The Upper Canada Minor Hockey League’s South Dundas Novice C2 Lions celebrated their championship season at the Cedar Glen Golf Course on Sunday.
The event kicked off with the awarding of certificates and hoodies to each member of the championship club and continued with the awarding of individual honours and recognition to everyone involved with the team and the season.
The young Lions were coached by Justin Elliott who was joined on the bench by Steven Morrow, Brian Shaver and Bill Hoager. The team manager was Allison Banford.
Team members were Donovan Shaver, Addyson Lalonde-Thompson, Owen Conlin, Skyler Keeler, Bryce Kirkwood, Mackenzie Donnelly Caesar, Jordan Elliott, Katie Casselman, Noah Biemond, Kai Morrow, Charlie Chafe, Logan Hoager, Dominic Caines and Jayden Dempsey.
The Lions had a hugely successful regular season, giving up just one loss in their 24-game schedule and settling for two ties to finish in first place in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League Novice C East Division.
For the playoffs they first knocked off Ogdensburg and then the North Dundas Demons both in two straight games, to go the East division final against the Morrisburg Novice 1 Lions.
After an opening game 2-2 tie against the Novice 1s, Elliott’s Novice 2s came back with two wins in a row to claim the East Division crown.
That put them in the UCMHL final against Smith Falls who startled them with a first game 2-1 win in the five point series.
The Lions came charging back with three consecutive wins to claim the five point series in four games.
The first individual medallion award for the season presented at Sunday’s banquet went fittingly to goaltender Owen Conlin for Most Dedicated. Defenceman Noah Biemond was named Most Sportsmanlike and Bryce Kirkwood got the nod for Most Improved.
The trophy for Best Offense went to Jordan Elliott and Donovan Shaver was awarded Best Defense trophy. The Coaches Award was presented to Kai Morrow.
The final award of the day went to team MVP Addyson Lalonde-Thompson.
Each member of the coaching staff received autographed team pictures and manager Allison Banford was presented a gift for her season long dedication and hard work.