Two early goals the difference
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers defeated the Amherst Ramblers 3-1 in Maritime Junior Hockey League action at the Amherst Stadium on Saturday.
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Richard Tingley of the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers makes a save in MHL action Saturday against the Weeks Crushers. Pictou won the game 3-1.
AMHERST – The Pictou County Weeks Crushers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and put in a strong defensive effort en route to a 3-0 win over the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers in Maritime Junior Hockey League action on Saturday.
Tyler Doyle scored once and added an assist for the Crushers, while Evan MacEachern added a single goal.
“At times we may have been a little flat, but that’s a pretty good hockey club,” Ramblers’ assistant coach Tim Ripley said after the game. “It’s probably the best club we’ve played this year. I don’t think we deserved to win, but we did deserve to score more than we did.”
Garret Holmes scored into an empty net in the third period before Shawn Wright’s long shot eluded Brandon Thibeau with 35 seconds left to round out the scoring.
Amherst outshot the Crushers 41-36 with Thibeau making several big stops to keep the Ramblers off the board until late in the game.
Doyle’s goal came 3:35 into the first period when his high shot beat Ramblers’ goalie Richard Tingley and under the crossbar.
The Crushers jumped out to a two-goal lead when the Ramblers had trouble getting out of their own end. The puck came back to MacEachern, whose high shot eluded Tingley at 10:12 of the opening frame.
“We had a no quit attitude tonight and I thought the penalty kill was good. We just couldn’t get one by their goalie,” Ripley said.
For Amherst, the loss came a day after a thrilling 4-3 win over the Kentville Wildcats in overtime on Friday.
John Deacon tipped a point shot 1:09 into the extra frame as the Ramblers rallied from a 3-1 deficit.
Brett Shute, Ben MacDonald and Jamie Bishop also scored for Amherst. Brad Ryckman had two goals for the Wildcats and Justin Thomas had one.
Amherst was outshot 47-34.
Amherst returns to action Friday night in Woodstock before coming back to the stadium to face the Kentville Wildcats.