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The week in curling

 

Gretta McGann entered a team in the women’s Navy bonspiel in Ottawa last week. With her were Alice Thompson, Yvonne Mabo and Claire Locke. They dropped their first match to a foursome from the Ottawa R.A. Centre, and after a fine lunch, tackled a Perth quartet. It was a good game, and our folks emerged victorious.

Their scores put them in third place on the day, and some prizes were available. The two teams ahead of them were tied, and, unable to break the tie, the organizers split the first and second place money for them. 

The skip of one of the teams had fallen in the first end of their initial match, and was unable to continue. When the three curlers finished the end, they decided to forfeit their match, but the organizers found them a replacement. Good thing they kept playing!

One of our senior teams is in Metcalfe this week for that club’s invitational bonspiel. We’ll have the results next time. Also our men host three Cornwall senior teams in a return friendly match this Friday, and we’ll have those results for you

Alice Thompson and her committee are hosting a women’s invitational bonspiel this week. Same story concerning reporting there. 

Teams from Navan, Prescott, Maxville, City View, Russell, two from Cornwall, Lancaster, Kemptville, Alexandria, and Ottawa’s R.A. Centre are here. One club had trouble getting a team together, so our Gretta McGann volunteered to fill in with three other local ladies. 

As always, the organizers have an all-volunteer group to staff the kitchen, the bar, and prepare the ice. And to maximize profits for our club on the day, all of the food has been prepared and donated by the local women.

At time of writing, there are still a few openings for the club bonspiel this Saturday. It’s a fund raiser to support getting a new carpet for the club. Looks like a nice event, with a great lunch provided. If there’s still room on Wednesday, why not sign up for what promises to be a very pleasant day.

The notices for renewal of club supporters’ signs are in the mail, and we hope all will continue their club sponsorship. We value your assistance and will continue to support your businesses.

Coming up later this month are the friendly bonspiel for Saturday, December 17, and the two-day OCA competition for senior curlers, Friday and Saturday, December 23 and 24. Hope we have some local teams entered!

John Toonders, of Morrisburg, may be reached at 613-543-3362 for those wishing to rent the club for a family or staff party. Weekends are filling up, and those interested should contact him soon, as dates for the rest of the season are being snapped up.

Ian Wilson and family members are looking after the Little Rocks program again this year. The 16 curlers practice on Monday nights, and will be competing in bonspiels in the new year. They are also hosting teams from Metcalfe, Russell and Winchester in their Big Four tournament

For those aspiring to greater things on the ice, last weekend could have been an inspiration, as TSN covered the semi-finals and finals for the men’s and women’s Canada Cup. Jennifer Jones won the title for the ladies, defeating Chelsea Carey, and Kevin Martin edged Glenn Howard on the men’s side. Besides the money and the prestige, the winners guaranteed themselves a place in the “curling sweepstakes” leading to qualifying for the Olympics. 

That’s it for now. Good curling

 

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Novice B Lions extend unbeaten streak

 

The South Dundas “River Rat Treasures” Novice B Lions renewed their battle of Dundas County last Monday night in Chesterville tying their division rival North Dundas Demons, 4-4.

Playing their fifth game in three days, the Lion’s needed two third period goals to tie up the Demons. Kayne McCadden’s goal with 1:58 left in the third period proved to be the final goal in the 4-4 tie. 

After winning the face-off back to the defense McCadden regained the puck and wristed a shot high in the air which hit a Demons defender and bounced directly into the net. Spencer Barclay and Trent Rae picked up assists.

Earlier in the third, McCadden stole the puck away from a defender and wristed a shot that bounced up and over the Demon’s goalie. Ben Lapier then jumped on the free puck shoveling it into the open net.

The Demons had gained a 4-2 lead early in the third period and had scored late in the second to break a 2-2 tie. 

Owen Fetterly opened the Lions scoring on a pass from behind the net by Ben Lapier. Adam Barclay responded for the Demons beating Lion’s goalie Brendan Shaver.

In the second, the Demon scored first on a goal by Delaney Johnston. The Lions responded when Owen Fetterly cut off a Demon attacker at the Lion’s blue line and moved it quickly to Lapier who went the distance around a Demon defender and snuck a puck by Demons goalie Joshua Dagenias just inside the right post.

