The Frontenac Flyers Pee Wee rep team is in the driver’s seat in their Ontario Hockey League final series against the Ilderton Jets following identical 4-1 victories at the Frontenac Community Arena Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s definitely great to have a lead heading up to Ilderton,” said Flyers coach Al Pixley. “And only needing one more win is a big one.”
In the OMHA Playdown format, six points are needed to win a series, which heads to Ilderton March 23 and 24. If a fifth game is necessary (because of ties) it would be played March 30 in Ilderton and in the unlikely event of a sixth game being necessary, it would shift back to Frontenac March 31.
Pixley said he’s unlikely to change anything for this weekend’s matchup.
“You don’t fix what ain’t broke,” he said. “We’ve been moving the puck well and we’ll continue to do that.”
Sunday’s game was actually closer in game play than the score might suggest. The first period was scoreless with plenty of back and forth.
Kaleb Baldwin opened the scoring with 12:37 left in the second. Vann Thomas got his first of two goals on the night in the dying seconds of the period followed Jack Pixley shortly thereafter.
But it could have just as easily gone the other way but for the play of Flyers goalie Severing Steele and his defensive corps.
Steele managed to keep the biscuit out of the basket on three goal-mouth scrambles and turn aside three one-on-nones. The Flyers managed to get the puck out of the zone quickly each time.
“He (Steele) definitely kept us in there during that second period,” Pixley said. “It was very important to maintain momentum.
Beau Reade, Jack Pixley, Mason Joynt and Kaleb Baldwin scored for Frontenac in Saturday’s game.
On the Atom side, things didn’t go so rosily as the Flyers fell 5-1 Sunday after going down 6-4 Saturday.
“That certainly didn’t go as we’d hoped,” said coach Jamie Craig. “We have to come and play three periods.
“I just hope that when we get on the road, they come to life.
“There have been a lot of people at these last two games and maybe in Ilderton’s building, things will be different.
“But we’ve still got lots left in the tank.”
Rhett Colson scored Frontenac’s lone goal Sunday. Saturday’s scorers were unavailable.
The Atom Frontenac Flyers certainly have a flair for the dramatic, notching the winner for a 5-4 win in Game 3 of their Ontario Minor Hockey Association CC semi-final against the Shelburne Wolves with 5.9 seconds left on the clock.
Following the sweep of the Wolves, the Atoms now go on to face the Ilderton Jets in the final that begins Saturday at Frontenac Community Arena at 6 p.m.
“We’ve been a third period team all year,” said coach Jamie Craig. “The boys dug down deep.
“There’s no quit in them.”
The Wolves opened the scoring with 6:30 of the first period, capitalizing on a bit of a Flyers defensive miscue. At 12:29 of the second, the Wolves scored again, this time on a power play. They added a third goal on a wild scramble at 6:10
But as the period was coming to a close, Flyers forward Mason Norgaard lifted a wrister into the Wolves net and when the ice resurfacer came out between periods, the Flyers looked to be gaining moment.
That momentum was shelved momentarily in the opening seconds of the third as the Wolves went up 4-1.
“They’re (the Wolves) a good team,” said Craig. “They have a lot of big guys.”
But then things started to shift the Flyers’ way.
Drake Thomas started things off as the Flyers scored four unanswered to the delight of the standing-room only crowd.
Thomas’s marker was followed by tallies from Jack Craig and Luke Reid, setting the stage for Thomas’s second of the game — this time with only 5.9 seconds left in the game.
“Believe it or not, that wasn’t the latest we’ve scored to win a game this year,” said Craig. “We got one with 1.2 seconds left.
“I’ve tried to tell them not to depend on the third period because this could run out.”
However, Craig has coached some of these players for three years and he knows how they can rise to an occasion.
“We have an excellent leadership group here, with Drake, Jack, Mason and Rhett Colson,” he said. “You saw it towards the end tonight.”
Craig also credited Flyers organization President Al Pixley with the team’s success.
“Mr. Pixley is the backbone here,” Craig said.
Craig wasn’t making any predictions of a repeat championship as his team now takes on Ilderton in the finals.
“They’ll be strong,” he said. “And, it’ll be good hockey.”
