Longtime golfer, Mitch Cassell made it a hat trick on Monday when he dropped a hole in one on the par three, 118 yard, 14th hole at the Morrisburg Golf Course. Playing with buddies Gary Breyer, John Vincent and Ray Baker, Cassell recorded his third ace using an eight iron. “I saw it going towards the hole (back centre of the green), but I turned to my golf bag. The guys saw it go in.” Cassell had his other aces on the fifth and second holes. “The old guy can still do the trick,” he said with a grin when asked if that meant he had won all of the day’s money.
“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.
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.
While Morrisburg Junior B Lions coach Thom Racine says “our power play was dreadful all night, and we need to get that in sinc soon” the opposite held true Friday night for the Winchester Hawks who struck for three power play goals in a 5-2 win.
Sunday’s game was a different story as the Lions and the visiting Alexandria Glens kept the penalties to a minimum, but again the Lions ended up on the wrong side of a 6-2 count to collect their fifth loss of the young season.
Friday night in Winchester, “the Lions played a pretty good 40 minutes, but the second period collapse was all too familiar,” says Racine.
Lance Hodgson gave the Lions a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal at 2:01 of the first period, and that lasted until early in the second when Brock Burge got the Hawks rolling with an unassisted power-play goal.
Hawks goals flowed consistently after that, coming at 9:43 from Graham Loyst, 10:37 from Josh Stubbings and 19:46 from Brock Burge on the Hawks power play.
Nevin Guy pushed it to 5-1, again on the Hawks power play, at 12:33 of the third period and that was it.
Lions goaltender Mikael Dion shut the Hawks down for the remainder of the period, but the Lions were good for only one more, that on the Lions power play with 2:05 left in the game from Matt Ouimet (unassisted).
“We did a lot of watching and forgot to pay attention to our own zone,” says Racine. “I thought we adjusted well in the third period, but could not create any offence.”
The Lions were out shot 54-29. They scored only one goal in 10 power-play opportunities, while the Hawks were successful three out of six times.
The St. Lawrence Division’s first place Alexandria Glens brought their game to Morrisburg on Sunday and never faultered as they worked their way to their eighth win of the season.
They led 2-0 after the first period and carried a 4-1 advantage into the third as they headed for a 6-2 win.
“Last year we fell behind so early in games we never had a chance to recover,” says Racine. “Sunday against Alexandria, it was no different.”
“Down 2-0 before the five minute mark deflated us, and, although we were the best team for the next 15 minutes, there was no reward.”
“I was not that upset with the entire game. At times we showed we can skate with these top teams, but when we make mistakes we get burned seemingly every time.”
“We also did not move the puck and use each other often enough.”
Ryan Ward chipped in for the lone Lions goal of the second period on the Lions power play with Alex Steingruber and Sylvester Bzdyl assisting.
Ty Hodgson, from Lance Hodgson and Marc Antoine, added goal number two at 6:23 of the third period, again on the Lions power play.
Dion had a busy time in the Lions net as the Glens out shot the Lions 41-29.
Zachary Montpetit-Car and Jean-Francois Dubois had two goals apiece for the Glens, and Bradley Massia and Shane Kitchen collected singles.
“We have a real chance to help ourselves over the next two weeks, but the competition is not going to hand us anything,” says Racine. “Akwesasne is struggling out of the gate and due for a win, and Char-Lan got their first win last weekend.”
The Wolves are in town this Friday night, October 14 for an 8:30 p.m. start and Saturday night, the Lions travel to Williamstown to take on the Rebels. Next Wednesday night they are in Brockville.
Oh those grandkids….They do keep us young. Such was the case for Olive MacIntosh of Williamsburg, who, with her daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Jim (Adams) visited her granddaughters Kylie and Katherine in British Columbia in September. In addition to a visit to Whistler and a tour of the Olympic site, the family took Olive, who turned 84 just last week, ziplining. Granddaughter Katherine works for Ziptrek Eco Tours, a world leader in the design, development and operation of zipline-based eco adventures. The company’s flagship location is in Whistler. Top left, Olive gives a thumbs up as she is about to take off. Left she is pictured with son-in-law Jim Adams and above she is photographed as she ziplines through the treetops.