The Lion’s extended their unbeaten streak to eight on Sunday afternoon when they defeated the Brockville #1 Braves, 3-1. The Braves opened the scoring in the first period on a shot that Trent Rae tried to deflect away from the net. Shaver would shut the door the rest of the way with help from his defenceman Cassidy Bilmer.

The Lion’s drew even in the second period on a left wing break by Nolan Henry. Emytt Fetterly picked up an assist on the play. 

The Lions took the lead in the third on the power play when Joshua Broad centred a pass to Henry in the slot but had it knocked away to where Ben Lapier was standing to net the game winning goal.

Lapier scored again moments later on a backhander. Spencer Barclay picked up the assist.

The South Dundas “River Rat Treasures” Novice B Lions play two home games this weekend, Saturday at 10 a.m. versus North Dundas on Lions Day and Sunday versus Smith Falls at 1 p.m.

 

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Curling News–Tough play at the Gamble

 

Two Morrisburg mixed teams recently met Winchester, Russell and Metcalfe for the annual Gamble competition. 

Mahlon Locke, Carolyn Beckstead, Paul St. Pierre and Rachelle Eves dropped their first game to Dunne from Metcalfe, the eventual ‘A’ champ, and lost their afternoon match to Hogaboam of Winchester, the ‘B’ event winners. Some tough competition, especially for Rachelle and Paul, first-timers. Well done!

Ian Wilson, Wendy Casselman, Maurice Kolff and Kathy Wilson won their opening match against Winchester, but lost their afternoon game on the last rock to Metcalfe’s Dunne in the last end. Fine work for the Wilson foursome as well!

We had two teams entered in Lancaster’s senior women’s bonspiel last week. In the early draw, Alice Thompson, Susan McIntosh, Betty Locke and Sharon Van Allen dropped their first match to a Cornwall rink. Then in the afternoon they played a second foursome from Cornwall on the two-sheet facility. They won this one, and came home with gift certificates. Gretta McGann, Cheryl Thompson, Yvonne Mabo and Claire Locke lost to a Vankleek Hill team quartet, playing in the late draw. After lunch they returned to the ice and defeated the other Vankleek Hill entry, winning the high one-game award. A good day’s work, folks, and you missed the winter weather.

The next day two of our senior men’s teams met in a morning elimination final for our Parnell competition on Friday. There were two blank ends in the match, with Sid Morrell, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and Jack Dikland matching shots with Jack Barkley, Dave King, Doug Jarvis and Andy Patenaude. In the thrilling see-saw battle, the Barkley foursome was up with two ends to go when Morrell stole three and fought off all comeback attempts to win the right to represent Morrisburg.

Friday we hosted Prescott, Cornwall and Lancaster in the first of the four-club Parnell competitions this season. Sid Morrell, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and Jack Dikland lost their morning match to Prescott in a thrilling game which went to an extra end, and dropped their afternoon game to Lancaster, who lost to Prescott in a tie-breaker.

Jack Dikland, Karl Duncan, Earl Jeacle and Eric Johnson competed recently in a one-game bonspiel in Cornwall. Sid Morrell, Jack Barkley, Neil Williams and Rick McKenzie won their match, but winning skips had to throw rocks to decide who got the prizes. Morrisburg lost.

Back in Winchester, Jack Dikland, David King, Jack Barkley and Andy Patenaude dropped a close match in the morning and tied their second contest. Don O’Brien, Karl Duncan, Earl Jeacle and Eric Johnson won their first, but lost their afternoon game.

Sid Morrell, Neil Williams, Len Bellamy and Gerry Thompson were in Navan recently for the 70+ bonspiel. Our fellows won their first match, but dropped the second.

Ron Brown, not Ron Beaupre, played on the winning team in the senior men’s first draw. Sorry, Ron. Also, in the senior men’s first draw, the second and third place teams were Sid Morrell and Don O’Brien respectively.

In other news, the senior men’s bonspiel will be held in January, the membership numbers are rising, and we have a new sponsor’s sign. Things are looking up. 

Glenn Cougler is organizing a stick bonspiel for January 27. And finally, the club is running a funspiel on Dec. 10 as a fund raiser. Sign-up sheets are in the clubhouse.

Good curling to all!

 

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Junior B Lions back in the game

 

Bolstered by the return of two former scoring heavy weights,  Michele Lefebvre and Chris Rutley, the Morrisburg Junior B Lions gave the Winchester Hawks a run for their money here Friday night.

