Also beat Lumberjacks, Commandos
© Jason Simmonds - Journal Pioneer
Referee Thane Arsenault signals call after Brock Morrison of the Amherst Ramblers banged a rebound past Summerside Western Capitals goaltender Alex Kelly for a power-play goal in the second period. Caps defenceman Lucas Blomquist is tangled up with Morrison while the Caps’ Tyler Doyle, 79, Mitch Henneberry, 14, and Robert Davis, 4, are also involved in the play.
SUMMERSIDE - Brock Morrison scored both Ramblers goals to lead the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers to a 2-1 win over the Western Capitals during Maritime Hockey League action Sunday afternoon in Summerside.
"Brock's been one of the heart and souls of this team, and he's been a leader," said Jim Bottomley, Ramblers coach and general manager, after Sunday's game. "And leadership is what you need from your 20-year-olds.
Morrison's unassisted, breakaway, game-winning goal was scored short-handed with less than six minutes left in the game.
There was no scoring in the first period, and Morrison also scored the first goal of the game with less than eight minutes left in the second period. Travis Howe and Brett Shute assisted on the goal.
The Capital tied the game 1-1 with less than a minute left in the second.
Billy Clarke played in goal for the Ramblers.
"Billy had an outstanding game for us and he had a character win for us, and it gives our team confidence knowing he can step in and play like that," said Bottomley.
The Caps outshot the Ramblers 45-28.
"If it wasn't for him it would have been a much different game," added Bottomley.
The Ramblers have won seven games in a row but sit in fourth place in the Eastlink Division. They have 45 points, one point behind both the Truro Bearcats and the Yarmouth Mariners, and five points behind the Pictou County Weeks Crushers.
They play the Crushers on Thursday in New Glasgow.
"Our guys are playing great hockey but we're still in fourth place and everybody keeps skipping ahead, so this is a very important game for us. We're looking forward to it," said Bottomley.
The Ramblers have signed Keegan Marcott to their team.
"He's a 17-year-old forward from Port Hood," said Bottomley. "He plays high school hockey but we signed him for this year and for our future so we don't lose him in the draft down the road.
"He will continue to play high school hockey until he's done and then he will join us," added Bottomley.
Marcott is six-foot-two and weighs 190 pounds. He currently plays for Dalbrae Academy in Mabou.
The Ramblers were at home Saturday night where they beat the Bridgewater Lumberjacks 7-0.
Bruce Hornbrook and Serge Boisvert scored two goals each, and Shute, Justin Thomas and Zack MacEwen scored one goal each.
Nick Cass had two helpers, with Hornbrook, Shute, Thomas, Jamie Bishop, Ryan Caswell, Ben MacDonald, Ross Martin, Francis Alarie, Robert Davis, Morrison and Howe scoring one assist each.
Clarke faced 23 shots on the night, while his teammates had six goals on 32 shots on Lumberjacks goaltender Jeff Arkin, and one goal on 15 shots on Cory Petersen.
On Thursday the Ramblers travelled to Dieppe where they beat the Commandos 3-2 in a shootout.
Hornbrook and Thomas scored a goal and an assist, and Martin had two assists.
Richard Tingley faced 45 shots and the Ramblers had 41 shots on Commandos goaltender Connor Wilkinson.
The first four shootout shooters for both teams were unable to score before Morrison was able to score for Amherst.
The Ramblers return home Saturday night where they face off against the Woodstock Slammers.
Game time is 7 p.m.