The Coyotes were considered an underdog going into its season-ending tournament, but finished the recent round-robin round 2-0-1, placing them first their division.
In the semifinals the job did not get any easier, playing one of the hottest teams in the tournament, Bear Mountain. The Coyotes played one of their strongest games yet, defeating Bear Mountain, a pre-tournament favorite, 4-2, setting up a trip to the finals against Valley.
The Coyotes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, but Valley fought back hard in the second and tied the game at 2. Valley got a goal with 12 minutes left in the third and the Coyotes came storming back to tie it at 3 with 3:16 to go. Unfortunately with just 50 seconds left Valley tallied and went up 4-3 to win.
The Coyotes had a great run exceeding the expectations of many and finishing their spring season 9-1-1. The team is comprised of players from Niagara Falls, Niagara Wheatfield, Lewiston, Amherst and Grand Island.
In the photo, front row, Kyle Flierl and Jim McNeight. In the middle row, Coach Marv Pawlowski, Mike Brydges, Zac Sorotre, Cameron Koop, Adam Stanczyk, Corey Regester and Jake Lawley. In the back row, Coach Kirk Lawley, Bill Woodley, Joe Hinkle, Aaron Schauger, Mark Grozio, Antonio Guerrucci, John McCasey, Tyler Scriven, John Conti, Joshua Ungaro and Head Coach David Ungaro.