Ramblers conclude regular season with 3-1 setback

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Timberwolves ride two second period goals to win

The Miramichi Timberwolves scored twice in the second period en route to a 3-1 win over the Amherst Ramblers in MHL action on Saturday.

Cam McDonald of the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers turns away from Miramichi Timberwolves’ forechecker Trey Lewis in MHL action on Saturday in Amherst. Miramichi won the game 3-1.

AMHERST – The Miramichi Timberwolves scored two second period goals and added a third en route to a 3-1 win over the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers in the final night of the Maritime Junior Hockey League regular season on Saturday.

After a scoreless first period, Rankyn Campbell redirected a pass by Ramblers’ goalie Richard Tingley before Brett Malone scored a shorthanded tally 11:12 into the second period.

Robert Davis scored on the power play before the end of the period, but Justin O’Reilly sealed it for the Timberwolves late in the third period.

“I thought with the kids in the lineup we played a pretty solid game against a very good hockey team,” Ramblers’ coach Jim Bottomley said after the game. “They had all their guys playing tonight, going for first overall. We had some key guys resting tonight and wanted to get through the game.”

Forwards Danny Walsh and Serge Boisvert sat out the game while a couple of others who did dress did not log a lot of ice time.

The Ramblers got a bit of a scare late in the second period when Tingley appeared to be favouring his knee after making a save on a slap shot from the point.

“He got a shot on the knee, just inside the pad, so we decided to leave him in the dressing room with some ice on it in the third,” Bottomley said. “He’ll be ready to go for the opener.

The game had a scary moment late in the third when Timberwolves’ defenceman Trey Lewis took a shot from the point in the jaw. He collapsed to the ice and left the ice in considerable pain. He did return for a shift before the end of the game.

Keegan Marcott, Stephen Sisco and defenceman Lucas Sangster all played for the Ramblers.

Bottomley said his team will be focused for the start of the playoffs. He’s not concerned about the lack of offence in the last two games that included a 4-0 loss in New Glasgow on Thursday.

“Even with some guys out of the lineup we should still be getting more offence. We’ll work on a few things in practice this week and work to get more pucks to the net on Thursday night,” Bottomley said.

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Organizations: Timberwolves, Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers, Maritime Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: New Glasgow

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  • Vince Kennie
    March 10, 2014 - 11:51

    Great to see all the confidence shown on these posts, I am sure that the Coaches will have the Ramblers prepared for the playoffs and I wish them well in their series vs Pictou. "GO RAMBLERS GO"

  • Ramfan
    March 09, 2014 - 18:15

    The Ramblers finished the season with the number 1 PK in the league - with an outstanding 84.7 success rate. When you can go out there every game and take an average of 4 minors per game without being scored upon - it sure does give you the green light to play a very physical game. The Ramblers' combined Special Teams mark of 104.1 is the second highest in the Eastlink Division - and 3rd highest in the entire league. Most teams strive to be over the combined 100 mark. Outstanding job by the coaching staff!! Outstanding job by the players!! Bring on the Crushers

  • Vince Kennie
    March 09, 2014 - 15:55

    WOW, The regular season is over already, now the play offs begin soon. Amherst better be on their best behaviour if the have any hope of upsetting Pictou. The following is a break down of penatly minutes for both Divisions. Truro-684, Pictou-854, Valley-863, Amherst-1065, Bridgewater-1132 and Yarmouth-1165. Miramachi-1188, Dieppe-1080, Campbellton-1077, Woodstock-1011 and Summerside-916. Amherst has a good team, however if they do not stay out of the penalty box, I feel that they will not go very far in this year's play offs (my opinion, for what it's worth)

  • wingman
    March 09, 2014 - 09:43

    They might win one game against Pictou.

    • carlos
      March 10, 2014 - 08:10

      Amherst will win this series you heard it here