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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!

 

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Stephen McCann launches Luxury Links in Morrisburg

 

Although he doesn’t plan to retire in the near future, nor take up golf for that matter, Stephen ‘Steve’ McCann has taken a big swing towards making golf a part of his retirement plans.

This Saturday, McCann is hosting a grand opening for his new business, Luxury Links, an indoor golf program complete with a Full Swing golf simulator located at 91 Main Street in the Morrisburg Shopping Plaza, east of Thom Travel.

McCann kicked off his golf simulator business venture in mid-August, when he went to work to renovate the building to accommodate the hitting area.

“My idea was to design a comfortable place for people to come in and have a game of golf, and I am really pleased with the way it has turned out,” he said during an open house this past weekend.

In addition to the room that houses the Full Swing golf simulator, golfers will be able to relax in a lounge area, where coffee and vending machine snacks and beverages are available.  (The facility is not licenced.) A washroom area is located at the back of the building.

“This is two months worth of work. I started it on August 17th, and completely gutted it. I lost about 20 pounds,” he says of the construction phase that was done in the evenings and on the weekends.

A self-professed non-golfer, McCann says he first considered the idea back when Caldwell Linen Mill in Iroquois closed and he was out of a job. Although he found work at the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic, “the idea has been brewing for six years.”

Now as the golden years draw closer, he’s 57, he says he wanted to get something in place that would give him something to do.

A market study told him there are, “11 golf courses (in a 35km radius of Morrisburg) with an estimated 6,000 golfers. The closest indoor simulated golf experiences are at South Mountain and Prescott. After that you have to go to Brockville or Ottawa. There is nothing to the east. I have a seven year plan. If this works out, I’d like to open others in the area.”

What sets Luxury Links apart from other simulated golf setups, is that it is a member-only club.

McCann sees competitive/experienced golfers joining to stay at their game during the off-season, and the more casual and non-golfers using it for entertainment.

Hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily, seven days per week and club membership is limited to 60 contracted membership hours. Once 60 hours have been contracted, the membership will be cut off, and that will leave an additional 40 hours available to the members each week for extra play.

There are three membership categories with corresponding fees and a fee schedule for extra play. 

First to drop in to the open house was Morrisburg golfer, Jim ‘Sudsy’ Whelan, who was completely sold on the concept and impressed with the facility even when his first shot, off the first tee at Pebble Beach, went only 220 yards. Shot two, was 140 yards into the rough, followed by a chip that left him with a 15.7 foot, downhill breaking right to left, putt…which he missed.

“It’s a riot,” says McCann. “I had my IT guys in the other night and they had a great time. And none of them play golf.”

The Luxury Links program offers 12, 18 hole golf courses, two par three courses and a driving range. Complimentary left and right hand clubs are available.

“Pebble Beach is what everyone seems to like,” says McCann explaining the simulators were originally built for training tools, but soon were “recognized for their entertainment value.”

The simulator can be set up for sunny or cloudy days, with or without wind. There is even a ‘shot booster’ button for maximum yardage and the option to add spectators who will cheer you on.

Shot accuracy and speed are measured by two 360 degree tracks on the Full Swing simulator, which according to McCann was one of the first developed. “When the ball bounces back, it measures the slice/hook. There’s a three point measurement.”

Luxury Links will not be manned. Members will have their own access cards and bookings can be made online.

The unique membership pricing system has been done to make “it much more affordable.”

“I’m excited,” said McCann. “I think it is going to be good, once people get used to it.”

“A couple can come out and have some exercise and fun, or a foursome can get together. It is meant to be an affordable alternative to having to travel to play.”

“I can see members come in for coffee and sit around and visit…golf buddies who maybe don’t see much of each other in the off season.”

“I travelled to Ottawa last winter,” said Whelan. “I had a Myrtle Beach trip planned, and I wanted to swing some before I left. This is great to have this here.”

“Memberships will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis, up to the 60 contracted hours. I could book more, but that is not my goal. The season will run from October through April and reduced prices for members will be offered during the summer golf season.”

“I’m the best kept secret in town right now and I don’t want that.” 

People can drop in to the grand opening Saturday from 1-5 p.m., check the website at www.luxurylinks.ca or call 613-643-3003 and leave a message.

