TRURO – The Truro Bearcats scored four power play goals, including two in a four-goal second period, en route to a 6-1 win over the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers in Maritime Junior Hockey League action on Wednesday.
Brandon Pye scored three times in the second period, twice on the power play, for the Bearcats who broke open a close game with three goals in three minutes in the second period.
“I thought we played well and didn’t quit when we got behind. We still got 40 shot on them, but Fancy played a great game for them and came up with some big saves when he had to,” Ramblers’ coach Jim Bottomley said following the game. “Their power play was hot.”
Amherst came out throwing the body in the first period and controlled most of the play early on before Robert Davis was given a minor and a game misconduct for checking from behind midway through the period and Cal Gloade scored Truro’s first power play goal of the night.
Pye scored three times and Colby Lanceleve once in the second period as Truro built up a 5-0 lead after two before Jordan Coccimigilio extended the lead to six goals scoring 12 minutes into the third.
Cam McDonald broke Jacob Fancy’s shutout bid with a slap shot high into the net with five minutes to go.
Amherst outshot Truro 44-28.
“To throw 40 shots at a team like this is good. On other nights some of those pucks are going in,” Bottomley said. “We just didn’t get a break and their power play was clicking.”
The Ramblers return to action on Friday when they travel to Yarmouth to face the first-place Mariners.
Bottomley said it will be important for the team to put them game behind it and move on.
“Those games are going to happen. You have to be positive. We’ve been playing really good hockey. We beat them three straight and knew they would be coming at us. We tried to meet the challenge and just couldn’t get the pucks in the net,” Bottomley said. “Friday night is another game and we’ll be ready.”
Ramblers’ forward Jacob Conrad said the team came in confident but just didn’t get the breaks.
“We had a good first period and then they scored that power play goal and it took some of the momentum away. We sort of let up after they scored those goals in the second period, but I thought we battled back in the third period,” Conrad said. “Even after a loss like that we’ll learn from it and move on. We’re still confident we can beat them.”
Conrad said the focus is on Yarmouth and getting another chance to move closer to top spot in the division.
“You can’t win every game and you can’t win 20 in a row. Our job Friday will be get back in the win column,” Conrad said. “We’ll put this behind us and get ready for Yarmouth.”