The 2012 tournament at the Hants Exhibition Arena will be tough to match as far as excitement goes after fans witnessed the AVHS Avalanche rallying from a 3-1 deficit against the Parkview Panthers to win the game 4-3 in a shoot-out.
The two teams could not decide anything in overtime, forcing the shoot-out where Avon View prevailed and advanced to the provincials.
Avon View must stay out of the penalty box if they hope to do well at this weekend’s Western Zone Division 1 High School Hockey Championships.
They spent far too much time in the penalty box this season. While the Avalanche got off to a slow start, they reached a point in late January where they had won 11 of 14 games including tournament play.
They finished the Valley High School Hockey League schedule with a record of 10-5-2-1 for 23 points. They were just four points from first place Parkview, who went 13-2-0-1 for 27 points.
Three of Avon View's eight losses came against Parkview but all three games were close. It’s hard to say what will happen when the Avalanche and Panthers collide Friday afternoon, March 1, at 1:15 p.m.
The Avalanche open the Division 1 tournament against Horton at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. The Avalanche won every game against the Horton Griffins this season. Horton finished with a record of 6-9-0-0 for 15 points in the league standings.
King’s-Edgehill School will open against Parkview on Thursday at 2:45 p.m.
KES head coach Jeff MacLeod said his team will be working cohesively as a unit when they take on the other Division 1 teams.
“We have had big games by all our players and for us, to be successful, we need all our players to have their best games.”
MacLeod hopes the speed of his team will be an asset this weekend.
Avon View plays their second game of the tournament at 4:30 p.m. Thursday against the Yarmouth Vikings.
The Vikings do not play in any league. Since the area is well-known for its high-calibre hockey, it is possible they could turn a few heads at the tournament.
A total of five games will be played on Thursday, Feb. 28, and another five are scheduled for Friday, March 1, beginning at 9 a.m. The playoffs will be held Saturday with the second and third place team in the tournament playing at 9:10 a.m. to advance to Saturday evening's championship game at 6:45 p.m. against the tournament's first place finishing team. The winner will earn the right to advance to the Nova Scotia Division 1 High School Hockey Championship in Sydney in late March.
Western Zone Division 1 High School Hockey Championships schedule
Thursday, Feb. 28:
1 p.m. — Horton vs. AVHS
2:45 p.m. — Parkview vs. KES
4:30 p.m. — AVHS vs. Yarmouth
6:45 p.m. — KES vs. Horton
8:30 p.m. — Parkview vs. Yarmouth
Friday, March 1:
9 a.m. — Horton vs. Parkview
10:45 a.m. — Yarmouth vs. KES
1:15 p.m. — AVHS vs. Parkview
3 p.m. — Yarmouth vs. Horton
4:45 p.m. — KES vs. AVHS
Saturday, March 2:
9:10 a.m. — Third place finisher vs. second place finisher
6:45 p.m. - Winner of morning game vs. first place finisher in the round-robin