Levermans' pop fly serves as winner
Matt Levermans lucky bounce goal was a weight off the shoulders of an entire franchise.
Amherst Ramblers rookie forward Clifford Mugford, 16, seeks to screen Truro Bearcats netminder Pierre Alexander Marion, 30, during the first period of play in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action Tuesday at the Amherst Stadium. Marion was able to stop the puck through the screen and kept the teams scoreless through the opening stanza. The Ramblers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in overtime. Sam McNeish - Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - Matt Levermans lucky bounce goal was a weight off the shoulders of an entire franchise.
Leverman, a first-year defenceman with the Ramblers fired a shot towards the net which bounced about 10-feet in the air and dropped behind Truro Bearcats goalie Pierre Alexander Marion to give Amherst a 3-2 come from behind victory just 53 seconds into overtime.
"If you had to ask me to describe it, it was ugly... But it went in,' coach and general manager Corey Crocker said amidst the buzz of a happy and relieved group of young men following the game.
"There is no better team builder that you can have to battle and get a victory like this,' he added.
Crocker called the victory a huge weight lifted off the shoulders of the club, now 1-4-0-1 on the season for three points.
Truro built a 2-0 lead heading into the break between the second and third periods. The coaching staff set out to win the third period and the leadership of the Ramblers veteran took over.
"(Andrew) Flemming was outsanding ffor us. he faced a lot of tough shots and handled the puck well back there,' Crocker said.
"I thought Andrew Oakley, Travis Turner, Matthew Squires, all the vetran guys steppd up and help us get this win. Even our rookie back end showed what they are made of and Derek Smith played his best game of the season."
Colin Feehan opened the scored for the Ramblers at 5:52 of the third period from Derek Smith and Squires.
Shane Robar, playing his first game since being acquired from the Moncton Beavers, made it 2-2 with his first goal as a Junior A player, to send the game into overtime. He connected at 14:02 from Jordan Stapleton
Mike Veysey scored at 11:03 of the second period and KC Brown netted an unassisted and shorthaded goal at 18:48 for Truro.
Flemming stopped 25 of 27 shots he faced and Marion stopped 30 of 33.
The Ramblers will workout, twice on fitness and twice on ice this week in preparation for Saturdays home game with the Restigouche Tigers, a 7 p.m. start at the Stadium.
In Tuesday's other game, the Yarmouth Mariners defeated the Halifax Wolverines 6-1 in Halifax.
Danny Anger opened the scoring for the Mariners and Brendon MacDonald (on the powerplay) scored less then four minutes later to lead 2-0 after the first period.
Yarmouth extended the lead to 4-0 after the second period on goals by Michael Best and Jordan Scott. Halifax scored their only goal of the game just over one minute into the third period.
The Mariners scored two powerplay goals by Jamie Klie and Steve Pearson to round out the scoring.
Dallas Ungurian stopped 32 of 33 shots for the win while TJ Keeping stopped 21 of 27 shots for the loss.