The South Dundas Atom B 1 Lions had plenty of reason to celebrate this past holiday season when they won bronze medals at the annual Ottawa Bell Capital Cup held from December 28 to January 1st.
The Lions opened their play with a 2-2 tie against the Kanata Spitfires.
In game two, they came back to crush the West End Eagles with a smashing shutout score of 7-0.
In game three, it was another shutout performance from goaltender Sam Waytowich, as the Lions collected a 4-0 victory against Almonte-Pakenham Thunder.
Waytowich made several stunning saves to preserve his shut out.
With their undefeated record, the Lions then advanced to quarter final action where they met the South End Phantoms.
Both teams played tough and after three periods the game was tied 4-4.
Three grueling overtime periods followed, and the Lions finally claimed the 5-4 win while playing a meager one on one.
For the semifinal, the Lions met the eventual tournament winners, the Pembroke Panthers, who handed them a 4-1 loss. After defeating the Lions, the Panthers skated to a gold medal 4-2 victory over Kemptville.
The semi-final loss left the Lions with the Bell Capital Cup bronze title for Atom B House.
A tournament highlight for the Lions was the offensive performance of Jackson Thom who placed fifth out of more than 600 players for goal scoring during the round robin.
Collectively, the Lions gave a great team performance for their bronze medals.
This year marked the 13th running of the Bell Capital Cup, a tournament that attracts atom and peewee teams from across Canada, the United States and around the world in 19 divisions. Hundreds of youngsters were involved in the playing of some 850 hockey games during the five day event.