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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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Hawks devour Lions in front of hometown crowd


After playing “a pretty good game” in Casselman on Thursday, one night later in Morrisburg, it was a whole different story when the Winchester Hawks came to town.

The Morrisburg Junior Lions kicked off the week in Casselman with a 4-1 loss to the Vikings.

“We played a pretty good game Thursday in Casselman, and should have won the game,” says coach Thom Racine. “We can’t score a goal to save our lives right now, and that has hurt us.”

While the Lions may be having trouble scoring, it is certainly not a problem that is plaguing the St. Lawrence Division’s second place Winchester Hawks.

The Hawks flew into town Friday night, where they demolished the Lions in front of the hometown crowd 11-2.

“The quick turn around into Friday night against, arguably, the best team in the league (Winchester) was too much for us to handle,” says Racine. “We had nothing for them and they played with us.”

“Losing at home, 11-2, is embarrassing, and we felt that all night. We just could not get out from under the pressure Winchester put on us.”

Thursday night in Casselman, the Vikings went up  2-0 in the first period on goals by Marc-Andrew Quann and Joel Adam on the Vikings power play in the last minute of the frame.

They added another two counters in the final five minutes of the second period from Curtis Chennette and Marcel Groulx.

With help from Ryan Ward and Michael Keenan, Marc Antoine Kamel spoiled Kyle Lamothe’s shutout with just 23 seconds left on the clock.

The Lions were unsuccessful in their 14 power-play opportunities in a game that saw an abundance of penalties. The Vikings counted once in 11 chances. A total of 63 minutes in penalties were collected by the Lions while the Vikings earned 75 minutes worth.

A good portion of the penalty minutes were awarded in a rough and tumble second period.

Friday night in Morrisburg the Hawks went to work for a 4-0 first period lead and at the end of 40 minutes of play they were coasting on a 9-1 advantage.

The lone Morrisburg goal was scored by Marc Antoine Kamel, from Ryan Ward and Ty Hodgson, on the Lions power play.

The Hawks let up in the third period to collect just two goals from Lions’ goaltender Ryan Cooper who replaced starter Mikael Dion late in the second frame.

Scoring for the Lions in the third, with 15 seconds left in the game, was Brayden Girard from Michel Thurler and Alex Steingruber.

Jesse Barbier led the Hawks scoring with three goals. Brock Burge and Dylan Chessel had two goals apiece and singles came from the sticks of Brandon Belding, Mike Evelyn, Evan Walker and Dustin Tinkler.

Coach Racine was not on the Lions bench Friday, as he was serving a suspension handed out the night before in Casselman. He says he was able to make a positive out of a negative and used the opportunity to get “a different look at the game, Friday.” He is hoping that what he saw Friday can be fixed and “we can take a positive out of a beating.”

Coming up this Friday, November 11, the Lions are at the Glengarry Sports Palace for an  8 p.m. game against the Alexandria Glens. 

Then on Sunday, November 13 they are at home to the Rideau Division’s first place Westport Rideaus. Game time  is 2:30 p.m.

Racine says that after Friday night’s loss to the Hawks, “I told the kids to shake it off and get ready for the next beast Friday in Alexandria, and hopefully find a way to work as hard as we did in Casselman. Hopefully, we can force a few goals to pick up our spirts.”

“We host Westport, Sunday, and the month does not get any easier. So hard work needs to show up every night.”


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South Dundas Novice B Lions win on late goal


The South Dundas “Pizza Hut “ Novice B Lions needed a late third period goal from Ben Lapier to defeat the visiting Kemptville Panthers here on Sunday afternoon.

With the Lion’s leading 3-2 late in the third period, the Panther’s forward Nolan Brien scored  with 1:35 left to even the affair at 3-3. 

On the ensuing faceoff Kayne McCadden,  Nolan Henry and Lapier forced the puck deep into the Panthers end where Lapier picked up a loose puck from behind the net  and jammed it in on the short side giving the Lions the lead once again with 1:18 left.

The Lion’s controlled the rest of the third period by keeping the Panther’s in their their own end to kill the clock and securing the 4-3 win. 

The Lions defense of Emytt Fetterly, Cassidy Bilmer, Trent Rae and Spencer Barclay once again minimized the Panthers offensive by pushing the would be attackers to the outside and minimizing their shots.

On the few occasions the Panthers broke through the defense, goalie Brendan Shaver stood tall to defend the Lion’s cage. He looked on saves he made on two Brett Johnston break aways.

The Lions got their 3-2 lead on three Kayne McCadden goals, his second hat trick of the season. McCadden’s line mates Kolby Latulippe and Nolan Henry continued to find McCadden breaking out of their own end giving him the opportunity to exploit the Panther’s defense.

