone on the right wing and let a shot go that after hitting the goalie’s stick, went up and over him and into the net.
Three minutes later Lapier struck again.
The play started when Cassidy Bilmer made a defensive zone pass to Emytt Fetterly who made a breakout pass to Nolan Henry who moved the puck ahead to Lapier so that he could break in alone and bury a shot into the net.
The Rangers struck back on the power play with 35 seconds left in the period.
They teams played a scoreless second thanks to some big saves by Lions net minder Brendan Shaver.
The Line of Lapier, Nolan Henry and Kolby Latulippe scored twice more in the third period giving the Lions a 4-1 lead they would not relinquish.
Emytt Fetterly gave a pass to Lapier who worked a give and go with Henry to free him up into the Rangers zone for Lapier to net his third of the game.
A few minutes later, Lapier struck again from Spencer Barclay and Trent assisted on his fourth goal of the game.
Assists on the day went to Nolan Henry (3), Emytt Fetterly (2), and Kolby Latulippe, Spencer Barclay, Trent Rae.
Saturday morning the Lions travelled to Cornwall to take on the Colts B1 team in exhibition play.
After a well played game left the Lions down by a goal late, the line of Kayne McCadden, Lapier and Owen Fetterly combined to score the tying goal.
McCadden gained possession of the puck and broke into the offensive zone before passing to Ben Lapier who got a shot away. The Colts goaltender left a rebound for Owen Fetterly to shoot into the open net.
The Lions battled back from a 2-0 deficit thanks to the stick of Kayne McCadden who scored a natural hat-trick in the second period. He scored three straight times on three consecutive shifts, including a shorthanded goal.
The Colts battled back with two of their own goals for a 4-3 lead before the Lion’s tying goal.
Assists in the game went to, Emytt Fetterly (2), Joshua Broad (2), Cassidy Bilmer, Ben Lapier and Kayne McCadden.
The South Dundas “Parcoll Products” Novice B Lions next home game is Thursday, February 2nd at 7 p.m.vs. the Brockville #2 Braves.
Through five games played in a 16-team Atom C Tournament in Spencerville this past weekend, the South Dundas Scotiabank Atom C Lions trailed for only five minutes. Unfortunately, those five minutes were the last five of the championship game against the hometown South Grenville Rangers.
Coming off a runner-up finish in their first tournament this past December, the Lions were looking forward to another good result in this event. They played some tough games and produced some well-deserved wins before falling victim to the Rangers in the final and losing by a 4-3 count.
The Lions opened play on Friday afternoon against the Nepean Admirals. They dominated from the opening whistle, but had trouble popping many goals past the Nepean goalie.
After taking a tight 2-1 lead into the third period, the Lions exploded for four goals to win the game 6-1.
Jaeden Shaver led the Lions with a hat trick and single goals were scored by Shelby Martineau, Owen Orendi and affiliate Duncan Hutt.
Assists went to Kendrew Byers (two), Chloe Hart, Shelby Martineau, Rachel Nicolaassen, Mackenzie McKee-Markell, Trystyn Hummel and Devon Swindells.
The second round robin game had the Lions facing the Leitrim Hawks and this time out they produced a 7-1 victory.
Once again an aggressive Lions teams forced the opposition into many mistakes.
Shaver had a second consecutive hat trick to pace the Lions. Affiliate Sean Nicolaassen scored twice with Swindells and McKee-Markell also scoring.
Great teamwork led to many players picking up assists. They included Byers with three, Martineau with two, Caleb Douma, Matt Mackay, Hummel, Owen Orendi, Rachel Nicolaassen, McKee-Markell and Swindells.
For the second consecutive game, affiliate Brett Froats came on in relief of goalie Michaela Mustard. Both goalies played well when called upon.
The final round robin game ended in a 2-2 as the Lions went up against one of their league rivals, South Grenville C2.
After taking an early 2-0 lead, the shorthanded Lions defence was unable to hold off the Rangers long enough to ensure the victory.
The game ended in the 2-2 tie which, fortunately, was enough to allow the Lions to win their pool over the Rangers (based on previous games Goals For – Goals Against).
By winning their pool, the Lions secured a spot in Sunday’s “A” semi-final against Kemptville C2 Panthers.
Scoring the Lions goals in the 2-2 tie were Owen Orendi and Jaeden Shaver. Assists were credited to Kendrew Byers, Shelby Martineau and Sean Nicolaassen.
Goaltender Michaela Mustard stoned the Rangers time and time again as they pressured for the game winning goal.
Sunday’s semi-final game against the Kemptville C2 Panthers was a very close contest between two evenly matched teams.
The Lions jumped out to a very early lead on a first minute goal by Shelby Martineau (assists to Shaver and Byers).
The outcome of the game was in question until the final minute when Shaver (from Rachel Nicolaassen) scored into the open Kemptville net to put the game out of reach.
This hard fought semi-final victory sent the Lions into the “A” Championship Final against the other South Grenville team.
After only a one hour break, the Lions took to the ice to face their toughest competition of the tournament.
Once again, they jumped out to an early lead on a McKee-Markell goal assisted by Swindells.
The Rangers tied the game but Duncan Hutt (from Devon Swindells) put the Lions back on top by a score of 2-1.
Once again before the end of the first period, the Rangers tied the game.
The Lions took a 3-2 lead in the second period on a Hummel and Martineau setup to Jaeden Shaver.
The Rangers tied the game two minutes into the third and took their first lead of the game when they scored with less than five minutes left in the game.
The Lions gave it a great effort but were unable to score the equalizer before the final buzzer sounded.
The final score was 4-3 in favour of the hometown Rangers.
A very tired and disappointed group of Lions had absolutely no reason to be upset with the result.
Throughout their five games, the players competed hard on every shift and gave all of the effort that was asked of them by their coaches. Parents and coaches alike are very proud of the team’s effort and subsequent result (2nd place in the 16 team tournament).
The Lions return to tournament action next month when they conclude their season at the Kingston Kids for Kids Tournament, where they look forward to the opportunity to end their runner-up streak.
The Lions will now be preparing for their first round playoff opponent, the North Dundas Demons.