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.
The South Dundas Peewee B1 Lions were quick out of the starting gate on Friday, March 1, when they claimed a decisive 5-1 victory over the visiting NGS Braves in game one of their UCMHL East Division playoff series.
The Braves put up more of a fuss in game two, holding the Lions from the scoreboard until the second period, but it wasn’t enough, as the Lions skated to a 2-1 victory to wrap up the series four points to zero.
In game one, the Lions went up 2-0 in the first period. Jonah Bennis got it rolling with an unassisted goal just over six minutes in and two minutes later, Lucas Bennis put the Lions up 2-0 with help from Devin Dumoulin and Aden Casselman.
The Braves Connor MacMillan put one goal by Lions goaltender Wes Alexander in the second period, but that was it.
Before the buzzer sounded to end the second Jonah Bennis (from Brady Smith) made it 3-1 for the Lions.
Two unanswered third period goals gave the Lions the 5-1 win.
Jonah Bennis completed a three goal performance (assisted by Dumoulin and Noah Keeler) and Lucas Bennis applied the finishing touch 20 seconds later with help from Keeler for the 5-1 win.
Game two was a much tighter match. After a scoreless first period, Jonah Bennis got it rolling with help from brother Lucas early in the second.
Devin Dumoulin counted what would be the winner at 5:20 of the second with Smith and Connor Dumoulin providing the assists.
The Braves put their lone goal past Wes Alexander in the third period to get to within striking distance but that was it.
The Lions held on for the 2-1 win to take the series in two games straight.
The Lions will now meet Brockville in the East Division final.
Game one is set for March 17 in Morrisburg at 4:30 p.m. and game two will be played March 18, in Brockville at 8:30 p.m. Game 3, if necessary, will be in Morrisburg, March 20, at 7 p.m.
As promised, we have an update on results of the first half of the curling year. But before that, our thanks to the curling club executive and especially our ice technician, Wally Baker, whose prompt attention to an ice crisis is much appreciated.
Our compressor broke down, and while waiting for the part and the replacement of it, games had to be cancelled, as the ice was out. Three days later, curlers were able to get back to curling, though we could see the outline of the brine lines through the ice surface that remained. Great recovery, folks!
Now to the curling: the Thursday morning mixed league wound up with the team of Jack Barkley, Keith Robinson, Bud Perry and Kevin Minish winning the Bank of Montreal trophy for finishing first in league play. Our thanks to the Morrisburg Community Living Association for supporting Kevin, one of their residents, in his desire to curl with us. Jack has been a great encouragement to Kevin at the rink, and for this last draw, Bud Perry arranged for Kevin to get a special small trophy with his winning team’s names on it. Kevin’s laughter and obvious pleasure at these outings has been a delight to us.
Curlers and their guests enjoyed the banquet catered by Subway, and Ruth Kelly, our hard-working coordinator, arranged a Christmas Quiz, complete with prizes for the winning team. The “quiz whizzes” were Sam Locke, Alice Thompson, Doug Jarvis, Linda Murphy and Philip Vinokuroff. The next draw begins on January 2, with several curlers missing, since the “snowbird season” is upon us.
The senior men finished their draw as well, with the team of Sid Morrell, Karl Duncan, Keith Robinson and Al Gowanlock winning the Bowman Trophy. Curling continues for them and all other leagues on the first week in January also.
The ladies, who partied on their last night, do not announce winners for their draws, and the Thursday night competitive league announces their results at the end of the year. Tuesday night men’s league results and those for Friday night were unavailable, and we’ll get those later.
Because of cancellation for compressor problems, a tight league finish could delay results for the present.
There are three rentals over the holidays, and Wally will be doing more work on the ice, including a much-needed flooding, so aside from the New Year’s Eve party and bonspiel, there’s nothing else to report until January.
Next month we have a Parnell competition for the senior men, in Cornwall, as well as a bonspiel at our club for seniors.
In addition, teams will be out to several clubs, including Navan, Granite and North Grenville. Another two-person bonspiel is scheduled, and of course our little rockers will be out in January as well.
See you then!
The South Dundas Peewee B House Lions came up with a big 6-3 victory on home ice last Thursday, March 26 to stay alive in their five point UCMHL Championship series against the Brockville Braves and force a fifth game.
Monday night, the fifth game was played in Brockville, and the Lions completed a wildly exciting series and season with a 3-1 win to claim the UCMHL playoff championship.
“We just kept moving our feet,” said coach Jason Broad following Monday night’s championship win. “We won the battles and forced the issue and the net. It was a team effort for sure. Our defence played well, and our goalies even better.”
“We did run into trouble with too many penalties, but Brendan Shaver who started in net played great and made many tough saves. Then Michaela [Mustard] came in and faced a lot of shots as well. It was the best game Brockville played in the series.”
The five-point championship series opened on Thursday, March 12, in Morrisburg, with a 1-0 Braves win.
It resumed in Brockville following March Break, with a 4-1 Lions win on Monday, March 23, and a 3-2 Brockville win on Tuesday, March 24.
That put the Lions in the situation that they had to win the Thursday, March 26 game on home ice to stay alive and force the fifth game.
They played tough in Morrisburg. They went up 2-0 in the first period before the Braves got one back with 22 seconds left in the first period.
Just over three minutes into the second, the Lions stretched it to 3-1, but less than one minute later the Braves countered to keep it closes at 3-2.
It was in the final five minutes of the second period that the Lions were able to take charge of the game with three unanswered goals to move ahead 6-2.
The Braves got one back midway into the third period, but the Lions held on for the 6-3 win, and one more road trip to Brockville.
Monday night in Brockville, the Lions went up 2-0 in the first period.
Keiren Geurkink kicked it off with a short-handed goal when Brody Fairbairn iced it and he beat the Brockville defence to the puck.
The went up 2-0, still in the first period, when Jaeden Phifer-Shaver buried the puck off a Ben Lapier pass.
The Lions goal number three was scored in the second period during a scramble in front of the Brockville net. Jack Connors and Jaeden Phifer-Shaver took their turns jamming at the puck which came loose to Ben Lapier who put it home for the 3-0 lead.
The Braves got their lone goal on their power play early in the third period when a point shot was deflected past Mustard and that is the way it stayed.
The Lions hung on to come from behind a four point to two deficit with consecutive wins to claim the series and championship series, six points to four.