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Luke Whitteker race season recap

 

At the end of 2010, Luke Whitteker won a scholarship for the Race 101 Program in North Carolina, a scholarship that will culminate in his graduation later this fall. 

During the first few months of 2011, he traveled once a month to Charlotte, North Carolina to attend classes and learn  about the motorsport industry, from on track skills to chassis set up, and all things technical to the off track skills of marketing and communication. 

Throughout the year, the young Iroquois driver participated in online seminars (webinars), as the learning experience continued about the motorsports industry, and all aspects of it.

On the track in 2011, Whitteker posted a season high second place finish at Cornwall Speedway on July 24th, and a season high third at Autodrome Granby on July 22nd. 

He began his first season at Granby driving for the Clement Henri team, but posted his best finishes after switching back to his own Whitteker Motorsports ride. He finished the season ninth overall at Granby, and was the track’s top rookie driver this year. 

At Cornwall, Whitteker finished the year sixth overall in track points With the last three events of the season falling to rain, he lost any chance he had to make up ground and move into the top five.  

He also started the year running the Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified championship series, but decided to end their season in late September to focus his attention on his first year studies at Carleton University, as well as the end of the Race 101 Program.

Over the course of the year, Whitteker Motorsports proudly supported the CHEO Foundation (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) in Ottawa, raising money through t-shirt and merchandise sales.  

They donated nearly $1,000 to the CHEO Foundation and with some t-shirts still on hand, that figure could go even higher.

With the 2011 racing season over locally, Whitteker has plans to return to North Carolina to finish up the Race 101 program and graduate. 

During the first week of November, he will participate in class seminars, and will be provided the opportunity to turn some laps in a Race 101 prepared pavement Late Model at the famed Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina.

Currently, all Race 101 students are participating in a social networking contest and Luke is seeking help from everyone to go to the Whitteker Motorsports Facebook page and simply “like” the page.  

The more votes Luke gets, the better his chances are of winning the contest.  At last glance, Luke is leading the contest, which ends very soon.  

Go to  HYPERLINK “http://www.facebook.com/whittekermotorsports” www.facebook.com/whittekermotorsports and click on the “like” button at the top.

Whitteker Motorsports had great sponsorship support during the 2011 season from Rust Check, Coldwell Banker, Steve Summers Coburn Realty, Jim’s Performance Plus, Parcoll Products/Napa Auto Parts, Quaker State, Riverside Pontiac, Thompson Tim-Br Mart Iroquois, Toy Storage, Wells and Son Construction, 730 Truck Stop, Lloyd McMillan Equipment Ltd., ERD Engine Research and Development, Cohen and Lord Insurance and Finish Line Web Design.

Luke Whitteker and the Whitteker Motorsports team are currently looking for sponsors for the 2012 racing season.  

For more information, please contact Luke Whitteker at  HYPERLINK “mailto:lukewhitt@ripnet.com” lukewhitt@ripnet.com.

Whitteker also is grateful for the hard work of his pit crew which this year included Dustin Gillard, Travis McMillan, Jeff Whitteker, Kyle Dingwall, Joe Janson, Shawn Nixon, Julie Nixon and Kevin Whitteker.

 

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Jr. B Lions win two

 

Although the Morrisburg Junior B Lions got off to a bad start last week in Brockville, when they gave up a 4-2 third period lead in what would turn out to be a 5-4 loss, things got better, a whole lot better as the week progressed.

Following on the heels of a home ice, 5-4 win against the visiting Athens Aeros, Friday night, coach Thom Racine got an unexpected call on Saturday morning, that he says, “was an early Christmas present.”

The call was from last year’s leading scorer, Michel Lefebvre who had been released from his Junior A commitment and was wondering if there was a spot available for his return to the Lions.

The necessary paper work was done, and Lefebvre was back in a Lions uniform in time to play a decisive role in the Lions 7-1 victory over the Wolves, in Akwesasne, on Sunday.

It all added up to two wins in three games for the Lions who now find themselves in fourth spot in the St. Lawrence Division, with eight points, three points up on the Wolves and four ahead of the Char-Lan Rebels.

Alexandria now leads the division with 22 points, the Winchester Hawks are in second spot with 21 and the Casselman Vikings hold third with 19.

