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Novice B Lions open pre-season with wins

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.

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Bantam Rep Lions shut out Rangers in exhibition action

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.

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The Skater’s Edge

Scuba gear, flippers, bathing suits and skates, all the things needed to make a great October at the Morrisburg and District Skating Club (MDSC).  

Now, I bet everybody knows to bring skates to the rink, but this month we are  going  under the sea!! All through October the arena will be an underwater fish adventure for the Canskaters. 

Since we want as many people as possible to enjoy our underwater adventure October 3rd and 8th are bring  a friend nights!! The Canskaters can register their friend when they arrive, and both the Canskater and friend have a chance to win a Webkinz donated by Gilmer Pharmacy. 

There’s nothing better than skating with a friend and possibly winning a Webkinz.  And for those who have fun skating with their MDSC buddy they can consider signing up for skating to enjoy the fun all season long!

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and enjoys lots of turkey. Moms and dads are reminded that there is still skating Thanksgiving Monday so have your dinner early!

The Starskaters arena are busy brushing up on their skills and dances. They are also busy selecting new music and working on their new solos for the competition season this winter. Ali VanHoof, a competitive skater who has been practicing hard and competing all summer, is now getting ready for Sectionals in November. Good Luck Ali!

Finally, an event a lot of us are looking forward to…dressing up and getting candy…Halloween! Probably the best holiday of the year, if you’re a kid. The rink is also getting into the spooky spirit and on Saturday, October 29th is our Halloween party!! All canskaters (Saturday and Monday) skaters are welcome to dress up, come out to skate and have a blast! If you want to get a preview of the little ghosts and goblins drop by the arena Saturday morning.

Canskate is cancelled Monday, October 31st so everyone can go and show off their costumes door-to-door, and get more treats. Maybe some will dress as their favourite skater.

That pretty much sums up what’s happening in October for our club. More details can be found on our website.  

Remember, skate great and have fun! 

–Kate

 

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Sweet Cherry Wine, drinks to ‘champion’ success at Trillium

Although they knew they had a good pony on their hands, they didn’t know how good she really is.

They found out on the weekend of September 8-11.

That’s when four Sarabeau Stable riders and their ponies competed at the Trillium Provincial Equestrian Championship at Caledon Equestrian Park at Palgrave, Ontario, and while “everybody did amazing, and everyone had good rounds,” it was Sweet Cherry Wine who stole the show.

Owned and ridden by Rayanna Marcellus in the Medium Pony Division, Sweet Cherry Wine was judged overall champion thanks to some really good rides.

On her first day, Sweet Cherry placed eighth and 10th, over fences. Day two saw her finish first and second over fences and third on flat. The combined points gave her the overall ‘medium pony’ championship.

“It’s a tough competition,” said Sarabeau Stable trainer Cheryl Levere. “There are a lot of horses there that compete at top level shows. We are just doing a little local circuit.”

“Sweet Cherry’s two rounds were absolutely amazing. I was able to watch 10 others go and none of them compared to Sweet Cherry’s rounds.”

While the competition is judged on the horses, Levere credits Marcellus for her part in the win. “It’s purely judged on the horse. However, it’s an overall picture, and you have to have a good rider.”

Also riding at the Trillium were Courtney Casselman on Piccolini, Julie Julien on Palakari and Josee Marleau Vallieres on Sentimental Journey. In addition, Marcellus rode Short Notice in Small Pony and Picco in B Equitation.

“It was a great learning experience for all of them,” said Levere. “They all had amazing rounds and you have to remember that none of them had ever done anything like this before. They all stepped up. It was a great first year for Sarabeau. Every year is going to get better. They all know what to expect now.”

Sarabeau Stable owner Sandy Marcellus (Rayanna’s mom) was extremely proud of the riders and the horses, particularly Sweet Cherry Wine.

“We knew she was a good pony, but for us to have a champion pony is fantastic. We were up against a lot of big barns and there was a lot of competition there. Every division had between 35 and 50 riders. It’s great.”

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Lions lose to Hawks in home opener

The Morrisburg Junior B Lions played their first regular season game on home ice, Sunday, for a start that coach Thom Racine says was disappointing.

After falling behind the visiting Winchester Hawks early on, the Lions managed to pull out of the first period behind by just two goals (4-2).