The Seaway Intermediate Spartans defeated South Grenville 1-0 in the championship game of an all-day tournament on the home field last Tuesday to earn the right to advance to the Intermediate Soccer Championships coming up in Kemptville on Tuesday, October 18. On their way to the local championship the girls defeated St. Mary/St. Cecilia, 5-0, St. Marks, 4-0, and South Grenville 4-0 behind the unbeatable goaltending of Kendra Buter. “It was an outstanding team effort,” said coach Robin Gibbs of the Spartans win. Pictured above members of the team are, kneeling l-r, Sierre Swindells, Abigail Macmillan, Sophia Currier, Brynn Gilmour, Emma Barkley, Emily Hector and Hailey Markell. Goalkeep Kendra Buteer is in front. Back, l-r, are Sierra Dodge, Courtney Casselman, Teisha Mullin, Allison Waytowich, Jessica Ferguson, Mackenzie Whyte, Jane van Moorsel, Taylor Casselman, Sydney Runions and Logan Millward. In the action above, Brynn Gilmour has control of the ball and teammate Emily Hector (back left) is waiting for the pass. Jane van Moorsel is pictured throwing the ball in.
The South Dundas “Pioneer Gas” Novice B Lions started their regular season on the road last week with a tie (3-3) in Kemptville and a win in Westport (6-2). Kayne McCadden led the offense by netting five goals in the two games.
Saturday afternoon, the Lions rolled into Westport, where they defeated the North Leeds Stars 6-2.
With the game tied 2-2 late in the second period, Joshua Broad picked up a Ben Lapier rebound and fired it home for his first goal of the season and a 3-2 Lions lead which they would not relinquish.
In the third period, Broad, standing behind his own goalie, knocked down a North Leeds shot that had beat Lions goalie Brendan Shaver and was going in the net. Broad then made an outlet pass to Owen Fetterly who went the distance to score the Lions forth goal.
Broad followed that effort when he used his Howitzer Hockey Stick to pick up his second goal of the game for a 5-2 Lions lead.
Capping off the Lions scoring was Nolan Henry who received a pass from Emytt Fetterly and broke in and beat Stars goalie Westwader. Cassidy Bilmer also picked up an assist on the play.
Spencer Barclay and Trent Rae continued their strong play on the Lions blue line as they turned away several Stars attackers. Defensemen Emytt Fetterly and his partner Cassidy Bilmer, who both picked up an assists in the game, also had a strong game keeping the puck alive at the offensive blue line and chasing down Stars attackers.
The Lions had grabbed a first period lead on two goals by Kayne McCadden.
McCadden continued his strong play to start the season as he picked up pucks in his own end and would go “coast to coast” beating the Stars defenders before beating the Stars goaltender.
The Stars tied the game with two goals from Matthew Taite in a two minute span, late in the first period and early in the second.
Lions goalie Brendan Shaver had a quiet game in the Lions’ cage.
In Kemptville last Wednesday night, McCadden netted the Lions second hat trick of the year in a 3-3 tie.
With the Lions leading 3-2, and under two minutes left to play, the forward line of Joshua Broad, Ben Lapier and Owen Fetterly were on the ice to protect the lead.
They carried the play in the offensive zone for over a minute with several shots on net and hard pressure down low until the puck squirted out over the blue line and the Panthers converted on a goal by Noah Penney with 19 seconds left.
The Lions grabbed their first lead of the game with 5:05 left in the third period on a nifty move by centreman Kayne McCadden.
With Kolby Latulippe pressuring the Panthers right defenseman along the boards, he forced the puck into the middle right where McCadden was standing.
A quick toe drag around a Panther forward, quick acceleration around the defenseman and he broke in alone a netted a shot in the top corner over the goalie glove.
The story throughout the game was the amazing goaltending of Brendan Shaver, who faced and turned away dozens of shots. Shaver received the “The Big Stick Award” for his outstanding play and his hard work.
The Panthers opened the scoring at 4:05 of the first period and the Lions responded with 55 seconds left when Emytt Fetterly kept the puck alive at the blue line getting it in deep so McCadden could pick it up and score his first of the game.
In the second period, the Panthers went up 2-1, before McCadden netted another when yet again a puck went over the net and goalie from behind the goal line and ended up in front before being knocked home. Nolan Henry picked up the lone assist on play.
The South Dundas “Pioneer Gas” Lions open their regular season home schedule Saturday, October 15th at 7 p.m.
The South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions kicked off the season on home ice, Monday, October 3, with a 3-2 loss to the South Grenville Rangers, but then got on the right track for game two with a 5-2 victory against the South Stormont Selects in Long Sault, on Friday, October 7.
The first league game against South Grenville proved the Rangers were out for revenge from the previous week’s 3-0 exhibition loss to the Lions.
At 5:28 of the first period, former Lion, Drew Gillard scored on a two-on-one, when his shot beat Lion goaltender Zach Frawley cleanly on the blocker side.
It wasn’t until the final seconds of the period that the Lions were able to tie the game on an Andrew Jarvis goal assisted by Josh Black and Quinn Bennis.
