Digby hockey teams win four banners at Fall Faceoff

Jonathan Riley jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on November 29, 2016

DIGBY, N.S. – Clare Digby Minor Hockey has hosted their first tournament since amalgamation and won four of the banners.

Digby Atom C, Digby Peewee C and Digby Bantam C all won banners and gold medals from the Fall Face Off with games at the Digby and Clare arenas over two weekends: Oct. 21 to 23 for A teams and Nov. 21-23 for C teams.

Teams from Yarmouth, Western Valley, Acadia, South Shore, Shelburne, and Sackville competed in the A tournament.

CDMHA Bantam As brought home the gold and the Fall Face Off Bantam A banner.

The CDMHA Atom As won the silver medal, losing 2-0 to Western Valley in the final.

The CDMHA PeeWee As won bronze with a consolation win over the Sackville Flyers.

The Clare Digby C tournament attracted 13 teams from away – the teams and their families from Greenwood, Yarmouth, TASA (Tantallon), Shelburne, Middleton, Acadia, Bedford, Cole Harbour and Halifax were staying and eating in our area all weekend.

The Digby Atom Cs, with Frayne Kyte as head coach, won gold and the Fall Face Off Atom C tournament banner with a nail biter of a game.

Digby and Tantallon were tied 4-4 at the end of regulation time. Owen Frost and Fischer Kyte had one goal each for Digby and Ryan Trimper had two.

There were no goals in the five-minute four-on-four overtime.

Tantallon scored first in the three-on-three shootout and Fischer Kyte answered with an evener for Digby. Both second shooters missed the net as did Tantallon’s third shooter.

Colby Haight stepped up and notched the winner for Digby.

Clare Atom C met Greenwood in the consolation and won 5-3 to bring home the bronze medals.

The Digby PeeWee Cs, coached by George Manzer, won their championship game of 3-1 to earn gold and Digby’s third banner.

Ryan VanTassel scored once for Digby and Avery “Chip” Gunn had two. Keygan Smith was solid in net for the PeeWee C Digby team, only allowing two goals over the entire tournament.

The Clare PeeWee Cs won bronze with a consolation win over Shelburne.

Midget C Dugas won the silver in the tournament, losing 5-0 to Bedford in the final.

Bantam C Digby, coached by Mike Doucet went undefeated in the four games of the tournament and met Bantam C Clare in the final.

Digby won 6-2 on goals from Jackson Stanton and Lathan Robinson, and two goals each from Ryan “Splinter” Gunn and Myles Titus to win Digby’s fourth banner of the tournaments. 

CDMHA hosted a skills competition each week-end sponsored by Digby Subway.

Skaters and goalies from each team faced off in three skills: speed skating, rapid fire and puck control.

In the A tournament, Western Valley took home the Subway Atom A Skills Competition Banner, Acadia won the PeeWee A and Clare Digby won the Bantam A.

Tantallon won the Atom C and Peewee C Subway Skills, Halifax won Bantam C and Bedford won the Midget C Subway Skills. 

Digby Superstore was the largest tournament sponsor supplying Welcome Banners and medals for both weekends.

Scotia Seas Fisheries sponsored the championship banners for the tournament.

The local Scallop Shell sponsored the MVP toques, which were presented to players on each team following every game.

This was the first CDMHA Fall Face Off since amalgamation of the Digby and Clare associations in 2014.

Organizers including Cindy Longmire, hope it will be an annual event.

“It was a huge success largely due to the hard work of a dedicated group of tournament committee members, and the support and sponsorship of both the Clare and Digby areas,” said Longmire. “The Fall Face Off will become an annual event for Clare Digby Minor Hockey.”