The Venetian Lions are one step closer to gaining a berth to the 2012 Masters Provincial Championships. The Lions claimed their third straight Fall DPBHL Championship by defeating the Wolfpak in the semi-finals and the Toronto Jaguars in the final. The Lions a perenial Masters powerhouse had a subpar regualr season finishing 5-5-4 good enough for the fourth and final playoff spot. They would play the first place Wolfpak ball hockey club. The Wolfpak in their inaugural season at the Hangar fininshed in first place with a 10-3-1 record a full seven points ahead of Venetian.
In game one the Wolfpak would jump out to a quick 3-0 lead. But from then on it was all Lions and it seemed like the Wolfpak were the underdogs. The game would end in a 4-4 tie. Game two the Wolfpak would score first again but the Lions would roar back and score four unanswered goals enroute to a 5-2 victory. Waiting for the Lions in the final would be the Toronto Jaguars who defeated the North York Nordiques 6-1 in game two after drawing game one 1-1.
The second place Jaguars and Lions played three spirited games in the regualr season with the Lions winning one and the other two games ending in ties. So these teams were no strangers to each other. This would be a hard fought series and both games would go to the wire. This would be the battle of the CATS. Game one would go the way of the big cat as the Lions would prevail 5-2 after scoring three goals in the first seven minutes of the second. They would not look back. Game two would be decided with just over three minutes left as 'Mr. Everthing' Apo Zeno would put he Lions ahead 3-2. Playoff MVP Nick Tye would finsh the scoring a minute later making the final 4-2. Tye would finish with a remarkable seven goals and four assists in four playoff games.
The Venetian Lions will now play the 2012 DPBHL Masters Winter Champions for a berth to the 2012 Provincials. Congratulations to team manager and captain Domenic Cannatelli and the entire Lions team on another Champhionship.