Digby Ravens Atom B win league banner

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The Digby Ravens Atom B team has won the Western Nova minor hockey league banner.

The Ravens beat the Yarmouth Mariners in the final 5-2 on Sunday, March 30 in Kentville.

“We came into the league as the underdogs and we ended up in first place,” said coach Rodney Pulley.

Digby’s Atom team (for players aged 9 and 10) started out the year playing in the less competitive house league.

“We had some strong players but we had some players who hadn’t played so much,” said Pulley.

But after nine straight wins in the Valley house league, with only 13 goals against and 68 for, Hockey Nova Scotia moved the Ravens up to the more competitive Atom B in the Western Nova league.

“I was excited about that,” said Pulley. “I had confidence in the team and I truly felt that was where we deserved to be.”

The Ravens continued winning in Atom B– they finished the regular season in second place with ten wins, three losses and a tie; the Clare Acadiens finished first with twelve wins and two losses.

Clare and Digby went on to provincial playdowns and then lost two straight against city teams in the provincial qualifiers.

“But it was a great opportunity for us and we all went and spent a night in the city and had a lot of fun,” said Pulley.

To get to the league championships, the Ravens beat West Hants 6-4 on Feb. 8 and the South Shore 12-4 on Feb. 23.

They were scheduled to play Yarmouth in the finals on the ‘Day of Champions’ on Saturday, March 29 – they drove to Kentville that morning only to be told the game had been rescheduled for the next day.

Sunday’s game was a back and forth battle for the first two periods – Yarmouth scored first four minutes into the first but Digby captain Nick Goodwin answered ten seconds later off the faceoff.

Yarmouth scored first in the second but Lathan Robinson answered a minute later.

Avery Charlton scored the winner for Digby in the second and had another goal in the third.

Robinson ended up with two goals and two assists, and Goodwin had two assists to go with his goal.

Kaiden Longmire also had an assist.

Pulley says their goalie Spencer Hazel played a solid game between the pipes—the last two minutes of the game Yarmouth had a 5 on 3 powerplay.

“He made a couple big saves but all game he kept us in there and gave us a chance,” said Pulley.

Five members of the Ravens have been invited to play six weeks of spring hockey with the Acadia Wild out of Wolfville.

Pulley isn’t sure what league the Ravens will play in next year.

“But I can’t see going back to house league, not after the year they’ve had,” he said.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

 

Organizations: Ravens

Geographic location: Western Nova, Kentville, Yarmouth Wolfville

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