With January exams now behind them, the Avon View Avalanche boys’ hockey team head into the final month of play in the regular season with seven crucial games.
Each game has the potential to determine their final position in the Valley High School Hockey League standings.
They presently occupy fourth place with a 7-3-1 record for 15 points compared to the fifth place West Kings, who have a 7-5 record for 14 points. The third place North East Kings have a 7-5-2 record for 16 points.
Only the top four teams will advance to the high school league’s playoffs, which will take place the first week of March.
The top two teams have first and second place secured. The Forest Heights Falcons remain undefeated this season, and have a 14-0-0. The second place team is the Park View Panthers, from Bridgewater, who have went 11-0-1 so far on the season.
The Avalanche presently have three games in hand on North East Kings and one game in hand on West Kings.
The Avalanche travel to Kingston this Friday, Jan. 31, for a game against the Wolverines. The Avalanche were 8-1 winners when West Kings visited Windsor in late October.
Then on Saturday, Feb. 1, beginning at 7:15 p.m. at Hants Exhibition Arena, the second place Park View Panthers will be in town. The Panthers walloped the Avalanche 8-1 in Bridgewater in late November so Avon View’s head coach, Mark Tye, said he will be looking for a different performance from his club this weekend.