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Wild finish as Windsor ties Sackville in Birthplace of Hockey opener


WINDSOR, N.S. – “I will take it.” That was the reaction of Avon View Avalanche boys' hockey head coach Mark Tye following the opening tournament game between Windsor and Sackville Nov. 10.

Tye watched his team play catch-up hockey the entire evening to tie the Sackville Kingfishers 5-5 in the opening game of the 25th Annual Birthplace of Hockey High School Tournament in Windsor.

Tye saw his club twice rally from being two goals down. The first time came early in the game as Sackville went up 2-0 before Jonny Parker, showing some great skating, slipped a pass over to Ethan Salsman to bring the Avalanche back to within one. Just seconds later, Will Cains scored on a pass from Jacob Hunt to knot the game at 2-2.

Avon View could not hang onto the lead and the Kingfishers, the defending tournament champions from the Metro High School Hockey League, scored with just over five minutes left in the first to take a 3-2 lead. Scoring in the first for Sackville were MacKenzie Maloney, Tyeler Bezanson, and Andrew Picot on the power-play.

Less than three minutes into the second period, the Avalanche fell behind by two goals again as Bezanson, the Kingfishers MVP of the game and team captain, scored on the power-play.

The Avalanche fought back again as Nick Gerhardt made a brilliant pass to Jacob Caldwell who put the puck home. The second period ended with Sackville leading 4-3 but having outshot the Avalanche 15-7.

Just 1:33 into the third period, Sackville's Ben Kerrivan scored to put the Kingfishers up by two goals again.

Liev Ryan, on a nice pass from Caldwell, kept Avon View in the game by scoring to make it 5-4.

Tye called a time-out as the clock ticked down. With the face-off in the Sackville end and just 34 seconds left in the game Ryan, the Avalanche’s MVP of the game, scored to make it 5-5.

The game kept fans holding their breath as the Avalanche team would never say die despite some inconsistent play throughout.

The Avalanche will play their second game of the tournament Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. in Windsor against the Amherst Vikings.

Sackville will play their next game just prior to that at 6:30 p.m. against the Memorial Marauders from North Sydney.

The tournament is set to resume Nov. 11 with three games in Brooklyn at the Newport and District Arena. Horton plays Yarmouth at 1 p.m. followed by Memorial and Amherst at 2:30 p.m. and then Dr. J.H. Gillis High, from Antigonish, playing Glace Bay at 4 p.m. The action moves back to Windsor for the evening games.

 

Tye watched his team play catch-up hockey the entire evening to tie the Sackville Kingfishers 5-5 in the opening game of the 25th Annual Birthplace of Hockey High School Tournament in Windsor.

Tye saw his club twice rally from being two goals down. The first time came early in the game as Sackville went up 2-0 before Jonny Parker, showing some great skating, slipped a pass over to Ethan Salsman to bring the Avalanche back to within one. Just seconds later, Will Cains scored on a pass from Jacob Hunt to knot the game at 2-2.

Avon View could not hang onto the lead and the Kingfishers, the defending tournament champions from the Metro High School Hockey League, scored with just over five minutes left in the first to take a 3-2 lead. Scoring in the first for Sackville were MacKenzie Maloney, Tyeler Bezanson, and Andrew Picot on the power-play.

Less than three minutes into the second period, the Avalanche fell behind by two goals again as Bezanson, the Kingfishers MVP of the game and team captain, scored on the power-play.

The Avalanche fought back again as Nick Gerhardt made a brilliant pass to Jacob Caldwell who put the puck home. The second period ended with Sackville leading 4-3 but having outshot the Avalanche 15-7.

Just 1:33 into the third period, Sackville's Ben Kerrivan scored to put the Kingfishers up by two goals again.

Liev Ryan, on a nice pass from Caldwell, kept Avon View in the game by scoring to make it 5-4.

Tye called a time-out as the clock ticked down. With the face-off in the Sackville end and just 34 seconds left in the game Ryan, the Avalanche’s MVP of the game, scored to make it 5-5.

The game kept fans holding their breath as the Avalanche team would never say die despite some inconsistent play throughout.

The Avalanche will play their second game of the tournament Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. in Windsor against the Amherst Vikings.

Sackville will play their next game just prior to that at 6:30 p.m. against the Memorial Marauders from North Sydney.

The tournament is set to resume Nov. 11 with three games in Brooklyn at the Newport and District Arena. Horton plays Yarmouth at 1 p.m. followed by Memorial and Amherst at 2:30 p.m. and then Dr. J.H. Gillis High, from Antigonish, playing Glace Bay at 4 p.m. The action moves back to Windsor for the evening games.

 

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