Vikings playing their best hockey of the year
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Vikings head coach Wayne MacKenzie (right) and assistant coach Darrell Cole watch the action on the ice. The Vikings play at home Friday night at 8:15 p.m.
AMHERST - The NSSAF, Division 2 Amherst Regional High School Vikings hockey team is on the right track.
"We're playing very good one-on-one hockey in the defensive zone, and when the boys get the puck they get it out," said Wayne MacKenzie, Vikings coach. "At the other end we're getting pucks to the net. It's nothing fancy but the pucks are going in, and the boys are working hard."
The Vikings play the Cobequid Education Centre Cougars tonight at 8:15 p.m. at Amherst Stadium.
Last weekend they beat the Hants East Rural High School Tigers 4-2 at Amherst Stadium, and then lost to the Tigers 6-4 on Saturday in Lantz.
"It was 5-4 but they scored an open-net goal," said MacKenzie. "We had some of our top players who got hurt earlier in the game but our other players picked it up.
"We were all over them at the end of the game," he added. "The boys never gave up. They played three hard periods in both games. If we play like that every game we can compete in every game."
Mackenzie said that what made going one-and-one against the Tigers especially gratifying is the fact that the Tigers have won recent tournaments in both Moncton and Sydney and often beat Division 1 teams in Halifax.
The Vikings travel to New Glasgow on Saturday where they play the North Nova Education Centre Gryphons.