In the second period McCadden broke into the Panther’s end zone outskating the Panther’s defense to the net and fired his shot high right over the net. 

The puck carried back into the Lion’s end where McCadden regained the puck and again went the distance; this time a deke right and back to the left moved the goalie out of position and McCadden slide the puck home.

Earlier, McCadden broke in on a breakaway and was tripped from behind; while the delayed penalty was being called, Nolan Henry got the puck and set up McCadden in the slot.

The Lion’s offense only scored four goals but clearly out-chanced the opposition. 

From the opening faceoff, the Lion’s pressured the Panther’s defense and goaltender with many shot towards the net. 

Both Joshua Broad and Owen Fetterly hit the post on chances and were denied by pucks getting tipped at the last second and going wide.

Defensemen Emytt Fetterly and Spencer Barclay helped in with the offense by getting their break out passes to their wingers’ sticks to provide the Lion’s clean breaks into the Panther’s end zone.

The South Dundas “Pizza Hut” Novice B Lions next home game is Sunday, November 20th at 1 p.m. Local hockey fans are invited come on out and cheer on the Lions.


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Morrisburg Curlers host Russell


We had another bonspiel in Morrisburg last week.  Coordinator Ron Beaupre organized a visit by the Russell daytime mixed curlers, and they will be hosting 12 of us in December. These friendly matches are one-game affairs, with lunch afterwards. They are always very friendly, and the senior men and daytime ladies organize them for their leagues as well. It’s a chance to visit other clubs, compete with other curlers and renew old friendships or make new ones.

Our first team was Sue McIntosh, Alice Thompson, Paul Dobry and Andy Patenaude. They played a Russell team skipped by Leo Beckers, and were tied coming home in the seventh end, but Leo eked out a point to win the match, the only victory for Russell on the day.

Our second representatives were Len Bellamy, Cheryl Thompson, Bud Perry and Fred (Boomer) Langlotz. They won their game, as did our final foursome, Dave King, Jack Barkley, Doug Jarvis and Sharon Van Allen. It was great to see many of our friends again, including people like Jimmy Sullivan and Doreen Taylor.

After the matches, the teams repaired to the dining room for refreshments, and a delicious meal prepared, served, and cleaned up after by our Thursday morning hosts. Special thanks to Jeannine and Ron Beaupre, who organized the feast, and to the ladies who brought in the food. The words of appreciation from the guests, and our rebuttals, as well as an exchange of stories, sent all away happy. Can’t wait until the return visit to Russell, with their new four-sheet rink. 

Apologies to Keith Robinson and Fred Langlotz who did, indeed, win the ‘B’ final bonspiel last Sunday, defeating Wally and Joanne Baker in a thrilling final. 

Several events are upcoming at the club. The ladies’ invitational bonspiel will be here Dec. 6, Ian McGillis has an OCA event here Dec. 16 and 17, and we already have one rental of the club over the Christmas break. It’s not too early to book your family or business party for the holiday season, or for other occasions. President Mahlon Locke is the person to call.

The ice looks good, well-maintained as usual by our technician, Wally Baker, and enhanced by the signs on the walls and the ice surface, courtesy of our fine community sponsors.

The information concerning out-of-club bonspiels has been posted downstairs, and a number of people have entered teams in several of them. We’ll report on results as they come in to us. For those interested, the league statistics are also displayed in the lower hall.

Curlers might also consider entering Ottawa Valley Curling Association events, from bantams to juniors, men’s and women’s, as well as seniors. The list is available in the lounge, and those interested should contact our president. There is an application form to be completed, and an entry fee to be paid. 

The format would be zone competitions, followed by regional, and then Provincial finals. Teams from here have done well in the past, and we hope many will enter the Zone playdowns this year. 

The juniors play in Winchester Nov. 20-22, while the seniors play in Cornwall Nov. 28-29, for example. For all, there are separate male and female events. You might even consider playdowns leading to the Tournament of Hearts and the Brier. They all start with zone play. 

Good curling!



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South Dundas well represented at Cornwall Fall Classic


Twenty Novice  B House teams met in Cornwall, November 4-6 for the inaugural Fall Classic hockey  tournament where the South Dundas Novice B House Lions 1 and 2 squads proved to be two of the top four teams. The B House 1 Lions finished atop pool B with three straight victories and 11 goals for and just three against.  They then defeated the Brockville Braves, Sunday morning, in quarterfinal action to advance to the semifinals. The South Dundas B2 Lions also finished on top of their pool with a 3-0 record and 21 goals for and just one against. They met the Richmond Royals who they defeated, 5-3, to advance to the semifinals against the West End Wildcats. A 3-0 win put the Lions B2 squad in the finals. Unfortunately, the Cornwall Colts spoiled the opportunity for an all South Dundas final by defeating the B1 squad, 4-1, in semifinal action. The Colts then proved to be too strong for  South Dundas  B2s, taking the final game 6-1. The B2 Lions were awarded silver medals for their second place finish. Pictured above, front l-r they are Kolbey Hamilton, Sarah Backes, Olivia Salmon, Jayden Rowe and Colin Minish. Standing l-r, are Dana Domanko, Jack Connors, Nathen Verhey, Dean Lapier, Brady Smith and Tyler DeDekker. The coaching staff, l-r is Michael Domanko, Jamie Smith, coach David Lapier and Scott Verhey.



