Hard work pays off against Bearcats says Bottomley

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Ramblers lose to Weeks Crushers

Ramblers defencemen Cam McDonald and Kyle Beckwith, along with Ramblers goaltender Richard Tingley and Truro's Kyle Tibbo keep an eye on the puck.

TRURO – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers beat the Truro Bearcats 5-2 during Maritime Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro.

“Good, hard work paid off,” said Jim Bottomley, Ramblers coach and general manager.

The win over the Bearcats comes off a loss to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers Saturday night in Amherst.

“We’re probably going to meet Truro or Pictou in the first round, so we have to build confidence knowing we can beat these guys,” said Bottomley. “To beat Truro in their building after a loss is a confidence booster.”

After Sunday’s game, the Bearcats are tied for first place in the MHL standings with the Miramichi Timberwolves. Both teams have 62 points.

Pictou is in second place behind Truro in the Eastlink Division with 61 points, and Amherst is third with 55 points.  

“We worked hard right from the start of today’s game,” said Bottomley. “Five-on-five I felt we had the advantage on them.

“At one point in the first period we were up 13-4 on shots, and they got a power play and got another seven or eight shots on us. We have to stay out of the box against them.”

Bottomely says Truro got called on a lot of penalties Sunday afternoon.

“Usually when you play them they get away with a lot. It was nice to have the opportunity to have a power play against them.”

Rambler centreman Nick Cass scored the only first period goal at 14:14 into the first period.

Cass scored on a power play off passes from Bruce Hornbrook and Travis Howe.

Truro tied the game 1-1 at two minutes into the second period but a little over 30 seconds later Ross Martin re-instated the Ramblers one goal lead off a pass from Cam McDonald.

The Bearcats tied the game 2-2 with less than nine minutes left in the second period but Robert Davis gave the Ramblers another one goal buffer when he scored on the power play off a pass from Howe with five minutes left in the second.

The Ramblers gave themselves a two-goal cushion at 8:44 into the third period when Ryan Caswell score off assists from Howe and Brock Morrison.

Justin Thomas put the Ramblers up 5-2 on an empty net goal with a little over a minute left in the game.

Ramblers goaltender Richard Tingley faced 26 shots and his teammates had 30 shots on Bearcats goaltender Chris Festarini.

“Tingley played good. He was solid for us again,” said Bottomley.

 The win comes off a 4-3 loss to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers Saturday night at Amherst Stadium. 

“We didn’t give Truro many good scoring chances today but last night we gave the puck away defensively quite a bit. We had some turnovers that cost us,” said Bottomley.

He also said Crushers goaltender Devan Trembley played really well between the pipes.

The Crushers scored the first goal of the game but the first period ended with the Ramblers up 2-1 off goals from Daniel Walsh and Cam McDonald.

Brett Shute and McDonald assisted on the Walsh goal, and Morrison assisted on the McDonald goal.

Morrison then put the Rambler up 3-1 at 56 seconds into the second period off passes from Shute and Ben MacDonald, but the Crushers rallied back and tied the game 3-3 at the end of the second.

The Crushers scored the only goal in the third period at 13:48 into the frame, winning the game 4-3.

Tingley played in goal for the Ramblers and Devan Tremblay played in goal for Pictou. The Ramblers outshot Pictou 51-44.

The Ramblers are in Yarmouth Friday night, and then return home Saturday night to host the Bridgewater Lumberjacks.





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