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Stephen Belyea dekes the puck past some Schooners March 7 at Amherst Stadium.
AMHERST – One team will advance to the provincial championships and the other team’s season will come to an end.
Those are the two options on the table when the Amherst Regional High School Vikings hockey team faces off against the Eastern Shore District High School Schooners Tuesday night in Musquodoboit Harbour.
“All I tell the boys is to work hard,” said Vikings coach Wayne MacKenzie.”If we give 110 per cent and we get beat, then I’ll still be happy, but if the boys work hard we can beat this team.”
The teams are tied 1-1 in the best-of-three Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 2 playoff series.
The Vikings lost their first game in Musquodoboit.
“The last time we went down there the boys had their eyes opened,” said MacKenzie. “They thought it was going to be a walk-over but that team came out hard and hit hard, and it kind of threw us off our game and we didn’t really get back into the game.”
The Vikings won the second game 6-3 on March 7, at Amherst Stadium, and MacKenzie said his team will have to play ‘positional hockey’ tonight if they hope to advance to the provincials.
“We have to be smarter in our own end and get to the puck quicker, and get some more pucks to the net,” said MacKenzie.
Other teams advanced to the provincial’s weeks ago, but Mackenzie said the extra playoff series could be beneficial to the Vikings if they advance to the provincials.
“A lot of teams haven’t been playing for a couple of weeks but we’ve been playing, so it might help us out going this route,” said MacKenzie.
This is the first season in 25 years that the Vikings have iced a high school hockey team.
“There’s eight kids leaving this year and it may be there last game but we don’t want it to be their last game, we want to go to provincials.”
The provincials start Friday and run until Sunday. They are being hosted by the Northumberland Regional High School Nighthawks at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
Tuesday's game starts at 6 p.m.
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