wo of 11 skaters representing The Morrisburg Figure Skate Club at the 2015 Eastern Ontario StarSkate Invitational Championships (EOSIC) earned the right to advance to the Skate Ontario Championships, in Brampton, March 13-15.
Alexis Engwerda and Trina Dykstra-MacPherson put together some fine skates at EOSIC, February 13-15 at the Nepean Sportsplex and both are working hard on their programs for the upcoming All-Ontario.
In addition to the second place podium finish for Engwerda and Dykstra-MacPherson’s fourth place, the other nine Morrisburg Club skaters had some good personal results and skated away from EOSIC with valuable experience.
“It was great to have 11 skaters represent MDSC at EOSIC this year,” said Morrisburg club president Julie Van Hoof. “All our skaters skated their best, and the club is very proud of all of them for the hard work and dedication that goes into their skating.”
“Our coaches are very supportive of each of their skaters and help them work through the nerves which is often common at a competition this big!”
“MDSC is very proud to have two of our skaters representing Eastern Ontario at the All Ontario’s in March.”
Following is a list of the EOSIC skaters with comments from their coaches.
Abigail Jordan: 13th, Star 5 (over 13 category) – Coach Allison Scott
Abigail skated with great effort and poise throughout her program, to her captivating music “Seniorita” composed by Bond.
Abigail’s program consisted of two spins (a camel-sit-change sit combination and a flying camel), six jump elements, two of which were axels and one double jump, and a spiral sequence. She completed the axels, was rewarded points for complete rotation on her double jump, and skated fluently and persistently focusing on one element at a time.
Alisha VanHoof: 9th, Ladies Gold–Coach Louise Dimmick
For Ali’s last year competing at EOSIC before going away to school, she chose to skate to selections from the movie Love Actually. This has been a favourite selection of music for her and fittingly her program is elegant and expresses her love of skating.
After over 10 years of working with Ali, it’s been a pleasure to see her grow through the levels, challenges and successes.
She opened her program at EOSIC with a beautiful combination spin followed by a great double flip double loop jump combination. Her program was filled with double jumps, spins, and difficult footwork and transitions. An especially nice highlight was her impressive death drop sit spin.
Cameryn Broad: 6th, Star 5 Ladies-Coach Danielle Napier
Cameryn had personal goals set going into EOSIC (to land her double Salchow for the first time in competition, get full marks for a three position combination spin and skate as clean as possible). She met and exceeded her personal goals. Not only did she land one double in her program, but she landed two doubles for the first time in competition. Cameryn received full points for her combination spin. She skated well with only a few minor areas for deductions and finished with a personal best score of 15.76.
Erika Jordan: 1st Star 4 (under 13)-Coach Allison Scott
Erika had an awesome program and she completed a clean skate. She completed all eight elements, which included two spins (a camel-sit spin combination and backspin), five jump elements, (two of which were axels the most difficult jump in her program) and a spiral sequence. Erika skated to the dynamic and lively music “Libertango’ composed by Bond with great speed and attack, had good height in her jumps and quality rotations and positions in her spins.
She achieved gold status in five of eight elements and three silver, for first overall! An amazing EOSIC accomplishment!
Gracie Fairbairn: Star 2 Ladies-Coach Danielle Napier
Gracie skated at her first EOSIC at the Star 2 Ladies level in which she received a bronze marking. Gracie skated very well. She landed the five jumps in her program and completed two spins. Her highest jump is a flip, which she landed very nicely and received a silver marking on. Overall, Gracie was very pleased with her performance.
Katie Buter: Junior Bronze Coach Veronica Whyte
Katie moved up to the Junior Bronze level for the first time and had a good skate at her first EOSIC. Skating to a beautiful piece by Yani, Katie attempted a double salchow for the first time at EOSIC which is a great milestone. Katie grows as a skater at each competition.
Kristyn VanHoof: Sr. Bronze,
8th-Coach Danielle Napier.
Kristyn met the goal she set for her qualifying event which was to place top four in her flight to advance to the final group.
Kristyn had a strong qualifying event and for the first time in competition landed her double flip. Her program is very demanding with two double/double combinations, an axel combination, three spins and three double jumps.
She finished the qualifying program flight in first place with 22.05 points to advance to the final where she had a strong skate but lost marks on her flying spin. She finished in eighth place with a total of 21.20 points.
Mikaela Furo: Star 3, silver Coach Veronica Whyte
This was Mikaela’s second time to skate at EOSIC, this year skating at the Star 3 level. Mikaela had a good skate and received her silver status. During her performance, Mikaela showed how much her spins have improved.
Xandra Furo: Star 3, silver Coach Veronica Whyte
Xandra had a good skate for her second experience at EOSIC to receive her silver status. It was an exciting event for Xandra who showed how much power and flow she has in and out of her jumps.
The South Dundas “Dodge Caravan Kids” Novice B Lions got back in the win column here Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win against the Kemptville #2 Panthers.
After a couple of ties in the last seven days, the Lions took to the ice with one goal in mind, getting a lead and protecting it.
