AMHERST – The Amherst Regional High School Vikings hockey team will face off against the JH Gillis Regional High School Royals Friday at Amherst Stadium.
“We only played them a few times last year and they were always close games, so I’m expecting another close game,” said Wayne MacKenzie, Vikings head coach.
This is the third 2013-2014 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation contest for the Vikings.
“We played a couple weekends now and we’re focusing on coverage in our own zone, breakouts, getting the puck deep and forechecking hard on it,” said MacKenzie. “We’re pretty equal with some of the teams we’re playing against but our power play is helping us win games.”
The Vikings practice two times a week – Monday from 9:45 to 10:45 p.m., and Thursday’s from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.
“Last year we were practicing after supper and we’d be missing four or five kids, so it was harder to get a good practice in,” said MacKenzie. “You like to run the practice with all the kids, and the early morning practice and the late Monday practice is helping get more players out to practice.”
MacKenzie has been running battle drills during practice.
“We’ve been doing those drills because the boys need to work a little harder when they get into the corner.”
Matt Hunter will be starting in net.
“We like to split it half and half between our two goaltenders because they like to play in front of their home school,” said MacKenzie.
The puck drops at 8:15 p.m.