Avalanche stopped by Ci­tadel

Avon View girls miss out on semi­fi­nal berth dur­ing NSSAF provin­cials

Valley Journal Advertiser - - SPORTS - BY DAN BOYD HANTSJOURNAL.CA

If a hockey game was de­cided on pure grit, stamina and ef­fort, the Avon View Avalanche’s girls’ hockey team would have played in the NSSAF Divi­sion I semi­fi­nals March 24 at the GFL New­port Recre­ation Cen­tre.

But the team had to set­tle for a third-place fin­ish in Pool A and missed out on ad­vanc­ing to the semi­fi­nals.

In the de­cid­ing game, Avon View took on the Hal­i­fax Ci­tadel Phoenix and, de­spite a flurry of ac­tiv­ity around the Ci­tadel net and fans think­ing the Avalanche had scored on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, the Phoenix won the game 1-0 and with it, a berth in the semi­fi­nals that night.

Ear­lier in the day, the Avalanche roared back from a 2-0 deficit to de­feat the Lock­view Drag­ons 3- 2. This moved the team 1-1 in the round robin por­tion.

The Avalanche had a slug­gish first pe­riod and fell be­hind early as the Drag­ons ap­peared to be on a roll.

Avalanche head coach Rob Davies said he told his team at the con­clu­sion of the first pe­riod to “wake up and start play- ing dis­ci­plined hockey be­cause if we can do that, we will main­tain mo­men­tum and po­ten­tially earn a berth in the pro­vin­cial semi­fi­nals.”

The Avalanche team started the sec­ond pe­riod play­ing at a five-on-three dis­ad­van­tage but buck­led down, took the coach’s words to heart and be­gan play­ing like they had all sea­son when they posted a 33-6 record, in­clud­ing a 19-0-0 mark in the Val­ley High School Hockey League.

Scor­ing for the Avalanche to start the come­back was Sa­van­nah Hartt, as she put a re­bound home, then came back with a wrist shot into a wide-open net to tie the game at 2-2. Ja­panese in­ter­na­tional stu­dent Yumi Miyano brought the puck deep into Lock­view ter­ri­tory and pulled the goalie out be­fore she sent the puck across the crease and into the net for the game win­ner.

It was Avon View’s sec­ond win of the week over Lock­view, as the team had pre­vi­ously de­feated the Drag­ons in dou­ble over­time in an ex­hi­bi­tion game on March 20.

Avon View lost its first game in the tour­na­ment against the No. 1 seeded Hal­i­fax West War­riors 4-0.

The fi­nal was held March 25. The CP Allen Chee­tahs edged the Hal­i­fax West War­riors 2-1 in cham­pi­onship game.

SUB­MIT­TED

Roland Smith, of the Wind­sor Karate Club, re­ceives his bronze medal dur­ing the Na­tional Karate Cham­pi­onships in Hal­i­fax.

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