MacDonald's late goal lifts Ramblers to win

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Comes following 4-1 loss in Campbellton on Friday

The Amherst Ramblers got third period goals from Jamie Bishop and Ben MacDonald to defeat the Miramichi Timberwolves 2-1 on Saturday night in MHL action in Miramichi.

MIRAMICHI - Ben MacDonald's shot from the point with 3:15 to play was the winner as the Amherst Ramblers nipped the Miramichi Timberwolves 2-1 in Maritime Junior Hockey League action on Saturday.

Jeff MacPherson added an assist on the goal as the Ramblers scored twice in a minute span to erase a 1-0 deficit after two periods.

"It was a big win tonight after letting one slip away from us last night," Ramblers' coach Jim Bottomley said following the game. "Tonight we were behind in the third but kept working hard and we got some results."

Jamie Bishop tied the game at 15:29 with Brock Morrison and Kody Orr adding assists. Bishop joined the rush on the play and converted off a pass from Orr.

Mitchell McMullin broke a scoreless tie in the second period.

"We've been snakebitten the last two games. We're getting lots of shots, but they're just not going in," Bottomley said. "Sullivan played great last night in Campbellton and Kennedy was pretty solid for the Timberwolves tonight. We just had to keep plugging and getting pucks to the net.

"Last night they scored a goal and we sort of let up, tonight we didn't stop."

Chase Marchand had a great game in nets for the Ramblers facing 25 shots and earning first star honours.

"Chase has been playing well for us and he had a great game tonight," Bottomley said. "He made some big saves off some quality scoring chances."

The win came a day after a tough 4-1 loss in Campbellton.

On Friday, Dylan Desmeules and Alex Blais each had a goal an assist for the Tigers in the win.

Grant West and Andrew Meredith each scored one goal for Campbellton while Mitch O'Neill had the lone Amherst goal.

The Ramblers return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Dartmouth to face the Metro Shipbuilders.

Amherst is home for a pair of games next weekend including the 45th anniversary celebration game against the Weeks Crushers on Saturday. Miramichi is here Sunday.

Both Robert Davis and Dan Harquail made their Ramblers debuts on the weekend. Davis was released from the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL while Harquail drove 16 hours from Toronto to join the Ramblers in Campbellton.

"Davis played well, he's taking the body and playing tough," Bottomley said. "He's getting out there quite a bit. He hasn't played much in the last couple of years, but he's going to be a big player for us.

"Danny drove all the way from Toronto to join the team on Friday. He had his legs tonight and showed how he's going to help our hockey club. He's going to key addition up front."



Organizations: Maritime Junior Hockey League, Timberwolves, Tigers Metro Shipbuilders

Geographic location: Campbellton, Amherst, Toronto Dartmouth

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Recent comments

  • Vince Kennie of Northport
    November 25, 2012 - 16:32

    Another short comment, Amherst holds down 4th spot in the 11 team league and could move up further prior to the Christmas break with some big wins. "GO RAMBLERS GO"

  • Vince Kennie of Northport
    November 25, 2012 - 15:21

    Big two points last night in Miramichi with Picou's Weeks Crushers breathing down our necks with 27 points to our 28, although the crushers have played at least 4 more games. The Crushers had a big win over Summerside this afternoon. The Ramblers should be able to pick up points on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, but no team is easy to take points from this season and the unexpected can happen. "GO RAMBLERS GO"