Vikings start Chrysler Cross Border Challenge Saturday

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Play Northumberland tonight at home, weather permitting

Team captain Stephen Belyea and the rest of the ARHS Vikings celebrate a goal against Dalbrae Academy Saturday afternoon at Amherst Stadium.

AMHERST - The Chrysler Cross Border Challenge hockey series starts Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre.

"It's a best two-out-of-three series between the ARHS Vikings and the Tantramar High School Titans," said Vikings coach Wayne MacKenzie.

The Vikings were scheduled to have two games this weekend, beginning with a game tonight between the Vikings and the Northumberland Nighthawks.

"If students get the day off from school we won't be playing," said MacKenzie Thursday night as as storm drew near.

If tonight's game is a go, it is not a playoff game but a regularly scheduled NSSAF hockey game.

MacKenzie says the Vikings seem to play their best hockey against the top teams in the league but lose to the teams that aren't at the top.

"The next month of hockey is the most important hockey of the year, so we have to come with the mind-set that every team we play is a top team," said MacKenzie. "We have to bring our A-game every game, not just when they want to bring it."

The Vikings played one game against Tantramar this year, and lost.

"This Cross Border Challenge will be fun for both teams," said MacKenzie. "Whoever wins gets a trophy and gets to put it in their trophy case for the year."

The trophy was bought by Chrysler.

The idea for a challenge between the two schools was brought to him by one of the Titans coaches.

"I talked to the owner of Amherst Chrysler and he thought it would be a great idea," said MacKenzie.

The next two games of the Cross Border Challenge will be played in early March.

 

Organizations: Vikings, Tantramar High School Titans

Geographic location: AMHERST, Tantramar

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