If opening weekend is any indication, there won’t be many quiet games in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League this season.
The message is loud and clear: Skill and speed are the order of the day, and if any time is wasted on trying to gain a physical edge you will be made to pay.
In 8 games over the first three days, the teams accumulated 68 total goals. This makes the league average a staggering 8.5 goals per game.
And the circuit hasn’t exactly cooled off in the following 9 games. 63 more goals have since been scored, maintaining the league goals per game average at 7.7.
What’s even more impressive is how the goals come from both ends. Of the 17 games to kick off the year, only 2 ended in shutouts (5-0 and 3-0). There’s also only been two real blowouts, both 8-1 scores.
13 of the first 17 games were decided by 3 goals or less, and an impressive 6 of those were one goal games.
With goal scoring at a high and parity across the league, it seems to be a good time to take in an NSJHL game.