Last Wednesday, Dale Adams, representing Ontario Power Generation, stopped in at the Morrisburg Arena to drop off a couple of early Christmas donations to the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club and the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association. The two organizations, that are responsible for keeping several hundred South Dundas youngsters busy and active in the winter months, each received $500 from OPG. On hand to accept for the Skating Club was president Julie VanHoof and board member Andy Lee while treasurer Pam Mullin accepted on behalf of minor hockey. The figure skaters will be putting their donation towards their “very important” sound system which this year will get a new microphone and some amplifier upgrades said Lee who expressed his thanks to OPG. Mullin, in thanking OPG on behalf of minor hockey explained the association uses the money to put “kids into hockey who couldn’t afford to play otherwise.”. Pictured above, l-r, are Mullin, Adams, Lee and VanHoof.
After losing their North Dundas Minor Hockey Association tournament opener to the Osgoode/Rideau Senators, the South Dundas Midget B House Lions got back on the right track here Saturday, December 6, with a 2-1 victory over the Char-Lan Rebels.
The win against the Rebels put the Lions in the B championship final against Ottawa’s WEHL, which ended in a 4-1 Lions victory.
The Lions dominated the play against WEHL in the B championship, going up 1-0 in the first period and leading 4-0 after two.
Goaltender Christian Francis gave up his shut out to E. Dekemp with 3:2- left in the third period.
Ewen Baril scored unassisted less than one minute into the first period to give the Lions the 1-0 advantage.
That was followed by the three, second periods goals scored by Trevor Nicolaassen, (from Ben Byvelds and Francis), Tyler Nelson, unassisted, and Nelson for goal number two, with help from Backes and Francis.).
The Lions opened in the tournament with the 4-1 loss to the Osgoode/Rideau Senators.
The Sens posted two first period goals, and added another two in the third period for a 4-0 lead.
Tyler Nelson scored the lone Lions goal with 2:17 left in the game, with Drew Gillard and Nicolaassen providing the assists.
The loss bounced the Lions to the B side of the tournament where they met and defeated the Char-Lan Rebels in a 2-1, come-from-behind, nail biter.
The Rebels got on the scoreboard against Francis midway into the first period, and their 1-0 advantage held throughout the second period.
Then finally at 1:03 of the third period, Tyler Nelson counted for the Lions to even it, 1-1.
At 5:01, Backes found the back of the Rebels net for the winner with help from Nelson and Baril.
The Lions player of the game awards went to goaltender Christian Francis against the Sens, Matt Backes in game two against the Rebels and Tyler Nelson in the championship final.
For Morrisburg and District figure skater Ali VanHoof, it’s been a season of ups and downs. But with a hugely solid performance behind her at the, February 15-17, EOSIC at Whitby, Ontario, the 16 year old, grade 10 student at Seaway District High School is exactly where she wanted to be when it started…training for the upcoming 2013 Ontario Starskate Championships in Fort Erie, Ontario.
For a period of several weeks last fall, Ali’s hope of qualifying at EOSIC for a spot at the Ontario Championship wasn’t looking good.
“Ali started her season by training over the summer (2012), developing new programs with the goal of qualifying at EOSIC in the Triathlon event to go on to the Skate Ontario StarSkate Championship,” explains her coach Louise Dimmick. “It all seemed on track until she suffered an injury to her ankle warming up at a competition at the end of September. That kept her off the ice for five weeks, and limited her as to what she could practice for an additional three weeks once she came back.”
It resulted in her planned 4.5 month pre-competition preparation time being cut in half.
“She had just over two months to get back into competition shape both physically and mentally, as well as finish the preparation and polish of four programs,” says Dimmick. “We were faced with a daunting challenge.”
But, says Dimmick, “it is amazing what can be accomplished by the human spirit with perseverance and support.”
Despite the injury-plagued season, Van Hoof worked hard and her results were impressive at the Eastern Ontario Section Inter Club event (EOSIC) in Whitby, which allowed her to qualify for the upcoming Ontario Starskate competition from March 22-24.
The Triathlon is a three part event with skaters competing in Skills, Interpretive and Freeskating.
Ali started the Triathlon at EOSIC with a personal best skate in her Skills program. “She demonstrated good edges, turns and spirals and filled the boardless ice surface with her speed and power,” says Dimmick.
Her performance put her in fourth place with only 1/100th of a point separating her from third spot going into the Interpretive program.
“Her Interpretive program, admittedly her weakest part of the Triathlon, was the true breakthrough of the weekend,” says Dimmick explaining that Interpretive requires that the skater communicate a theme to the audience through performing skating moves to music.
