The South Dundas Atom B House Lions picked up two victories this past week, and along the way they took time to thank the Morrisburg Legion Branch 48, and its Ladies Auxiliary, for the set of sweaters the two jointly sponsored.
Saturday, after defeating the Smiths Falls Bears, 1-0, the Lions accompanied representatives of the Legion onto the ice for a team photo.
Joining the Lions team were Legion President Graham Houze, Pubic Relations Officer Doreen Wert and Ladies Auxiliary President Rita Fowler.
“With sets of sweaters running at about $3,000, we can not tell you how important these donations are to minor hockey,” says Minor Hockey president David Lapier. “We are very grateful to the Legion in Morrisburg for the donation.”
“If it weren’t for great community support like this, we wouldn’t be able to keep the costs of minor hockey affordable for our local families.”
On Thursday, January 7, the Lions were in Brockville where they earned their first of the two wins against the Brockville 2 Braves, 4-2.
Leading the Lions attack with a hat trick performance was Wyatt Barkley.
Mason Hummel, assisted by Zach Scarbeau, kicked off the Lions scoring 42 seconds into the game.
Just over three minutes later, Barkley put the Lions up 2-0 with help from Taelyn Rowe and James Martens.
The Braves got one back late in the frame when Andrew Lasalle beat Aiden Hutt to cut the gap to 2-1, and that was followed by a scoreless second period.
Barkley made it 3-1 for the Lions early in the third, assisted by Caillum Deavey and Martens.
Again, the Braves fought back to close the gap to 3-2 with a Nicholas Cordingley goal.
The game stayed close until late in the period, when Barkley polished off his hat trick with help from Noelle Hatherall and Travis Faulkner to stretch the Lions lead to 4-2.
Saturday in Morrisburg, it was exciting action from start to finish. The Lions controlled the play in the first period, but were able to collect just one goal against the Bears goaltender, that from the stick of Wyatt Barkley, unassisted.
It settled into a well-played game in the second and third periods, with Aiden Hutt coming up with several key saves in the third to enable his Lions team to hold on for the 1-0 victory.
As they skate towards the end of the regular season, the Lions are playing good hockey. They hold fourth place in the UCMHL’s East Division, but it remains difficult to determine exactly where they are at due to their late move in October from Atom C into the Atom B division.
At the Atom B House level they have played 10 games and have 11 points on five wins, four losses and one tie.
In first place with 17 games played is South Grenville with 25 points, while the Kemptville 2s are second with 23 points in 19 games.
The Brockville 2s are third in 18 games with 16 points.