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Halloween Fun for South Dundas Atom C Lions


Team members of the Atom C Lions pose for a picture after their 4-2 win over North Dundas at the Morrisburg Arena on Sunday, October 30. In the spirit of Halloween, parents and team officials handed out treats to the players after the game. The Lions are having a good season, showing determination and good sportsmanship. Their record is 3 wins, 3 losses and one tie.  Team members are (in no particular order) Michaela Mustard, Caleb Douma, Trystyn Hummel, Morgan Hummel, Matt MacKay, Jaeden Shaver, Kendrew Byers, Rachel Nicolaassen, Chloe Hart, Devon Swindells, Owen Orendi, Mackenzie McKee Markell and Shelby Martineau.  Team officials are David Byers, Shawn Hummel, Karon Hart and Lori and Steve Martineau.  The Lions encourage spectators to their games.  Come see how the “Lions Rock, Lions Roar and Lions Score, Score, Score!”



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Lions hang tough against the Vikings


During a visit to the Morrisburg arena Friday night, the St. Lawrence Division’s second place Casselman Vikings (tied for second with the Hawks) discovered the Morrisburg Lions aren’t pushovers.

Although the Vikings did eventually pick up a 5-4 win, they first had to play 60 minutes of regulation time hockey and five minutes of overtime before they were able to put it away in a shoot out.

It was a big game for the Lions and an exciting game for Lions fans as they watched their Lions hang tough against the powerful Vikings who have lost only three games in 15 starts this season.

“Let’s face it. To get a point against Casselman is an accomplishment, even though I thought we really should have won,” said Lions coach Thom Racine. “I thought we played well. Outshooting the Vikings (40-37) is a rare feat and with some luck around the net it might have been a different story.”

The Vikings were first on the scoreboard with an Adam Wensink goal just 1:24 into the game.

That held until late in the frame when Michael Poapst, assisted by March Antoine, evened it off at 1-1.

The Lions couldn’t hold them off, and the Vikings were able to slip one more past goaltender Mikael Dion, on their power play at 15:14 of the period.

Just 4:39 into the second period the Lions again levelled the playing field this time with a goal from Taylor Wilson assisted by Zach Sequin and Ryan Dunbar.

That held until 18:37 of the second when the Vikings collected another power-play goal to again push ahead as the period ended.

Joel Adam pushed the Viking advantage to 4-2 with an unassisted counter at 8:50 of the third period, but it wasn’t over yet.

The Lions came back and came back strong.

Clark Veenstra (from Taylor Wilson and Ryan Ward) pulled it to within one at 11:05 and then at 15:55 Michael Poapst and Taylor Wilson set up Zach Sequin for the tying marker.

The 4-4 tie held throughout the overtime, although the Lions had their chances thanks to a pair of Casselman penalties that gave them a five on three power play. The Lions were unable to capitalize on the extra man advantage and the 4-4 tie was finally broken in a shootout.

Alex Steingruber, Michael Poapst and Ryan Ward were all unsuccessful against Vikings goaltender Phillippe Quesnel.

Coming up this week the Lions travel to Casselman to taken on the Vikings at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 3. 

On Friday night, November 4 they host the Winchester Hawks. 

“If we bring the same intensity to these upcoming weekend games, I like our chances at stealing some more points,” says Racine.


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Morrisburg golfers freeze fees


Members of the Morrisburg Golf Club will have some new blood on their executive for the 2012 season with five officers not returning to the executive for another term, including long-time president Sam Laurin and secretary Alice McNairn.

The two, along with 1st vice-president Garry O’Neill, club captain Lance LePage and greens chairman Bob Youmelle, all chose not to return, which opened the door for some new people. 

The club’s annual fall meeting was held at the clubhouse on Sunday, October 30.

Moving up from the second vice president’s chair, to take over as the club’s president was Jason Broad. Barry Henderson was elected 1st vice president and Mick Mabo got the nod as 2nd vice president.

Longtime treasurer, Sean Boulerice was returned, and Candy Jamieson was elected secretary to replace Alice McNairn who retired her position after 17 years.

Shawn Hummel was elected to replace Youmelle as greens chair.

