© Jonathan Riley
DRHS Mariners Hockey
[Standings updated Monday, Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m.]
Notes from Grant Creighton
The Digby Regional High School hockey Mariners skated away with a convincing 7-1 win over the MRHS Monarchs in Middleton last night.
Digby opened the scoring five minutes into the game on a goal by Myles Creighton, assisted by Riley Leblanc and Logan Carman. The Mariners Ryan Connell struck again in the last minute of the first period off a nice top-of-the-crease feed from Noah Thomas and Alan ‘Beans’ Eaton.
Middleton answered early in the second with a power play marker by Ryan Thibeault assisted by Emerson Coulter and Corey Webber. Thibeault skated to the bottom of the circle and roofed it just over the shoulder of Digby goalie Bryceon Wade and under the crossbar to tighten the game up at 2-1.
It remained that way until Chris Demaine cashed in on a setup from Thomas with six minutes remaining in the second period to restore Digby’s two-goal lead.
Just two minutes later, Thomas scored a power play goal with assists from Chris and Carman. Digby took a 4-1 lead to the dressing room after two periods.
Midway through the third period, Creighton was able to knock down an attempted clearing pass from Middleton net minder Jared McGuirk and go in and slip one by him short-handed to extend the Mariner lead.
Digby would add two more goals, both by Bradley O'Neil; the first on the power play assisted by Nathan Janson and Demaine and the second a shorthander assisted by Peter Janson and Creighton.
“Wade was solid between the pipes and a full team effort by the Mariners resulted in a wire to wire dominating performance for the 7-1 victory,” said team manager Grant Creighton after the game. “This certainly avenges the the 4-3 loss in Digby in October”.
“We had a large number of fans travel from Digby on snowy roads for the game and outnumbered the Middleton fans two to one,” he said. “The great fan support urged the boys on to victory.”
The Mariners will take a break next week for exams and then host two games the following weekend.
The Mariners are sitting in seventh place with four wins, six losses and an overtime loss for 9 points in the Valley High School Hockey League– one shy of earning a record number of points since re-entering the league three years ago.
Middleton is in ninth (with 13 games played) in the 10–team VHSHL.
Digby is one point behind the Horton Griffins with one game in hand—Digby beat them 5-4 in Kentville in their only meeting this year.
The Griffins are at the Digby rink on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
The Central Kings Gators, trailing the Mariners by two points, are in Digby on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m.