AMHERST – The Amherst Ramblers lost 3-2 to the Bearcats during Maritime Hockey League action Sunday night in Truro.
“I thought we worked hard but I think we just didn’t have our legs,” said Ramblers coach and general manager Jim Bottomley. “We’ll work this week to getting back to where we were before Christmas.”
Only one goal was scored in the first period, with the Bearcats Mick Trecapelli putting Truro up 1-0 with a little over two minutes left in the period.
Jordan Escott tied the game up 1-1 at 13:05 into the second period with help from Cole MacMillan and Brandon MacLean, but Truro went ahead 2-1 at 15:30 into the period when Trecapelli scored his second of the night.
Daniel Perigo put the Bearcats up 3-1 at 2:27 into the third period off an assist from Trecapelli.
Brandon Street made it a one-goal game by scoring at 7:56 into the period off assists from Maxime Richard and Jeff Krichew. That was all the scoring there would be for the rest of the game.
The Bearcats shot 32 shots at Ramblers goaltender Richard Tingley, while the Ramblers managed only 15 shots at Truro goaltender Cameron Poirier.
“I don’t know if the numbers are exactly right but we weren’t getting the opportunities and some of the shots they had weren’t quality scoring chances,” Bottomley said.
The Ramblers went 0 for three on the power play, while Truro went one for three.
424 people attended the game.
The Ramblers may be tied for first in the division, and the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks may be trailing in last, but Amherst Stadium spectators Saturday night witnessed a well-fought game between the two teams. The outcome? Amherst victorious, 5-4.
“We worked hard to pull that one out,” said Bottomley.
“The more they get on the ice, the better they’re feeling,” he said of his squad.
Andrew Smith scored two goals for the Ramblers, and was named number one star. He echoed the coach’s sentiment.
“Just trying to get back used to each other,” he said.
Terry Rhindress, coach of the Bridgewater team, said, “it’s fun” to be back in Amherst.
“Amherst is deep,” Rhindress offered. He seemed pleased with his team’s effort.
“We competed, we worked hard.”
The Lumberjacks put up the first two goals at 5:11 and 10:24 in the first. Maxime Richard started the puck sliding for the Ramblers, putting one past the Lumberjacks at 11:58.
The second period belonged to Amherst, with Ryan Matheson scoring at 14:34, and Andrew Smith on the power play at 19:33.
The score stood at 3-2 for the Ramblers entering the third. The tension ratcheted up when the Lumberjacks got a goal first, just 49 seconds in, tying the game 3-3. Then Smith took his second, at 9:34. Again, Bridgewater replied and tied the game 4-4. But with less than three minutes left in the game, at 17:14, Cole MacMillan sealed the visitors’ fate.
There were 38 shots on Amherst’s goalie, Richard Tingley, and 46 on the opposing net.
825 people attended the game.
The Ramblers travel to Campbellton on Friday to face the Tigers, and then return home Saturday when they host the Maramichi Timberwolves for an early start – 4 p.m.
© Eric Sparling – Amherst Daily News
Andrew Smith (12) scores. The Ramblers beat their Bridgewater opponents 5-4 Saturday at Amherst Stadium.