Still hurting from an 11-2 loss to the Hawks on their home ice on November 4, the Lions, according to coach Thom Racine, “retooled and came back to play a solid game.” 

The Lions kept pace throughout Friday night’s  game against the division leading Hawks only to give up a 6-5 loss on a Hawks’ power-play goal with just 54 seconds left on the clock.

Coming through solid for the Lions, once again, was Alex Steingruber who put together an outstanding three goal performance. 

Steingruber’s first goal was scored on the Lions’ power play (assisted by Chris Rutley), and the  second was assisted by Ryan Ward and Clarke Veenstra. The third he scored, unassisted, to tie the game 5-5, at 14:43 of the third period while the Lions were short-handed.

“We battled them hard,” said Racine. “Then we took a horrible slashing penalty in the neutral zone (with 2:20 left in the third period and the score tied 5-5) and that cost us.”

“Steingruber had a great game. We have the offense now (with the addition of Rutley and Lefebvre). Now we have to start winning games.” 

It is the second time this year that Lefebvre has signed with the Lions, but this time with the December 1 card deadline here, he understands the Lions can’t afford to waste a card.

The card deadline means that all teams must go down to 25 cards (signed or unsigned) and that is it for the rest of the season.

Lefebvre was the Lions’ Rookie of the Year last season and second in the Lions’ scoring. He also finished in the St. Lawrence Division’s top 10 scoring race.

“He’s a dynamic player and he is happy to be back,” says Racine.

Chris Rutley started his junior hockey with the Lions. In the 2009/10 season he was the team’s top scorer and finished eighth overall in the St. Lawrence Division’s scoring race. That year he was named the Lions best forward and picked up team silverware for top scorer and most assists.

The following season he was off to college in Kingston and with the travel situation, the Lions traded him to the Westport Rideaus.

His return to the Lions this past weekend was the result of trades involving the Rideaus, the Lions Char-Lan, Rutley and former Lions’ goaltender Erik Plummadore who ended up in Char-Lan.

Rutley is in his final season of junior age and next year will be an overage player.

“They (Rutley and Lefebvre) are both very dynamic players and they make us better,” says Racine. They make our kids better. In Winchester, we never led the game, but we were never really out of it either. With seconds to go, Steingruber had a wide open net. He shot and the puck hit something that deflected it away. We were that close to the tie.”

Dylan Chessell scored the lone first period goal for a 1-0 Hawks lead.

Steingruber tied it at 12:51 of the second period, but a pair of  quick counters from Josh Stubbings (14:18 and 14:30) gave the Hawks a two-goal edge.

The Lions, however, weren’t ready to roll-over, and before the period ended they had tied it on goals from Clarke Veenstra (assisted by Chris Rutley) and Steingruber (from Ward and Veenstra).

In the third, the Hawks again went up by two (Brock Burge at 3:42 and Steven Johnston at 4:41) to again force the Lions to recharge.

That they did with a power play marker from Lefebvre (assisted by Michael Paquette  at 6:02) and Steingruber’s unassisted, short-handed counter which tied it 5-5.

Vincent Bauline-Charland scored on the Hawks power-play at 19:06 for the 6-5 win.

The Lions were scheduled to play the South Grenville Rangers at the Cardinal and District Community Centre on Sunday, November 27.

The game did start but was cancelled due to ice conditions just seconds after the puck was dropped.

“We don’t know what happened. The boys said the ice was brutal behind the net during warm-up.”

According to Racine, safety became an issue in the area just seconds after the game started and as a result it was cancelled.

With just one game on the weekend and that the loss to the Hawks, the Lions now find themselves trailing the CharLan Rebels in the St. Lawrence Division standing by four points.

The Rebels put together a pair of weekend wins over Alexandria 5-2 and Akwesasne 5-4.

Coming up the Lions are in Casselman Thursday night. They host the St. Lawrence Division’s third place Alexandria Glens at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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Junior B Lions fall short in must-win weekend

The Morrisburg Junior B Lions got off to a bad start in their weekend St. Lawrence Division action Friday night against the CharLan Rebels, and then, just barely managed to cross the finish line ahead of the Akwesasne Wolves on Sunday.

Friday night the Lions lost 7-3 to the Rebels in front of their hometown fans. Sunday they eked out a 5-4 win against the Wolves after giving up a 5-0 lead held early in the second period.