“Cleopatra’s Conquest was a fitting theme for Ali this season as it signifies the fight and determination she has demonstrated in order to challenge for her goals given the obstacles she has faced.”
In skating her Interpretive, Ali shattered her previous score by over 12 points to earn a fifth place finish in the Interpretive segment. This moved her into third place with her strongest event, Freeskate, yet to come.
“I knew going into the Triathlon that the Freeskate would be my strongest. I knew that it could be the one that could lift me up,” says Ali. “I was fairly confident going in, but after I was finished I knew there were a few things I could have done better. I felt that I had skated well enough though to be in the top somewhere.”
And indeed she had. An excellent performance placed her first in the Freeskate segment and landed her an overall second place finish in the Silver Triathlon Event to qualify for this month’s Ontario Starskate Championship.
During her EOSIC Freeskate, VanHoof landed five double jumps, two double, double combinations, a double lutz and a third jump combination-Axel plus loop.
She performed three great spins including a death drop flying spin and two combinations which included difficult variations.
As for the upcoming Starskate Championship, VanHoof says she is now training hard. “I’m going to try to add to my Interpretive, and I am working on cleaner turns in my skills.”
“I am trying to up my mark a bit in all of my programs.”
Ali has been skating since she was a wee tot. She is a very motivated skater and works very hard. She successfully balances her skating with her school studies, school athletics and a part-time job.
She is one of only a few local skaters to earn the opportunity to skate at provincial levels.
After leading the Alexandria Glens 3-1 at the end of the first period, the Morrisburg Junior B Lions were able to hold on to a slim 4-3 edge after 40 minutes of play here Sunday afternoon. But then along came the third period.
That’s when the Glens turned it up a notch to out-score the Lions 8-1 and claim an 11-5 win.
“I just don’t understand,” said coach Thom Racine. “We played two good periods of hockey. I just don’t know how we can lose our composure like that on one goal.”
That goal came at 3:29 of the third period and tied the game 4-4. From then on it was down hill all the way for the Lions who are looking less and less likely to earn the St. Lawrence Division’s fourth and final playoff position.
“Obviously, Alexandria sat in their dressing room between periods with their 12 players and said ‘enough is enough’. They (Alexandria) don’t have a physical team, they just out-skilled us. We were awful in the third period,” said Racine.
The 11-5 come-from-behind Alexandria win followed on the heels of a crushing 8-0 Hawks victory in Winchester on Friday night.
“Friday night we played a really good first period, but after that they just destroyed us,” said Racine.
The game was scoreless in the first period, and in the second the St. Lawrence Division’s first place Hawks went up 4-0. They dropped their final four goals, against Lions goaltender Mikael Dion, in the third period.
In a demonstration of their offensive depth, eight Hawks players accounted for the goals. They were Nevin Guy, Ramsey Wheeler, Dylan Chessell, Josh Stubbings, Brandon Belding, Aaron Dickenson, Dustin Tinkler and Graham Loyst.
The Hawks sat out eight minor penalties and a 10 minute misconduct while the Lions were assessed five minors.
Sunday afternoon in Morrisburg, Ryan Dunbar, Michael Poapst and Michael Paquette accounted for the Lions three first period goals. Adam Simpson answered for the Glens to keep the count at 3-1.
Then in the second period, the Glens got a pair of counters from Shane Kitchen while Chris Rutley struck on the Lions power play.
The period ended with the Lions in the lead 4-3.
In the third period the Glens totally dominated the play with four consecutive unanswered goals as they headed for the comeback 11-5 win.
Michel Lefebvre scored the Lions fifth and final goal, unassisted, at 8:10 of the third period.
The Lions were in action last night, Tuesday in Williamstown in a makeup game against the Char-Lan Rebels. They went into the game trailing the fourth place Rebels by five points and, to have even a remote chance of catching them, the Lions had to produce a win.
The Lions have four games, plus a makeup game against the Casselman Vikings, left on their schedule.
This Thursday, February 2 they are in Casselman for a 7:30 p.m. match and Saturday night, February 4 they travel to Alexandria.
The Winchester Hawks have now wrapped up the St. Lawrence Division’s top spot with 67 points on 33 wins, four losses and one tie. The Casselman Vikings are in second spot with 56 points and the Glen are guaranteed third place with 49.
In the bottom half of the division the Revels hold fourth place with 28 points, the Lions ar next with 23 and the Akwesasne Wolves are in sixth place with 21.
The much-improved Akwesasne Wolves defeated the Vikings, 4-2 Sunday, to give themselves the opportunity to climb out of the St. Lawrence Division basement.