Viral video shows tiny N.S. hockey players tumbling adorably onto ice

Young players of a Halifax-area hockey team faced off with an unusual opponent as they took the ice for a game over the weekend: a steep step.

The seven- and eight-year-olds had trouble navigating the deep drop, and many of the Bedford Blues novice hockey players fell as their skates hit the ice in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, to play against the South Shore Lumberjacks.

Assistant coach Jesse Rodgers captured the adorable and hilarious scene in a video that has now gone viral.

The 37-second clip shows players stepping -- and then falling -- onto the ice one-by-one, with some spinning around on their knees before quickly getting up and skating off.

At least one player successfully navigated the drop, throwing his arms in the air in celebration.

Rodgers says the clip he posted to Facebook has been viewed nearly 85,000 times, while reposts of the video have garnered hundreds of thousands of views on social media.

He says the attention was a surprise, but he's glad it shows the kids having fun; the ultimate goal for that level of hockey.