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Aaron Crocker dives and swipes the puck towards the Avon River Rats goal during second period action Sunday afternoon at Amherst Stadium. Crocker had three goals and five assists over the weekend.
AMHERST – The Amherst Colts played three Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League games over the weekend, winning two of them.
On Sunday at home, the Colts beat the Avon River Rats 6-2.
“I’m sorry that we took a couple of checking from behind penalties but it’s a quick-paced game. Guy’s turn and you can’t slow down. It’s not like we were trying to hurt their kids but things happen,” said Vaughn Martin, assistant coach, after the game. “The kids killed penalties, they blocked shots and our goaltender was stellar. The guys did what they had to do to win.”
The first period ended with the game tied 1-1. Peter Kane scored for the Colts, with assists from David Lockerby and Matt Beal.
By the end of the second period the Colts were up 3-2, with the two Colts goals coming off the stick of Ryan Horsman. Brandon Crocker assisted on the first Horsman goal, and Aaron Crocker and Matt Richard assisted on the second goal.
The Colts scored three unanswered goals in the third period. Kyle MacDonald scored two of the goals, and Richard scored one goal, which was unassisted. Andrew Barron assisted on both MacDonald goals, and Devon Depres added one assist.
Colts goaltender Matt Caron faced 40 shots, while his teammates fired 53 shots at the Rats net.
On Saturday the Colts travelled to Barrington and lost 8-7 to the Sea Star Ice Dogs.
“We had a big lead and, although I wasn’t at the game, from what I was told it seems we fell asleep in the third period,’ said Martin. “Any time you score seven goals you should be able to win a hockey game.”
The Colts scored one goal to Barrington’s two goals in the first period. Brett Gallant scored the Colts goal with an assist from Aaron Crocker.
The Colts took a 6-2 lead in the second after they exploded for five unanswered goals but the Dogs fought back with two goals, and the frame ended with the Colts up 6-4.
Maskill Spencer scored two of the five goals and Gallant, Crocker and Ryan Horsman scored one goal each.
Crocker had three assists in the second, and Gallant had two. Sullivan Cullen, Peter Kane and Zach Haley added one assist each.
The Colts added one goal in the third, and Barrington added four goals.
Crocker added the single Colts goal, which was short-handed and unassisted.
Caron stopped 31 of 39 shots, and the Colts had 45 shots at Dogs goaltender Shamus Atwood.
“Barrington is in second place, Spryfiield’s (Silver and Black Attack) in first, and we’re in third, but I feel confident we can beat any team below us but to beat the teams ahead of us we need more systems,” said Martin. “We need a little bit more team play to compete because you either win or lose with special teams in this hockey because referees don’t hesitate to put you down two men.
“When you’re down two men your penalty kill has to come up big, and you have to have special teams on your power play when you get your chance to bury the puck,” he added.
On Friday the Colts beat the South Shore Wild 8-3.
“Down in Liverpool on Friday the guys played really well,” said Martin. “South Shore had a short bench but have some very talented players, but we wore them down.”
Depres scored two goals and one assist, and Matt Richard scored one goal and three assists.
Also, scoring for the Colts was Noah Perrin with one goal and two assists, Horsman with three assists, Lockerby and Aaron Crocker with one goal and one assist, Andrew Barron with two assists, Brandon Crocker and Brett Gallant with one goal each, and Kane with one assist.
The Colts have one game this weekend. They face off against the South Shore Wild Sunday at 4 p.m. at Amherst Stadium.