Shute has pair for Amherst
The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers scored six unanswered second and third period goals to beat Campbellton 6-1 on Saturday.
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Russell Martin of the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers sets up a screen in front of the Campbellton Tigers’ goal in Maritime Junior Hockey League action on Saturday in Amherst. The Ramblers scored six unanswered goals en route to a 6-1 win.
AMHERST – Brett Shute scored two second period goals as the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers overcame an early 1-0 deficit to defeat the Campbellton Tigers 6-1 in Maritime Junior Hockey League action here Saturday.
After Jonathan Doucet gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with the only goal of the first period, Daniel Walsh scored 6:06 into the second period from Jamie Bishop and Serge Boivert.
Shute undressed a Campbellton defenceman to give the Ramblers the lead just over two minutes later from Kyle Beckwith and Willie MacDonald before he added some insurance with 16 seconds to play, scoring on a three-way passing play with Brett Morrison and Ryan Caswell.
“It was a big win. We got off to a slow start and we’re down in the standings, but things are starting to come together,” Shute said after the game. “We had a good week of practice to get ready for tonight. We put it all to work in the game and came out with the big win.”
Morrison, from Ben MacDonald and Shute, Zack MacEwen, from Caswell, and Robert Davis on the power play scored in the third period. Nick Cass and Bishop added assists on Davis’ goal that came off a goalmouth scramble.
The game was the first without head coach Jim Bottomley, who has taken a leave of the absence from coaching after undergoing surgery in Halifax on Monday. He’s expected to be away from the team for a couple of weeks.
Amherst outshot Campbellton 39-23, including 22-9 in the second period when the Ramblers dominated the play.
“I thought we had a slow start in the first, but as the second and third went on we played much better as a group,” assistant coach Tim Ripley said. “We had more puck control and a little more execution.”
Ripley said the on and off-ice conditioning is improving and it’s starting to show in games.
“We’re in a little bit better shape than we were two or three weeks ago,” Ripley said. “We’re starting to get better execution and the scoring is starting to spread out a little more.”
The assistant coach said the focus continues to be cutting down on the goals against and the shots. He said discipline is also something the team continues to work on.
Ripley said he was impressed with the play of Walsh, saying the recent addition has been a major contributor on the ice and in the dressing room.
“He has given us a little more scoring depth. Our second line is a little better, which means our third line is a little better,” Ripley said. “He’s a tough kid and great team player in the dressing room.”
The Ramblers return to action on Friday when they travel to Campbellton to face the Tigers. The Dieppe Commandos are in Amherst on Saturday.