Last Wednesday, the Lions travelled to Brockville bolstered by three midget affiliates. 

“Half of the team was not there,” says Racine. “It’s very discouraging, but the kids who came up played well. The kids came into it nervous, but excited. They did well for themselves.”

Joining the Lions lineup were 15 year old, Jordan Smail, and 16 year olds, Tanner Hummel and Andrew Morris, all affiliates through the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association.

The Tikis were first on the scoreboard in Brockville on Wednesday night, when they beat Lions goaltender Mikael Dion late in the first period. At 17:41 Alex Ploof, from Zach Sequin and Ty Hodgson, got it back.

The Tikis edged ahead at 7:52 of the second period, but then the Lions took charge.

Michel Thurler scored on the Lions power play with help from Ty Hodgson, and Zach Sequin made it 3-2, with Ploof and Marc Antoine Kamel providing the assist.

Kamel put the Lions up 4-2 at 6:19 of the third assisted by Michel Thurler and Michael Keenan.

“We took two penalties midway into the third period, but we killed them and I thought we were going to be okay,” said Racine.

A costly Lions clearing mistake in their own end, set the Tikis up to cut the gap to 4-3.

Then in a span of just 14 seconds, the Tikis nabbed Dion for two counters, and the Lions were sent home licking their wounds from a 5-4 loss.

Friday night in Morrisburg, the Lions dropped quickly behind the Aeros, 3-0 in the first period.

“It was an eerie reminder of the tail end of last year,” says Racine. “We played like we didn’t belong on the ice with them in the first 10 minutes. It was the same old-same old.”

“But then it was as if they looked at each other on the bench and said enough.”

With 5:34 left on the clock in the first period, Alex Steingruber scored unassisted, to put some spark back into his teammate.

As it turned out it was more than just a spark, it was a fire as the Lions went to work in the second period. While Dion held the Aeros from the scoreboard, the Lions struck for four unanswered goals, two of them on their power play.

Alex Ploof kicked it off with help from Lance Hodgson and Kamel, and then Bzdyl scored on the power play from Ward and Steingruber.

Steingruber scored his second of the game on the power play at 15:03 of the frame and with just 51 seconds left, Kamel counted from Lance Hodgson and Ryan Dunbar, for a 5-3 Lions lead.

That was it for the Lions scoring while the Aeros got one more late in the third period, leaving the Lions with the 5-4 win.

“Ploof’s goal at the end of the first period was a big goal for us,” said Racine. “For Ploof to respond like that was great. He also scored in Brockville.”

The third period featured a melee after Ty Hodgson hit the Aeros captain. “Four guys attacked Ty, and the other kids on the ice weren’t ready for it. They showed us what happens when someone hits their captain. After the fighting, we got six minutes in penalties. We killed them off and actually scored a shot-handed goal which was disallowed when their goalie kicked the net off.”

“By that point, I think we deserved to win the game, and this time, the hockey gods were with us.”

The Lions weekend kept getting better with the Saturday morning phone call from Lefebvre.

“Michele had gone off to play Junior A hockey, and we wished him well, but he left a big offensive hole in our lineup,” says Racine. “So we got the paper work done Saturday, and he hit the ice on Sunday against Akwesasne. He scored two goals and added an assist. Having Michel back creates so many more opportunities for us that we have been missing.”

“He is such a dynamic player, and that is what we needed. We are still a few pieces away from where we want to be, but this is a good step.”

Sunday’s game at Akwesasne was a must win for the Lions. “They stole two point from us in Morrisburg, last Friday night, and we had to get the points back. We were dominate the whole night, Mikael was stellar in goal.”

The Lions quickly went to task, building a 4-1 lead in the first period. After a scoreless second period, the Lions added three unanswered third period goals for the 7-1 win.

Sylvester Bzdyl and Michel Lefebvre led the Lions scoring with two goals each and Michael Poapst, Marc Antoine Kamel and Michel Thurler added singles. 

Drew Veenstra, Alex Ploof, Bzdyl and Michael Paquette helped out on two goals each and singles assists were provided by Ryan Dunbar, Poapst, Lefebvre and Steingruber.

The Lions have just one game this weekend when they host the Casselman Vikings, Friday night, October 28 at 8:30 p.m.

