Ramblers defeat Lumberjacks 9-3 Friday night on the road
© Jamie Heap - Cumberland News Now
Brock Morrison keeps his eye on the puck in anticipation of the puck-drop Saturday night at Amherst Stadium. Morrison had seven points over the weekend – two goals against the Weeks Crushers on Saturday, and two goals and three assists against the Lumberjacks in Bridgewater on Friday.
AMHERST-The hometown Ramblers skated to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Pictou Weeks' Crushers on Saturday in front of 925 fans during Skate 4 Prostate/Blue in the Rink themed hockey game event at Amherst Stadium.
Special teams proved to be the difference in the Ramblers victory over the Eastlink divison's leading Weeks Crushers. Amherst scored twice on the power play while they managed to kill off several questionable penalties during the third period.
"I think the boys played really hard tonight, especially with all of the stoppages," said Ramblers' head coach and general manager Jim Bottomley. "I've never seen a team (Pictou) talk and fall down so much after the whistle in years. I think the referee missed a lot of calls, calls that could have meant the difference between winning and losing. It was playoff speed hockey, but the boys showed a lot of character by killing off those penalties. Tingley was there when we needed him."
The Ramblers first goal of the game, scored on the power play, came off the stick of Robert Davis (Bishop, Walsh) at 3:21 of the first period. Just over 10 minutes later, Davis received game misconduct penalty for a check from behind at 13:47.
Newly acquired Ramblers player Bruce Hornbrook, formerly of the Summerside Capitals, had two assists and was solid on the penalty kill, especially in the third.
“We played good on the power play, scoring twice, and were good on the PK,” said Hornbrook. “That was the difference; they weren’t able to capitalize.”
The Weeks Crushers went 0 for 5 on the power play while Ramblers went 2 for 2.
Leading the scoring attack for Amherst was Jamie Bishop, who had two goals and an assist. One of Bishop’s two goals (Walsh, Hornbrook) came on the power play at 13:16 of the third period. This goal turned out to be the game-winning tally.
Rounding out the scoring was Brock Morrison, who scored twice; Shute and Walsh had two assists while Caswell, Deacon and Willie MacDonald all added assists.
On Friday night, the Ramblers defeated the South Shore Lumberjacks by a lopsided score of 9 to 3 in Bridgewater in a CIBC Wood Gundy showdown.
Brett Shute and Brock Morrison led the way for the Ramblers with a pair of five-point nights; Shute had three goals and two assists while Morrison had two goals and three assists. Ryan Caswell notched two assists while shop, Jamie Bishop, Cane McDonald, John Deacon and Ben MacDonald all added single goals.
Willie MacDonald, Ross Martin, Daniel Walsh, Kyle Beckwith, Serge Boisvert, Robert Davis and Bruce Hornbrook rounded out the barrage with an assist apiece.
“It’s been great,” said Hornbrook. “We’re playing for a championship this year.”
“Two more wins really keep us moving up in the standings,” said Bottomley.
While the Ramblers (15-9) remain in fourth place in the MHL’s Eastlink division with 30 points, they are now just two points back of the Yarmouth Mariners, four points of the Truro Bearcats and eight points back of the Pictou Weeks’ Crushers.
The Ramblers travel to Pictou on Thursday in a rematch of Saturday’s game before returning home to host the Truro Bearcats on Saturday at 7:00 pm.