Ramblers' season comes to end with 3-2 loss to Crushers

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Walsh, Thomas scored for Amherst in seventh-game loss

The Pictou Weeks Crushers are moving on to the Eastlink Division final after a 3-2 seventh game in over the Amherst Ramblers on Saturday in New Glasgow.

The Pictou Weeks Crushers are moving on to the Eastlink Division final after a 3-2 seventh game in over the Amherst Ramblers on Saturday in New Glasgow.

NEW GLASGOW – The Weeks Crushers are advancing to the Eastlink Division final against the Truro Bearcats.

David Stephens’ goal midway through the third period lifted the Crushers to a 3-2 win over the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers to claim the best-of-seven divisional semifinal in seven games.

“It was a heck of a series,” Ramblers’ coach Jim Bottomley said. “The guys never quit, they battled hard right to the end, but we just couldn’t get a bounce or a break to go our way.

“They’re a very talented hockey club and our guys battled these guys to the very end.”

Stephens’ goal game just over eight minutes after the Ramblers tied the game at 2-2 when Justin Thomas knocked home a rebound in front of Crushers’ goalie Brandon Thibeau.

After the Ramblers failed to convert on a three-on-two, Stephens grabbed the puck in his own zone, skated the length of the ice and fired a high shot over the shoulder Richard Tingley for the eventual winner.

The Ramblers enjoyed a man advantage late when a Crushers’ player went off for delay of game with under two minutes to play, but they could find the equalizer.

Amherst opened the scoring in the second period when Daniel Walsh wrapped the puck around Thibeau just 3:50 into the middle frame, but the Crushers scored two goals 45 seconds apart to take the lead into the dressing room after two periods.

First Nick Parker stripped the puck from Ramblers’ defenceman Kyle Beckwith and went in untouched to beat Tingley and then he was left by himself in front of the Rambler goalie.

“We battled up to the last minute. It’s a tough game to lose,” Ramblers’ captain Cam McDonald said. “We are a good hockey team, but it was the seventh game and someone had to lose. We gave it everything we had and came up just a little short.”

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Organizations: Eastlink Division

Geographic location: NEW GLASGOW

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  • wingman
    March 30, 2014 - 08:53

    Very proud of the way the team battled right to the end. They had a real good season and hopefully next year will turn out a little different.