AMHERST – Kody Orr and Maxime Richard each scored twice and Chase Marchand had his first shutout as the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers defeated the Metro Shipbuilders 6-0 in Maritime Junior Hockey League action Saturday at the Amherst Stadium.
Josh Pugsley and Brett Shute each had single goals for the Ramblers, who scored three times in the second to break a scoreless tie and added three more in the third. Jamie Bishop, Mitch O’Neill and Jesse MacInnis each had two assists, while Patrick Harrison, Willie MacDonald and Dan Harquail each had single assists.
Amherst fired 77 shots on the Shipbuilders’ goal.
“It felt great. I was just trying to stop the pucks one at a time and put in a good effort for the team,” Marchand said following the game. “I really wanted to bounce back tonight. I didn’t really feel comfortable out there in the last game, and I wanted to come out there focused and put in a good effort.”
Marchand was tested several times in the first half of the game with the Ramblers clinging to a 1-0 lead on a second period goal by Richard. He made several big pad saves during a Metro powerplay and held the Shipbuilders off the board until the Amherst offence got rolling.
It was a different story than just over a week ago when he was pulled midway through a 6-5 loss to the Weeks Crushers in New Glasgow.
“He didn’t have a good game in Pictou. We were expecting him to come up with a big game and he didn’t, but tonight he was sharp. It was a good bounce back game for him. He has been playing well for us all year,” Ramblers’ coach Jim Bottomley said.
Bottomley said he was happy with the result, despite a slow start in the first period.
"We had a lot of chances early but couldn't bury one. Their goalie played pretty good as well," he said. "They've had a tendency to come out hard in the first, but as the time went on we wore them down and got some quality shots."
Ramblers’ captain Kody Orr said the club wasn’t about to take Metro for granted.
“That was a game we wanted to win. Their record isn’t great but they’re a hard working club and can play spoiler on any given night,” Orr said. “We wanted to come out and play hard and just play our game.”
Orr said he’s trying to be a bit more offensive this season, while not forgetting his defensive play.
The veteran forward said the team will now turn its focus to the Truro Bearcats, who the Ramblers host on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
“It’s not hard to get up for Truro games, they’re our biggest rival,” Orr said. “We’ll have a couple of good practices and be ready for them.”