Brandon Thibeau sharp as Weeks Crushers shutout Ramblers

Darrell Cole
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Amherst home to Truro on Monday

The Weeks Crushers scored two first period goals en route to a 3-0 win over the Amherst Ramblers on Saturday night.

Zack MacEwan and Ben MacDonald of the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers battle Stephen Parsons of Weeks Crushers for the puck in MHL action at the Amherst Stadium on Saturday. The Crushers won the game 3-0.

AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers’ offensive woes continue against the Weeks Crushers.

The Crushers scored two first period goals and added a late third period goal en route to a 3-0 win over the Ramblers in Maritime Junior Hockey League action on Saturday night.

“It’s the same old thing the last few games. We want to keep our goals against down and we’re doing that, but we just can’t seem to find any offence,” Ramblers coach Jim Bottomley said following the game. “We had lots of chances, especially after the first period, but we just couldn’t get the puck to go in the net. The guys are doing everything can and everyone’s doing their jobs but we just don’t have that touch around the net.”

The Ramblers are back in action on Monday when they host the Truro Bearcats at 4 p.m. at the Amherst Stadium.

All veterans, army, air and sea cadets in uniform and minor hockey players wearing their jerseys will be admitted free.

Regan Spears opened the scoring 14:44 into the opening period when he shoveled a puck by Ramblers’ goalie Richard Tingley, while three minutes later Mitchell Deruelle was left all alone by the side of the goal and converted on a cross-crease pass to give the Crushers a 2-0 lead after one period.

“We missed a couple of checks and they took advantage of it,” Bottomley said.

The Ramblers had several scoring opportunities in the second and third period, but Crushers’ goalie Brandon Thibeau was equal to the task making a couple of big pad saves to preserve the shutout.

The Crushers’ defence also blocked a lot of shots as the Ramblers could not penetrate the defensive cover in front of Thibeau and any rebounds were quickly cleared from the front of the net.

Tyler Doyle rounded out the scoring with 1:36 to play when he broke in the left side and one-timed a pass by Tingley.

The Ramblers lost defenceman Jamie Bishop late in the second period when he appeared to injure his knee when he was hit near centre ice by Stephen MacInnis of the Crushers. MacInnis received a tripping minor and Bishop never returned to play.

There were only seven minors and a misconduct in the game.


Organizations: Maritime Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Truro

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