They got it together in the second period, with back-to-back counters early on to even it, but that was it.

The Hawks added two goals in the second and another three in the third to claim a 9-4 win.

“We really responded in the second period and tied it up, but then we forgot who we were playing,” said coach Racine. “You can’t give the puck away and make mental errors against the best team in the league.”

“In the third period we were skating with them, but then we had one of those kind of errors I am trying to cut down on.”

“Winchester is a good team. They are physical and don’t get me wrong, they played very well. They are a veteran team and they know how to intimidate.”

The Hawks went up 4-2 in the first period on goals by Evan Walker, Graham Loyst, Paul Bernard-Corbeil and Josh Stubbings.

The Lions answered with goals by Ryan Ward (unassisted) and Alex Steingruber (on the power play from Clarke Veenstra and Francis Roberge).

Rookie Lion, Ryan Dunbar got it rolling in the second period with the first junior B goal of his career from Marc Antoine Kamel and Brayden Girard.

According to Racine, the goal and resulting celebration didn’t sit well with Hawks’ defenceman Paul Bernard-Corbeil whose blow to Dunbar resulted in a match penalty.

“Ryan left the game, but he came back.”

The Lions also took advantage of the five minute penalty with Steingruber scoring on the power play from Ryan Ward and Clarke Veenstra to tie the game 4-4.

That however, was it for the Lions. The Hawks got two more from Stubbings and Loyst (short-handed) to end the second period in the lead 6-4.

Stubbings, Brock Burge and Evan Walker made it a 9-4 Hawks win.

Mikael Dion started in net for the Lions and after 7:30 was relieved by Ryan Cooper.

“We didn’t get the goaltending and Mikael knew it,” said Racine. “He was fine with being yanked. Ryan did a good job going in, in relief. For his first taste of Junior B action, I thought he was good.”

Unfortunately, Racine says he may have lost Steingruber for a couple of weeks with an injury. “It’s a huge loss if we lose him for any length of time. He’s a great player.”

Racine says the loss on their home ice was tough for the Lions, but “I expect them to learn from their mistakes. It was a quiet dressing room after the game, and I let them wallow in it for a couple of minutes. They were disappointed.”

This week the Lions are preparing to take on the Char-Lan Rebels in Morrisburg, Friday night (September 30) at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, they are on the road to Alexandria to take on the Glens at 2:30 p.m.

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Husband-wife duo, same place, same year, a golf anomaly

Jamie Scott, assistant proshop coordinator at Upper Canada Golf Course, was taken aback last Monday, September 19 when he was asked by one of his marshals, Mike Bradley, “what does a blonde from South Carolina have that you don’t.”

The answer, a hole in one on the 95 yard, par-three 13th hole.

The hole in one was dropped by Donna Notman in just her fourth game of the 2011 season, and what makes the accomplishment even more unique is that her husband, Jim, had an ace on the same hole earlier this year.

The Notmans were playing with Mike and Evonne Mabo last Monday.

Donna and Evonne were playing a best ball and when they got to the 13th tee, Evonne joked that they were doing well. She also joked about a hole in one.

“When Donna hit, the ball started rolling towards the pin (back right corner),” says Jim. “It seemed to stop by the pin, and we told her ‘you are really close’.”

“Someone had not put the pin in properly and when we got to the green, the ball was in the hole but was pinned by the flag pole.”
When the pin was pulled the ball dropped to the bottom of the cup.

It was the first hole in one for Donna who took up the game after retiring five years ago.

Not so for husband Jim and his hole in one in the spring.

Jim was playing with Wayne Domanko and Paul Coolican when he dropped his ace on the 13th. That day the pin was tucked behind the imposing sand trap on the left side of the green.

It was Jim’s third hole in one, adding to one he scored at the Morrisburg Golf Course and another on the par three 181 yard seventh hole at Upper Canada.

“It was very exciting,” said Evonne, who with husband Mick figured it was probably “very unusual for a husband and wife to both have a hole in one on the same hole in the same year”.

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Seaway High golfers win SD&G

The Seaway District High School golf team put together a solid team performance at the SD&G tournament held at the Upper Canada Golf Course on Monday, to win the overall golf championship (boys and girls) for 2011.