Elected as club captain was Bob Mann. Lori-Anne Davies was returned as ladies captain by the ladies section of the club earlier this fall as was Lawrence Larocque as the senior’s representative.

Although the club has been battling decreases in the membership for the past two or three years, the membership decided, that with the economic climate as it is, an increase in the membership fees for the 2012 season would not be a good idea.

A reduced fee initiative for new members this past year, was successful in attracting 28 new members and it was suggested that it be run again next year.



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Peewee C House Lions get new sweaters


Saturday, October 29, the South Dundas Peewee C House Lions suited up in a brand new set of sweaters thanks to the generosity of Michel Proulx/Canadian Tire Store in Morrisburg. The House Lions and South Dundas Minor Hockey Association were absolutely delighted to receive the donation which includes both home and away sweaters. Keeping the teams looking sharp is a yearly effort for the local minor hockey association which tries to replace at least a couple of sweater sets per year.  They often count on the generosity of the community. Pictured with the team, (kneeling centre row) is Canadian Tire representative, Joanne Minish. Front is goaltender Austin Robinson. Kneeling, l-r, are MacKenzie Nelson, Megan McKay, Anna Cassell, Jackson Weegar, Joanne Minish, Nathan Cameron and Brody Smail. Back, l-r are Matthew Helmer, Sheridan Caines, Brooke Lapier, Grace Brooks, Julenea Barnhartd, Trinity Hanes, Shayna VanBeilen and Emma Barkley. The Peewee C House Lions coaching staff includes, coach Shawn Lapier, Derek VanBeilen, Tim Cassell and Barry Barkley.



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South Dundas Novice B Lions defeated in A final overtime


The South Dundas “We Can Contracting” Novice B Lions were in Finch on Saturday, for the NGS Novice B Tournament where they made it to the “A” Final only to lose in overtime to the Kemptville Panthers.

In the tournament’s final game, the Panthers held a 3-1 lead in the third period when Ben Lapier stole the puck at his blue line and went the distance, out skating the defensemen and back checking forwards, to score a five-hole goal on Panther net minder Cole Watt.

Now, with the score 3-2 and time ticking away, the Lions pulled goaltender Brendan Shaver for the extra attacker. 

The puck came back to the Lions blue line where Nolan Henry picked it up and skated down the right wing before passing to centre iceman Ben Lapier who broke into the zone and scored on a wrist shot. The goal sent the Lions and their fans into a frenzy with 25 seconds left in the third and the game tied 3-3 to force overtime.

The emotional high of tying the game, however, didn’t carry over into overtime as Panther forward Evan Davidson was able to pick up a loose puck in front the Lion’s cage and bury a shot into the open net. 

Lion’s goalie Brendan Shaver who was outstanding in the game (and tournament) picked up the Lions player of the game award.

Joshua Broad scored in the first period of the final game, when he banged home a loose puck off the left post. Emytt Fetterly and Cassidy Bilmer kept the puck alive twice at the Panther’s blue line enabling the Lions the scoring chance. The Lions and Panthers exchanged first period goals before the Panthers built up their two goal lead.

Earlier games in the tournament for the Lion’s were a 2-1 loss at the hand of the NGS Braves with the lone goal going to Owen Fetterly and assists to Ben Lapier and Joshua Broad. 

It was a well played defensive battle with Trent Rae and Spencer Barclay keeping the front of the Lion net clear of Braves attackers. On one Braves breakout Barclay caught the attacker from behind, drove, and knocked the puck off his stick taking away the scoring chance.

In their other game the Lions defeated the Clarence Creek Castors 6-2 propelling them into the “A” final with a better goals for and against record then the South Stormont Selects. 

Ben Lapier opened the scoring on some offensive pressure by his line mates Joshua Broad and Owen Fetterly. Lapier scored again in the second period when his centering pass to Broad was shot into the net by a Castor defenseman. 

Later on the two connected when Lapier’s centering pass was right on Broad’s stick in the slot.

The Lions put the game away when Trent Rae and Nolan Henry teamed up to set up Kayne McCadden in the slot.

A few minutes later Kolby Latulippe tipped in a McCadden shot giving the Lion’s a 5-2 lead. 

Lapier finished it off to complete a three-goal performance.

In league play over the last week, the Lion’s dropped two games at the hands of the Brockville Braves losing 5-2 in both games. Offensively the Lions couldn’t match the output of Braves forward Rhys Gibbons as he netted five goals in the two games. Lion’s goal scorers were Joshua Broad, Kayne McCadden, Ben Lapier and Kolby Latulippe. Owen Fetterly picked up a couple of assists and other helpers went to Nolan Henry, Broad, Lapier, Latulippe and McCadden.

Local hockey fans are invited to come out and cheer on the “We Can Contracting” Novice B Lions on Sunday, November 6, at 1 p.m.