WOODSTOCK, N.B. – Kody Orr had two goals as the Amherst Ramblers bounced back from a tough loss on home ice Wednesday with a 6-4 win over the Woodstock Slammers in Maritime Junior Hockey League action on Friday.
The Ramblers, who lost 4-2 to Miramichi at home 48 hours earlier, jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and then held off a late Slammers’ rally to pick up their ninth win of the season in a building that has been very unkind to them in past seasons.
It was the Ramblers’ second win this season against the defending league champions.
“It was a big win for us, a big road win,” Ramblers’ coach Jim Bottomley said following the game. “We knew going into the third that it was going to tough and we took a few penalties, but the guys didn’t panic. They sucked it up and gutted out the win.”
Mitch O’Neill, Orr and Brock Morris scored in the first period to give the Ramblers a three-goal lead before Jake Wright put the Slammers on the board in the last minute of the period. Both Orr’s and Morrison’s goals came on the power play.
Zach Shannon, whose rights were traded to Woodstock by the Ramblers last season, scored on the power play just under nine minutes into the second period before Patrick Harrison restored the two-goal lead three minutes later.
Ian Lewis pulled Woodstock back to within a goal just 18 seconds into the third, but Orr prevented the Slammers from gaining any momentum when he scored his second power play marker of the game just over four minutes later.
Shannon’s second goal of the game, also on the power play, with less than two minutes to play made things interesting, but Jeff MacPherson scored into an empty net with six seconds left to round out the win.
“The coaching staff has been very positive. We feel we played a really good game on Wednesday night but didn’t get the breaks. We adjusted the power play and the forecheck a little for tonight’s game and saw some instant results with four power play goals,” Bottomley said.
Ben Berisha and Jamie Bishop each had two assists for the Ramblers. Ben MacDonald, Brett Arthur, Orr, O’Neill and Harrison each had single assists.
Richard Tingley earned the win in goal, facing 40 shots. Sam Renault suffered the loss.
“Tingley had an outstanding game. He made a lot of big saves when he had to,” Bottomley said.
The Ramblers are in Truro on Sunday to face the unbeaten Bearcats. Bottomley said the win on Friday should set the team up for a big effort against the division leaders on Sunday.
“The guys are up for Truro. We’re playing really good hockey right now and we’re pretty confident going in there on Sunday,” Bottomley said. “The way the league is this year everything is so close. We feel we have a good shot at it if we work as hard as we have been.”