MIDDLETON - While it looks like the Valley High School Hockey League girls will ice 10 teams this year, the schedule doesn’t start until Nov. 10, so if you want to get a look at some of the teams in action, check out the Middleton District Arena Nov. 3 to 5 for a nine-team, 18-game tournament that includes one team from New Brunswick.
The Middleton Regional High School Monarchs Invitational is in its seventh year and team manager Tammy Belanger said fans can expect three days of great hockey. While they formed a team last year there was no league play. Middleton hosted their invitational tournament plus a fun tournament in March.
This year they have a young team with just one Grade 12 player, a few Grade 11s, and a handful from Grades 7, 8, 9, and 10 for a short bench of just 14 players. But that includes goalie Ryean Emmett who has been with the team for four years now. They also have an exchange student from Italy.
Belanger said the Monarchs have a few members who never skated before this year, but gave high praise to their returning players who she said are showing great leadership and taking the young players under their wings.
The Monarchs had managed just three practices as of the first of the week, but should have been able to hit the ice on Nov. 1 to get ready for the tournament.
Taking part are Middleton, Tantramar, Barrington, Parkview, Hants East, Yarmouth, West Kings, Avon View, and Horton.
Following is the schedule:
All games will be played at the Middleton District Arena.
Friday, Nov. 3
1 Middleton vs West Kings 3 to 4:15 p.m.
2 Horton vs Parkview 7 to 8:15 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 4
3 Tantramar vs Avon View 8:15 to 9:30 a.m.
4 Barrington vs Yarmouth 9:40 to 10:55 a.m.
5 Middleton vs Hants East 11:05 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
6 West Kings vs Horton 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
7 Hants East vs Tantramar 3:05 to 4:20 p.m.
8 Avon View vs Barrington 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.
9 Yarmouth vs Parkview 5:55 to 7:10 p.m.
10 Middleton vs Horton 7:20 to 8:35 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 5
11 Tantramar vs Parkview 7:45 to 9 a.m.
12 West Kings vs Barrington 9:10 to 10:25 a.m.
13 Middleton vs Yarmouth 10:35 to 11:50 a.m.
14 Avon View vs Hants East 12 to 1:15 p.m.
15 1st Place vs 4th Place 1:25 to 2:30 p.m.
16 2nd Place vs 3rd Place 2:40 to 3:45 p.m.
17 Loser Game 15 vs Loser Game 16 3:55 to 5 p.m.
18 Winner Game 15 vs Winner Game 16 5:10 to 6:15 p.m.