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.
The Morrisburg Lions handled a pair of losses in Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey action this past week, an 8-5 loss in the Hawks nest Saturday night, and a 7-4 loss to the hungry Wolves in Morrisburg on Sunday.
The Lions have been on a rocky road since the season began in September and have registered just one win in 14 St. Lawrence Division games.
Saturday night, the Hawks led 2-0 after the first period and 6-0 heading into the third.
The Lions got on board 1:13 into the third period with an unassisted Michael Paquette goal.
The Lions then went on to win the third period, 5-2, but it was too little, too late.
Scoring for the Lions in the third period against Hawks goaltender Brandon Lowery were Paquette, Taylor Eamon, Alex Kidd, Chris Pearson and Christian Leger.
Sunday afternoon in Morrisburg, the Lions held their own in the first two periods.
The Wolves went up 1-0 in the first period, but the Lions charged back in the second with counters from Chris Pearson and Michael Paquette to go up 2-1.
The Wolves evened it 2-2 at 12:29 of the frame, and the tie held until early in the third period.
That’s when the Wolves turned it up a notch for two quick goals at 2:36 and 3:35.
Christian Leger cut the gap to 4-3 at 6:17, but again the Wolves charged back with two goals, now to stretch their lead to 6-3.
Paquette got the Lions final counter in the last minute of play, and the Wolves flipped one more into the empty Lions net for the 7-4 win.
Coming up this week, the Lions host the division’s first place Casselman Vikings, Saturday night, November 2. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
We’re into the third week of curling at the Morrisburg Curling Club and things are rounding into shape.
The Swing and Sweep event had to be cancelled this year, as a result of low numbers interested. Instead, the executive organized an opening bonspiel for last Saturday.
Other events scheduled are Glenn Cougler’s stick bonspiel, the women’s Invitational on Tuesday, December 4, the Gamble bonspiel on Saturday November 17, and the OCA Zone 1 Intermediates from December 22-23.
In addition, a lady from Cornwall is trying to organize an Alzheimer’s bonspiel for Saturday, November 10. Club president, Mahlon Locke tells us there’ll be an information sheet in the lounge. Why not put together a team to support this charity? More information on all events is available at the Club or from the organizers.
Over the summer a good deal of work was done by the executive and other volunteers. The new carpet is in, painting (especially interesting is the red door) and upgrading inside has taken place, -washrooms, bar, etc., and feet-cleaning mats are down at entrances to the ice surface.
The ice is fast, and Wally Baker has some other innovations that have much improved the surface and our curling experience. On November 10 our rocks’ running bands will be reconditioned, to bring back the wonderful curling ability they used to have, well back in the last century.
Our membership numbers are down slightly from last year, but there are a number of new curlers, and it is still possible to register for the league of your choice. Those interested can also curl as a spare, or pay for single games if there is an opening on a team.
Dave King is looking after the day men for anyone who would like to join that league. Tuesday night men’s coordinator Joe McCooeye is the person to see about signing up there, Alice Thompson for the Tuesday afternoon ladies, Susan McIntosh and Claire Locke for Wednesday night ladies, Ruth Kelly for daytime mixed, Ian Wilson for the Thursday night competitive league, and Mahlon Locke for the Friday night mixed league.
Also, the little rockers are being looked after by Ian and Kathy Wilson. Hope to see some more people out!
Mahlon and Paula Locke and their committee organized the opening bonspiel, and arranged a delicious lunch for the curlers in the event. In the early draw, there was some mid-season level curling, with Sid Morrell’s foursome emerging victorious. His team included Ron Beaupre, Ted Herriman and Paul Gunther.
In the second draw Mahlon Locke, Wendy Casselman, Dave McIntosh and Claire Locke were victorious. When the total points for the teams were considered, Sid’s foursome finished first, with Mahlon’s warriors ending up second overall. It was a good day, with profits from the event turned over to the club.
A women’s team competed at Kemptville last Saturday. Gretta McGann, Cheryl Thompson, and Paula and Claire Locke played a single eight-end match in the morning, and defeated a foursome from Brockville. When the winners’ scores were tallied, Morrisburg was in second place, while Smiths Falls took the overall total.
Local teams are entered in several bonspiels around eastern Ontario, and we’ll report on those when they occur. There will be friendly competitions with other club teams from various leagues, and we’ll do our best to keep you informed about those. Do keep us posted on your events, so that we can report to your fans.
Good curling, folks!
got off to a rough start in Alexandria, on Friday night, when the Glens put together a 7-4 victory, and it didn’t get any better Saturday, November 15 against the Winchester Hawks.
The Saturday night effort in Morrisburg saw the Hawks come out on top by a 10-3 score.
Although it remained relatively close in the first periods of both games, the Lions couldn’t keep it together in the second periods.
Friday night in Alexandria, Bradley Gabbour put the Glens on the board 3:32 into the first period and Zack Renfrew (from Cole Beckstead and Cole Fowler) evened it at 8:57.
That was it until the second period when the Glens struck for three more from the sticks of Adam Cooke, Tristan Sabourin and Ben Poirier. That put the Glens up 4-1 heading into the third period.
In the third, the Lions found their game and managed to tie the period, 3-3, but they couldn’t erase the damage done in the three goal, Glens second period.
Scoring for the Lions in the third period were Michael Paquette (from Zack Renfrew), Renfrew (from Paquette) and Dallas Blacksmith on the Lions power play (from Cole Fowler).
Gabbour answered for the Glens to complete a three goal performance and Poirier counted his second goal.
Keiran Weir was in the Lions’ net for the loss, and Nicholas Maheux got the win for the Glens. Weir faced 33 Glens shots, while Maheux faced 34 from the Lions.
The Lions served 58 minutes on 13 infractions and the Glens sat out 40 minutes on 12 infractions.
Saturday night, the Hawks were in town to pick up a 10-3 victory in front of the Lions home town fans.
Again the first period remained close. Steve Ray Adams opened the Hawks scoring at 4:11 of the frame, and Jacob Guillot answered back, unassisted, on the Lions power play at 7:07. The tie lasted until 10:04 of the first when Franco Gagnon gave the Hawks a 2-1 edge.
The second period belonged to the Hawks as they struck for four in a row to go up 6-1 before the Lions could get them stopped with a Michael Paquette counter, assisted by Zack Renfrew and Justin Rutley.
Josh Stubbings counted two goals against Lions goaltender John Gilmer in the second period, and Tim Conlin and Austin Rothe added singles.
The third period was again a Hawks affair, with the Hawks counting another four goals and the Lions managing only one.
Stevie Ray Adams completed a three goal performance with two counters and Kyle Richardson and Bryden Van Kessel added singles for the 10-3, Hawks victory.
Dallas Blacksmith scored for the Lions with Landon Veenstra and Jacob Kendrick providing the assists.
The game was unusually low in the penalty department. Just three minor penalties were assessed in the first period, two going to the Lions. The second period was played penalty free, and one minor was handed out to each in the third for a game total of 10 minutes served on five minor infractions.
Gilmer handled the entire game for the Lions and Brandon Lowry earned the Winchester win.
Coming up, the Lions host the Char-Lan Rebels, Sunday, November 23 at 2:30 p.m.
The Rebels are chasing the Lions and this past week picked up two points on them with a 3-1 win over the Akwesasne Wolves.