Leading the Seaway team charge was Dylan Lapier who tied for the low gross of the day with Will Lecky of Char-Lan District High School. The two shot 79s.

For the girls, the individual low gross shooter (nine-holes) was Robyn Campbell of Tagwi with a 49.

It was Seaway’s girls team that led the way in their nine hole play as they posted a three-player team total of 184 on the tough Upper Canada back nine holes.

Jessica Whitteker was the low Seaway shooter with a 51, Vicki VanHoof added a 66 and Megan Van Allen a 67.

Their 184 points put them in first place ahead of La Citadelle, the only other school to field a complete three-player team in the girls category.

For the boys championship, 10 schools were represented. To be eligible, teams had to have a minimum of three players, and the best-three of four 18 hole scores were used for the team totals.

When it was over, it was Char-Lan claiming the win with 241 strokes.

Lecky led the entry with his 79, and Reed Payette and Will Baker were right on his heels with 81s. Team member Ryan Robertson’s score was not used in the total.

Finishing in second spot were the Seaway boys.

Backing Lapier’s low 79 were Jordan St. Louis with an 83 and Brandon St. Louis with an 86 for a 248 team total. Brodie Casselman’s round total was not used.

Third place in the boy’s play went to Tagwi at 276, while Glengarry District High School was fourth with 284.

The top teams/players will now advance to the EOSSAA golf championships being hosted by Napanee District Secondary School at the Loyalist Golf and Country Club on Friday, September 30.

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Strong start for Junior Lions

The Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey season got underway in Kemptville on the weekend, and for the Morrisburg Lions, it wasn’t a bad start.
After losing their opening game in the second annual Fall Classic, 3-1 to the Ottawa West Golden Knights on Friday night, the Lions turned it around Saturday, for a 5-3 win over the Stittsville Royals.

In their opener against the Knights, the two were tied 1-1 after two periods, before the Knights capitalized on a bad Lions’ clearing attempt, to set them up for a late power-play goal to seal the game.

Alex Steingruber scored the lone Lions’ goal in the second period with the assists going to Ryan Ward and goaltender Mikael Dion, who was called upon to make 37 saves during the game.

“I was pleased with our effort against a very good Ottawa West team,” said Lions’ coach Thom Racine. “We showed if we move our feet and skate like we can, shift after shift, we can play with these good teams.”

“We made them earn the win, and we have to take something from that.”

On Saturday night, against the Stittsville Royals, the Lions got off to a slow start, but got out of the first period in a 1-1 tie.

It was a big goal for both the Lions and Drew Veenstra who collected his first Junior B goal after going the entire season without one last year. He was assisted by team captain Matt Ouimet.

Early in the second period, Ouimet put the Lions ahead, 2-1, on a pretty set up from Ty Hodgson on the power play.

Unfortunately, the Lions couldn’t hold on and gave up two late period goals to trail 3-2 after 40 minutes.

A relentless forecheck to begin the third period saw Sylvester Bzdyl tie the game, 3-3, just over a minute in, from a Drew Veenstra rebound.
Brayden Girard then scored on a solo effort to push it to 4-3 at 2:44.

The fifth and final goal, at 7:47 of the third, came on a Clark Veenstra set up to Michel Thurler who rifled a wrist show low to Erik Miksik’s glove side.

Dion was in net for the Lions first win of the 2011/12 regular season.

“Clark Veenstra was huge all night long, as he frustrated the Royals defenders with punishing body checks,” said coach Racine.

As a result Veenstra was named the game star to join goaltender Dion who was the named the Lions’ game star in the loss to Ottawa West.
The Fall Classic was sponsored by the Ottawa Senators who provided 88 home game tickets for the MVPs on both teams of each of the 22 games played, as well as Senator ball caps.

Coach Racine says he was very happy with the weekend split.

“I looked at our division before the second game, and I knew we had to win to keep pace (everyone else that had played had earned a point their first games), and the kids really responded.”

“The win can be enjoyed, but we get the defending champs (Winchester) Sunday in our home opener and that will be another early season test.”

The Alexandria Glens and the Casselman Vikings both won their Fall Classic games for four points each. The Hawks posted a win and a tie for three points, and the Lions are next with two points. Akwesasne produced one tie and Char-Lan lost both games.

