By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com
The Clare Peewee B hockey team has won the Western Nova Minor Hockey League championship.
They defeated Western Valley 4-0 in the finals on Sunday, March 30 at the Kentville Arena.
Clare coach Eric Saulnier said both teams got off to a slow start.
“First period action was slow for both teams and most likely due to nerves,” said Saulnier. “The game went back and forth with neither team scoring.”
Saulnier said he told his team they were playing well but needed to pick up the pace.
“The second period started much faster and Alex Dugas got us on the board on a nice pass from Alain Theriault at the 5:13 mark,” he said. “Theriault made it 2-0 on a goal assisted by Zack LeBlanc with 3:50 left in the period.”
Zack LeBlanc gave the Clare team a 3-0 lead on a penalty shot to finish out the second period.
Jean-Luc Comeau scored a goal assisted by Miguel Dugas with 2:42 left in the game.
Saulnier said the shutout was shared by both goalies Yves Thimot and Maxime Bertrand.
The Clare team finished the regular season in second place behind Western Valley and Saulnier said that while both teams finished with 22 points Western Valley was ahead with fewer goals scored against the team.
In the league championship playoffs, Clare easily handled Shelburne in the first round and slipped by Chester 5-4 to advance to the championship match.
Team manager Nicole Comeau said this year’s team consisted of 11 second-year and 6 first -ear Peewee players.
“We played five tournaments, bringing home the banner at the Acadia Christmas Tournament,” Comeau said. “We have played more than 50 games so far this year and that certainly helped us improve our game.”
Clare heads to Halifax this weekend for the Shearwater East Dartmouth Minor Hockey Association (SEDMHA) tournament which will finish off the hockey season.