Ramblers score six in second en route to win

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Defeat Bridgewater 7-2

The Amherst Ramblers scored six times in the middle period en route to a 7-2 win over Bridgewater in MHL action.

AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers exploded for six second period goals en route to a 7-2 win over the Bridgewater Lumberjacks in Maritime Junior Hockey League action on Saturday.

Trailing 2-0 after one period, Brett Shute started the onslaught when he drilled a slapshot past Bridgewater goalie Corey Peterson 8:33 into the second period. That began an outburst that saw the Ramblers scored six goals in a span of just over 11 minutes.

“We were a little loose in the first period and I reminded them that we couldn’t take these guys lightly,” Ramblers coach Jim Bottomley said after the game. “We had a little talk in between periods and the boys responded.”

Connor Hilton on the power play and Ryan Groom scored in the opening frame for Bridgewater. After Shute pulled Amherst to within a goal, Travis Howe scored his first goal of the season less than two minutes later, while Robert Davis, Ross Martin, Cam McDonald, on the power play, and Jamie Bishop, shorthanded, scored before the period ended.

“It’s a big win, we definitely needed it,” said Howe, who scored his first ever junior hockey goal. “It’s good to get that one out of the way, hopefully there’ll be more to come.”

Howe said he got a pass from Shute in front of the net and he just reacted getting it on the net.

“It was a bit of a surprise. I didn’t know it went in at first,” he said. “It’s a great feeling.”

Daniel Walsh added a power play goal of his own midway through the third period when his blast eluded Jeff Arkin, who replaced Peterson to start the final period.

“We’re not a finesse team. We have to get pucks deep and pucks to the net,” Bottomley said. “When we’re successful we’re doing that.”

The Ramblers are off until Friday when they travel to Campbellton to face the Tigers before playing in Miramichi in Saturday.

The club returns home Nov. 30 to face the Weeks Crushers in the Skate for Prostate game.


Organizations: Maritime Junior Hockey League, Tigers, Skate for Prostate

Geographic location: Campbellton, Miramichi

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