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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.


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Powerplays working in Lions/Rebels 3-3 tie


Over the last couple of years, the South Dundas Bantam B Lions and the CharLan Rebels have displayed quite the rivalry. Last Monday night, October 24, they were at it again. 

With the two teams evenly matched, their fans have come to expect exciting games from start to finish, and Monday night was no exception as they played to a 3-3 tie.

Both teams have several returning players from last year, and the Lions haven’t forgotten that  it was the Rebels who ousted them from the 2011 playoffs in a sudden death fourth game.

In the first period of last Monday night’s,  Zach ‘Big Z’ Frawley had a shaky start and gave up two quick goals in the first couple of minutes.  

The Rebels, Eric Lamarche nabbed the first one, and Tyler Akins made it 2-0. 

The frustrated Lions found themselves scrambling in their own end, and giving up the puck to the Rebels who had numerous scoring opportunities.  

Finally, with 5:40 remaining in the period, Riley Barry put the Lions on the scoreboard with help from Aaron Smith. 

The penalty free, first period saw the Rebels out shoot the Lions 9-5.

Early in the second period, the Rebels took a hooking penalty to give the Lions their first power-play opportunity of the game.  

The Lions had six great shots on net, but couldn’t put one past Rebels goaltender Jasper Leroux.

At 2:55 of the frame, Andrew Jarvis tied the game 2-2 after he blocked a Rebels shot, carried the puck through the Rebels defence and beat Leroux through the five hole.

Cameron Chayer (from Smith and Evan Mullin) gave the Lions a 3-2 lead on a shot from the slot, which beat Leroux on the glove side.

The Lions gave a better showing in the second period to out shoot the Rebels, 12-4.

In the third, ‘Big Z’ found his groove and was standing tall between the pipes.  

With Riley Black in the penalty box for slashing and Andrew Jarvis sitting out a four minute ‘hit to head’ penalty, the Rebels took charge with a five on three advantage for three minutes and 40 seconds.  

The Lions were doing everything right as they worked their way through the penalty kill, but they couldn’t hold on. 

With 43 seconds remaining in the penalties, CharLan turned the pressure up a notch to finally tie the match 3-3.

The Lions had a couple of good scoring opportunities as the seconds ticked away, but to no avail. The first was from on a face off in the Rebels end and the second, in the dying seconds, was from a Quinn Bennis partial breakaway. 

The Lions are looking for a speedy recovery for Spencer Heldens whose wrist was broken during the game.



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Morrisburg Curlers hit the ice


The season for the Morrisburg Curling Club is underway again, with several new curlers out. Normally we have a swing and sweep to start the season, nine holes of golf and six ends of curling. This year, with the uncertain weather and other factors, the numbers registering were down, and the executive had to cancel the event. Hopefully, we can get one in next fall.

There’s still room for additional curlers in most leagues. Just check with the coordinators. Several leagues have two draws, including Friday night, with 10 teams. Our Thursday morning mixed group has nine teams now, so a change may have to be made in their future, since there’s only room for six teams on the ice for each draw.

We welcome a number of new folks this year, and while some of our members have had health problems over the summer, most are back for another season.

Thanks to a huge number of volunteers in the executive and the Club’s general population over the summer, the clubhouse has been cleaned, painted, and refurbished, and new lights, using only one third of the electricity of the old ones are in place over the ice. Some of the work done is more subtle: dishes, etc., in the kitchen have been washed, glasses and other items in the bar have been readied, and we have some new carpeting at the entry. 

Also, schedules and bonspiel information are now downstairs, and the decorating committee has additional plans: something attractive for the walls, and perhaps some new carpet for the floors. Can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with!

Some of our curlers have been out to bonspiels already. 

The ladies were in Ottawa at the R.A. Centre last week. Alice Thompson, Betty Locke, Cheryl Thompson and Sharon Van Allen defeated a team from City View in their first match, but dropped a squeaker in their second to another City View team. Their total on the day, though, was good enough to get them to the prize table. On Friday they were off again, this time to Kemptville. The ladies played just one game, there, defeating an all-star team made up of curlers from Carleton Heights and Carleton Place. Congratulations to Alice Thompson, Susan McIntosh, Cheryl Thompson and Betty Locke.

On Sunday, Susan McIntosh held the season’s first of her popular two-person bonspiels. She had a full slate of 24 teams, and thanks toes to all who helped organize the day and look after the details, such as ice maintenance and serving lunch. Special thanks, as usual, to Dave McIntosh, who cooked up his famous chili for lunch all who helped and brought in food items and Donna McGillvary, who added her chili to the menu. 

As usual, the profits after prizes were awarded are returned to the club. Susan and her committee plan a bonspiel at the club every month, so watch the bulletin board in the lounge for information.

For those interested in results of the competition, here we are: in the ‘A’ final, Mahlon and Sam Locke defeated Ted Herriman and Gerry Thompson; in the ‘B’ final, Wally and Joanne Baker won out over Keith Robinson and Fred (Boomer) Langlotz; and in the ‘C’ final, Bill and Sonja Laurin triumphed over Gretta McGann and Sue McIntosh. The day featured good competition and fellowship. –A fine start to the competitive season.

That’s it for now. 

Good curling to all!