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Bantam Lions collect 6-1 win against Perth

 

Tied for first place with Cornwall in the East Division, the South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions added another mark in their win column with a 6-1 victory over Perth here last Monday night.  

Riley Barry and Andrew Jarvis, both had solid nights as they worked out three point performances. 

Drew Minish (from Riley Barry) started the Lions scoring in the first period, when his shot beat Perth goaltender, Scott St. Jean low on the blocker side. 

Minutes later Braeden Smith answered for Perth when left unattended in front of the Lions net. 

Late in the first, the Lions ran into penalty trouble to Randy Fawcett and Toby Mullin which gave Perth a five on three advantage.  

On the penalty kill, however, Andrew Jarvis gained possession of the puck and skated through the opposition for a short-handed goal against St. Jean on blocker side for a 2-1 Lions lead. 

The Lions got a big scare just over five minutes into the second period when a mad scramble in front of  goaltender Zach ‘Big Z’ Frawley resulted in  several scoring chances. However, the Big Z was able to keep his composure and sent them packing.  

At the other end of the ice, the Lions had a lucky break when a weak wrist shot by Josh Black fooled St. Jean on the glove side.  That was followed, with less than a minute remaining in the period, when Riley Barry’s (from Jarvis) snapshot from the blue line beat St. Jean for a 4-1 Lions lead.

The third period was filled with penalties.  

With 2.02 remaining, Jarvis scored his second of the game, assisted by Barry, and then Barry with help from Josh Black and Toby Mullin  finished it off for the 6-1 Lions win.

The game featured excellent performances from Frawley ‘BIG Z’ who was not feeling well, and from Riley Black who played defence for the first time this year.

The Lions have a busy schedule coming up. On Monday, October 24 they were on the road to play Char-Lan and next Wednesday, November 5 they are in Alexandria at 6 p.m. On November 6 they are in Cornwall and on Monday, November 7 they hare back home against Long Sault.

The Lions are tied for first place with Cornwall with eight points.  They have posted 28 goals and given up just eight.

 

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Novice B Lions back in win column

 

The South Dundas “Dodge Caravan Kids” Novice B Lions got back in the win column here Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win against the Kemptville #2 Panthers. 

After a couple of ties in the last seven days, the Lions took to the ice with one goal in mind, getting a lead and protecting it.

Brendan Shaver, in the Lions cage, continued his strong play, making solid saves against the Panthers attackers and stopping several point blank shots. 

With the score 3-0, and the Panthers pressing to get on the scoreboard, Spencer Barclay made the defensive play of the game when he cut down a Panther attacker as he closed in on Shaver.

Cassidy Bilmer, back on defense after a stint on the wing, and her defense partner Emytt Fetterly got the offense going with some excellent defensive play. 

Unlike previous games when the Lions came out forcing the offense and ended up giving up a goal, the Lions were a little bit on their heels and ended up getting the first goal.

The Lions Owen Fetterly scored first when Joshua Broad and Ben Lapier’s fore checking freed up the puck to create a scoring chance.

The Lions took a 2-0 lead when Nolan Henry moved the puck out of his own zone to Kolby Latulippe who tipped it over to Kayne McCadden who beat a Panther defender and buried a shot.

In the second period, the Lion’s took control and cut down on the opponents’ scoring chances with several back to back, hard fore checking shifts that led to more scoring opportunities.

 Kayne McCadden broke away twice from the Panthers defense only to be caught from behind by a sliding defenseman who dove with his stick to knock the puck away.

The Lion’s opened a three goal lead in the third when Ben Lapier scored midway into the frame. 

Now with the three goal lead could they not only hold but get the shutout. 

Brendan Shaver was tested down the stretch, and he held strong until the final seconds. 

With the Panthers goalie on the bench and the Panthers pressing the Lions defense couldn’t clear a rebound and the Panthers jumped on it to score with 10.3 seconds left.

Earlier in the week, the Lion’s travelled to Kemptville to take on Kemptville #1 and extended their unbeaten streak to six games. The Lion’s goal scorers were Nolan Henry and Ben Lapier in the 2-2 tie. Trent Rae had a strong game on the Lion’s blue line in helping goaltender Brendan Shaver secure the tie.