The Lions are at home this Sunday, September 25 to the Winchester Hawks at 2:30 p.m.

Their next action is on Friday night, September 30 when the Char-Lan Rebels come to town for an 8:30 p.m. game.

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(To)morrow’s skaters get started

First year skaters in the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club’s (MDFSC) CanSkate program got a ‘big lift’ this year thanks to Steven and Trisha Morrow and their belief that “all Canadian children should have the opportunity to learn to skate”.

Steve explained Monday night during the first CanSkate skate night, that due to the costs of ice, coaches and insurance, the cost of skating for kids today is excessive, and he and Trisha wanted to find a way to help out.

“We feel that all kids should be able to learn to skate and finances shouldn’t be the deterrent,” added Trisha.

After discussing how they could help, the Morrows decided they would make a donation through their business, Morrisburg Chiropractic.
“Steven and Trisha have given us a donation to reduce the CanSkate ice fees for all of our first year skaters in the CanSkate Level I program,” explained figure skate club president, Julie VanHoof. “Basically, they came to us with their thoughts that every kid should have the opportunity to learn to skate.”

“What they have done is wonderful for the club and for the skaters,” said VanHoof. “We are hoping more skaters will take advantage of it and register with us over the next couple of weeks.”

According to VanHoof, MDFSC  has 45 youngsters in the CanSkate program and about half of them are first time skaters in the Stage One Level who benefitted from the Morrow’s donation. Another 30 skaters, skate at the Intermediate/Senior level StarSkate program and one skater is in the competitive stream.

Skaters can register through online forms, through registrar Laurie Pilon, or by popping into the arena (figure skate room) on Monday nights or Saturday mornings when the CanSkate program is on the ice.

“It came as such a wonderful surprise that someone would step up and help out our skaters like this,” said VanHoof. “It’s amazing for our club and really says something for our community.”

“We hope that at least this gives more children the chance to try skating, receive some coaching and as a Canadian learn how to skate,” says Trisha. “We are doing this for the first year skaters in the Stage I CanSkate program. Then if they like it (skating) they can make the choice to continue.”

The Morrows have two of their three children enrolled in the CanSkate program, Emma in her second year and Kai as one of this year’s crop of new skaters.

Registration fees for the CanSkaters vary according to the number of times per week they skate and the length of time on each of the nights.

The CanSkate Stage I skaters (3-5 years) can choose to skate either once or twice per week for 30 minutes sessions, while the Stage two (older youngsters) for the first time this year are on the ice for 50 minutes, again either once or twice per week. The CanSkate ice slots are on Monday nights and Saturday mornings.

“The parents can choose to have their child do both or either session, but the more they skate the sooner they will see their goals reached,” says VanHoof.

It is for that reason that Skate Canada is promoting the longer 50-minute CanSkate program available at Level II.

The Morrisburg club has three professional coaches and 17 program assistants on the ice to work with the CanSkaters.

In addition to the longer ice time for the Level 2s, the CanSkate program now includes more circuits so the skaters move more from one station to another.

“This is to make it more fun, to engage the little ones more,” explains VanHoof.

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SMSC celebrates Sports Day in Canada

Students at St. Mary/St. Cecilia’s school out to enjoy Friday’s sunshine as they celebrated National Jersey Day on September 16 and Sports Day in Canada which fell on Saturday, September 17.

To mark the two ‘Days’ the grade 8 students organized an afternoon crammed with activities which include Tug O Wars, a Flag Game, Soccer Race, Alien Tag, and Obstacle Course, a Bean Bag Toss and a rest station where the weary athletes took a break to enjoy the taste of one of this fall’s MacIntosh apples.

“National Sports Day is a celebration of all the sports we play,” said teacher Chris Veltkamp who worked with the students to set up the events. “I thought it would be fun for the kids. It is just the second week back to school and it is good to get outdoors and have some fun.”

The key to the afternoon activities was ‘fun’. There were no prizes, no winners.

Also participating was the teaching staff, which this time out, defeated the Grade 8’s two out of three times, despite some of the Grade 8 students predicting “it would be over in short order and we will win.”

The closest to a win the kids came was in the third round, when the teachers produced an ‘upset’…an upset of the grade 8s that is when they unexpectedly released the tug o war rope.

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