Dave Mathieson - TC Media
AMHERST – After falling behind the Truro Bearcats 2-0, it looked like it might be a long Maritime Hockey League Remembrance Day Monday for the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Rambler at Amherst Stadium.
“We came out slow in the start but we all rallied together and came together as a team and had six unanswered goals,” said Daniel Walsh, who scored a hat trick for the Ramblers in their 6-2 win.
Walsh said it felt good to get a hat trick.
“I haven’t scored in a couple of games, so it’s always nice when you can score a few in the same game.”
The Ramblers were down 2-0 midway through the first period when Ryan Caswell got the Ramblers on the board with an assist from Brock Morrison.
Brett Shute scored less than a minute later, tying the game 2-2 with assists from Ryan Caswell and Morrison.
Walsh then scored his first of the night, putting the Ramblers up 3-2 off assists from Cam McDonald and Willie MacDonald.
Brett Shute scored the only goal in the second period, with Morrison getting his third assist of the night.
Up 4-2 going into the third period, Walsh scored two more in the frame, giving his team the 6-2 win. The first goal was unassisted and Shute and Jamie Bishop assisted on the sixth and final goal of the night.
Ramblers fans got under the skin of the Truro bench. Near the end of the second period, Bearcats head coach Shawn Evans brandished his 2013 Fred Page Cup championship ring at fans sitting in the seats behind the net closest to the visiting bench.
“It’s always good to play in our own building,” said Jim Bottomley, Ramblers coach and general manager. “We respect the fans and they respect us. They’re always behind us and it’s like having another player.”
Bottomley was pleased with how his team responded after being down 2-0.
“The guys were shooting at the net tonight and we had guys going to the net and crashing the net, and we moved the puck a lot better,” said Bottomely.
The Ramblers fired 25 shots at Truro netmider Jacob Fancy, and Ramblers goaltender Richard Tingley faced 32 shots on the night.
“There have been other nights we had plenty of chances and couldn’t bury the puck but tonight the pucks went in the net,” added Bottomley.
Attendance at Monday’s game was 803.
November has been a busy month for the Ramblers.
“We’ve played six games in 11 days and it was nice to finish off with this big win,” said Bottomley.
The Ramblers won four of those six games, with their two losses coming at the hands of the Dieppe Commandos and the Pictou County Weeks Crushers. They lost 4-2 to Dieppe on Nov. 6, and 3-0 to the Weeks Crushers on Saturday.
The Ramblers next game is Saturday at Amherst Stadium where they will host the Bridgewater Lumberjacks.