Morrison scores in double-overtime as Ramblers win 4-3
The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers defeated the Yarmouth 4-3 in double-overtime on Tuesday to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven Eastlink Division semifinal series. Game 6 is at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in Amherst.
YARMOUTH - Brock Morrison's second goal of the game just under five minutes into the second overtime lifted the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy ramblers to a 4-3 win over the Yarmouth Mariners in Eastlink Division semifinal action on Tuesday.
With the win, the Ramblers took at 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series and can wrap it up at home on Thursday. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Amherst Stadium.
Morrison's goal came on a two-on-one with Danny Harquail.
"Danny made an unbelieveable pass and i was able to get a stick on it and redirect it by the goalie," Morrison said just after the game. "It's a huge win. We know that the first five games of this series could have went either way and we want to win at home on Thursday."
Morrison said fatigue was a factor as the game went on, but he said everyone kept their shifts short.
"We lost a couple of guys to injury and then Jeff (MacPherson) got kicked out," he said. "We had a couple of guys who really didn't play a role earlier in the game really step it up. We kept our shifts short, like 20 or 30 seconds, and then got off the ice. We trusted each other."
Morrison opened the scoring 9;36 into the opening period with Brett Shute adding an assist. Jared Hicks tied it on the power play at 16:24, while Colin Campbell game the Mariners at 2-1 lead 12:10 into the second period.
The lead was short-lived as Shute scored from Morrison and Harquail 33 seconds later.
Maxime Richard scored 2;28 into the final period, but Campbell scored his second of the game just over a minute later.
The teams went scoreless the rest of the way through regulation and the first overtime period.
Coach Jim Bottomley said the team showed its composure battling through a depleted lineup.
"The guys played their hearts out. We were short-staffed, but everyone dug deep," Bottomley said. "It seemed to be that as the game went on we seemed to have more jump than they did."
Yarmouth outshot Amherst 45-41.
Bottomley said fans got their money's worth.
"It's just like every game in this series. Either team could have won every game. A break here, a bounce there makes a difference," he said.
The Ramblers lost MacPherson early in the third period when he collided with Kyle Campbell. He was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct as Campbell had to be helped off the ice and didn't return.
Bottomely said referee Jason Blanchard didn't make the call and let the play continue. After the whistle blew, the linesmen assessed the penalty.
The Ramblers' coach said the team will be appealing the penalty.
"People in the rink were telling is was not a head shot, even their own radio guys said it was just a collision," he said. "We will be appealing."
In other playoff action on Tuesday, Carlos Amestoy's second goal of the game 8:26 into overtime lifted the Woodstock Slammers to a series-clinching 5-4 win over the Dieppe Commandos in Roger Meek Division semifinal action.
Woodstock claims the series in five games and sets up a divisional final with the Summerside Western Capitals.
In Truro, Philip Fife scored 7:54 into the second overtime as the Truro Bearcats edged the Weeks Crushers 2-1 to take a 3-2 series lead with Game 6 in New Glasgow on Thursday.