Brendan Shaver, in the Lions cage, continued his strong play, making solid saves against the Panthers attackers and stopping several point blank shots.
With the score 3-0, and the Panthers pressing to get on the scoreboard, Spencer Barclay made the defensive play of the game when he cut down a Panther attacker as he closed in on Shaver.
Cassidy Bilmer, back on defense after a stint on the wing, and her defense partner Emytt Fetterly got the offense going with some excellent defensive play.
Unlike previous games when the Lions came out forcing the offense and ended up giving up a goal, the Lions were a little bit on their heels and ended up getting the first goal.
The Lions Owen Fetterly scored first when Joshua Broad and Ben Lapier’s fore checking freed up the puck to create a scoring chance.
The Lions took a 2-0 lead when Nolan Henry moved the puck out of his own zone to Kolby Latulippe who tipped it over to Kayne McCadden who beat a Panther defender and buried a shot.
In the second period, the Lion’s took control and cut down on the opponents’ scoring chances with several back to back, hard fore checking shifts that led to more scoring opportunities.
Kayne McCadden broke away twice from the Panthers defense only to be caught from behind by a sliding defenseman who dove with his stick to knock the puck away.
The Lion’s opened a three goal lead in the third when Ben Lapier scored midway into the frame.
Now with the three goal lead could they not only hold but get the shutout.
Brendan Shaver was tested down the stretch, and he held strong until the final seconds.
With the Panthers goalie on the bench and the Panthers pressing the Lions defense couldn’t clear a rebound and the Panthers jumped on it to score with 10.3 seconds left.
Earlier in the week, the Lion’s travelled to Kemptville to take on Kemptville #1 and extended their unbeaten streak to six games. The Lion’s goal scorers were Nolan Henry and Ben Lapier in the 2-2 tie. Trent Rae had a strong game on the Lion’s blue line in helping goaltender Brendan Shaver secure the tie.
The South Dundas “Dodge Caravan Kids” Novice B Lions next home game is Sunday, October 30th at 1 p.m. Hockey fans are invited to come on out and cheer on the Lions.
The South Dundas “Parcoll Auto Parts” Novice B Lions continued their hot streak adding two more victories to their win column.
The Lions finished the first half of their schedule with a record of 6-2-4 and were looking to improve their standings coming into the weekend games.
On Saturday, during Lions Day, the Lions faced-off against the North Dundas Demons and defeated them 7-1.
Offensively for the Lion’s Nolan Henry and Kayne McCadden both scored hat-tricks, while line mate Kolby Latulippe added a single.
The Lions scored early and often, building a 4-0 lead at the end of the first period.
Kayne McCadden scored at 8:33 on a breakaway pass from Nolan Henry with Trent Rae picking up the secondary assist.
McCadden scored five minutes later on a shot from the slot after getting another pass from Henry off the left wing boards.
A minute later, while shorthanded, McCadden got a breakaway pass from Trent Rae toachieve the ‘natural hat-trick’.
Nolan Henry then picked up the scoring stick to net one while playing 4-4. Henry broke into the Demons end and shot a puck on the ice just inside the right corner of the net.
Kolby Latulippe would net one for himself jumping on a McCadden rebound for a 5-0 Lions lead.
Joshua Foley responded for the Demons on a shot from the blue line which beat Lion’s goaltender Brendan Shaver on a shot from the blue line.
Henry responded for the Lions when he picked up a loose puck in front of the net and shot it home for his second of the game.
In the third period, Henry finished off the scoring. He completing his hat trick when he caught a pass from Emytt Fetterly at centre ice and deked out both Demon defenders before depositing the puck in the top corner of their net.
Sunday, the Lions hosted the Smith Falls #2 Bears and defeated them 5-3.
The Lion’s again scored early as Joshua Broad banged home a pass from Ben Lapier from the front of the net.
Owen Fetterly had dug the puck out along the right wing board getting it to Lapier who made the nice centering pass.
A few minutes later the Lions grabbed a 2-0 lead when Kayne McCadden made a lead pass to Kolby Latulippe. The puck deflected back to McCadden who broke in to beat the Bears defender and goalie.
Before the period ended the Bears tied it 2-2 on a pair of goals by Owen Watson.
Opening the second period, McCadden won the face-off forward. He chased it down to break in on the Bears goalie alone and beat him to give the Lions the lead again, this time for good.
The Bears had some chances but were cut off many times by the Lions’ defenders.
Spencer Barclay and Cassidy Bilmer continued their strong play, cutting down would-be attackers as they crossed the blue line.
Bilmer played a big role on defense moving the puck well out of the Lions end and keeping the puck in at the offensive line.
Ben Lapier scored late in the second period, and Owen Fetterly scored in the third. Joshua Broad and Lapier picked up assists on the Fetterly goal.
The South Dundas “Parcoll Auto Parts” Novice B Lions next home game is Sunday, December 18th at 1 p.m. versus the Kemptville #1 Panthers.