The South Dundas “Dodge Caravan Kids” Novice B Lions next home game is Sunday, October 30th at 1 p.m. Hockey fans are invited to come on out and cheer on the Lions.

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Junior B Lions lose confidence

“Our confidence level is nonexistent,” said Morrisburg Junior B Lions coach Thom Racine following a pair of weekend losses to the Akwesasne Wolves, Friday night on home ice, 4-3 and to the Char-Lan Rebels in Williamstown, on Saturday, 5-2.

Coach Racine and his Lions were looking for wins on the weekend as they met their two fellow teams in the bottom of the St. Lawrence Division. The Wolves, on Friday night, were in the hunt for their first win of the season, while the Rebels were looking for just their second taste of victory.

They both got their wishes, the Lions didn’t. As a result, the Lions now share fourth spot with the Rebels at four points apiece while the Wolves are just one point back, thanks to an earlier tie, at three.

“Friday night it could have went either way,” said Racine. “We played well enough to win. You can make all the excuses you want but you still have to win hockey games.”

“We just have to keep working hard. It’s just the mental mistakes that are costing us.”

As Racine predicted a few weeks ago, the St. Lawrence has become a two tier division. “We have three power houses (Vikings, Glens and Hawks) and the three of us (Lions, Rebels and Wolves) are playing for the fourth spot.”

Racine says he is trying to impress upon his Lions, “don’t quit, keep going. Look what happened last year. We were dead in the water until the middle of the January.”

This time around, Racine is working on a much sooner, than later, turnaround.

This past weekend, the Lions played starter goaltender Mikael Dion on Friday night and Ryan Cooper, Saturday night.

“They both played pretty. We just don’t give them the support they need.”

Friday night in Morrisburg the fans were treated to a scoreless first period and a scoreless third. Seven goals were counted in the second.

The Wolves went up early in the second with a pair of power-play goals from Justin Villeneuve and Matthew Morin. 

At 6:50 of the frame the Lions got one back, on their power play, from Sylvester Bzdyl assisted by Matt Ouimet.

A little over a minute later, Jayden Lemire struck to again boost the Wolves to a two-goal advantage.

At 9:22,  Alex Steingruber (from Ryan Ward and Clarke Veenstra) on the power play, put the Lions back into the game, cutting the gap to 3-2.

That held until just under 14:07, when Clarke Veenstra set up Sylvester Bzdyl for a short-handed goal that evened the field at 3-3.

Again the Lions couldn’t hold on and 25 seconds later Byron Dewett counted to put the Wolves ahead 4-3.

The Wolves and goaltender Quade Smoke then settled in to hold on for their first win of the season.

Saturday night in Williamstown, the Lions simply put, couldn’t put the puck in the net.

The Rebels went up 2-0 in the first period, their first goal just 58 seconds in, and their second with just 2:24 left in the frame.

Michael Paquette scored unassisted for the Lions at 1:08 of the second period, but that was it and the Rebels beat Cooper for another two, to end the period in the lead, 4-1.

Michael Poapst counted the Lions final goal (from Steingruber and Bzdyl) at 1:38 of the third, and at 2:49 the Rebels got it back from Kevin Veilleux.

“I’m not frustrated, but I am disappointed,” said Racine. “There was so much optimism at the start of the year. We had four lines with depth, but it’s just not happening for them.”

Tonight, (Wednesday, October 19) the Lions are in Brockville to take on the Tikis, where Racine says they will have their work cut out for them.

With a number of the regulars not able to attend due to school exams, he will be icing several local midget players. But he says you never know. The Lions were in the same situation at this time last year and went to Brockville for a win.

This Friday night, the Lions host the Athens Aeros at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, they are on the road for a rematch against Akwesasne at 7:15 p.m.

 

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Novice Bs comeback with 3-3 tie

The South Dundas “Howitzer” Novice B Lions started their regular season home schedule here on Saturday night in a dramatic three goal comeback on the South Grenville Rangers. 

Down 3-0 at the half way mark of the second period, and facing their first loss of the season, the Lions showed their roar!

The Rangers jumped out to the three goal lead and after that the Lions defense of Spencer Barclay, Trent Rae and Emytt Fetterly closed the door in front of goaltender Brendan Shaver. 

The Lions started taking control of the game while the Rangers began to allow the Lions scoring chances that began to multiply.

