A large and noisy crowd cheered as the Mariners defeated the Valley school for the first time ever, said coach Richard Ross.
Digby jumped into a quick 3-0 lead in the first period with two goals by Tanner Robinson and one by Bradley O’Neil.
That cushion disappeared in the second period when Digby penalties allowed Horton to respond with two goals.
Ross said his team played evenly through that middle frame, stung only by the penalties, and they continued strong through the third period when Robinson added a fourth goal to earn a hat trick put the game away.
Ross said the game reflected the heavy emphasis on player conditioning this season.
“They have bought into the system,” Ross said. “They didn’t run out of gas after the first period.”
They have bought into the system. They didn’t run out of gas after the first period. - Mariners coach Richard Ross
Ross, who returned as head coach this year, was joined on the bench by a handful of assistants who “came out of the woodwork,” he said, to help improve the DRHS squad.
Digby is at home again Sunday with a 1 p.m. start against Par en Bas.