There are some big changes coming to the Frontenac Community Arena, beginning with a new ice resurfacer, says Arena Manager Tim Laprade.
“Our old one (a 2000 Olympia Millennium Propane model purchased used in 2002) is 19 years old and definitely past its ‘best before’ date,” Laprade said. “The new one, an Engo Red Wolf, is electric and we expect to have it in place for September when the season starts.”
Laprade said they are also looking at upgrading the benches and boards in 2020 and replacing the ammonia refrigeration system and outdoor condenser unit in 2021.
He said the new resurfacer has two major advantages.
“Being electric, there are no carbon monoxide or nitrogen dioxide emissions, which means not only will players and people in the stands not be breathing them, but it means we won’t have to run the ceiling fans while the unit is running,” Laprade said. “That leads to savings from the energy costs of running the fans and the fact that the fans are removing cooler, drier air, meaning the refrigeration unit won’t have to work as hard.
“The second advantage is much lower life-cycle costs.”
Laprade estimates that going electric will save about $80,000 over the life cycle of the resurfacer (about 16 years).
“There are some other advantages also in that this machine is significantly quieter than a propane unit,” he said. “The noise of the resurfacer running isn’t something people usually think about but it will be quite different in here in between periods.”
He said the new unit also features “click-blade” technology, allowing blades to be swapped out in minutes rather than the hour and a half the job used to take.
“Arena staff will be pleased that they don’t have to come in two hours early to do that job,” he said. “I tried it out myself on a demo unit and blades can easily be swapped out between periods.
“It’s a question of safety and time and I’m extremely pleased that we’ll have advanced ice-making capabilities and improved ice quality.
“We’ll be one of the few smaller arenas with an electric resurfacer and already I’ve had inquiries from people wanting to come see it.”
The cost of the new unit is $165,000 but Ontario Hydro has confirmed a grant of $2,813 for switching to electric. Also, the minor hockey organization has committed to a contribution of an estimated $3,000 for advertising rights to put their logos on the machine.
He said they’ve submitted a grant application to the Trillium Foundation for a grant to cover up to 75 per cent of the remaining $159,187 costs. In any event, there are reserve funds slated to cover these costs.
As far as the other renovations go, Laprade said those replacements are scheduled under the asset management plan.
“We’re looking at a new floor and there are hundreds of kilometres of refrigeration lines under the ice,” he said. “If one of those go, we could potentially lose the entire system.
“It’s one of those things that keeps me up at nights.
“But once 2021 is done, we’re good for another 20 years.”
Fresh off an Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) championship victory last week in Pembroke where they defeated a tough Casselman team 25-19 and 25-11 in the finals, the Sydenham Golden Eagles senior girls volleyballers are off to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) AA championships March 4-6 in Amherstburg near Windsor.
Coach Bryan English said “the girls played well” to win EOSSAA but knows an OFSAA championship will be a more elusive goal.
“We didn’t really play any of the teams we’ll be facing at OFSAA this year but having been there the last couple of years, we know the kind of teams that will be there,” English said. “We expect to be a fairly high seed, 13-17, but we’ll be in tough for a top-2 finish in our pool.
“Last year, we finished third in our pool and went on to win the consolation final so something like that is realistic this year.”
After trips to OFSAA four years in a row (plus a triple-A berth five years ago), English hopes his squad hasn’t become complacent.
“It’s the first trip for the Grade 11s but I just hope the Grade 12s don’t take it for granted,” he said.
The hard-fought completion of the K&P Trail to the junction with the Trans Canada Trail in Sharbot Lake, is being funded by Frontenac County this year.
As part of the its 2019 budget deliberations, County Council agreed to spend up to $250,000 to complete the last section of trail, a stretch between Bradshaw Road, north of Tichborne, and St. Georges Lake. The trail is already complete between St. Georges Lake and the trailhead just south of Sharbot Lake, where it meets the Trans Canada Trail.
Frontenac County Manager for Economic Development, Richard Allen, told Council that the final section includes a swamp (see photo) a watercourse, and must be re-routed around 2 existing houses as well.
“$250,000 will cover the cost for sure, hopefully it will be less,” he said.
It was not that difficult to convince council that the trail must be completed.
