AMHERST – The Cumberland County Scotiabank Ramblers have advanced to the next round of the playoffs following a thrilling 2-1 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs in Bantam A action on Saturday.
Mike O’Brien scored the winning goal 9:13 into the third period from Landen Clarke as the Ramblers rallied from a 1-0 deficit to advance to play the winner of the Cape Breton playdowns.
The winner of that series moves on to the provincial Bantam A championship tournament.
Braden MacDonald gave Antigonish a lead 3:08 into the third period before Chris Beaton tied it up at 7:52 from Clarke.
HL: Langille’s late goal lifts Bantam AA Ramblers into tie
STELLARTON – Kurtis Langille scored on a shot from the point with 2:51 to play as the Cumberland County Amherst Insurance Ramblers tied 2-2 with the Pictou County Crushers in Mainland Bantam AA League action on Sunday.
Chandler MacKinnon also scored for the Ramblers, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit. Dylan Baker, Chad Miller and Reuben MacKenzie added assists.
Christian MacLeod and Tim Shea scored for the Crushers.
On Saturday, Brandyn Benjamin had the winner as the Crushers nipped the Ramblers 3-2 in New Glasgow.
Keighan Malloy and Nick Falticelli also scored for the Crushers. Langille and MacKinnon scored for the Ramblers with MacKenzie, Colton Hiltz and Brandon Greeno adding assists.
The Ramblers will be in Liverpool this weekend for the Mainland League qualifying tournament. The top two teams from the tournament will advance to the provincials being held in Amherst from March 21-24.
HL: Bearcats nip Peewee AA Ramblers
SPRINGHILL – Riley MacInnis had three goals and an assist as the Truro Bearcats defeated the Cumberland County Amherst Pharmasave Ramblers 7-5 in Mainland Peewee AA League action here Sunday.
Brendon Clark, Charles Toole, Matthew Melanson and Ryan Rath each scored once for Truro.
Nate Stone had a goal and two assists for the Ramblers, while Dylan Deegan, Graden Chitty, Brady Flanagan and Zach Chatfield replied for the Ramblers. Michael Farrell had two assists and Chitty had one.
On Saturday in New Glasgow, Josh Fraser, Logan MacKay and Robbie Tetreault each scored as the Pictou County Crushers nipped the Ramblers 3-1.
Chatfield scored for the Ramblers with Jordan Harrison adding an assist.
Stone had the lone goal and Josh Black and Kyle Walker had assists as the Ramblers and Crushers tied 1-1 on Saturday in Springhill.
Matthew Martin scored for the Crushers.
In earlier action, Mats Stone had three goals as the Ramblers and the Western Valley Spartans tied 3-3 in Springhill on Feb. 16.
Chatfield had two assists and Dante Coulter had one.
Ben Vidito scored twice for Western Valley and Owen St. Nicholaas had one goal.
Vidito had two goals as the Spartans defeated the Ramblers 6-5 earlier in the day.
Ned Brooks, Clayton Cook, Ray Parsons and St. Nicholaas each scored once.
Chatfield had a goal and an assist for the Ramblers, while Mats Stone, Farrell, Nate Stone and Reese McLean each scored once. Deegan and Nate Stone added assists.
The Ramblers are in Yarmouth this weekend for the Mainland qualifying tournament. The top two teams will advance to the provincial championship tournament in Springhill from March 22-24.
HL: Atom AA Ramblers winless at league tournament
NEW GLASGOW – The Cumberland County Amherst Fire Department Ramblers went winless at the Northern Atom AA Hockey League playoff tournament in Pictou County over the weekend.
The Ramblers opened with a 4-3 loss to Truro.
Mason Bird, Madden Miller and Bryson Chapman scored for the Ramblers with Colson Brown and Noah Harrison adding assists.
The Acadia Axemen handed the Ramblers a 4-3 setback in the club’s second game. Kyle Allen, Bird and Chapman scored for the Ramblers. Connor Austin had two assists.
In their final game, the Ramblers lost 8-2 to the host Pictou County Crushers.
Harrison and Austin scored for Cumberland County with Miller and Bird adding assists.