The Kickers made this an undefeated season by winning a final make-up game 6-4 over the Ottawa Internationals Team 2, on Thursday, August 16, in Iroquois, then going on to do an outstanding job at the year-end tournament held at Kemptville Agricultural College on Sunday, August 19. The Iroquois game was tied 4-4, with three minutes left in play, when Randy Doherty scored for the Kickers, giving him three goals in total for the night. With seconds left on the clock, Jeff McLaughlin rushed in to make the last goal of the evening. Coaches Jeff Buchanan and Don Hoogwerf were very pleased with the season’s results. “The Kickers also made the year-end tournament,” said Hoogwerf, “where they won all three of the games they played. They defeated North Dundas 1-0, in the first game, Nepean Hotspurs, Team 2, 3-2 in the second game and Nepean Hotspurs Team 1 by a score of 2-0 in the third game.” On the field, Liam Bush controls the ball.
The Morrisburg Junior B Lions have hit the ice for their 2011/12 tryouts, and coach Thom Racine, back for his second season at the helm, says he like what he sees, although he has lost a couple of key players that will be tough to replace.
“We have a lot of kids at camp, and we have a real good nucleus of players returning,” says Racine.
“Unfortunately, Mitch Lefebvre, our go to guy, is skating with a Triple A Junior team in Quebec and defenceman Patrick Cyr is in the Cumberland camp (Central Junior).”
“We have 12 others who are back, and we are optimistic about some of the young local talent we are seeing.”
The Lions had their first ice time at the Benson Centre in Cornwall on the weekend of August 27-28. Racine said he ran scrimmages during each of the two, two-hour sessions.
This past weekend the Lions embarked on a schedule that will see them play six games in eight days, as Raccine and his coaching staff, which currently includes Cody Casselman and Jarett Racine, ready the team for their opening game on Friday night, September 16 in Kemptville.
All but two of the pre-season exhibition games will be played in Maxville.
Racine does not expect to skate on home ice until Tuesday, September 13 which will be a practise as the Lions prepare for their opening game to be played at the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Showcase event in Kemptville.
“We’ll be playing the Ottawa West Golden Knights,” says Racine with a chuckle adding, “thanks for coming out” as his description of what he expects will be a tough opener against the Knights who are perennial leaders in the Metro Division of the league.
Local skaters (still midget age) at the Lions opening camp included centreman Marc Beckstead and defenceman Ty Hodgson and Racine is impressed with both.
The two were drafted in May in the Central Hockey League Bantam and Midget-aged Draft (Tier II Junior A).
Beckstead, who played in the Upper Canada Cyclones organization last season, was drafted second overall by the Cumberland Grads and is currently skating at their camp.
Hodgson who played for the St. Lawrence Kings last season was selected in the ninth round of the draft by the Brockville Braves.
While Racine says he is looking at some really talented young players, he is pleased to have goaltender Mikael Dion back. “He’s the kid who carried us into the playoffs last year.”
Racine expects to have his numbers down by the Lions first practise on home ice on the 13th, in order to have a team ready for the opener in Kemptville.
By that time he expects it will be clearer about what is happening with the players who are still skating at Junior A camps.
The Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Fall Classic will run three days, September 16-18, at Kemptville. Local hockey fans can purchase passes for $25 to take in all of the games which will run on both sheets of ice at the Kemptville complex. Tickets are set at $10 per day.
The Lions kick off their season against the Golden nights at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, night September 16 in Rink B. Another three games will be played Friday night and action resumes Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the Akwesasne Wolves playing the Almonte Thunder. The Lions will play their second game of the weekend Saturday night at 8 p.m. against Stittsville.
This is the only time during the regular season that teams in the North and South Divisions of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League will meet. The overall EOJHL championship is played between the north and south.
Our Little Rockers played host to a full slate of 12 Bantam curling teams on Sunday, February 1.
In the early draw, the Winchester team emerged victorious, while curlers from Navan finished second. Our boys, Ewan Wilson, Nolan Belanger, Josh Broad and Jonathan Charette, were third by half a point, winning their last match with a draw to the button. North Grenville finished fourth, Prescott, who our fellows defeated in their first match, were fifth, and Cornwall placed sixth.
In the late draw, our girls, Jodie Robinson, Annika Gibbons, Abby Trizisky and Kyra Morris, were close in their matches, but couldn’t quite pull off victory against the older, more experienced bantam aged opposition.
