Orr scores third period winner
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Amherst Ramblers' defenceman Patrick Harrison checks a member of the Woodstock Slammers in Maritime Junior Hockey League action Saturday at the stadium. Amherst won the game 4-1.
AMHERST – Kody Orr showed Saturday why he is the captain of the Amherst Ramblers.
The fifth-year veteran’s goal early in the third period proved to be winner as the Ramblers knocked off the defending Maritime Junior Hockey League champion Woodstock Slammers 4-1 to win their home-opener.
“He’s the workhorse and the leader on and off the ice,” Ramblers’ coach Jim Bottomley said moments after the win. “He got the big goal and was a driving force. He told the guys on the bench not to worry about their size, we’ll be in their face all night.”
In what looked like a broken play, Orr carried the puck in the left side and fired it at the net. The puck deflected off a Slammers’ defenceman and by a helpless Simon-Pier Chamberland.
Ryan Caswell gave the Ramblers some insurance at 5:34 scoring from the side of the goal with Brett Shute and Mitch O’Neill adding assists.
Shute would add an empty-net goal with just over a minute to play, outskating a Slammers’ defender and sliding the puck into the open net.
Orr added an assist on the goal, his second of the night, intercepting a Woodstock pass deep in Amherst territory and throwing it up the boards for Shute.
“You can’t ask for more than that, the boys played their hearts out. It was a total team effort,” Orr said. “You’re playing the defending champs, and we’ve never had a lot of love for Woodstock.”
Danny Harquail opened the scoring for Woodstock 11:55 into the opening period when he tipped a point shot by Zach Shannon by Ramblers’ goalie Richard Tingley.
Tingley was solid throughout the game, making several big stops.
“It was a good game. The boys came out and played hard in front of me,” Tingley said. “I felt really good tonight. I wanted to bounce back from Thursday night and I felt confident coming into the game.”
Maxime Richard continued his early season success scoring the tying goal on the power play 12:29 into the second period with Orr and Harrison adding assists.
The Ramblers made a deal earlier Saturday sending Garrett Clarke and future considerations to the Slammers for Jeff MacPherson, Joey Trenholm, a sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft and future consideration.
MacPherson dressed for the Ramblers on Saturday while Clarke played for Woodstock.
“He’s my type of player,” Bottomley said of MacPherson. “We were looking for that gritty in your face type of player and he did just that tonight.”