Down 2-0 to Yarmouth Mariners
Ramblers take one on the chin
AMHERST?- The Yarmouth Mariners went on a scoring rampage beginning midway through the second period last night at Amherst Stadium, digging a huge hole the Amherst Ramblers had little hope of climbing out of.
The teams were evenly matched for the first half of the game as they matched each other goal-for-goal before the Mariners' offence kicked into high gear late in the second.
Yarmouth leads the best-of-seven Bent Division semifinal 2-0.
Yarmouth opened the scoring early in the game but the Ramblers Lee Denny tied the Ramblers up later in the period with help from Doug Doyle and Brent Lynch.
The Mariners then took a 2-1 lead early in the second but less than three minutes later the Ramblers Doug Doyle tied the game up at 2-2, with assists going to Lee Denny and Brent Lynch.
It was then that the wheels fell off the Ramblers machine and the Mariners took control of the game, scoring six unanswered goals, five of which were scored in an eight-minute time span that ranged from the end of the second period to the beginning of the third.
Brent Lynch put an end to the six goal scoring show put on by the Mariners by scoring an unassisted goal at 2:57 into the third, giving himself his third point of the night and putting the Ramblers within five points of the Mariners.
That was all the Ramblers could muster on this night.
The Mariners added another insurance goal late in the game giving themselves a 9-3 victory and a 2-0 lead in their best of seven match-up.
Shots on goal were 54-21 in favour of the Mariners.
Andrew Flemming made 30 of 38 saves before being pulled at two minutes into the third period. Patrick O'Brien played the last 18 minutes of the game, stopping 15 of 16 shots.
The Ramblers will try to find redemption when they travel to Yarmouth on Wednesday.
They will return to Amherst Stadium on Friday night.
Coach Corey Crocker was not available for comment after the game.
In other playoff action, the Weeks Crushers find themselves in a hole after dropping Game 2 to the Truro Bearcats in New Glasgow.
Truro leads that series 2-0 as do the Miramichi Timberwolves, who drubbed the Charlottetown?Abbies 11-1.
Moncton and Woodstock play their third game tonight with Woodstock up 2-0.