West Hants upends host Ramblers 4-3 to capture Peewee AA Bell Aliant Cup
Jesse Gouchie races up the left wing with the puck during third period action at the Peewee AA Provincial Championship Sunday afternoon at Amherst Stadium. The Cumberland County Jungle Jim’s Ramblers lost 4-3 in the final to the West Hants Warriors. Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
AMHERST – Euphoria turned to heartbreak in less than a minute for home fans here Sunday as Dylan Riley scored with just 23 seconds left in regulation helping his West Hants team to a provincial championship win over the host Amherst Jungle Jim’s PeeWee Ramblers.
Riley’s marker was the difference maker in the Bell Aliant Cup PeeWee AA final at the Amherst Stadium.
“I’m very proud of our team, they worked hard all weekend and never gave up,” Ramblers coach Wayne MacKenzie said after the final game in which his team lost 4-3.
“We were down 3-0 when our first goal was scored late in the second period,” MacKenzie said.
It was Jesse Gouchie who put the Ramblers on the board at 11:20 of the middle frame.
Madison Colford scored the second goal for the Ramblers in the third period, with Joel St. Peters tying up the match with 52 seconds left in regulation, but with Riley’s marker 29 seconds later, it wasn’t enough.
“It was an honour hosting the provincials,” MacKenzie said, adding that it wouldn’t have been possible without the strong support within the community.
“Overall the Ramblers played strong,” MacKenzie said.
Their first game was a 3-2 win against Brookfield in overtime followed by another win (5-4) against Antigonish.
The third game for the Ramblers was a 2-1 loss against West Hants. The Ramblers tied their fourth game against Cole Harbour 1-1 with overtime solving nothing.
It was the first time Amherst has hosted the PeeWee AA provincials.
Carly Jackson replaced Evan MacKenzie in the Ramblers net midway through the second period.