Ramblers pick up pair of wins over Tigers

Darrell Cole
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acPherson has five points in two games

Amherst Ramblers' forward Brock Morrison tries to knock the puck away from Francis Bernie of the Campellton Tigers in Maritime Junior Hockey League action on Saturday. Amherst won the game 5-1 to sweep the weekend series.

AMHERST – The Amherst Ramblers scored three times in the third period to break open a close game and cruise to a 5-1 win over the Campbellton Tigers in Maritime Junior Hockey League action on Saturday.

The win came 24 hours after the Ramblers picked up their first road win of the season in Campbellton.

On Saturday, Jeff MacPherson and Kody Orr each had a goal and an assist for the Ramblers, who built up a 2-0 first period lead and led 2-1 after two periods.

“I thought we had a very good weekend. The boys played good shutdown hockey, only giving up three goals while the offence really came together,” Ramblers’ coach Jim Bottomley said following Saturday’s game. “We had a good week of practices and worked on a few things like getting more traffic in front of the net."

Brett Shute opened the scoring late in the first period when Josh Pugsley found him in the slot with a pass and Shute buried the puck by Tigers’ goalie Miguel Sullivan. MacPherson added an assist.

Maxime Richard extended the lead to 2-0 just under two minutes later when he scored from the side of the goal at the 17:09 mark.  Patrick Harrison and Ben MacDonald earned assists on the goal.

Frankie Hart scored on the power play at the 10-minute mark of the second period when he scored on a two-on-one.

The Ramblers regained the two-goal advantage when MacPherson took a pass from Willie MacDonald and scored just 50 seconds into the final period. Jamie Bishop added an assist.

“We talked to the guys about staying focused and getting more pucks to the net,” Bottomley said. “We couldn’t afford to go up there and win and come back here and drop one. The guys responded.”

Mitch O’Neill scored on the power play at 5:55 lifting a backhander over Sullivan with Orr and Brett Arthur adding assists, while Orr rounded out scoring five minutes later when he buried a rebound after Bishop’s shot hit the goalpost. Arthur added an assist.

“The boys came ready to play this weekend,” Orr said. “We were ready from the start and played a full 60 minutes in both games. We’ve struggled a bit on the road this season, so to put that game together last night and play the way we did tonight is good for the confidence.

“Last weekend, we didn’t play a full 60 minutes here and they jumped on us in the third period. We played a lot better tonight.”

Chase Marchand was solid in goal for the Ramblers, who outshot the Tigers 35-19. Marchand made a couple of big saves in the first period as well as another one, stopping a one-timer, late in the second period when the Tigers were pushing for the equalizer.

The Ramblers are in Bridgewater on Friday to play the Lumberjacks, who feature Amherst’s Luke Warner and Advocate Harbour’s Robert Fraser. On Saturday, the Ramblers host the Weeks Crushers before playing the Miramichi Timberwolves on Sunday at the stadium.


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