Lose to Halifax, nip Antigonish
Amherst Ramblers forward Travis Turner attempts to break into the Halifax Wolverines zone on a rush during Saturdays Maritime Junior A Hockey League contest at the Amherst Stadium. Halifax dropped the Ramblers 3-1. Sam McNeish Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - The Halifax Wolverines took advantage of a sluggish start by a tired and undermanned Amherst Ramblers en route to a 3-1 victory here Saturday.
Matt Snow and Scott Theriault gave the Wolverines a 2-0 lead before the game was nine minutes old. Snow's goal came on a tip in and Theriault flipped a backhander high over the glove side shoulder of Amherst goaltender Andrew Flemming.
"We had a number of key guys out of the lineup tonight with injuries in Matthew Squires and Adam Chipman,'' assistant coach John Carter said.
"You lose those guys, the quarterback to our power play for one, and then to have as many guys play hard with the minutes they played the night before in Antigonish (a 2-1 Amherst victory) and it takes its toll.''
Andrew Shears scored a power play goal at 8:38 from Andrew Oakley and Jordan Escott.
Earlier in the period Amherst had a goal disallowed when it was determined a Ramblers player interfered with goaltender Billy Stone of the Wolverines.
"The goal that was disallowed should have been a goal. The linesman called it off. I think that was a big change in momentum for us in the game,'' Corey Crocker, coach of the Ramblers said.
"We were scrambling in front and one of our guys was crosschecked into the crease and was already on his way back up and out when the puck went in the net and they called it off,'' he added.
Rudy Allen gave the Wolverines the two-goal cushion back when he scored later in the period.
Both teams challenged in the third period, but both netminders were solid stopping every challenge that came their way.
Stone stopped 36 of the 37 shots he faced and Flemming turned aside 28 of the 31 he faced.
"Mentally, we just weren't there tonight at the start,'' Crocker said.
"But the efforts have been there. They worked hard and continue to buy into what we've been teaching in practice and the results are coming a lot quicker than any of us could ever have anticipated,'' he added.
The loss dropped the Ramblers' record to 6-5-1 for 13 points on the season, a mark that has the coaching staff beaming.
"Our record is very good for the group of kids we have here right now. This is a young team that is hungry to learn and the work ethic and commitment they have shown is what's making us successful."
Chris Goghen and Doug Doyle scored for Amherst in Friday's win in Antigonish. Clifford Mugford, Fred Roy, Matt Leverman and Zach Carson added assists.