Pair of shootout victories
The Amherst Ramblers finally are in the win column thanks to a pair of 4-3 shootout victories with the Summerside Western Capitals in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action this weekend.
Ramblers take pair from Capitals
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - The Amherst Ramblers finally are in the win column thanks to a pair of 4-3 shootout victories with the Summerside Western Capitals in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action this weekend.
The Ramblers outscored the Capitals 1-0 to win Sunday's game in Summerside and needed a goal from rookie phenom Jordan Escott on Saturday night to give the team it's first victory of the preseason.
Matthew Squires scored the winner Sunday in the shootout while Cliff Mugford, Squires and Travis Turner all scored in the second period for Amherst.
Ben Sherren and Chad Earle with a pair replied for Summerside.
On Saturday, the Ramblers got a three goal effort from Escott and the winner in the shootout en route to the victory.
Harrison McIver, Ben Cameron and Kyle Cooke scored second period goals for Sumemrside.
"We've been getting better each game out. I'd say the last four games we have played well and everyone has gotten better,' Ramblers coach and general manager Corey Crocker said.
"These guys are young and eager to learn and with this attitude we'll get better in a hurry,' he added.
Crocker was equally please dwith teh fact his team went on the road, into a tough place to play like Summerside, and despite the youthfulness of the squad, earned a victory.
And true to form, diffrent players jumped to the forefront in both games, something that has been a trademark of Crocker coached teams.
He credittd Squires, Andrew Shears and Derek Smith with having back-to-back solid games and was especially pleased with teh play of goaltender Andrew Flemming and Escott.
"Andrew (Flemming) has been solid the past two games. He impressed us with his play and the fact he wants to take on the number one position with the club,' he said.
"With Escott, he's got skill. You don't see someone who can skate, stickhandle and watch the play like he does anymore. It's going to be a pleasure to see him develop over the next three or four years. he works hard, is a rink rat and loves being around the guys. He's a special kid."
The games with the Capitals are the final two exhibition games for Amherst. The team will workout all week in preparation for their first regular season game against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. and then return home for their home opener against the Crushers at 7 p.m.
Former Amherst Ramblers forward and Amherst native Scott McManaman will be in the lineup for Pictou County.