Avalanche boys hockey team win bronze medal in Yarmouth

Dan Boyd
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The Cook Dairy Cup Hockey Tournament in Yarmouth did not begin well for the Avon View Avalanche boys’ hockey team this past weekend but it did end on a positive note.

The Avalanche lost their opening two tournament games Friday, Dec. 6. They lost the first game to Parkview Education Centre from Bridgewater 6-1 and the second game to the eventual tournament champion Sir John A. MacDonald High School Flames, from Tantallon, by a score of 4-2.

Despite the two losses, the Avalanche still finished seventh in the round-robin affair because of the unique scoring used in the tournament. Each game saw five points up for grabs, with two points awarded for a win and a point available for each period won. For example, in the Sir. John A. MacDonald game, they fell behind 4-0 but did not allow a goal the rest of the way while scoring single markers in each of the second and third periods to lose out in points to the Flames 3-2.

A stronger game against Parkview would have placed them higher in the overall standings but they managed only a half point in this contest, meaning they played Parkview even for one period.

The seventh place finish put them into sudden-death play Saturday morning, Dec. 7. A single loss would eliminate them from championship contention. This is exactly what happened as they faced off against one of the top three teams in the Metro High School League. They took on the Flames again, losing this time 5-1. The Avalanche trailed 2-1 after two periods but the Flames scored an early third period goal and added two late goals. The loss moved Avon View to the consolation round where they seemingly found their game, defeating Par-En-Bas, a French language school from Tusket, 5-4 on an overtime goal from Brett Wallace.

Par-En-Bas notably is the first place team and presently undefeated in the Southwestern High School Hockey League.

With only 3:47 left in this game, the Tusket school scored to grab a 4-3 lead but 1:43 later, the Avalanche scored to send the game into overtime. The overtime period was played with four skaters per team. With the French school taking a boarding penalty with 2:28 left in overtime, the Avalanche needed just 27 seconds with the four-on-three advantage to win it.

The win put them into the bronze medal game Sunday afternoon, Dec. 8, against the host Yarmouth Vikings. The Avalanche won 4-3. Wallace scored twice for the winners. Liam Kelley and Cory Whitney added singles. The game was described by some people in attendance as a dirty, chippy affair. It was noted that the opposing coaches hollered at each other from their respective benches.

The Avalanche swing back into Valley High School Hockey League action with their final two games before the Christmas break this weekend.

On Saturday evening, Dec. 14, they host the North East Kings Titans in a re-match from their season opening 2-1 overtime win in Canning. It marked only one of two regulation losses suffered by the Titans this season. The game time at the Hants Exhibition Arena is 7:15 p.m.

On Sunday afternoon, the Avalanche travel to Digby for their first meeting of the season with the Mariners.



Organizations: Avon View Avalanche, Flames 3, Parkview Education Centre Metro High School League Southwestern High School Hockey League Tusket school Valley High School Hockey League Titans Mariners

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Parkview, Tantallon Tusket Canning Digby

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  • judy
    December 13, 2013 - 11:37

    great job by the Avalanche players. I would like to see all goals, assists and penalities listed in the report. They play as a team not only a couple who get goals to win. It is a team effort and all goals and assists help win. Penalities not so much. LOL. Thanks.

    • Check the Stats
      December 29, 2013 - 15:47

      Perhaps you could write the article for the Journal next time Judy. I'm guessing your last name can't be Wallace, Kelley or Whitney.