Wilkins steals game for Yarmouth
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Amherst Ramblers' forward Kody Orr reaches around Matt Tomah of the Yarmouth Mariners in Maritime Junior Hockey League action on Saturday. Yarmouth won the game 3-1.
AMHERST – The Amherst Ramblers ran into another hot Yarmouth Mariners’ goalie, and his name isn’t Charles Grant.
Travis Wilkins turned aside 35 of 36 shots as the Mariners defeated the Ramblers 3-1 in Maritime Junior Hockey League action on Saturday. While shaky early in the first period, Wilkins made a number of key saves while Jon Johannesson scored twice for the Mariners.
“Their goaltender was outstanding. We never got a bounce,” Ramblers’ coach Jim Bottomley said following the game. “Early in the game the puck was bouncing all around him and he looked a little shaky, but he showed up and played a great game for them.”
The Mariners jumped on the board midway through the opening period when Johannesson took the puck from Ramblers’ defenceman Dylan Brake, broke down the left side and beat goalie Richard Tingley over the glove.
Morgan Messenger added to lead 8:15 into the second period when his pass out front banked off Ramblers’ defenceman Jamie Bishop and by Tingley. Connor Donaghey and Colin Campbell added assists.
Johannesson rounded out scoring for the Mariners scoring on the power play 6:07 into the third period when he scored on a rebound off a point shot by Josh Desmond.
The Ramblers finally got on the board three minutes later when Cam McDonald one-timed a pass from Ben MacDonald while the team enjoyed a two-man advantage.
Amherst dominated the final 10 minutes, but couldn’t put the puck by Wilkins.
“We don’t have that natural big goal scorer. Everything we have to do is through hard work,” Bottomley said. “I was very pleased with the effort and the fact they didn’t stop working. It would be nice to have a bit more polish around the net.”
Ramblers’ captain Kody Orr said he thought the team played a solid game, but just couldn’t finish.
“It was one of those games. Their goalie played well and made some big saves,” Orr said. “You can’t say the effort wasn’t there, we just didn’t score.”
The Ramblers return to action next Saturday when they host the Weeks Crushers at the Amherst Stadium at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the Ramblers travel to Bridgewater to face the Lumberjacks.