Novice C2 Lions sweep pair of weekend games


MORRISBURG–The Morrisburg Novice C2 Lions continued their great season last week, sweeping a pair of weekend games.  

The team, which has now won its last three games, moved into second place in the Novice C East Division, trailing only the other South Dundas C team, which remains undefeated through eight games.

On Saturday, Noelle Hatherall and Cooper McCooeye paced the Novice C2 Lions with two goals each in a 4-2 win over Brockville.  

Hatherall opened the scoring five minutes into the first period, with her first career goal, and added a second marker just two minutes later to give the Lions an early 2-0 lead.  Linemates Terrence Mudde and Matthew Mason assisted on Hatherall’s goals.

After Brockville got on the board to pull within a goal in the second period, McCooeye scored what proved to be the game-winner midway through the second period.  He added an insurance goal in the third.  

On Sunday, strong defensive play and great goaltending by Mason Hummel carried the Lions to a 4-1 win over Kemptville.  The defence group, consisting of Tae-lyn Rowe, Caleb Machan, Brayden Barrie, and Travis Faulkner kept the Kemptville team at bay, and Hummell made some great saves when the team needed them most.

After a scoreless first, Ruby Jansen opened the scoring for the Lions in the second period, with her second goal of the season.  After a great play at the blueline by Caleb Machan to keep the puck in the Kemptville zone, Terrence Mudde buried a rebound to make the score 2-0.  

Near the end of the second period, Cooper McCooeye took a pass from linemate Quentin Barrie, and buried a backhand to give the Lions a 3-0 lead.  After Kemptville got on the board early in the third, Matthew Mason’s third goal of the season put the game away.

The team was playing shorthanded on the weekend, as one of the team’s top scorers, Wyatt Barkley, missed the games with an injury.  He supported his teammates from the bench and will return to the lineup shortly.

The team returns to game action Saturday when they host Athens as one of the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association’s Lions day game.  On Sunday, the first of two South Dundas showdowns takes place, as the second place C2 Lions battle the first place C1 Lions.  Game time is 5 p.m.

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