The Avon View Avalanche boys’ hockey team pulled off a stunning comeback victory Saturday evening, Dec. 14, as they scored four goals in a span of three minutes and 14 seconds in the third period to steal the win.
With only 6:34 showing on the clock, and the team trailing North East Kings 5-2, the boys mounted the memorable comeback.
Cory Whitney scored the Avalanche's third goal of the night as he was being hauled to the ice by NKEC defenders. He still managed to get a shot off, with the puck going high to the opposition goaltender's left shoulder side.
Brett Wallace, who tallied a hat trick on the night, brought the Avalanche to within a goal when he let a wrist shot go from the top of the face-off circle.
NKEC then called a time-out with 5:28 remaining but it did not help as Wallace scored 39 seconds later as he tipped a wrist shot from the point by Peter MacDougall to knot the game at 5-5.
Then, about a second later, Trevor House, the team's leading scorer, tipped home a shot from the point for the winning goal and a 6-5 lead.
NKEC then pulled their goaltender and played six on four against the Avalanche, who had to contend with a four-minute head contact penalty. Tyler Lapierre drew the penalty in a skirmish in front of the net with 2:08 showing on the clock and NKEC thinking they had tied the game at 6-6, only to learn the referee had blown the play dead before the puck crossed the line.
The Avalanche showed solid penalty killing skills and with less than 30 seconds remaining, Jacob Billsborrow, as he was being knocked down from inside his own blue line, took a shot at the empty NKEC net, making the final score 7-5.
The win for the Avalanche moved the team to within two points of third place NKEC, a team they have now defeated twice this season.
The Avalanche return to Valley High School Hockey League play Jan. 10 with a game in Bridgetown before returning home for their next game, Jan. 11, against the undefeated Forrest Heights School. The Chester-based team is 8-0-0 on the season.
Avon View will be solidly prepared for their next two league games as they travel to Moncton Jan. 2 for the 38-team Moncton High School Hockey Classic.