NOVICE (BLACK): 2017 MARSHAL DREWNOWSKY
MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
The North York Knights Novice Select (Black) entered the Marshall Drewnowsky Memorial Select tournament held between November 17th and 19th in the #2 Division. The road to the championship began on Friday morning when the Knights faced the George Bell Titans White team. The coaches reinforced the importance of passing and playing aggressively and the Knights came out ready to play and won handily by a score of 6-1. Later in the day, perhaps with a growing sense of confidence, the Knights faced a Tier 2 Division team, the host Vaughan Rangers White. In a lopsided game, the Knights emerged victorious by a resounding score of 15-2 showing exemplary team play across all forward lines in a dominating display of skill. Next up on Saturday were the Leaside Flames Red team, also a NYHL Division 2 team. The Knights were well rested and came out flying, playing a very determined game and capitalizing on nearly all their chances to come through with another overwhelming display of force winning the game 8-2. Finally after two lopsided wins, a true test came through with the Applewood Coyotes from the Mississauga Hockey League in the semi-final game. With solid defense, superb goaltending and aggressive forechecking, the Knights came rose to the occasion in this tightly fought game and emerged victorious 3-1. So onto to the Championship game against the Forest Hill Force. Once again, listening carefully to Coach Iain Green’s instructions, the players skated very hard in all three zones, the goaltending was stellar and the scoring balanced amongst all the forwards. The team played with passion and determination and finally edged Forest Hill 4-2 to capture the #2 Division championship! The Knights finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record and celebrated in style at centre ice with much-deserved medals. Go Knights!