Ramblers lose to Truro, beat Woodstock

Dave Mathieson
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The Amherst Ramblers lost 4-2 to the Bearcats Sunday in Truro.

TRURO – One mistake here and another mistake there is all that separates the top four teams in the Maritime Hockey League’s Eastlink Division.

“It’s a tough loss,” said Jim Bottomley, Ramblers coach and general manager, after today’s 4-2 loss to the Truro Bearcats. “We made a couple of mistakes that if we hadn’t of made it might have been a different game.”

The Bearcats capitalized on Ramblers turnovers.

“We worked hard right to the end, but we gave the puck up twice and they scored,” said Bottomley.

The Bearcats scored the first goal of the game at 7:42 into the first period, and the Ramblers tied it up 1-1 less than two minutes later.

Truro came out in the second period and went up 2-1 on the powerplay only 32 seconds into the frame.

Four minutes later they went up 3-1, but the Ramblers made it a 3-2 game of a goal from Cam MacDonald with an assist from Kyle Beckwith.

Truro scored near the midway mark of the third period and the game ended with Truro winning 4-2.

Ramblers goaltender Richard Tingley faced 37 shots on Sunday, while his teammates had 30 shots on Truro goaltender Chris Festarini.

702 people attended Sunday’s game in Truro.

The loss comes after a 2-1 win over the Woodstock Slammers Saturday night in Amherst.

"We played probably one of our best games of the year last night,” said Bottomley. “The boys came to play and took it to them all night.

“Woodstock’s had our number all year and it was good to get that win last night,” he added

There was no scoring in the first period but the Ramblers took a 1-0 lead at 9:24 into the second period. Ross Martine scored off passes from Justin Thomas and Travis Howe.

The Ramblers then took a 2-0 lead at 8:25 into the third period. Brett Shute scored with assists from Jamie Bishop and Ryan Caswell.

Woodstock scored with 50 seconds left in the game.

Tingley faced 37 shots, and his teammates had 48 shots on Woodstock goaltender Matt Jenkins.

“In both games we got good goaltending from Tingley,” said Bottomley.

 735 people attended Saturdays game.

With Sunday’s loss on the board, the Ramblers sit at third place in the MHL Eastlink standings with 49 points, two back of the Pictou County Weeks Crushers, one back of the Bearcats and tied with Yarmouth.

"The rest of the schedule is really important to see who’s going to finish in what position,” said Bottomley. “It’s not an easy schedule. Everybody is tough that we play and every game is important.”

On Wednesday the Ramblers travel to Miramichi where they play the Timberwolves, the top team in the Roger Meek Division with 51 points.

“We can’t turn the puck over, something we did today,” said Bottomley. “We have to keep our shots against us down, play a little tougher defensively in our own zone, and create a few more scoring chances.”

Bottomley wants more goals from his players.

"Last night and today we scored only two goals in each game, so we have to get more pucks to the net and jump on some rebounds.”

Organizations: Maritime Hockey League

Geographic location: Amherst

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