Ninety-eight penalties issued in three games; 59 against Colts, 39 against the Rhino
© Dave Mathieson - Cumberland News Now
Down 3-1 in their best-of-seven series against the Truro Rhino, the Amherst Colts will try to climb back into the series Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. at Amherst Stadium.
AMHERST – The Amherst Colts are on the verge of being eliminated from the Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League semi-final playoffs.
The Colts trail in the series after losing 9-2 to the Fundy Rhino Sunday night at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro.
The Colts started the series with home-ice advantage but with the loss they are behind 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, with Game-5 going Wednesday night at Amherst Stadium.
During Sunday's 9-2 loss the Rhino were up 1-0 in the first period when Andrew Barron tied the game 1-1 off a pass from Ryan Legere, but the period ended with the Rhino up 4-1.
The Rhino went up 5-1 a little over eight minutes into the second, but then the Colts Matt Richard scored a goal off a pass from Ben Heaurde making it a 5-2 game.
The Rhino then scored four goals, two more in the second period and two in the third.
The Rhino outshot the Colts 44-22. Matt Caron faced 27 shots in goal for the Colts, and Bradley Oostrem faced 17 shots.
One area where the Colts did outscore the Rhino was in the penalty department.
The Colts had 21 penalties to the Rhino’s 10. The Colts had two penalties in the first, seven in the second and 12 in the third.
The Colts lost to the Rhino on Friday in Truro by a score of 8-1.
The Colts scored the final goal of the game with 4:49 left in the third.
Nathan McCue scored off a feed from Noah Perrin.
Shots on goal was 62-19 for the Colts. Caron played in goal for the Colts.
The Colts beat the Rhino 22-12 in penalties.
Twenty-five penalties were issued in the third period; 16 to the Colts and 9 to the Rhino.
On Thursday the Colts beat the Rhino 7-6 in overtime at Amherst Stadium.
The Rhino took a 4-0 lead in the first, and were up 5-0 early in the third when the Colts started to fight back.
Devon Despres made it a 5-1 game off passes from Peter Kane and Perrin.
The Rhino scored another goal, and with the score sitting at 6-1 Heaurde scored off a pass from Aaron Crocker.
Crocker then scored off passes from Heaurde and Barron and the second period ended with the score at 6-3.
The Colts scored three goals in the third period.
Crocker scored with assists from Richard and Heaurde. Barron scored with assists from Richard and Ryan Horseman, and then with seven seconds left in the game Richard scored off a pass from Horseman, forcing overtime.
Barron scored the overtime goal at just under four minutes into the second overtime.
Caron faced 41 shots in goal, and Oostrem allowed two goals on two shots.
Dennis Nolan faced 43 shots in goal for the Rhino.
The Rhino had 17 penalties to the Colts 16 penalties.
Game five is Wednesday at 7:45 p.m.