“We’ve been working on this for years, and we’ve spent millions. We would look pretty foolish if we didn’t get it done,” said Mayor Ron Vandewal from South Frontenac.
“I sat on the first trail committee. That was over 10 years ago,” said Mayor Dennis Doyle from Frontenac Islands.
In terms of funding the final section, Richard Allen pointed to a slide that included bars, of various lengths, marking all of the granting programs that the county has tapped in order to build out the trail until now, over $3.75 million worth. A lot of that money came from various granting programs from the federal and provincial governments and foundations, including trail grants and others. There were x’s over all of the bars on the graph because the programs have all either been discontinued or the trail is no longer an eligible project for them.
The largest amount of money, over $1.7 million, came from the county share of federal gas tax rebate funds. A few years ago, however, Council decided to give its share of gas tax monies to the Frontenac townships for their own infrastructure needs.
Allen suggested that Council consider borrowing to finance the last section of trail construction.
“That way it will not have a huge impact on taxes in a single year,” he said.
This year the money will be taken from reserve funds to cover the construction, with a view towards securing a loan from Infrastructure Ontario once the final costs are known.
The completion of this section of the K&P Trail will result in a trail that runs from Lake Ontario in Kingston all the way up to Sharbot Lake. The completion of this part of the K&P Trail results in the inclusion of two major Frontenac sections in the national trail system, which would otherwise have bypassed most of Frontenac County by following Hwy 7 into Lanark County.
The K&P Trail section between Harrowsmith and Sharbot Lake will become part of The Great Trail (AKA the Trans Canada Trail). It will also bring the bulk of the Cataraqui Trail, the entire run between Harrowsmith and Smiths Falls, into the Great Trail family.
Further trail projects, including projects on Wolfe and Howe Islands, as well as the northern section of the K&P through Central and North Frontenac and into Lanark County and beyond, are next on the agenda for Frontenac County.
Central Frontenac Township owns the K&P trail between Sharbot Lake and the North Frontenac border, where the trail has gone into private hands until just north of Snow Road. The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority owns the trail from Snow Road to the border with Lanark County.
“It’s the only way other than raising registration fees that we can have the kids play a season of minor ball,” said Central Frontenac Minor Softball Association President Kurtis Jackson said Saturday at the outdoor rink in Tichborne. “Registration just doesn’t cover the costs (and) we try to keep the costs down as much as possible for parents to get as many kids into minor ball as possible.”
And so it was last Saturday morning at the mighty Tichborne outdoor arena, where five teams faced off in a round robin 4 on 4 shinny set to see who’d get to brag about it for the coming year.
Saturday was a beautiful day for outdoor hockey — not bitterly cold, but cold enough for the rink to be in decent shape. The sun even shone through at time.
In the end, it was Devon Clarke’s team on top, beating out the Tichborne Termites in the final exciting game.
Jackson said they like to get minor ball underway in May but it’s usually June by the time the fields are in good enough shape to play.
He said before the season starts, there will be an election to fill seven executive positions.
The Township of Addington Highlands awarded the Community Builder Awards at the Township’s Annual Christmas Dinner on November 23, 2018.
The Committee added new categories to the list of awards this year and named a Sportsperson of the Year and Emerging Youth Leader.
Joel Hasler was presented with the Sportsperson of the Year Award, this award is to recognize an individual who has dedicated their time to sport in our community. These are individuals have demonstrated leadership, encouraged sport ethics and fair play and contributed to improving sport opportunities in the community. These individuals are positive role models or have made exceptional contributions within the sporting community.
Avery Cuddy was presented with the Emerging Youth Leader Award, this award is to recognize an individual who has been a positive role model, who demonstrates strong leadership qualities and who has contributed to the community individually or as part of a team. Individuals who inspire volunteerism in others through their own initiative, enthusiasm and commitment.
The Township of Addington Highlands thanks all those who help build a better Community and congratulates this year’s recipients.
The Sydenham High School Golden Hawks were hoping to win the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) title last week so their berth in the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) AA Championships wouldn’t be as host school.
That wasn’t to be as the home side bowed out in the semi-finals.
However, if anything, the EOSSAA loss has only strengthened their resolve.