Owen Fetterly started things off for the Lions at 4:06 of the second period when he netted a shot behind Rangers goaltender Jessome. 

Joshua Broad’s strong forechecking kept the puck alive several times on the left wing boards before Lapier’s chance and Fetterly’s goal. 

Moments later, Lapier broke free from the Rangers defense and wristed a shot over the net, just missing the top corner. The Lions pressed with some more scoring chances before an impressive individual effort from Kayne McCadden came up short as his shot missed the mark.

Barclay and E. Fetterly created another scoring chance moving the puck quickly out of their own end up the left wing boards to Cassidy Bilmer who skated the puck into the neutral zone before setting up Nolan Henry and Kayne McCadden to skate free into the Rangers zone where their shot was stopped.

Henry cut the lead to one, scoring with 34 seconds left in the second, when he snapped a shot past the Rangers goalie to make the score 3-2. McCadden and Bilmer set up Henry on the play with another excellent passing play. 

In the third period, McCadden completed the comeback by stick handling around the Rangers defense before scoring the game tying goal with three minutes left in the period.  

It looked like he might get the winner a minute later when again he created a great scoring chance by breaking in alone on the Rangers goalie alone before crashing the net.

 The South Dundas “Howitzer” Novice B Lions next Home game is Sunday October 23rd at 1pm, come on out and cheer on the Lions.

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Frawley solid in net as Bantam Bs roar

The South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions roared to a pair of victories last week, kicking it off on home ice last Monday with a 4-0 shut out against the visiting Brockville Braves and then turning it up a notch in Athens, Friday night, for an 11-2 victory.

Andrew Jarvis led the Monday night effort with a hat trick performance in a game that started with a fast paced, hard hitting first period.

The Big “Z” Zach Frawley denied a Braves scoring chance when he batted the puck away with his stick to keep the contest at zero,  halfway through the period. Just over seven minutes in, Andrew Jarvis (from Riley Barry) gave the Lions the lead when he carried the puck into the opposition zone to release a wrist shot which beat Aaron West, glove side.  

Minutes later, Cameron Chayer’s breakaway attempt was denied by West.  

With less than a minute remaining in the period Riley Barry took a slashing penalty to give the Braves the advantage, but great defensive play, led by Quinn Bennis, kept the Braves off the scoreboard.  

With the Braves AJ Barton sitting out a four minute hit to the head penalty, the Lions took advantage with Jarvis’ second goal assisted by Josh Black. 

With the help of Spencer Heldens, Jarvis completed his hat trick performance minutes later, again while the Lions were on the power play. 

In the third period the Braves gave up a third consecutive power-play goal when a Josh Black shot from the point resulted in a rebound to Randy Fawcett.  

Lions goaltender, Zach Frawley earned his first regular season shutout in the 4-0 victory.

Friday night in Athens, the Lions were oozing confidence as they skated to an 11-2 victory

Athens scored the first goal of the game when Frawley’s clearing attempt failed and he passed the puck to an Aero’s player for a shot on the open net.  

The Lions charged back to tie it when Randy Fawcett, from inside the Athens blue line, passed to Riley Barry who shuffled the puck to a waiting Ben Michels for a one timer that found mesh.  

One minute later, Aaron Smith’s wrist shot left a huge rebound for Cameron Chayer who made no mistake to give the Lions a 2-1 lead.   

Michels scored his second of the game from Fawcett and Jarvis to end the period with the Lions up 3-1.

In the second, the Lions scored three more from Riley Black (Jarvis), Aaron Smith (Evan Mullin) and Drew Minish (Mullin).   The Aeros got their second goal when the Lions couldn’t clear their own end, enabling Keegan Elliott-Laporte to beat Frawley through the five hole.

The Lions put the game out of reach in the third period with five unanswered goals. 

Counting were Quinn Bennis (Riley Black and Drew Minish), Smith (Jarvis and Riley Black), Barry (Randy Fawcett and Cameron Chayer), Spencer Heldens (Fawcett) and Jarvis.

The Lions hosted Perth, Monday, October 17th at 8 p.m. and on Monday, October 24 they travel to CharLan for a 7 p.m. match. Their next home action is on Monday, November 7 when South Stormont comes to town for an 8 p.m. match.

 

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