Moncton victorious in Birthplace of Hockey final
Host team Avon View knocked out of semifinal on a single goal
There were no local teams in the final at the annual Birthplace of Hockey tournament.
Harrison Trimble High School of Moncton, N.B. defeated neighbouring Ecole Mathieu Martin of Dieppe, 2-1 in a shoot-out.
The two New Brunswick teams were tied after five minutes in overtime and it took six shots apiece in a shoot-out before the game was decided on Nov. 5.
The Avon View Avalanche the semifinals by a single goal, as the Sir John A. MacDonald Flames scored a late goal in their game with Lockview to knock the Avalanche out after Avon View had been defeated 4-2 by Harrison Trimble.
It was Avon View’s first loss of the tournament after tying Sir John A. 4-4 and defeating Lockview 2-1.
Avon View garnered only a single point from the tied game based on the five-point system and stood at 7.5 points. But, Sir. John A. garnered four out of five points in their win over Lockview to force a goals for/goals against ratio for a tiebreaker after the Avalanche and Flames tied at four in their round-robin.
When this ratio was used, the Avalanche had scored eight goals in their three round robin games and allowed nine. Sir John A., meanwhile, had scored nine goals and it was enough to get them into the semifinals.
Avon View Avalanche head Coach Mark Tye said he was grateful to all of the volunteers who made the tournament a reality.
“We had a great volunteer staff and without a doubt one of the, if not the strongest high school A tournaments to be played anywhere in Nova Scotia during the 2017- 2018 hockey season,” Tye said.
Of the 15 games held throughout the tournament over the weekend, Tye said two were blowouts, but the remainder were exciting to watch.
“It certainly would have been nice for the hometown Avalanche to be in one of two of Saturday’s semifinals and to look and see you missed it by one goal was hard,” he said. “But we have a talented team this season and looking forward to getting back into the Valley League Schedule.”
The Avalanche headed to Bridgewater on Nov. 10 to play against Park View Education Centre and returned home Nov. 11 to play Yarmouth.
Final round-robin standings:
Howard Dill Division:
1. Harrison Trimble High - 10.5 points
2. Sir John A. - 7.5 points
3. Avon View - 7.5 points
4. Lockview - 3.5 points
Chook Smith Division:
1. Ecole Mathieu Martin - 10.5 points
2. Millwood High - 9.5 points
3. CEC Cougars - 8 points
4. Northumberland Nighthawks - 1 point
Avon View battles it out on the ice with Sir John A MacDonald.