Ramblers extend streak with win over Crushers

Christopher Cameron
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Hornbrook scores shootout winner against former club

NEW GLASGOW – Former Weeks Crushers forward Bruce Hornbrook has been a thorn in their side at the Wellness Centre this season. 

In their last meeting with Hornbrook and the Amherst Ramblers here he scored two goals, one with 45 seconds remaining force overtime, a game which the Crushers won 4-3 in a shootout. Tonight he scored the shootout winner in a 5-4 victory to extend the Ramblers win streak to eight games and Crushers losing streak to three.

“I’m not really sure (why we’ve lost the last three games), but that was definitely our best effort in those three games,” said Weeks captain Nick Parker. “We’ve got to start somewhere and I think Saturday night we’re going to come with an even better effort than that and get the ball rolling again.”

Evan Carmody opened the scoring for Pictou County 9:53 into the first period on the power play, picking the corner on Richard Tingley who had been called for delay of game after putting the puck over the glass.

With under five to play in the period Mitchell Deruelle’s point shot found the back of the net, giving the Crushers their second power play goal of the night and a 2-0 lead.

Ryan Caswell scored his first of the night with just over three minutes remaining in the opening frame to get the Ramblers within one heading into the intermission.

JP Harvey tapped a Deruelle rebound home at the 4:01 mark of the second to give the Crushers a two-goal lead again early in the second, but the Ramblers took the momentum for the next few minutes of the period.

After Tanner McCabe was assessed a two-minute penalty for head contact Robert Davis made the Crushers pay scoring on the power play to cut the lead to one again.

Caswell scored his second of the night just 35 seconds later to tie the game 3-3, before his hat-trick goal at the 8:39 mark to give the Ramblers a 4-3 lead and have Brandon Thibeau pulled after allowing four goals on 18 shots.

The Ramblers held their one-goal lead through two periods.

“I don’t know – they’re a physical team and we knew what they were going to bring today,” said Parker. “We came out in the first flying and we had that lead and I think we got a little too comfortable in the second. We took a few penalties and they managed to get a few goals and come back.

“I think it came back to the penalties and they took momentum out of that and we lost it. I don’t think we were too complacent, but momentum changed in the second.”

In the third both teams had their opportunities, but the lone goal in the frame came off the stick of Parker at the 10:42 mark, tying the game 4-4 and eventually sending it to overtime.

Amherst outshot Pictou County in overtime, but Stephen MacInnis had the best chance, standing on the doorstep with two whacks at the puck, but he couldn’t beat Tingley.

In the shootout JP Harvey scored first for the Crushers beating Tingley gloveside.

Brock Morrison answered, scoring gloveside on Devan Tremblay.

Deruelle tried to go fivehole, but was stopped before Justin Thomas was shutdown by Tremblay.

Regan Spears and Serge Boisvert were both stopped on their shots making it a sudden-death shutout.

Parker missed wide with a backhand before Hornbrook beat Tremblay gloveside for the win.

Tremblay made 21 saves after coming in for Thibeau, while Tingley made 32 saves in the win.

The Crushers practice Friday before travelling to Truro on Saturday to face the Bearcats.

 

 

christopher.cameron@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsChris

Geographic location: Pictou County, Truro

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