“Friday night was our biggest game of the year, and we just didn’t respond,” said coach Thom Racine. “CharLan has had their team together since the start of the year and the fact that they are all on the ice to practice makes a big difference. They were able to show us what hard work is. That combined with our inability to convert a goal was the difference.”

Friday night in Morrisburg, the Rebels went up 2-0 in the first period. The Lions charged back to win the second period 3-2, but that would be it.

The Rebels beat Lions’ goaltender Mikael Dion for another three in the third for the 7-3 win.

Patrick Bzdyl, with help from Michael Poapst and Brayden Girard, put the Lions on the scoreboard at 1:21 of the second.

That was followed by a pair of Rebel tallies that gave them a 4-1 edge. The Lions charged back for another two to end the second period down 4-3.

Lance Hodgson got it started at 15:57 with Taylor Wilson and Marc Antoine Kamel providing the assists. Then it was over to Alex Steingruber at 17:35 for what would end up being the Lions final counter.

Ryan Ward and Clarke Veenstra provided the set up on the Steingruber marker.

The Rebels counted one power play marker in four opportunities while the Lions were zero for three.

Sunday, the Lions were on Cornwall Island where they quickly took command of the game against the Akwesasne Wolves. 

They went up 4-0 in the first period on goals by Kamel (from Brayden Girard), Michael Poapst (short-handed from Kamel), Steingruber (from Ward and Paquette) and Clarke Veenstra, (unassisted).

Their power play, just over a minute into the second period pushed them to a 5-0 advantage with Matt Ouimet finding the net and Kamel and Bzdyl providing the help.

“We needed a win to keep pace with the Rebels,” said Racine. “The first period was good. We had a 4-0 lead in the first period, but we got in there and got fat.”

“After 20 minutes of play, the dressing room was light. You figure you got the game won.”

“But you have to respect the other team. Ryan (Winter) is one of those coaches with a never say ‘die’ attitude. They just weren’t going to quit.”

And indeed they didn’t as they got it started with 1:58 left on the second period clock with a goal from Matthew Bouroassa.

Then in the third period the Wolves took charge for three goals, the first on their power play from Pat Gendron, the second from Keith Sloan with 6:34 left and the fourth, which had them nipping at the Lions’ heels, from Ryan Leckie with 1:58 left on the game clock.

“A credit to the kids though, in the last  minute, the Wolves had their goalie out and they were never in our zone.”

That allowed the Lions to hold on for the 5-4 win, their  sixth of the season which, combined with the loss Friday night leaves them tied with the Rebels for the St. Lawrence Division’s fourth spot.

Coming up this Friday night, November 25, the Lions travel to Winchester to take on the first place Hawks at 8:15 p.m. Sunday they are on the road to Cardinal for a 2:30 p.m. match against the Rideau Division’s fourth place South Grenville Rangers.

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Novice B win B championship

The South Dundas “River Rats Treasures” Novice B Lions capped off a winning weekend by downing the Kemptville Panthers 3-2 here Sunday, after winning the “B” Championship at a Gananoque tournament on Saturday.

The Lions participated in a 10 team, Novice tournament on Saturday, in Gananoque, and made it to the “B” final against their division rival Brockville #2 Braves. 

The Lions jumped on their opportunities in the first few minutes of the game grabbing a 3-0 lead on goals by Kayne McCadden and Ben Lapier.

 Kolby Latulippe sent McCadden away twice on right wing breakaways, and both times be beat the goalie over the glove to the top corner. 

Ben Lapier followed that up with a rush of his own and scored to give the Lions a 3-0 lead three minutes into the game.

In the second period, the Lions got into some penalty troubles and on back to back power plays, Brockville’s Rhys Gibbons was able to beat Lions goalie Brendan Shaver to cut the lead to 3-2.

After another Brockville rush, Lion’s defensemen Emytt Fetterly made a clearing pass to Joshua Broad who beat the Braves defensemen and made a short pass to Ben Lapier who broke in on the Braves goalie and netted his second of the game.

The Braves responded with another Gibbons goal to cut the lead to 4-3, but the Lions Kayne McCadden put the game away with 1:37 left netting his third to give the Lion’s the “B” Championship.

The Lion’s  missed out on making it to the “A” final by just three goals in round robin play. 

In their opening game, they came up against a really good team in Port Hope, and they needed outstanding goaltending from Brendan Shaver to give them a chance to squeak out a 2-2 tie.

