NSTU’s work-to-rule results in suspension of high school sports

Dan Boyd info@hantsjournal.ca
Published on December 14, 2016

Avon View's Jacob Caldwell reacts after scoring on the Parkview Panthers' net Dec. 3 in Windsor.

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WINDSOR, N.S. — Students across the province have had their extracurricular sporting activities placed on hold due to the work-to-rule action taken by Nova Scotia’s teachers.

Robert Carreau, the chair of the Board of Governors for the Nova Scotia Schools Athletic Federation, issued a statement in response to the Nova Scotia Teachers Union’s work-to-rule labour action. In the statement, he announced that all interscholastic sport will be suspended until the job action ceases.

“This suspension of sport includes but is not limited to: games, including league, tournament, and exhibition; practices; training opportunities; and special events, without exception.”

Carreau added, "The NSSAF is a federation of member schools promoting education through sport and is dedicated to providing a safe sporting environment for all student athletes. Any job action that would take the school administration and teacher supports away from sport programs would make it impossible for the NSSAF to endorse the activity.

The Parkview Panthers' Brad Oickle was the lone player to score against Avon View's Ryan Jillett Dec. 3.

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Girls hockey recap

Prior to this announcement, the Avon View Avalanche’s girls hockey team lost their first game of the season Nov. 27 at Hants Exhibition Arena.

They scored three goals in the first period to take a 3-0 lead but could muster no additional offence against the undefeated West Kings Wolverines. The Wolverines scored three goals in the second period and added the winner in the third for a 4-3 victory.

Hannah Benedict scored twice for the Avalanche in their loss and Paige Parker added a single marker. Brooklyn Bishop scored twice and Emma Murphy and Taeghan Whynott added single goals for the Wolverines.

The Wolverines are now 4-0-0 on the season while the Avalanche, who had their game in Barrington postponed on Nov. 26 due to weather conditions, are now 2-1-0 on the season.

The Parkview Panthers' goalie Jack Campbell makes the save during the second period of play.
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Boys hockey recap

The Avon View Avalanche’s boys hockey team were supposed to have travelled to Yarmouth Dec. 9-11 for the annual Cook’s Dairy Cup High School Hockey Tournament but because of the work-to-rule, Yarmouth was forced to postpone their tournament.

Prior to the labour action, the Avalanche played twice on the weekend of Dec. 2-3. They had their five-game winning streak snapped in Canning Dec. 2 as they lost their third game of the season to the Northeast Kings Titans by a single goal.

The Titans took a 1-0 lead after the opening period before the Avalanche outscored the Titans 2-1 in the middle period to force a 2-2 tie.

Avon View goals were scored by Liam Parker and Jacob Caldwell within a 57-second span.

The Titans came back to win it 3-2.

On Dec. 3, the Avalanche hosted their arch-rival, the Parkview Panthers, from Bridgewater.

For the second time this year, the Avalanche manhandled the Panthers, defeating them 7-2.

The teams were tied at 1-1 after 20 minutes. The Avalanche goal came from the stick of Parker, while Brad Oickle scored for the Panthers. It was the first of two goals for Oickle.

The Avalanche then changed how they took shots at the net and it paid off as they scored four times to Parkview’s lone goal for a 5-2 lead after two periods.

The Avalanche’s four goal scorers in the second period were Jacob Caldwell, Hayden Burgess, Ben Dixon and Ethan Salsman.

Salsman then scored the Avalanche’s sixth goal of the evening before Jacob Hunt tallied the seventh and final marker.

Avon View's goaltender Ryan Jillett high fives a teammate after the Avalanche scored against the Panthers.

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