Submitted by NOTL Minor Hockey Association
The NOTL Midget Niagara Lions Club BB team captured gold in their home tournament in early November.
The Midget BB Wolves season has gotten off to a great start. Currently they are in first place in the Niagara District Hockey League’s Midget Rep division.
They have continued performing their best and played outstanding in the Harvest Classic tournament. The whole team gelled together: terrific passing, fantastic scoring chances and great sportsmanship.
After two wins and a tie in round-robin play, the team headed to the semi-finals against Owen Sound. Playing at home and having a large crowd from the community come out to support the Wolves, the team did not disappoint and the crowd was treated to a spectacular game.
The tight-checking match saw Owen Sound up 1-0 most of the game but NOTL scored with 40 seconds left to send it to overtime. With 10 seconds left in OT, NOTL scored to send the team to the finals. Up against a strong team from Penetanguishene in the final game, NOTL kept up the pressure, showing great tenacity and won 4-1 to capture the championship.
The team was led by tournament MVP Jake Kocsis who was on fire and showed his amazing stick-handling skills. Jordan Wiens’ speedy play and hustle earned him a hat trick. Ian Rush was flying on the ice and was great on the penalty kill. Brett Wilson played excellent as centre and on the power play.
Angelo Orsini showed great backchecking skills and stole the puck many times. Austin York was solid at forward, making great passes.
The line of Tristan Alexander, Tyler Cullen and Josh Frena played fantastic and smart hockey. They read well off each other, making good passes, exciting moves and contributed nice goals.
The stellar defence of Bruce Deluca, Hunter Ostromecki, Joel Gula, Jaden Patterson, Mitchell Berg and Avrien Billy were solid throughout the tournament, making many clever defensive plays and stopping the other teams’ offence. They were also key in offence, blasting many shots from the point, making good passes and end-to-end rushes.
And keeping the whole team upbeat was the outstanding play of goalies Cameron Huff and Tyler Lawrence-Howard. They have kept the team in a lot of games with their diving saves, quick glove hands and amazing reflexes.
Congratulations to the Midget Wolves and their coaching staff: Justin York, Trevor Lord, Brett Willis, Rob Alexander and Toby Gula.