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.
Saturday, December 6, South Dundas Atom B Lions were the talk of the town here when they won the A championship of the Perth/Lanark Atom Tournament with an undefeated record.
It was a seven-team team, one-day tournament which saw the Lions defeat St. Isadore 6-1, Perth Lanark 2, 5-1, and then Kemptville 2, 2-0 in the final.
The Lions opened with a 6-1 victory versus St. Isadore.
Sam Connors got it rolling, when he hammered home a rebound, and Mateo Lacroix helped the Lions hold on to the lead with a huge glove save at the six minute mark.
Dryden Buter, assisted by Alek Larocque, made it 2-0 with 5:53 left in the second period, and Monty Dejong made it 3-0 just 13 seconds later after taking a beautiful pass from Connors.
St. Isadore got their only goal of the game late in the second period.
Early in the third period, Cam Shaver, on the Lions power play, took a pass from Stef Kronstal in the neutral zone, and went in on a 2 on 1 break with line mate Connors. Shaver used Connors as a decoy before firing one to the bottom corner.
The Lions went up 5-1, when Zack Scarbeau tipped in a Spencer Barclay shot, and James Martens rounded out the scoring with 1:43 left after getting a nice pass from Owen Patterson.
Sean Nicolaassen was named Hustler of the game.
Game two was a 5-1 win over hometown Perth Lanark 2.
The Lions used a nice breakout play generated by defenceman Jack McCann and winger Owen Patterson to spring Dryden Buter on a partial breakaway for goal number one.
Then Spencer Barclay made a nice power move from the corner towards the goal and fired a shot to the back of the net to make it 2-0.
Perth pulled within one early in the second, but Dejong made it 3-1 Lions with 5:53 left and Martens, from Kronstal made it 4-1 heading into the third.
Dejong got the lone goal of the third, assisted by Nate Paulino, and his two goal effort helped earn him the Hustler of the game award.
The Lions 2-0 round robin record put them in the A final against Kemptville 2.
The Lions were “on our heels” for most of the first period, which remained scoreless thanks to some key saves from Lacroix. The second period was even more evenly played, with the Lions goaltending duo of Mateo Lacroix and Quade Mullin sharing the net duties.
It wasn’t until well into the third period that Dejong finally gave the Lions a 1-0 lead, and that held until Nicolaassen added an insurance marker with a powerful wrist shot with five minutes left in the game.
Mullin was named Hustler of the game for some key third period saves.
The Lions team members are goalies Mateo Lacroix and Quade Mullin, Sean Nicolaassen, James Martens, Monty Dejong, Alek Larocque, Cam Shaver, Spencer Barclay, Stefan Kronstal, Jack McCann, Owen Patterson, Nate Paulino, Zack Scarbeau, Dryden Buter and Sam Connors. Coaching staff includes Brian Shaver, assistant coaches Randy Mullin and Mike Barclay, trainer John Connors and manager Johanna Kronstal.
In league play, Sunday, December 7, the Lions hosted second place South Grenville, who they trailed in the standings by two points.
The Lions struck on the first shift when Dryden Buter passed to winger Owen Patterson at the Rangers blue line. Patterson took a couple of strides down the boards, then let go a hard wrister that beat South Grenville goaltender, Bryce Kijewski on the short side.
The Rangers put it past Mullin late in the first period to tie it 1-1.
The Lions got the lone goal of the second when Connors fired a shot on goal, and Dejong banged home the rebound for a 2-1 advantage.
Nicolaassen’s power-play goal, assisted by Scarbeau, made it 3-1 at early in the third.
The Rangers made it close, but then the Lions got their second power-play goal from Barclay who took a feed from Nicolaassen and fired a laser beam to the bottom left corner of the Rangers goal to make it a 4-2 final.
This was the Lions fifth regular season win in a row, and it put them into a tie for second with South Grenville, with two games in hand.
Next action is at home versus South Stormont, this Thursday night, December 11 at 7 p.m.
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