AMHERST – Brett Shute scored two goals as the Amherst Ramblers overcame a 1-0 first period deficit to defeat the Summerside Western Capitals 5-2 in Maritime Junior Hockey League action here Saturday.
After Justin Thomas scored the lone goal of the first period, Shute equaled the score midway through the second period when he took a pass from Jeff MacPherson and slid it by the Western Capitals’ goalie.
Shute added a third period goal on the power play to continue what has been a great early start for the veteran forward, who has four goals in three games.
“It was a good game. We played hard as a team,” Shute said following the game. “You know when you have a team like that coming into the rink you have to bear down and do your best. I think the team did that tonight.”
After Shute tied the game, former Cap Brock Morrison gave the Ramblers a 2-1 lead, scoring on the power play at 13:49 with Patrick Harrison adding an assist.
Another former Cap, Ben Berisha, extended the lead to 3-1 just 2:21 into the final period from Maxime Richard and Willie MacDonald before Shute extended the lead to 4-1 on the power play at 4:12 with Kody Orr and Josh Pugsley adding assists.
“I’m having a lot of success. I’m getting some chances and getting some good passes,” said Shute. “I’m just going to net and hoping to get some pucks.”
The Ramblers thought they went up 5-1 with just over five minutes to go when a shot from the slot hit the post and bounced off the goalie before heading for the goal line. Summerside goalie Jacob Riley managed to lean back and keep the puck out of the net to save the goal.
Off the ensuing faceoff, Thomas scored his second of the game on a two-on-one with Spencer MacDonald. Ramblers’ goalie Richard Tingley made the initial save, but Thomas buried the rebound.
With former Ramblers’ defenceman Wes Herrett in the box for cross-checking, Jamie Bishop rounded out the scoring when his slap shot from the point eluded Riley. MacDonald and Pugsley added assists.
“I thought we played well from the start,” Ramblers’ coach Jim Bottomley said. “We worked hard, we played our systems well and didn’t get down when they scored the first goal. As the game went on we got stronger and they got more frustrated.”
Bottomley said Tingley bounced back from a rough game in Miramichi on Wednesday while he was impressed with how players like Mitch O’Neill and Kyle Beckwith sacrificed their bodies blocking shots.
Tingley was sharp in goal for the Ramblers, facing 31 shots, while Riley faced 30 in the Summerside net.
The Ramblers have a week off before returning to action next Saturday against the Campbellton Tigers. The Ramblers are in Dieppe next Sunday.