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Horton High repays Digby for earlier loss


DIGBY - Too little defence and too few pucks in the visitors’ net—that was the story today for the Digby Region hockey Mariners who lost 6-1 to the Horton Griffins from Wolfville.

Digby defeated Horton earlier this season, but today’s game started well for the Griffins, who scored on their first shot of the game after Mariners goalie Ryan Robicheau was caught off guard.

Digby quickly bounced back with a tying goal from Noah Thomas, and both teams appeared evenly matched throughout the opening frame.

Robicheau bounced back to put in a strong effort between the pipes, especially early in the second period when the Mariners took back to back penalties and held off constant pressure from Horton. The absence of two Digby defencemen meant a tiring workload for the four remaining defencemen.

Horton finally broke the tie with just over three minutes remaining in the second period and added a third goal 44 seconds later, to leave the ice up 3-1. The Wolfville school added three more in the final frame as the Mariners struggled.

Despite the final score, coach Kevin Locke found some positives in the game.

Forward Dawson Acker “played his best game of the year,” said Locke, “and the team was sharp for the first period. We had some chances, but we just have to learn to put the puck in the net.”

Digby had better luck Saturday night in Barrington, coming home with a 4-3 victory.

The Mariners are on ice again this Saturday at 7 p.m. when they play DRHS teachers in a fundraising game for the Digby food bank. Admission can be either monetary or a food donation.

Digby defeated Horton earlier this season, but today’s game started well for the Griffins, who scored on their first shot of the game after Mariners goalie Ryan Robicheau was caught off guard.

Digby quickly bounced back with a tying goal from Noah Thomas, and both teams appeared evenly matched throughout the opening frame.

Robicheau bounced back to put in a strong effort between the pipes, especially early in the second period when the Mariners took back to back penalties and held off constant pressure from Horton. The absence of two Digby defencemen meant a tiring workload for the four remaining defencemen.

Horton finally broke the tie with just over three minutes remaining in the second period and added a third goal 44 seconds later, to leave the ice up 3-1. The Wolfville school added three more in the final frame as the Mariners struggled.

Despite the final score, coach Kevin Locke found some positives in the game.

Forward Dawson Acker “played his best game of the year,” said Locke, “and the team was sharp for the first period. We had some chances, but we just have to learn to put the puck in the net.”

Digby had better luck Saturday night in Barrington, coming home with a 4-3 victory.

The Mariners are on ice again this Saturday at 7 p.m. when they play DRHS teachers in a fundraising game for the Digby food bank. Admission can be either monetary or a food donation.

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