Ramblers beaten by Bearcats, edge Lumberjacks

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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.

Andrew Smith (12) scores. The Ramblers beat their Bridgewater opponents 5-4 Saturday at Amherst Stadium.

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  • Vince Kennie of Northport
    January 12, 2012 - 14:12

    AN interesting time of hockey coming up and first place is on the line in the Bent division. Both Yarmouth and Metro are 1 point behind front runner Amherst. The following is how things look at this time prior to game time(s) tonight. TEAMS DIV PTS GMS PLAYED GMS REMAINING 1. Woodstock MEEK 69 38 14 2. Amherst BENT 47 33 19 3. Yarmouth BENT 46 36 16 4. Metro BENT 46 37 15 5. Truro BENT 40 34 18 6. Weeks BENT 39 34 18 7. Summerside MEEK 38 35 17 8. Dieppe MEEK 36 36 16 9. B"Water BENT 23 38 14 10. Miramichi MEEK 22 35 17 11. Campbellton MEEK 22 38 14 NOTE. IT SHOWS THAT THE TEAMS IN THE BENT DIVISION ARE SOMEWHAT MORE COMPETITIVE THAN THE TEAMS IN THE MEEK DIVISION.

  • Vince Kennie of Northport
    January 09, 2012 - 14:20

    INTERESTEDHOCKEYFAN. The game vs Yarmouth could have gone either way as the Ramblers outshot their opponent by a pretty big margin, however we let in two soft goals and our players were still shaking off the Christmas turkey (blues). Saturday vs Bridgewater was a squeaky win with the Ramblers scoring the go ahead goal three times, only to have Bridgewater tie it up. We finally scored the winner late in the third. Bothe Yarmouth and Bridgewater are vastly improved and can/will be spoilers come playoff time. Like I said before the only three teams that beat Woodstock in regulation time are from the bent division. The second place Summerside Capitals would be in 6th spot in our division. The Metro Maurauders are also improving, they have the leagues two top scorers playing well for them. Both Metro and Yarmouth are 1 point behint Amherst, however they have played an additional 3 games. This weekend's trip to Campbellton and the home game at 4 P.M. on Saturday against Miramichi could give us an additional 4 points and pad our lead. Let's hope so. : ":GO RAMBLERS GO"

  • interestedhockeyfan
    January 09, 2012 - 11:07

    Vince, what did you think of the Thursday night game against Yarmouth and Saturday's game against Bridegwater?? I couldn't make it and enjoy a first hand discription of what is not included on the on-line 'box score'. Thanks

  • eagle
    January 08, 2012 - 22:18

    just because your 20 do not mean you are the better players. befor the team picked up the last couple of players we were doing great. the mistake is the players that got them where they are getting less icetime because they are back on 3 and 4 lines.how can you win when you upset chemistry of the team.i also think that the team shoud have released 2 20 year olds that we already had.everyone should know who they are.we need 1 more defence a goale and the lines straightened out.move some 20,s back in the lineup where they belong. this team is one of the best in the league and should be there at the end if they play thier cards right.

  • Vince Kennie of Northport
    January 08, 2012 - 22:17

    The game in Truro tonight showed signs of weakness in the skating legs of the Jr Ramblers. Hopefully they will be in great shape for next weekends games. I just can'[t understand how they count the shots on net, it was obvious that the Ramblers had more than 2 shots in the first period and many more than 15 in the entire game. A lot of Truro's shots were wide of the net, however were counted as shots on net. See you all in the Jungle Saturday night. GO RAMBLERS GO