The Williamsburg Warriors Majors claimed their league title Monday, August 20, in a tight, well-played 4-2 win against Prescott. This was the second game of the best of three series, with the Warriors having won a close 7-4 game the previous night. The Warriors placed first in the six team league during regular season play and were given a first round bye. In the semi-finals, the Williamsburg Warriors faced another Williamsburg team, the Thunder. After dropping the first game 6-5 to the Thunder, the Warriors came back with 14-3 and 14-6 wins. In the front row (l-r) are Matt Backes, Thomas Rae, Jack Thom, Kobey Young, Jonah Bennis, Dean Lapier and Kent Young (coach). In the back row are Dwayne Backes (coach), Johnny Testerink, Lucas Bennis, William DeJong, Cal Bilmer, Travis Barkley and Adam Lapier.
With two losses on the weekend, the Morrisburg Lions have now fallen nine points behind the fifth place Alexandria Glens in the St. Lawrence Division of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
The weekend action started for the Lions on home ice Friday night with a tough overtime (shoot out) loss to the visiting Akwesasne Wolves. The Wolves are holding fourth place in the division standings just two points back of the Char-Lan Rebels.
After trailing the Wolves 3-1 at the end of the first period, the Lions charged back to make a game of it. They scored their final goal on their power-play with just under three minutes left on the clock to go up 5-4.
But with the seconds ticking away, the Wolves got one from Marc-Antoine Kamel which evened it, 5-5, and forced sudden-death overtime.
With no decision made in the overtime, the game went to a shoot out with Kamel and Justin Rutley both beating Lion goaltender Mikael Dion. The Lions counted just once against Wolves goaltender Cam Turcotte, that coming from the stick of Chris Rutley.
Following the let down from Friday night’s overtime loss, the Lions were on the road Saturday night to the Char-Lan Recreation Centre where they were handed a 7-3 loss by the Rebels.
The Lions opened the scoring just over five minutes into the first period with a power-play goal from Grant Cooper then fell apart as the Rebels came back for three in a road and a 3-1 advantage heading into the second period.
They added another three goals (two short-handed and one on their power play) in the second period, before the Lions were able to step in with a goal from Zach Sequin with just 27 second left in the frame.
Single goals were traded in the third period for the 7-3 Rebels win.
Matthew Burns scored the Lions lone first period goal Friday night against the Wolves, with help from Brandon Chaffe and Ty Hodgson.
Then in the second Grant Cooper got it rolling with an unassisted counted at 8:09 to cut the gap to 3-2.
Two minutes later Michel Lefebvre scored to tie the game 3-3 with Chris Rutley and Sylvester Bzdyl supplying the assists.
With 3:16 left in the frame the Wolves went up 4-3 on a Michael Poapst goal which allowed them to carry the advantage into the third period.
Throughout the first 15 minutes of the third, the Wolves held onto their one goal lead.
It was at 14:53 that Michael Paquette got one past Wolves goaltender Cam Turcotte to even the game 4-4. Dylan Casselman and Taylor Eamon provided the assists.
Then with 2:50 left on the clock Bzdyl, with help from Taylor Eamon and Lefebvre on the Lions power play, gave the Lions the 5-4 edge.
The Wolves, Kamel tied the game with 34 seconds left on the clock setting the stage for the overtime and the shootout, and the eventual Wolves win.
The Lions sat out just four minor penalties and a 10 minutes misconduct in the game while the Wolves drew nine penalties. Shots on net were fairly even with the Wolves getting 40 shots off and the Lions 38.
In comparison, Saturday night’s game was a much rougher event with the Lions drawing a total of 68 penalty minutes and the Rebels 106. The Rebels out shot the Lions 38-23.
Scoring for the Lions in Saturday night’s 7-3 loss were Grant Cooper (from Brandon Chaffee and Zach Renfrew), Zach Sequin (from Cooper and Curtis Pilon) and Nicholas Pilon (from Renfrew and Cooper).
Coming up this Thursday night, December 20, the Lions are on the road to Casselman for a 7:30 p.m. game. They host the Westport Rideaus this Sunday, December 23 at 2:30 p.m.
They are on the road on December 28 and December 29 for games against the Alexandria Glens and the Akwesasne Wolves.
Every year for nine years, since January 2003 to be exact, Morrisburg resident Florence Oglestone has been organizing the Walking Club.
“I started basically because I wanted to walk indoors,” she said. “I approached the Operating Engineers to see if they were agreeable.”
Since then, walkers have been enjoying a warm, safe ‘home’ in the hallways of the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario facility, which is located on the eastern outskirts of Morrisburg.
Oglestone was originally quite surprised by the positive reception to the club: “I thought just a few people would show up and a lot of people showed up.”
On average, Oglestone says she has about 20 to 25 walkers. Most walkers, according to Oglestone, choose to join the club in their pursuit for health and wellness, which includes a place to walk sheltered from the elements.
Walking provides more than just physical health benefits. As Henry David Thoreau once said: “Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”
Members can walk anytime during the specified hours set by the facility, which work around the schedules of the Engineers training classes and the T.R. Leger classes. From Monday to Friday, walkers are welcome any time between 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, the facility is available from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
The Walking Club is a mere $12 per calendar year and covers the coldest months: January 1st to March 31st, and October 1st to December 31st.
For more information, contact Florence at 613-543-2445.
The South Dundas Peewee B House #2 Lions squeaked out a very close, come from behind, 2-1 win over South Grenville here Monday night to claimed the UCMHL West Division Championship and earn the right to advance to the league final against the South Dundas House #1 team.
A Jack Coville goal for South Grenville late in the first period did the talking throughout most of the game.
It came to a dramatic conclusion however, in the final minutes of the game when Grant Wells, with help from Dean Lapier and Colin Minish, finally put the Lions on the scoreboard to tie it 1-1.
Then with the seconds ticking away, and just 23 left, it was Adam Lapier, with help from Minish, who put it away for the Lions.
Game one of the four point series was played way back on March 7, in Morrisburg, with the Lions again squeaking out a close 2-1 victory.
Monday night they were first out of the starting block with an unassisted second period goal from Julenea Barnhartd.
Then early in the third period, Dean Lapier converted a Brooke Lapier and Trinity Hanes set up for a 2-0 Lions advantage.
South Grenville got one back from Robert Purcell late in the third to cut the gap to a single goal, but that was it.
After an opening playoff round bye, the House #2 Lions defeated the Kemptville 2s in two straight games in round two.
Game one was played in Morrisburg, on February 28, with the Lions taking a 3-2 win on goals by Oakley Beavers (unassisted), Kolbey Hamilton (assisted by Colin Minish) and Trinity Hanes (assisted by Julenea Barnhartd).
They wrapped up the four point series in Kemptville, on Saturday, March 2, with a 4-1 victory. This time out goaltender Sam Waytowich, gave up the lone Panthers goal early in the first period.
The Lions didn’t get it rolling until the third period when they counted four unanswered markers for the win.
Goals came from the sticks of Oakley Beavers (from Brody Smail), Kolbey Hamilton (from Grant Wells), Brody Smail (from Dean Lapier) and Adam Lapier (unassisted.)