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venetianlions2After a hard fought battle the Venetian Lions have laid claim to the 2013 Masters Fall Championship earning a berth to the 2014 Masters Winter Provincials.

The season was a Jekyll and Hyde season for the Lions. They started the season strong going 8-2 but had some games where they looked more like a recreational team just going through the motions and finished the season slumping to a 2-2 record in its final four games. However when all was said and done they finished atop of the Masters division with a 10-4 record. Paul Mauti would lead this team offensively recording 25 points. The goaltending tandem of Tony Iozzo and Mass Babusci closed the door on most nights giving up a league low 35 goals against.

The semi finals would have them up against the Toronto Penguins. After game one it seemed to that the sails had set and the Lions would cruise to the finals winning game one 5-2. The Penguins had other ideas and they would storm back and hand the Lions a 4-2 defeat. With the pressure solely on the Lions shoulders game three would be a barn burner. Every time the Lions would score the Pens would answer right back. But Adriano Oliva with his third of the game into an empty net would secure a 5-3 Lions victory and a date in the finals against the Toronto Jaguars.

The Lions and Jags split the season series 1-1 and on paper it seemed this would be a matchup would go to the maximum games. But that’s why the games are played. The Venetian Lions would dominate both games scoring a total of thirteen goals and only giving up five. They would take control from the opening whistle of the first game right up until taking pictures with the Championship Trophy. Stellar play from Playoff MVP Paul Mauti, Mario Cappellano, Adriano Oliva and Nick Tye just to mention a few was just too much for the Jaguars to handle. Congratulations to Domenic Cannatelli and the entire team on their third Fall Championship in four years.

At this time I would like to thank all the players, coaches, managers, spectators and staff for a great season and we will get it all started again in early January when the Winter season begins.

Abu Shaikh
Masters Convener


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