Crushers drop Ramblers to 0-2 with 5-2 defeat

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Ryan Stoddard scored twice leading the Pictou County Weeks Crushers to a 5-2 victory over the Amherst Ramblers spoiling the team's home opener Saturday.

Crushers drop Ramblers to 0-2 with 5-2 defeat

AMHERST - Ryan Stoddard scored twice leading the Pictou County Weeks Crushers to a 5-2 victory over the Amherst Ramblers spoiling the team's home opener Saturday.

The Crushers jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the 15:44 mark of the first period on goals by Devin McLellan, Stoddard and Scott Lavigne before the Ramblers got untracked.

Adam Chipman scored at 19:08 from Andrew Shears and 28 seconds later, Shears potted a goal from Matt Squires and Derek Smith at 19:36.

Stoddard's second of the night was the lone goal of the middle period and Timmy Caines scored in the third period for the Crushers.

"I thought we battled reasonably well tonight, it was just our older guys are making the mistakes,' Corey Crocker, coach and GM of the Ramblers said.

"They have the experience to settle things down and they didn't do that, Maybe it's too much responsibility for them. That being said, we battled back from being down 3-0 and the mistakes we made are correctable mistakes, so those are positives,' he added.

Crocker said he is challenging the veteran players to be better to help the younger guys get through the first few weeks of the season.

A lot of them are just coming out of AAA midget and we want to ease them into situations where they can be successful and get accustomed to the league, Crocker said.

They are playing well. Look at Tyson Aalders out there tonight and Jordan Stapleton, who has played well on the blue line in his first two games at this level. Were never satisfied when you lose, but there are areas we are happy with on a young hockey club, he added.

Andrew Flemming stopped 25 of the 30 shots he faced in goal for Amherst while his counterpart Max Pelzner stopped 26 of 28 for the Crushers.

Amherst will be on the road Tuesday night to play the Halifax Wolverines, seeking their first win of the season following two losses to Pictou County.

The contest marked the return of Amherst native and former Rambler scott McManaman to his hometown.

I was a little nervous but once we got going, I felt good, McManaman said.

I like it a lot down there. Its a big change for sure. We are on the ice every day at 4 p.m. so I have to be done classes (at St. Francis Xavier University) everyday by 2 p.m. to get to practice, but its all been good, he said.

McManaman is currently centering Pictous top line between rookie phenom Geoff Hum and Andrew Joudrey, a former teammate of his from AAA Midget days with the Pictou County Weeks Construction club.

smcneish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: St. Francis Xavier University

Geographic location: AMHERST, Pictou County

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