Ramblers leap into third place in MHL Standings, tied with Mariners, with one game in hand
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The Ramblers, seen here celebrating after tying up their game 2-2 during last Sunday’s game against the Yarmouth Mariner, lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Capitals Thursday night. Coaches on the bench are (from left) Jamie Matthews, Jim Bottomley, and Tim Ripley.
AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers lost 4-3 to the Western Capitals Thursday night in Summerside.
Francis Alarie scored the first goal of the game off passes from Ben MacDonald and Bruce Hornbrook, and the first period ended with the Ramblers up 1-0.
The Capitals tied the game 1-1 at 7:28 into the second period, but the Ramblers went up 2-1 when Jamie Bishop scored at 15:05 into the frame. Brett Shute assisted on the goal.
The Ramblers went up 3-1 at 11:45 into the third period when Brock Morrison scored off feeds from Bishop and Cam McDonald.
The Capitals scored 30 seconds later, making it a 3-2 game, and then tied it up 3-3 with two minutes left in the game.
Nobody scored in the overtime and the game went to a shootout, which the Capitals won.
Richard Tingley played in goal for the Ramblers. He faced 34 shots and his teammates had 29 shots on Summerside goaltender Simon-Pier Chamberland.
Attendance was 674.
The Ramblers gained one point in Thursday’s game and are in third place in the MHL, Eastlink Division standings with 61 points, tied with the Yarmouth Mariners. But the Ramblers have one game in hand.
The Ramblers’ schedule has been jam-packed lately.
Seven games in 10 days would be hard on any team but Ramblers coach and general manager Jim Bottomley says his team is ready to gain ground on the Maritime Hockey League leaderboard this weekend, saying they need to win some games.
Including Thursday's game, the Ramblers have played five Maritime Hockey League games in the last eight days.
They play a sixth game tonight in Woodstock against the Slammers, and then play another game at home on Saturday night against the Capitals.
“We’re certainly pumped up and ready to play. Every game is important for us from here on in,” said Bottomley
“We have a number of injuries we have to look after for down the road, but the games are important too," he added. "So I hope with the lack of guys available right now that the guys are willing to pull their weight a little more.”
Friday's game in Woodstock starts at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s game against Summerside starts at 7 p.m. at Amherst Stadium.
The Ramblers wrap up their regular season next weekend.
On Thursday they travel to Pictou County to play the Crushers, and then on Saturday they’re home to the Miramichi Timberwolves.
“Every game is like a playoff game and every game is important to us, so we’re not taking any team lightly,” said Bottomley.