‘We left ev­ery­thing on the ice’

Avon View girls’ hockey team takes sil­ver at Brook­lyn in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment

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The Avon View Avalanche’s girls’ hockey team gave it their best shot when they ad­vanced to the cham­pi­onship fi­nal of their own in­vi­ta­tional hockey tour­na­ment Feb. 23.

The tour­na­ment was held in Brook­lyn Feb. 22- 23 and fea­tured six teams — Sir John A. MacDon­ald, Auburn, Hal­i­fax West, Lock­view, West Kings and Avon View.

The fi­nal was be­tween the Avalanche and the Sir John A. MacDon­ald Flames — a team that pre­vi­ously beat them in the tour­na­ment.

“We left ev­ery­thing on the ice in the 4-1 cham­pi­onship game loss,” said Avalanche head coach Rob Davies.

“Our con­fi­dence head­ing into the Di­vi­sion 1 provin­cials… is con­sid­er­ably higher than when we be­gan the tour­na­ment.”

The Avalanche ad­vanced to the tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship game af­ter a pair of wins Feb. 23. The first came against Lock­view, and the Avalanche outscored them 5-2 in the quar­ter-fi­nal game.

It was 1- 1 af­ter the first pe­riod be­fore the Avalanche of­fence went into gear, scor­ing three times in the sec­ond pe­riod and once more in the third. Yumi Miyano, Han­nah Ra­fuse, Makayla Kelvey, Zoey Ra­fuse and Sa­van­nah Hart were the five goal scor­ers for the Avalanche.

The Sir John A. MacDon­ald Flames ad­vanced to the semi­fi­nals with a 10- 0 white­wash­ing of West Kings, then ad­vanced to the cham­pi­onship game with a 3- 2 nail- biter over Hal­i­fax West.

In Avon View’s semi­fi­nal game with Auburn, the Avalanche hung on for a 2-1 vic­tory.

Avon View went up 2- 0 in the sec­ond pe­riod on a goal by Ra­fuse, with Hartt and Amy Lloy as­sist­ing.

Auburn scored with 1:49 left in the sec­ond pe­riod and there was no scor­ing in the third pe­riod.

In pre­vi­ous tour­na­ment play on Feb. 22, the Avalanche were thumped 9- 1 by the Flames (with Ra­fuse be­ing the lone AV girl to score) be­fore dou­bling Auburn 4- 2. Scor­ing in that bout were Mad­die Singer, with two, Ma­cie John­ston and Brit­tany Poole.

Up­com­ing games

The Avalanche girls’ and boys’ hockey teams were set to par­tic­i­pate in the NSSAF Dis­trict Level 1 play down on March 2 at the Hants Ex­hi­bi­tion Arena.

The Avalanche girls were the top seeded-team and were set to play the win­ner of the ParkviewHor­ton game for the Western Zone cham­pi­onship.

The Avon View boys were sched­uled to play Parkview, with the win­ner of the game ad­vanc­ing to play Hor­ton for the Western Zone Di­vi­sion I Hockey Cham­pi­onship ti­tle and a berth in the NSSAF Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onship Tour­na­ment in Bed­ford, which is be­ing hosted by CP Allen March 23-25.

CAROLE MOR­RIS-UNDERHILL

Amy Lloy tries to in­ter­cept a Sir John A. MacDon­ald player en route to Avon View’s net.

CAROLE MOR­RIS-UNDERHILL

Zoey Ra­fuse got in a lit­tle penalty trou­ble af­ter knock­ing over a Flames player to se­cure the puck.

CAROLE MOR­RIS-UNDERHILL

To stay up-to-date on high school hockey news and see more pho­tos, visit Mad­die Singer locks sticks with Flames player in hopes of steal­ing the puck.

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