With Shaver on the bench for an extra attacker, Kayne McCadden intercepted a Port Hope clearing pass and quickly moved the puck to Ben Lapier who scored the tying goal with 27 second left. Lapier had scored earlier off a scramble with Joshua Broad providing the assist.

In their other round robin game, the Lion defeated a Kingston Novice Select Team, 9-2. Early on it was a battle just to get a lead as Kingston grabbed a 2-1 advantage, but the Lions would not be denied, as they battled hard to the win. 

Scoring highlights: Nolan Henry with one goal and two assists and Joshua Broad with five assists; Kayne McCadden had two goals and assists went to all the defense crew-Spencer Barclay, Trent Rae, Cassidy Bilmer and Emytt Fetterly; Ben Lapier was the offensive machine with six goals.

In league play Sunday afternoon, the Lions battled the west Division Leading Kemptville #3 Panthers and needed a third period goal from Kolby Latulippe to break up the 2-2 tie for a 3-2 win. 

The Panthers pressed in the final minute with their goalie on the bench for an extra attacker and the Lion’s killing a penalty, but they were unable to get a shot through to the net.

The Lions had the lead twice at 1-0 and 2-1 on goals by Ben Lapier, the first assisted by Owen Fetterly.

In the second period, Broad who was fore checking on the left wing got the puck and made a pass to Lapier near the goal line. Lapier attempted a pass to Fetterly in the slot, but the puck deflected off two Panther players into their own net.

With the game tied at two, McCadden grabbed a loose puck near the Panthers blue line and circled into the slot where he let a wrist shot go that was saved. However, Kolby Latulippe was “johnny on the spot” to knock the rebound into the net.

The South Dundas “River Rats Treasures” Novice B Lions next home game is Sunday, November 27th at 1 p.m. Local hockey fans are invited to come out and cheer on the Lions.

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OPG donates to local youth

Last Wednesday, Dale Adams, representing Ontario Power Generation, stopped in at the Morrisburg Arena to drop off a couple of early Christmas donations to the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club and the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association. The two organizations, that are responsible for keeping several hundred South Dundas youngsters busy and active in the winter months, each received $500 from OPG. On hand to accept for the Skating Club was president Julie VanHoof and board member Andy Lee while treasurer Pam Mullin accepted on behalf of minor hockey. The figure skaters will be putting their donation towards their “very important” sound system which this year will get a new microphone and some amplifier upgrades said Lee who expressed his thanks to OPG. Mullin, in thanking OPG on behalf of minor hockey explained the association uses the money to put “kids into hockey who couldn’t afford to play otherwise.”. Pictured above, l-r, are Mullin, Adams, Lee and VanHoof.

 

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Curlers claim Adams trophy

The senior men’s first draw has just ended, and the champions, and winners of the Adams Trophy, are Martin Schneckenburger, Neil Williams, Ron Beaupre and Robert Martin. 

Finishing with the same number of wins and losses, two other fine teams lost out to Martin’s foursome because of the latter’s better point total. They were Jack Barkley, Dwight Gilmer, Doug Jarvis and Paul Gunther, along with Sid Morrell, Ted Harriman, Gerry Thompson and Paul Dobry. It was a tight and exciting start to league play. The second draw began on Monday, and will finish by Christmas.    

Susan McIntosh has postponed the next two-person bonspiel. Watch the bulletin board for news on that front.

Sid Morrell and Jack Barkley will have a play-off today to determine the champion for the first Parnell competition of the season, which our Morrisburg Club is hosting on Friday. The guests are from Cornwall, Lancaster and Prescott. As hosts, we are only allowed one team.

In last week’s friendly match in Cornwall, two of our senior men’s teams competed, both defeated by their ‘friendly’ hosts. Sid Morrell, Ted Harriman, Gerry Thompson and Paul Dobry, and John Wilson, Andy Patenaude, Karl Duncan and Bob Youmelle were victimized by Cornwall foursomes. Don’t we normally have three teams in these matches? Did one of our quartets have a ‘senior moment’?

Speaking of senior moments, your humble reporter has been told he erred in crediting Don O’Brien’s team with a narrow win in their friendly match against Prescott, and in claiming that Jack Barkley’s foursome bowed by the same close score. Sorry Doug!

