Coaching staff notices marked improvement of youthful Ramblers
Matt Snow's goal at 2:12 of overtime lifted the Halifax Wolverines to a 4-3 victory over the winless Amherst Ramblers in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action Saturday.
Amherst Ramblers assistant captain Matthew Squires reaches the puck before Halifax Wolverines' Derek Fulton during the Ramblers' fourth game of the season Saturday night. The Wolverines handed the Ramblers their fourth straight lose, winning the game in overtime by a score of 4-3. Raissa Tetanish Amherst Daily News
AMHERST Matt Snow's goal at 2:12 of overtime lifted the Halifax Wolverines to a 4-3 victory over the winless Amherst Ramblers in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action Saturday.
The loss was the fourth straight of the season for the Ramblers.
"I thought we had a good game despite the loss. Anyone who has followed us over the last four games can see a huge improvement in our team,' Corey Crocker, coach and general manager ofthe Ramblers said.
"Give credit to Halifax, they worked hard, but our effort and improvement, we as a coaching staff are pleased with where we are right now and for the future,' he added.
Crocker said earning a point in any game game in the MJAHL is tough and to get one on Saturday is huge.
The Ramblers, who fired 40-shots at on goal, just didn't get any bounces, unlike Halifax who had two shots go in off legs.
"We are becoming a hard team to play aganst and we will continue to improve and that will be our reward down the road,' he said.
Halifax's Mickey MacDonald opened the scoring at 11:31 in the second period.
Colin Feehan scored the first goal for the Ramblers at 14:43 with assists coming Matthew Squires and Jordan Stapleton, followed by Amherst's second goal at 17:45 by Travis Turner assisted by Adam Chipman and Tyson Aalders.
Halifax's second goal was scored by Michael Snow.
Third period scoring for the Ramblers on a powerplay was Andrew Oakley from Aalders and Derek Smith at 9:54.
Derek Fulton scored Halifax's third goal at 13:21 to send the game to overtime.
Billy Stone stopped 37 of 40 shots for the win while Andrew Flemming stopped 41 of 45 shots in the loss.
Amherst's Andrew Shears and Halifax's Adam Beauchamp were both given 25-minutes inpenalyties following a melee at 9:15 of the first priod. Bothe players were involved in a second fight in the same stoppage and receivd five minutes each for fighting and a double game misconduct by referee Bobby Best.
The Ramblers will be back in action on Tuesday night when they host the Truro Bearcats in a 7:30 p.m. start at the Amherst Stadium.