Ramblers season ends

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Ramblers season ends

AMHERST – A five-goal third period lifted the Bridgewater Lumberjacks to an 8-3 win over the Ramblers, knocking the home side out of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League postseason last night in front of 453 fans who braved blowing snow and howling wins to get to the Stadium last night.

Bridgewater squandered a 3-1 second-period lead, but a team loaded with overagers maintained its composure and struck twice on the power play and once while shorthanded in the fateful final 20 minutes to sweep the best-of-three first-round series.

"Their older guys really stepped up and played the way they're supposed to play," said Ramblers head coach and general manager Corey Crocker. 

"We took the momentum away from them going into the third, but we just couldn't get the job done, and that's the bottom line."

Jeff Marchand, Shawn Frank, Anthony Pisano and Jordan Burke scored in a span of 4:24 in the third to bust the game open, and Jake Lewis added a shorthanded goal with less than four-and-a-half minutes left. 

Jon Pardy's weak wrister fooled Bridgewater starter Phillip Wright just 98 seconds after the opening faceoff, but the Lumberjacks took command on goals from Marchand, Sam Labenski and R.D. Chisholm.


Marchand took an undisciplined penalty not long after the Chisholm goal by labelling Kody Orr well away from the puck, and with Scott Bragg in the penalty box for jumping Marchand in coming to Orr's defence, Trevor Layton got some power-play time and blew a wrist shot by Wright at 17:58 to pull the hosts within one.

Jeremy Barron then got a gift goal on a botched clearing attempt by Wright just 21 seconds later and the Ramblers had drawn even.

But the bordertowners couldn't maintain their composure in the third, and were soundly dismissed by a veteran-laiden Bridgewater bunch.

"We battled back, but those first couple goals in the third period just killed us," said forward Peter Baldwin, who played the final game of his junior career last night. "We tried to get back in it, but we were in too deep at that point, I guess."

Organizations: Maritime Junior A Hockey League

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Recent comments

  • Ron Jeremry
    March 10, 2010 - 07:28

    John Henry, you are not the coach. It is easy for you to sit here and type crap about Crocker. Every team goes through good times and bad times. So unless you have something positive to say about Crocker and his group of young guys, shut your face.

  • Robert Bird
    March 05, 2010 - 19:19

    What am I going to do on Saturday evenings now?

    March 05, 2010 - 16:48

    corey crocker younwant to be ashamed of your self leaving waye in net all night in of putting cudmore in to give them achance to win. far as i am consern thay should get rid of you and get someone else to coach the boys.

  • Vince Kennie
    March 05, 2010 - 15:50

    Mark Baker, your comments hit it on the head, exactly what the executive this year accomplished was amazing considering the amount of criticizm that was promulgated by a few certain disgruntled people. George and his exective members worked and are still working tirelessly to make this team financially stable at the present time and long into the future. As a new executive member this year I witnessed the dedication to the Ramblers hockey team by the entire executive and this infighting that has been mentioned just is/was heresay, all members worked in harmony to keep this team afloat. As far as the young Ramblers go, it was a real learning experience for them and I for one know that they will be that much better for the experience. So to those nay sayers, please give it a rest and please get your facts straight. THANK YOU

  • mark baker
    March 05, 2010 - 10:56

    Your comments are simply ridiculous as usual. The BS was not cause by the executive, but negative people like you who still Do not know the facts. So please stop commenting on something you absolutely have no idea about, or at least have the Knads to use a real name especially if your going to slander people, SIMPLY GUTLESS

  • GDS
    March 05, 2010 - 10:55

    A tough year for everybody but we all have to realize that Jr hockey goes in cycles. You build, you succeed, and then you start it all over again. Alot of people were pretty hard on Cory Crocker this year, and the people that were, obviousley are not true hockey people.Yes, this team got off to a great start, but as the year progressed other teams had the cash to bring in the players that would secure playoff positions for them, unfortunately, we didn't. I sincerely hope that more information comes out about these new investers, and that it wasn't just thrown out there to help generate more interest in the team and push more people through the gates down the streatch.We have some good local talent on this team, and hopefully in a couple of years time when they are 20 yr olds they will be challenging for a championship. It would be a shame to have to trade them away for cash and draft picks in order to survive. BRING ON THESE INVESTORS !

  • digger
    March 05, 2010 - 07:20

    oh well boys you did a good job for what you had to work with.and put up with all the bs going on with the ex and things .we hope you will all be back next season.maybe things will be better with coach crocker back. and hopefully new owners so we do not have to go through a season like this one again. hopefully george and the other exs are not pulling a fast one so george can keep his postion.but to you boys have a good off season and god bless