Lack of effort costs Ramblers

Darrell Cole
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Lose 4-1 to top-ranked Slammers

WOODSTOCK, N.B. - The Amherst Ramblers found out last night just how good the Woodstock Slammers are.

Days after forcing the nationally-ranked Slammers to a shootout at the Amherst Stadium, the Ramblers were dropped 4-1 in Woodstock last night.

"We deserved everything we got and if not for Pat O'Brien it would have been a lot worse," Rambler coach Corey Crocker said following the game. "We weren't ready physically or mentally and we got it handed to us by a good hockey club."

Dan Dooley, one of the few remaining Slammers with championship experience scored once and added two assists to lead the Slammers, who led 1-0 after one period and 3-0 after two.

Joe Smith had a goal and an assist and Kyle Chagnon and Mitch Price, who like Dooley was a member of the Slammers championship squad of two years, each had single goals.

Jordan Escott scored the lone Rambler goal connecting on the power play with less than five minutes to play. Matt Squires picked up the lone assist on the goal.

O'Brien was busy in the Rambler net facing 58 shots while Ben MacFarlane only faced 17 shots in the Slammer net.

"We never got any breaks but we didn't deserve any either,"?Crocker said. "It's something I knew was going to happen with our club being as young as it, but I'm not going to make excuses. We just didn't show up to play and we'll rectify that at practice tomorrow (Thursday) night."

The Ramblers return to action on Saturday when they host Antigonish.

Geographic location: WOODSTOCK, Amherst Stadium

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