Ramblers beat Bridgewater in shootout

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Amherst Rambler, Mitchell O’Neill carries the puck out his own zone during their game against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers Saturday nigh at Amherst Stadium.

BRIDGEWATER – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers beat the Bridgewater Lumberjacks 3-2 in a shootout last night during Maritime Hockey League action in Bridgewater.

“We had a chance at the beginning of the game to probably go up 3-0 in the first five minutes of the game but their goaltender made some outstanding saves,” said Ramblers coach and general manager, Jim Bottomely following the game. “After that it was back and forth. It was a good hockey game.

“It’s always tough to play in that building because it’s a small ice surface, so hard to get something going. It’s a dump-and-chase kind of thing.”

Bridgewater opened the scoring a 6:10 into the game but the Ramblers tied it up 1-1 when Josh Pugsley scored on a power play at 13:40 off passes from Jeff MacPherson and Patrick Harrison.

The Ramblers went up 2-1 when Brock Morrison scored the only goal in the second period. The goal was an unassisted power play goal at 16:51 into the period.

The Lumberjacks scored the only goal of the third and the game went into overtime.

Nobody was able to put the puck away in the overtime frame and the game was decided in a shootout.

Bottomley said the Ramblers didn’t play as hard as they are able to play.

“We had a big game the day before and we didn’t have the same jump we had the night before,” he said. “But Tingley was outstanding in the shootout for us.”

Shots on goal were 32-31 in favour of the Ramblers.

356 people attended the game.

RAMBLERS VS. CRUSHERS

Kody Orr’s second period power play goal proved to be the winner as the Amherst Ramblers defeated the Weeks Crushers 3-1 in Maritime Junior Hockey League action Saturday at Amherst Stadium.

Orr was left alone in front of the net and picked up Cam McDonald’s rebound on a shot from the point 6:08 into the second period.

“The guys played a good game, we capitalized on the chances that we had and we played a physical game,” said Bottomley after the game. “We came at these guys hard. I was pleased with the way we played.”

Amherst added an insurance goal with just under five minutes to play when Jamie Bishop’s blast from the top of the circle eluded Crushers’ goalie Brandon Thibeau. Maxime Richard and Ben Berisha added assists on the goal that came during a five-minute power play after Brennan Saulnier was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind when he hit Richard from behind into the boards into the board near the Crushers’ bench.

“It was a bad penalty to take at that point in the game. It was a treat for us, though,” Bottomley said. “We were able to score a big goal. That took a lot of pressure off us.”

Bruce Hornbrook tied the game 3:10 into the second period taking a feed from Saulnier on a two-on-one and beating Ramblers’ goalie Richard Tingley.

Amherst outshot the Crushers 29-26.

791 people attended the game.

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

 

Organizations: Maritime Junior Hockey League, Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers, Bridgewater Lumberjacks 3

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium

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