North Grenville came first in their division, Navan was second, and Glenmore, from the Montreal area, was third. Winchester placed fourth, Prescott was fifth, and they edged out our girls. Both of our teams played well, and are getting better each time out. Next year some of our players will graduate to the bantam division, and will be able to compete against the older players on an equal footing.
Thanks again to the Wilson family, who coach and nurture these young curlers, with help from several of the parents, assistance that was noteworthy Sunday.
Our senior men hosted Brockville on Friday for a friendly bonspiel. Our three teams were: Don McMillan, Sam Locke, Al Gowanlock and Jim Adams, who won. The second team was Peter Zeran, Ron Beaupre, Eric Johnson and Glenn Cougler, who lost their match, and the third was Andy Patenaude, Doug Jarvis, and Don Lazenby, who won theirs.
Last Wednesday, Alice Thompson, Sharon Van Allen, Linda Murphy and Sandra Beckstead were back at Kemptville for their Ladies’ Invitational. The morning match was a victory, as a Granite rink succumbed to Morrisburg’s skilled play. After lunch our folks returned to the five sheet rink and lost to a superior Russell foursome.
On January 23, two teams of senior men competed in the Prescott Parnell bonspiel. Jack Barkley, Raymond Benoit, Don McMillan and Neil Williams lost to Prescott, who won the competition. Pete Zeran, Andy Patenaude, Sam Locke and Earl Jeacle also lost both of their games.
The final Parnell competition will be held later this month in Lancaster. Better luck this time, fellows.
Saturday, January 31, Morrisburg hosted their annual Alzheimer Bonspiel. With encouraging words and thanks from the Alzheimer representative, the teams in the competition launched their games.
In the first draw, with wins in both their matches, the team of Andy Patenaude, Alice Thompson, Rick McKenzie and Sandra Beckstead emerged victorious and took home their prizes as the champions. In the second draw, Sam Locke, Penny Davidson, Dennis Thibault and Claire Locke won amidst some excellent competition.
The silent auction netted $1,000 for Alzheimer, and the entry fees and other initiatives upped the total for the day considerably. Thanks to Mahlon Locke for organizing the day, and to the other volunteers, who took care of lunch, the bar, and who helped Wally keep the ice in top shape. It was great to see the involvement by curlers from all leagues, as well as current and former curlers from all age groups.
Finally, members are reminded of the meeting at 7 p.m. February 16 to hear about an affordable plan to replace our aged refrigeration plant.
See you there. Good curling to all!
It took three games, but Friday night (February 22) the South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions finished off the NGS Braves with a 2-0 victory and are now preparing to meet Alexandria in Upper Canada Minor Hockey second round playoff action.
The series kicks off tonight, Wednesday, February 27 in Alexandria. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Game two of the four-point series is set for Monday, March 4 at 8 p.m. in Morrisburg, and game three, if necessary, returns to Alexandria, Thursday, March 7.
The Lions got off to a good start against the NGS Braves with a 7-3 victory on home ice last Tuesday, February 19. Then on Wednesday night, they were on the snowy road to Maxville where they were hoping to wrap up the four point series, but the Braves battled back with a 5-2 win to force a third match.
That was played Friday night in Morrisburg, with the Lions claiming the game win, 2-0, and the series win, four points to two.
Friday night, Lions goaltender Christian Francis was unbeatable as the Lions went to work on the win.
It was late in the first period that Drew Minish goal got it rolling, unassisted.
From then on, the hometown fans were on the edge of their seats as the Lions worked to hold onto their slim advantage and try to add to it.
That didn’t happen until the end of the game when Matthew Woolsey shot the puck in the empty Braves net for the 2-0 win.
Assisting on the Woolsey goal were Josh Perry and Vincent Baron-Renaud.
In the series opener in Morrisburg on February 19, the Lions were forced to come from behind as they worked their way to the 7-3 victory.
The Braves went up 2-0 in the first period on a pair of goals by Owen Bourgeois.
Early into the second period, Riley Black put the Lions on the board with help from Ben Michels and Aaron Smith.
They collected another two goals in the second period while the Braves counted one, to make it 3-3 heading into the third period.
Aaron Smith (assisted by Callahan Bilmer) and Riley Black (assisted by Quinn Bennis and Smith) counted the Lions second period goals.
Then in the third, Francis shut down the Braves shooters while the Lions went to work for four unanswered tallies and the 7-3 win.
Drew Minish led the third period charge with three goals, and Koltin Merkley counted a single.
Riley Black assisted on two of the goals and single helpers were provided by Smith, Quinn Bennis, Elese St. Louis and Michels.