Dave King is looking for some assistance from senior men. Our senior men’s invitational bonspiel, traditionally held in January, needs some fellows to help organize it this year. Please see Dave if you can help. It would be a shame to see this fine event, also a great money-maker for the club, fold. 

Unless something happens to get the men’s Founders Bonspiel going again, that would be two of our major invitational bonspiels we would have lost. In a club as small as ours, we depend on these key events financially. 

We have a fine club, with great ice, and we like to show it off to clubs from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. We know many just want to come out and curl, but without people to help with volunteer activities, we may find ourselves going far afield to have a place to play the ‘roaring game’. See if you can help us, folks!

By the way, for rentals, please contact Joe McCooeye at 613-543-2931.  

Two teams of senior ladies are in Lancaster this week for that club’s ladies’ invitational bonspiel. Gretta McGann and Alice Thompson lead quartets into battle against Eastern Ontario and West Quebec teams, and we’ll have the results next week.

Finally, our own ladies’ invitational bonspiel will be held at our club on Tuesday, December 6, and our Christmas friendly bonspiel is scheduled for Saturday, December 10. We hope many of you can drop in to watch the curling for the first event, and watch or participate in the second. 

That’s it for now. Good curling!

 

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Jr. B Lions knock off first place Glens, 5-3

 

It was a big weekend for the Morrisburg Junior B Lions.

Friday night on the Glens’ home turf, the Lions handed the St. Lawrence Division’s first place Glens a crushing 5-3 loss and then, back home on Sunday, they gave the Rideau Division’s first place Westport Rideaus all they could handle as the Rideaus collected a hard fought 6-4 victory.

“It was a gift from God, Friday night,” says Lions coach Thom Racine. “Ryan Cooper (Lions goaltender) had a great game. He really hasn’t played a lot. He made one of those impossible saves a minute into the game and from that point on the boys were behind him. We never trailed all night long.”

After a scoreless first period, the Lions went up 2-0 in the first three minutes of the second period.

Michael Poapst started it with an unassisted goal at 2:52 and at 3:25 Alex Steingruber set up Marc Antoine Kamel to push the Lions ahead by two.

Jean-Francois Dubois answered for the Glens at 11:54, but two minutes later Alex Ploof (from Zach Seguin) restored the Lions two-goal advantage.

Once again, the Lions couldn’t hold on to it, allowing the Glens one more from Philippe Paquette.

At 7:03 of the third period, the Glen’s Leo MacLean beat Cooper to tie the game 3-3.

“I thought when they tied it 3-3 with over 10 minutes to go that we were in trouble,” says Racine.

But a pair of Glens’ penalties turned the tables and allowed the Lions to collect one on their power play from Ryan Ward, assisted by Steingruber and Patrick Bzdyl.

“Then we took two horrible penalties, the first one (at 14:06) for too many men. I thought, ‘right, we just handed them a free opportunity to tie the game.” 

The Lions killed off the penalty, but no sooner than they did so, Poapst was nabbed for tripping. Again, the Lions were up for the task, and again they held off the Glens. An empty net counter from Alex Steingruber (assisted by Lance Hodgson) sealed the win.

“Our penalty kills were fantastic,” says Racine. (Marc Antonie) Kamel, (Brayden) Girard  and (Ryan) Ward are premier penalty killers. They know when to chase it and when not to chase it.” 

Racine also credited Alex Steingruber for bringing his A game to the match and Poapst who scored his seventh goal of the season and who “is just starting to find his touch.”

Their efforts were only out-shone by that of Cooper who faced 59 Glens shots and allowed only three to get past him. 

It was the start of a rough weekend for the Glens, who were handed two losses to now trail the first place Winchester Hawks.

For Friday night’s game in Morrisburg, Racine again, went with Cooper in net. “I felt that after the 59 shots, he deserved to play again. And he played really well. ”

The game kicked off with a 1-1 first period tie and by the end of the second the Rideaus held just a slim 4-3 advantage.

They went up 6-3 in the third before the Lions got them stopped with a Michael Poapst (from Brayden Girard and Michael Paquette) counter and that was it. The Rideaus hung on for the 6-4 win.

Michael Poapst scored from Michael Paquette in the first period and Michel Thurler (from Ward and Paquette) and Brayden Girard (from Michael Keenan) counted in the second period.

