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.
Sixty-one Scottish curlers are sweeping through Canada as the 110th edition of the Strathcona Cup takes place from January 10-31.
This year for the first time, the Scottish tour has been divided into three playing areas, the East Coast, Central and West Coast. When play finishes on the 31st some 1,700 Canadian will have participated against the Scots in 437 games in 105 different curling clubs.
Last Tuesday, two rinks of Scots were in Morrisburg where they played rinks from Cornwall, Winchester and two from Morrisburg. The other three rinks with the central tour (20 players total) were playing in Prescott.
Morning action in Morrisburg resulted in the local rink skipped by Mahlon Locke squeezing out a close 6-5 win over Scotland’s Rae Graham.
Playing for Locke were Jack Barkley, Wally Baker and George Rutley.
Scotland’s rink included Davie Haggart, Jim Stewart and Graham McGuire.
After dropping behind early the second Scottish rink skipped by Mike Ferguson battled back against their Winchester opponents to end it all even at 10-10.
Playing for Winchester were skip Michel St. Marseille, Don McIntosh, Bob Crummy and Joe Cass.
For team Scotland, the curlers were Ferguson, Mark Turnbull, Alistair Hendry and Jimmy Reaburn.
Before heading to the ice for the afternoon action, the curlers sat down to a lunch provided by the Morrisburg club.
Then it was back to the ice. This time out Morrisburg’s Sid Morrell with Roy Benoit, John Allison and Ron Beaupre met Rae Graham and again it ended in a tie, this time 5-5.
In the other action, Cornwall’s Bill Dickie defeated Scotland’s Graham 7-5.
On the ice with Dickie were Gerry McKenna, Wayne Lauber and Stuart McDonald.
Strathcona Cup play takes place every five years, alternating between Scotland and Canada.
Although point totals are kept, “the idea is to promote the fellowship of curling” explained Bill Rothwell who was the Canadian courier travelling with the Central/Ontario group.
Rothwell, who lives in Bancroft, Ontario, played in the event when it was last in Canada in 2003. He then successfully applied to be a team Canada member on the tour to Scotland in 2008.
“You can only go to Scotland once and vice versa for them,” said Rothwell of his curling trip of a lifetime.
Rothwell explained the Scots arrived for the current tour in Canada on Wednesday, January 9.
They played a number of Ottawa and area venues including the Ottawa Hunt Club, Cityview and then headed off to Russell, Navan and Metcalfe. On the 13th and 14th they were in Quebec, where they played Mount Royal, the Royal Montreal, Hudson, Whitlock and Pointe Claire.
Tuesday they played in Morrisburg and Prescott and then were off to the west for Quinte and Brighton later in the week.
The wrap-up is in Burlington on Thursday, January 31, when they will meet their fellow countrymen who are on the eastern and western Canada tours.
“They play 30 games in 22 games,” explained Rothwell. “It’s pretty grueling.”
“Every point is counted right across Canada. The total scores goes in and that’s how they come up with the winner.”
Rothwell explained that when the current Canadian Tour ends, committees will be formed in the two countries. On the Canadian side an application process will begin to select the Canadian team that will head to Scotland in five years time. On the Scotland side, the organization will begin preparations to host the cup in 2018.
Those selected to represent Canada are generally curlers who have contributed to the game at their club levels as well as upper levels. The curlers cover their own expenses for travel and lodging. Much of their food is supplied by the clubs they visit.
The central division Scots went into action last Tuesday up about seven points. Overall the 60 players were up about 100 shots, which according to Rothwell is normal.
“The visiting team generally leads because they are curling together through it all against teams put together at the hosting clubs.”
“So far they love it. Everywhere they go they get treated royally.
“The generosity of the Canadian curlers has been great,” said Skip Graham. “We were at the Hunt Club and it was fantastic, and we been at smaller venues which have been equally tremendous.”
His teammate Davie Haggart agreed and complimented the Morrisburg Club facility.
“It was absolutely great ice. You can’t complain about that.” he said. “And your beer is good too,” he said graciously adding with a laugh, “but I don’t like the rye.”
The South Dundas “Howitzer” Novice B Lions defeated the Kemptville #2 Panthers in two straight games to advance to the East Division finals against the Brockville #2 Braves.
Heading into the series, it was expected to be a close one. In previous matches, the Lions held the season series advantage over the Kemptville team 2-1-1. In October, they lost to the Panthers in an exciting overtime game in the “A” final of the NGS tournament.
The opening game pitted the number two rank Panthers against the third ranked Lions who had just come of a two game sweep of the North Dundas Demons.
The Panthers came out strong in the opening minutes while the Lions were adjusting to their speed. That result in a Panther goal just 1:40 in from Noah Penney.
The Lions bounced back quickly on the power play when Kolby Latulippe scored from the slot, assisted by Ben Lapier and Nolan Henry.
The Panthers added one more before the period ended for a 2-1 advantage heading into the second period..
Goals were traded in the second by Lion Nolan Henry and by Panther Matt Murphy, before the Lions exploded for three goals in three minutes.
Lapier kicked it off when he scored on a breakaway pass from Emytt Fetterly, then Kayne McCadden connected on a nice three way passing play by Owen Fetterly and Joshua Broad.
Henry picked up his second goal by making a couple of moves at the Panthers blue line before breaking into their zone and scoring. The assist went to Cassidy Bilmer who had moved the puck up the right wing boards.
Penney responded for the Panthers to close the gap to 5-4 in the Lions favour as they headed into the third period.
Lion’s goalie Brendan Shaver was sharp in the third period keeping the Panthers off the score board with the help of defense partners Spencer Barclay and Trent Rae.
The Lions extended their lead to three, with goals from McCadden and Henry.
Henry’s was his third goal of the game giving him his second hat trick in a week.
Emytt Fetterly picked up the assist with line-mate Owen Fetterly and Joshua Broad assisted on McCadden’s goal.
The Lions grabbed a late power play marker when Latulippe netted his second of the game with 22 seconds left with assists to Owen Fetterly and Henry.
With the game one, 8-4, the Lions grabbed home ice advantage in the series.
Back home on Morrisburg ice, last Wednesday, the Panthers were looking to even the four-point series.
Panther Noah Penney once again opened the scoring on a breakaway two minutes into the first period and the 1-0 lead held into the second period.
In the second, the Lions got on the scoreboard while on the power player when Kayne McCadden took a pass from Nolan Henry in the slot and scored with a low shot to the corner of the net.
Ben Lapier picked up the secondary assist as he kept the puck alive along the boards and made a short pass to Henry. The Panthers battled back to take a 2-1 lead, but before the second period ended the Lions scored another two from Ben Lapier and Kayne McCadden as he and his line mates Owen Fetterly and Joshua Broad would team up on a passing play.
With the Lion’s up 3-2 to start the third, the Panthers pressed but Lions goaltender Brendan Shaver stood tall.
As time ticked by McCadden scored his third of the game, a hat trick, with the Fetterly boys’ picking up assists, Owen and Emytt.
When the third period expired, and the Lions had their fourth consecutive playoff win and second series sweep.
The South Dundas “Howitzer” Novice B Lions were in playoff action on Sunday afternoon in Brockville for Game #1 of the East Division Final and won 5-3, Game #2 was played last night, Tuesday, March 6th in Morrisburg.
Details of the championship series will be in next week’s issue of The Leader.