In the second period, the Rangers went ahead when an unprotected Frawley stopped the original blast from Nicholas McColl and Devan Miller pounced on the rebound.
That effort was negated when the Lions Randy Fawcett, after successfully fighting for possession of the puck, delivered it to the top corner of the Rangers net to again even things up. Evan Mullin picked up the assist.
Early in the third, Andrew Hanna beat a screened Frawley for what would turn out to be the Rangers winning goal.
The remainder of the period featured end-to-end action, and with 24.6 seconds remaining, Frawley was pulled for an extra attacker. The Rangers, however held on for the win.
On Friday, October 7th, the Lions were in Long Sault where they clipped the South Stormont Selects for their first win of the young season, 5-2.
Riley Barry (from Spencer Heldens) kicked off the Lions scoring at 1:29 of the first frame with a blast from inside the blue line that beat Drew Nichol cleanly.
Minutes later, Cameron Chayer scored for the Lions on a nice wrist shot to the top corner with Heldens setting it up on a two on one opportunity.
After Selects Alex Cleary, on a breakaway, was knocked down by defenseman Toby Mullin, his penalty shot beat Frawley and the Selects were back in it, now trailing just 2-1.
Early in the second period, the Lions Andrew Jarvis made an end-to-end rush with the Lions playing shorthanded, and his shot left a rebound for a waiting Heldens who made it 3-1.
With 18 seconds left in the second period, Andrew Lalonde (Tavish MacLeod) was finally able to put one past Frawley when his slap shot beat him on glove side. That cut the gap to 3-2 heading into the third period.
Early in the third, Mullin drew a four minute (hit to head) penalty, and Josh Black was assessed his first penalty in two years for cross checking which gave the Selects a five on three, power-play opportunity. The Lions penalty kill, however, was up to the task, and the Selects were held from the scoreboard.
Half way through the period, Barry scored his second goal, from Jarvis, and Randy Fawcett, assisted by Bennis, rounded it out on the Lions power play for the 5-2 victory.
Quinn Bennis, who was moved to defence, played a strong game, along with Spencer Heldens who had a three point performance and Riley Barry who skated hard for a two-goal performance.
The Lions were at home to Brockville on Monday, October 10. They travel to Athens, this Friday night October 14th for a 6 p.m start, and on Monday, October 17 they host Perth at 8 p.m.
Morrisburg Junior B Lions coach Thom Racine sees the St. Lawrence Division as one that could develop into two tiers and to keep that from happening he says his Lions have to get tougher.
After a weekend that saw the Lions start strong with a 7-2 win over the Char-Lan Rebels on home ice Friday night, and then fall victim to the Glens in Alexandria, 7-1, Sunday, Racine says “I think we were a little intimidated by them (Glens). They are a big physical team, and we didn’t have the match for them.”
“We have to get tougher, and I have to find a way to motivate them on the physical side of things. They have to learn to play tough, and they have to have each other’s back. They talk about how the game has changed, but intimidation is still there.”
Friday night, the 7-2 win gave the Lions a good start to the weekend.
They scored their first goal, on the first shot of their first shift in the first 10 seconds of the match when Ryan Ward (from Clarke Veenstra) put the puck past Rebels goaltender Robbie Chapman.
“Scoring nine seconds into a game usually works well,” said Racine and work well it did.
Clarke Veenstra gave the Lions a two-goal lead at 9:02 of the frame with help from Alex Steingruber and Ward, and Ryan Dunbar made it 3-0 with help from Marc Antoine Kamel at 12:18.
The Rebels got one back from Quinlin MacDonell at 14:08 to cut the gap to 3-1.
In the second period “Michael Poapst (from Sylvester Bzdyl) got his first goal of the season to get the monkey off his back,” said Racine.
The 4-1 Lions lead carried well into the third period until Tyler Filion counted for the Rebels at 9:10.
“When they made it 4-2, that old nervousness started to come back,” said Racine recalling the number of times last year, the Lions collapsed to give up a lead and settle for a disappointing loss.
This time out however, the Lions held on, and an unassisted Brayden Girard goal at 15:58 ended the jitters and put them back on track.
“Brayden is a great skater, and he doesn’t score many goals. So when he goes in and scores a goal it is huge,” said Racine.
Seeing his first full game, was rookie goaltender Ryan Cooper. “Ryan played well,” said Racine. “He was promised that game as a start and he played well.”
Charged up by the Girard goal, the Lions finished it off with goals from Clarke Veenstra (from Steingruber) and Lance Hodgson (from Michael Paquette) for the 7-2 win, their second of the young season.