“We’re definitely looking to put Sydenham volleyball on the map,” said power hitter Ethan Lucas. “We’re not just a football school.”
“Boys volleyball hasn’t done as well as some of the other teams but when we came to Sydenham, we realized there was a strong sports tradition here,” said captain Dan Callender. “We know we have to pick up the torch and live up to the name.”
“We may not be known but we have to prove we’re one of the stronger teams in this tournament,” said libero Colin Jones.
Coach Bryan English said “I think they may have put too much pressure on themselves (at EOSSAA) and this may sound a bit cliché but for this one, I just hope they come out and perform . . . and have fun.
“We’re the underdog at 13th seed (of 20).”
Maybe that’s for the best. Sometimes a loss or two can bring a team together and they certainly don’t plan to go down without a fight.
“Mr. English runs a strong program,” said Lucas.
“He’s the reason I’m the player I am today,” said Jones.
“If we play our best, we definitely have the pieces,” said Lucas.
It starts with captain Callender.
“He knows Sydenham culture and he sets an example both on and off the field,” said Lucas.
“We’re fairly strong on power balls and middle balls,” said Callender. “Our offense is strong.
“OFSAA is a big deal and everybody gets nerves but if we play as a team . . .”
“We do have three or four players 6’3’’ or taller,” said Lucas.
OK, offense is a strong suit, what about the other side of the ball?
“We might be taller but we have to use that to our advantage,” said Jones. “Serve response is most important.
“We have to get the ball to our centres . . . our middle is strongest so we have to key on our middle.”
Sydenham opens the tournament Thursday at 10:30 a.m. against Essex in the main gym. They play again at 1:30 p.m. against Lasalle of Sudbury in the new gym.
On Friday, day 2 of the round robin, Sydenham plays St. Mary’s of Cobourg at 10 a.m. at Regi and against Monsignor Percy Johnson at 1:30 back at Sydenham in the main gym.
The quarterfinals begin Friday at 4:30 and 6:30 at Sydenham and Regi.
The semifinals begin Saturday at 9 a.m. at Regi with the championship match set for 5 p.m.
If you can’t make the games, they will be streamed on the SHS channels on YouTube.
Callender, Jones and Lucas wanted to acknowledge the help Miss Walsh has given them with the tournament preparations as well as the donations and support from the community and the volleyball community.
Sydenham High School is set to host the 2018 OFSAA boys AA volleyball championships Nov. 22-24, says convenor/coach Bryan English.
“As far as I know, this is the first time Sydenham has hosted an OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) championship,” English said.
Twenty teams will take part in the event, including champions from 18 areas all around Ontario, as well as the host team and one medal entry.
“This is an important championship,” he said. “Only one to two per cent of high school students ever get the chance to compete in OFSAA.
“And it’s nice that it won’t be held in a big city this year.”
Teams will actually arrive Nov. 21 and there’ll be a banquet at the Ambassador Hotel in Kingston that evening.
The tournament gets underway Nov. 22 beginning with round robin games from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the two courts in Sydenham High, one court at Regiopolis-Notre Dame in Kingston and one court at Ernestown Secondary School. The round robin will continue the following day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Round robin matches are two out of three.
At 4:30 p.m., the consolation and quarterfinals begin with three of five matches.
The semi-finals begin at 9 a.m. on day three with three of five matches. The bronze medal match is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the championship match at 5 p.m. The semi-finals and finals will all be held at Regi due to an OFSAA ceiling height requirement. The main gym at Sydenham doesn’t meet this requirement and the second gym doesn’t have enough spectator room.
English said Sydenham will also be hosting the EOSSAA (Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association) championships beginning on Nov. 14. While, as the host school, the Golden Eagles automatically qualify for the OFSAA tourney, English is hoping that they might get in as EOSSAA champs, in which case, the second-place EOSSAA team would take the host spot.
“Last year, we lost in the semis,” he said. “We have a lot of returning players and they’re hungry.
“But it will take a lot because there are quite a few competitive AA teams this year.”
English said it’s been a “whole school effort” to host these championships this year.
“You can’t do this without a lot of help,” he said. “And all of our matches will be live streamed.”
Admission for the OFSAA tournament is $10 per day or $20 for the tournament.