Sights set on provin­cials

Avon View Avalanche crowned 2017-2018 Western Re­gion Di­vi­sion 1 cham­pi­ons

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The Avon View Avalanche’s girls’ hockey team have their sights set on provin­cials.

The team will rep­re­sent Western Nova Sco­tia when they host the High School Girls NSSAF Di­vi­sion 1 Hockey Cham­pi­onship Tour­na­ment in New­port March 23-25.

As host, the Avalanche were al­ready guar­an­teed a spot, but they wanted to win the proper way and that is ex­actly what hap­pened March 2 at the Hants Ex­hi­bi­tion Arena.

The Avalanche edged the Parkview Lady Pan­thers 2-1 to se­cure the Western Re­gion Di­vi­sion 1 ban­ner.

The Avalanche fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with a per­fect 180-0 record.

The re­gional fi­nal on March 2 was an in­tense af­fair. Avon View led 1-0 af­ter the first pe­riod on a slap shot from the point by Maddy Singer, which Sa­van­nah Hartt de­flected into the net.

In the sec­ond pe­riod, just as an Avon View’s penalty was end­ing, the Pan­thers tied the game 1-1. Be­fore the sec­ond pe­riod ended, Hartt was alone in front of the Parkview net when the goalie bob­bled the puck af­ter mak­ing an ini­tial save and it was just enough as Hartt picked up the re­bound and shoved it home for the win­ning goal.

No scor­ing took place in the third pe­riod.

Avon View played West Kings March 5 in an ex­hi­bi­tion game where they hon­oured their grad­u­at­ing play­ers.

An­other ex­hi­bi­tion game, this one against Lock­view High School, is in the works prior to the provin­cials.

Parkview, which ad­vanced to the Western Di­vi­sion 1 fi­nal af­ter de­feat­ing Hor­ton 5-0, may still have a chance at a berth in the provin­cials. They could come in as the eighth seed if they can de­feat a tal­ented Auburn team in a one-game show­down. The win­ner of that game will re­ceive the fi­nal pro­vin­cial berth. The Avon View Avalanche’s girls’ hockey team has plenty of rea­sons to smile. Not only did they record a per­fect sea­son, they won the re­gional ban­ner af­ter a hard-fought game March 2. Pic­tured here are, from left, back row: coach Tanya Singer, coach Scott Lloy, Me­gan McCarthy, Yumi Miyano, Brit­tany Poole, Makayla Kelvey, Zoey Ra­fuse, Becca Moore, Amy Lloy, Han­nah Ra­fuse, Grace Barry, Brea Hazel; head coach Rob Davis, and coach Mike John­ston; mid­dle row: goalie Jenna Morley, Maddy Miller, Paige Parker, Ma­cie John­ston, Ha­ley Verge, goalie Lily Beamish; and front row hold­ing the ban­ner: Maddy Singer and Sa­van­nah Hartt.

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Ha­ley Verge skates hard as a Parkview player tries to tie up her stick.

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Me­gan McCarthy gives Parkview’s cap­tain a lit­tle nudge as they bat­tle for con­trol of the puck March 2.

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Zoey Ra­fuse looks to make a play on Parkview’s net.

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Dale San­ford, rep­re­sent­ing the Nova Sco­tia School Ath­letic Fed­er­a­tion, pre­sented Avon View’s as­sis­tant cap­tains with the Western Re­gion Di­vi­sion 1 Girls Cham­pi­onship 2017-18 ban­ner. Pic­tured with him are Hay­ley Verge, Sa­van­nah Hartt Maddy Singer and Ma­cie John­ston

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Sa­van­nah Hartt scored the Avon View Avalanche’s sec­ond goal of the evening against Parkview which turned out to be the game win­ner

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Jenna Morley pro­vided Avon View with some solid goal­tend­ing dur­ing the re­gional fi­nal in Wind­sor March 2

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