The South Dundas Novice C Lions closed out the 2011-12 year on a very high note here on the weekend when they finished in the second annual 16-team Eric Gutknecht Memorial tournament as the A finalists. The Lions went undefeated in their three preliminary round games to earn their spot in the A championship final against the Alexandria Glens.
Although they couldn’t contain the Glens, they walked away from the game very proudly as the A finalists.
“This year for our Novice C Lions was a year of great achievements, team spirit, great sportsmanship and team effort,” said team manager Lisa Froats. “They worked very hard as a team, and I am quite sure I can speak for all of the coaching staff when I say we have been very pleased to have shared a great season with a wonderful group of kids.”
The coaching staff included head coach Chris Paulino, assistant coaches Mark Froats, Kelly Buter and George Menges, trainer Michelle Paulino, manager Lisa Froats and assistant manager Johanna Kronstal.
The Lions had a solid year. They ended the regular season in first place in their division with 41 points on 19 wins, two ties and three losses.
They led the division’s goal scoring with 136 goals and gave up just 51 to bring their first-time goaltender Brett Froats to the top of the East division and second overall in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League Novice C division.
They met and defeated the Kemptville #2s in round one of the playoffs, but were eliminated in round two by the South Grenville #1s.
The Lions have kept busy since their season ended with exhibition games to come up with a win and a tie against the South Grenville Ranger C1s.
In tournament action they won the A championship of the South Stormont Novice C tournament in January.