Then on Sunday, the Lions were on the road to Alexandria where they managed only one goal against the Glens from Lance Hodgson (Brayden Girard and Zach Seguin) early in the second period.
They held the Glens to a 1-0 first period lead, but fell behind 2-0, 2:38 into the second period. Hodgson’s goal at 3:15 kept it close at 2-1. Just over a minute later, the Glens upped it to 3-1, and they stretched it with a short-handed goal at 18:27 of the frame.
Three unanswered third period goals gave them the 7-1 win.
“We were hanging in,” says Racine. “We were 2-1 in the second period, then a mistake and before you know it you are down a couple of goals.”
“The three goals, in three minutes, in the third period put us away.”
Also hurting in the effort was a short bench. The Veenstras were unable to make the game, and Michel Thurler was sitting out his second game of a six game suspension.
Racine was relieved that Steingruber was in the lineup after he was injured the week before.
Racine is looking forward to playing at full strength, sooner rather than later.
“We are trying to be a skilled team with four lines, but we haven’t been able to ice that (full) team yet.”
Coming up this weekend, the Lions are in Winchester against the Hawks Friday night, October 7 for an 8:15 p.m. start. Sunday, October 9, they host the Alexandria Glens at 2:30 p.m.
The Casselman Vikings and the Glens are currently tied for the St. Lawrence Division top spot with 12 points each, both with six wins and one loss.
The Winchester Hawks have nine points on four wins, one loss and one tie, and the Lions have four points on a pair of wins.
Akwesasne has one tie and Char-Lan is still looking for their first point of the season.
The South Dundas “Pizza Hut” Novice B Lions kicked off the 2011/12 hockey season with back-to-back 5-4 and 4-2 wins against the South Stormont Selects.
Here on Thursday night, the Lions opened the season with a 5-4 win over the South Stormont Selects as they held on tightly to their one goal lead late in the third period. With their net emty, the Selects pressed to get the equalizer before the final buzzer but were turned away the Lions defense.
Lions goaltender Brendan Shaver was tested in the last couple of minutes but stood his ground and kept the puck in front of the goal line.
The Selects opened the scoring at the 3:30 minute mark of the first period and that score held with saves by goalies Keaton Woodside (Selects) and Brendan Shaver (Lions).
With 1:04 left in the period, the Lions got on the board when Kayne McCadden grabbed the puck in the offensive zone and made a few moves around the Selects defenders before burying the puck behind Woodside.
The Selects re-claimed the lead with 10 seconds left in the second when the Lion defence were caught up ice leaving Joshua Broad the lonely Lion to try and stop the Selects charge.
Throughout the second and third period, the Lions offense carried the play as defenders Emytt Fetterly, Cassidy Bilmer and Spencer Barclay kept the play alive many times at the offensive blue line.
At 6:26 the Selects took a 3-1 lead when a shot by Chase Duchesne squeaked a puck by Brendan Shaver.
With the game closing in on only a few minutes left the Lions offense went to work.
At 9:24 Joshua Broad passed the puck around a Select defender to Ben Lapier who went in on the Selects goalie and beat him glove side. At 11:23 Nolan Henry took a pass form Trent Rae at the Selects blue line and broke in on Woodside to beat him with another great shot.
On the very next shift Ben Lapier went to work scoring two goals in eight seconds to record the first three goal performance of the year. Owen Fetterly picked up the lone assist on the goals.
In the rematch and resulting 4-2 win, Ben Lapier (from Kolby Latulippe) opened the scoring for the Lions on the power play with 19 seconds left in the first period.
Early in the second, Lions goalie Brendan Shaver kept the Selects off the board with a huge glove save on a Selects shot from the slot.
Owen Fetterly gave the Lions a 2-0 lead when he carried the puck down the right wing and wristed a shot just as he approached the slot.
The Selects finally got on the board when Owen Carter banged in his own rebound when he pounced on a loose puck by the Lions net.
The Lions regained their two goal lead when Kayne McCadden got the puck from Latulippe in the right wing corner and flipped the puck over the goalie to Nolan Henry who was standing all alone in front of the net.
To his surprise the puck landed flat on the ice, right on his stick. The puck bounced away, but Henry quickly regained control and shot the puck off the Selects goalie’s right pad into the net.
Kayne McCadden scored with 1:31 left in the second period unassisted.
In the third period, Lions defenseman Spencer Barclay used his head (literally) in taking a scoring chance away from Selects Owen Carter.
It started when Carter crossed over the Lions blue line, cut into the middle of the ice and let a wrist shot go. The puck hit Barclay on the helmet and deflected out of play.
The South Dundas “Pizza Hut” Lions open their regular season to-night in Kemptville and travel to Westport on Saturday.