Northumberland boy’s hockey team looking for win on home ice
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Members of the Northumberland boys hockey team take part in a drill during practice this week at the Westville Miners Sports Centre. They play host to the 8th Annual Danny Dorrington Memorial Tournament this weekend beginning on Friday at 9 a.m.
WESTVILLE – It has been a few seasons since the Northumberland Nighthawk’s boys hockey have captured gold at their home tournament and their toughest competition is no different this season.
Eliminated last season in the crossovers by the eventual tournament champions, King’s-Edgehill, they expect that to be their biggest challenge again this year at the 8th Annual Danny Dorrington Memorial Tournament.
Head coach Kenny Lockhart said his team is up to the challenge and has had some of their offensive players return from injuries recently, which has allowed them to make some changes to the lineup this week. He feels that with those changes that their game plan will be great for their first game at 10:45 a.m. on Friday.
“We’ve been close in tournaments a few times this year with a few one-goal losses and I think that if the boys continue to buy in and they out-work the teams this weekend that we’ll get that extra goal,” he said.
Captain Josh Langille said having success at this tournament is a bigger deal to the team than others on the road.
“It’s very important,” said Langille. “It gives you that extra bit to train that much harder and practise harder for the tournament.”
Lately the team has been working on the basics and is looking forward to the home ice advantage this weekend.
Lockhart said it’s a little harder to put an off-ice plan in place as a group at home as opposed to on the road when they’re eating meals and spending the rest of their time between games together as well.
“When you’re at home it’s tougher because everyone goes and does their own thing, so when you’re on the road that’s a little easier,” he said. “At home this weekend the boys will be around the rink all weekend. This is an exciting time for us, the Danny Dorrington. We all feel a sense of pride and hope to do Danny proud. Danny’s big thing was hard work and hopefully our boys come with that attitude.”
In his first season as head coach, after Jim McIvor finished his term last year, Lockhart said McIvor and past coaches have helped him move from last season’s assistant coach role. Taking from the things he learned from them he believes his season is going well.
“I learned a lot from the coaches last year and took a lot of experience I gained from all the good coaches I had in the past to try and apply all of those things into one,” he said. “So far the boys have responded pretty good, we’re getting back to healthy now and are really looking forward to having a good tournament this weekend.”
All games this weekend are at the Westville Miners Sports Centre, with North Nova opening the tournament Friday at 9 a.m. before the hosts play at 10:45 a.m.
Opening ceremonies are at 7:30 p.m. before the Nighthawks game against North East Kings.
Friday, Jan. 10
9 a.m. North Nova vs. J.H. Gillis
10:45 a.m. Northumberland vs. Dalbrae
12:30 p.m. Kings-Edgehill vs. Dartmouth
2:15 p.m. Par-En-Bas vs. North East Kings
4 p.m. J.H. Gillis vs. Kings-Edgehill
5:45 p.m. North Nova vs. Dartmouth
7:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
7:45 p.m. North East Kings vs. Northumberland
9:30 p.m. Dalbrae vs. Par-En-Bas
Saturday, Jan. 11
10 a.m. Kings-Edgehill vs. North Nova
11:45 a.m. Dalbrae vs. North East Kings
1:30 p.m. Par-En-Bas vs. Northumberland
3:15 p.m. Dartmouth vs. J.H. Gillis
6:15 p.m. Semifinal 1
8 p.m. Semifinal 2
Sunday, Jan. 12
1:15 p.m. Championship game
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