Racine says he was satisfied with the game, “we made them earn the win” but he wonders if it might have been a different outcome, had if the Lions had the two Veenstras (couldn’t make the game) and Bzdyl (injured) in the lineup.

This weekend the Lions have two must win games says Racine. This Friday night they host the Char-Lan Rebels at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 20 they are on the road against Akwesasne.

The battle continues.

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Bantam Bs big on offence, even bigger on defence

 

The South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions had a very busy week, collecting seven out of a possible eight points and out-scoring their opponents 22-3.

The Lions were busy with three games in three days, two of them on the road.

They kicked it off in Alexandria on Saturday, November 5, when they handed the Glens a 6-0 loss. 

On Saturday, November 6 they were at the beautiful Benson Centre in Cornwall to battle the Colts for first place overall in the East standings, and when it was all over they had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Putting that aside, they were at home to the South Stormont Selects on Monday, November 7, where they handed their opponents a crushing 7-1 loss.

Following a much deserved rest, their next game took them to Maxville this past Sunday, November 13 where they completed a very solid run with an 8-1 win against NGS.

Andrew Jarvis led the Lions attack against NGS in Maxville, Sunday, with a five point performance.

Greg Canham put NGS on the scoreboard on the first face off of the game, but that would be it, as the Lions dominated the remainder of the play.

Eight minutes in, with Toby Mullin in the penalty box for roughing, Evan Mullin, assisted by Josh Black, scored a shorthanded goal to even the contest.  With minutes remaining in the period, Andrew Jarvis (Quinn Bennis and Ben Michels) scored on the Lions power play for a 2-1 advantage.

Early in the second, the Lions scored another power play goal, this one from Randy Fawcett (Jarvis) when he was left all alone in the slot.

Jarvis scored his second of the game, unassisted, on an end to end rush to make it 4-1 for the Lions.

With a three goal advantage, the Lions collected four more in the third to put the game out of reach. 

Counters came from Jarvis who completed his three goal game, Aarron Smith (from Riley Black and Jarvis), affiliated player Trey Suddard and Toby Mullin.

On Monday, November 7, the Selects ran into some penalty problems early in the first period, which the Lions took advantage of for a power play goal by Randy Fawcett (Evan Mullin & Riley Barry).  After killing off back to back penalties, the Selects began to apply pressure, but the Lions held on to carry their one goal advantage into the second period.

Early in the second, Riley Barry scored on the Lions power play with help from Jarvis to give the Lions a 2-0 edge. 

At 4:29 of the frame, the Selects answered when the Lions couldn’t clear their own end. Their goal came from the stick of Jarett Cutler on a tip past a screened Zach Frawley. 

Four minutes later, Josh Black (Evan Mullin) scored to again put the Lions up by two.  Fawcett (from Ben Michels and Cameron Chayer) and Michels (from Quinn Bennis) put the Lions up 5-1.

The Lions added two goals in the third period from Quinn Bennis (assisted by Jarvis and Trey Suddard) and Jarvis (unassisted).  The game featured some great penalty killing from the defensive team of Jarvis, Bennis, Toby Mullin and Riley Black and solid play from goaltender Zach Frawley.

On Sunday, November 6, the Lions travelled to the beautiful Benson Centre to battle the Colts for first place overall in the East standings.

First period action saw both teams playing with caution until, Aarron Smith’s backhand shot beat Colts goaltender Dufrense to give the Lions a 1-0 lead. 

The second period was a scoreless affair, thanks to a big effort from Lions’ goaltender Zach Frawley in keeping the Colts off the scoreboard.

As the puck was dropped for the start of the third period, the Colts finally beat Frawley on a shot from the slot to tie the contest 1-1.

With the Lions spending some quality time in the penalty box, the Colts had many opportunities to put the game away, but the Lions were able to hold on for a 1-1 draw.

Zach Frawley was first star of the game.

Saturday November 5, the Lions scored less than a minute into the game with an Evan Mullin wrist shot as they worked their way to the 6-0 shut out against the Alexandria Glens. Mullin and Randy Fawcett led the effort with two goals apiece, and singles came from the sticks of Cameron Chayer and Andrew Jarvis.

The Lions are on the ice tonight at 8 p.m. to take on the Cornwall Colts. They travel to Smith Falls this Saturday night, November 19th for a 9 p.m. start.

The will also be competing in the upcoming Pembroke Silver Stick tournament in Pembroke, November 25th through November 27th.

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