Players from the North Dundas Minor Hockey Association’s U11 Rep B team smiled for a photograph shortly after playing their way to a victory last week. The Upper Canada Minor Hockey League champions and their parents and coaches were undoubtedly proud of themselves after such a win. Mayor Tony Fraser posted a social media update, congratulating the team. “You’ve made all of us in North Dundas proud!” he wrote. Comments on social media were also overwhelmingly positive, expressing excitement and pride in the team’s victory.
Team Manager Courtney Mills described the season as full of ups and downs at first as the team tried to develop its chemistry. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, last year’s season was practice-based, and the players of the Demons U11 Rep B team had only ever played half-ice games previously, so the teaching of full-ice games was paramount. The team got a much needed confidence boost from making it to the A finals in a Rockland tournament in December, but a COVID-19 shutdown for the entire month of January was another setback.
“The team really came together in the last week of the season, where we had three games on back-to-back-to-back nights and they won all three, finding scoring from every line and our goaltender playing awesome,” Courtney said. “This winning streak boosted up their confidence heading into the playoffs.” The Demons won in the playoffs with a 4-0 record, beating the Cornwall Colts, the Perth Blue Wings, the Kemptville Royals, and finally the Perth Blue Wings again, taking the victory.
“Coaches Marty Little, Kenny Mills, Adam Guy and Josh LaRussa could not have asked for a better effort from the team!” Courtney said. She also gave shout outs to many players for their efforts, including Wes Mattice, Madden McDonough, Colby Morozuk, Wyatt Johnston, and Evan DeJong, in addition to crediting the “outstanding” goaltending of goalie Elijah Geertsema. Of course, the whole team deserves credit for such a tremendous victory. Way to go!