Ramblers drop home opener to Slammers

Darrell Cole
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The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers dropped a 5-1 decision to Woodstock on Saturday.

Willie MacDonald of the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers is hit by Kraig Pasher of the Woodstock Slammers in MHL action at the Amherst Stadium on Saturday.

AMHERST – The Woodstock Slammers scored three times in the second period to break a 1-1 tie en route to a 5-1 win over the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action in Amherst on Saturday.

William Bower, Kraig Pahser and Brandon Cottrell scored for the Slammers after Serge Boisvert tied the game early in the second period.

Angus Johnston of Woodstock scored the only goal of the first period.

Jake Wright added a third period goal.

“We lost to a skilled hockey team tonight, but there were a couple of things we need to work on,” Ramblers’ coach Jim Bottomley said after the game. “We need to stay out of the penalty box and we need to find a way to bury those chances when we get them.”

The Slammers scored two power play goals in the game.

The loss comes 24 hours after the Ramblers dropped a 3-1 decision in Kentville to the Valley Wildcats on Friday.

Grant Janes, Mike Molloy and Brad Ryckman scored for the Wildcats, while Ryan Caswell scored for Amherst.

The Ramblers return to action on Sunday at 4 p.m. when they host the Miramichi Timberwolves.

“Our biggest problem is trying to put the puck in the net. Through the exhibition schedule and the first two games we don’t have the type of guy who can bury the puck on a consistent basis,” Bottomley said. “We’re going to have to work hard every night and throw a lot of pucks at the net in order to get one.”

The Ramblers were without defenceman Ben MacDonald who is out of the lineup for a week with an upper body injury.

Before the game, the club thanked several sponsors for helping the team purchase new uniforms this season.


Twitter: @ADNdarrell


Organizations: Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers, Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Wildcats

Geographic location: AMHERST, Miramichi, Kentville

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  • fan
    September 16, 2013 - 19:49

    goal scorers dont score on a consistant basis unless they have players around them that feed them the puck alot and can set them up occasionally. wayne gretzy can do it alone. as far as i am concerned the last two years shute has shown he can put the puck in the net. coach bottomly made a comment in the paper last year as saying shute can score goals so give him or try to give him a supporting cast. i think he can score 25 or 30 goals if you get the right combination.

  • Vince Kennie
    September 15, 2013 - 17:50

    Another loss today, the 3rd in three games. Amherst had 9 penalties to 0 for Miramichi. Got to stay out of the penalty box and play good offensive/defensive hockey to win in this league.

  • Dawgs
    September 15, 2013 - 07:23

    Its going to be a long season. GM Bottomly has failed. All other tems in the division have improved. At 1 goal a game the Ramblers will be bottom dwellers. Overloaded in defence...make a trade for some offence!

  • wingman
    September 15, 2013 - 07:21

    It's hard to beat the other team plus the referee.