AMHERST – Alex VanSnick scored on a breakaway with 2:45 to play in overtime as the Amherst Regional High School Vikings defeated the Northumberland Nighthawks 3-2 in Northern Nova Scotia High School Hockey League action here Friday.
VanSnick took a long pass from Andrew Skinner and broke in all alone on Nighthawks' goalie Marshall MacNeil.
The goal came moments after the Vikings killed off a four-minute penalty incurred late in the third period.
Amherst opened the scoring early in the opening period when VanSnick stuffed home a rebound on the power play. Stephen Belyea picked up the lone assist on the goal.
The Nighthawks tied the game late in the second period when Colby Fraser managed to poke a lose puck by Vikings' goalie Connor Hoeg, who relieved Evan MacKenzie midway through the period.
The Vikings retook the lead with a minute to go in the period when Belyea carried the puck out from behind the net and slid it through MacNeil's legs with Ryan Hunter adding an assist.
Northumberland forced the overtime when Brett Connors scored 7:20 into the third period when his shot went between the arm and body of Hoeg.
Amherst had a lengthy five-on-three advantage later in the third period, but could not score. VanSnick came close to giving Amherst the lead when he banged one off the goalpost late in the power play.
Close to 500 people were on hand to see the return of high school hockey to ARHS. A large cheering section of students made the buiding noisy throughout the game. It has been 25 years since high school hockey has been played at ARHS.
The two teams play again Saturday in Westville. Amherst hosts the CEC Cougars from Truro next Friday at 8:15 p.m.