Ben MacDonald's two points pace Ramblers over Mariners

Darrell Cole
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Amherst hosts Kentville on Sunday

The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers defeated the Yarmouth Mariners 3-1 on Saturday in MHL action.

Daniel Walsh of the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers is chased by a Yarmouth Mariners attacker in MHL action on Saturday at the Amherst Stadium. The Ramblers won the game 3-1. Amherst faces Kentville at the stadium on Sunday at 4 p.m.

AMHERST – Ben MacDonald had a goal and an assist as the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers played a stingy defensive game to defeat the league’s top team in Maritime Junior Hockey League action Saturday at the Amherst Stadium.

The Ramblers scored once in the first and twice in the second en route to a 3-1 win over the Yarmouth Mariners with Ross Martin and Nick Cass also scoring for Amherst.

Amherst will be going for a three-game sweep of the weekend on Sunday when the Ramblers host the Valley Wildcats at the Amherst Stadium at 4 p.m.

It’s fan appreciation day with all tickets selling for $5.

“That was a big win, it’s probably I’ve seen them play,” Ramblers’ coach Jim Bottomley said after the game. “They played a physical game against a team that has a lot of talent. We were physical and we stayed out of the box.”

It was the Mariners who were quick out of the gate on Saturday, controlling most of the play in the game’s opening minutes before Ryan Caswell and Brett Shute set up MacDonald 3:59 into the first period. MacDonald’s shot from the high slot eluded Anderson Snair to give Amherst a lead it would never surrender.

MacDonald and Robert Davis set up Martin on the power play 6:30 into the second period before Brandon Syms scored for Yarmouth at 8:56.

Cass rounded out scoring in the game at 12:30 of the middle frame with Shawn Wright and Cam McDonald adding assists.

“It was a great effort everyone tonight. Everyone came to play and everyone was hitting,” McDonald said. “We played the way we are capable of playing and the way we need to play in the league. It was a blue collar game.”

It was a big game for McDonald, who turned down an opportunity to sign with the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats.

“It was a tough decision because it was a great opportunity, but I turned it down because I want to win a championship here,” McDonald said. “We have the team to go all the way here and I want to be part of it.”

Richard Tingley faced 33 shots in the Ramblers’ net and made several huge saves to preserve the win. He credited the team in front of him.

“It was a great win for the boys,” Tingley said. “We’ve really tightened up defensively and the boys had an excellent game in front of me tonight.”

On Friday, Brock Morrison had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over Bridgewater.

Caswell, Martin and Blake Millman also scored while Shute, McDonald, Jamie Bishop, John Deacon, and Daniel Walsh added assists.

Shaun McEachern had the lone Bridgewater goal.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

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

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Kentville, Yarmouth

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