Clare-Digby Peewee A captures SEDMHA gold

Published on April 8, 2017

The Clare-Digby Peewee A hockey team are number one after capturing the gold medals and championship banner in the Accord division at the SEDMHA tournament in Dartmouth on April 2.

©LIETTE DEVEAU

CLARE-DIGBY, N.S. – The Clare-Digby peewee A hockey team captured gold at the premier hockey event in Eastern Canada over the March 30-April 2 weekend. 

The team won the championship banner and gold medal in the Accord division at the Shearwater East Dartmouth Minor Hockey Association (SEDMHA) tournament held in the Halifax area.

Clare-Digby went 4-1 at the tournament losing their first game 6-1 against the Dartmouth Whalers dropping the squad from the Odyssey to the Accord division.

Logan Thimot scored the lone Clare-Digby goal assisted by Chase Comeau.

Brady Gavel and Miguel DeJesus both scored to give Clare-Digby a 2-1 win over the Charlottetown Abbies in their second game of the tournament. Gavel assisted on DeJesus' goal.

The local team took down the Lewisville Lightning 6-3 in the third game. Michel Comeau scored two unassisted goals and Zacharie Tufts scored twice assisted by DeJesus and Kaiden Longmire. Brett Hall's lone goal was unassisted and Longmire’s was assisted by Noah MacLean.

The toughest game of the tournament came against Clare-Digby rivals Shelburne Flames. The Flames jumped out 3-0 early in the first period and led 4-0 entering the second frame.

Team manager Liette Deveau said the team was down but not out as they held the Flames scoreless in the second period and trailed 4-2.

“Brett Hall scored our first goal of the game in the second period with Michel Comeau and Brady Gavel getting the assist,” Deveau said, “Miguel DeJesus added another goal assisted by Kaiden Longmire and that gave the team the energy it needed for the final period.”

Hall scored assisted by Tufts and Patrick Melanson. Michel Comeau tied it up with Zach Comeau getting the assist to force overtime. Longmire netted the overtime goal assisted by Dejesus sending the squad to the championship game against the Sackville Flyers.

Izaac Deveau was strong in goal denying the Flames the opportunity to score in both periods as well as OT.

“Kaiden's OT goal was electrifying,” said Deveau. “This was the most exciting game of the tournament for us and eliminating the Flames in the semi-final match gave our team an extra boost of self confidence heading into the championship game.”

Clare-Digby dominated the match against the Sackville Flyers finishing the tournament with a 6-2 victory. DeJesus had a hat trick with one unassisted goal and assists by Michel Comeau and Longmire.

Gavel assisted on Tufts' goal while Gavel and Michel Comeau assisted on Hall's goal. Gavel and Chase Comeau assisted on Longmire's goal.

Head coach Earl Deveau and assistant coaches Andre Comeau and Daniel Tufts had high praise for the team and how well they played together over the weekend.

The SEDMHA tournament that began during the hockey season in 1977-1978 draws young hockey players in Novice, Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget Divisions from all across Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, United States with an occasional European team competing.