Ramblers drop 8-4 decision to Moncton

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MONCTON - The Amherst Ramblers fell behind early and never recovered dropping an 8-4 decision to the Moncton Beavers in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action here on Sunday.

Andrew Taylor scored two goals and Remi Gautreau had a goal and three assists for the Beavers, who got a measure of revenge for a loss to the Ramblers earlier in the season.

"We were bad all over the ice. There wasn't one area in which we struggled it was every area," Rambler coach and general manager Corey Crocker said following the game.

The Ramblers were supposed to face the Yarmouth Mariners in Amherst on Saturday but the game was cancelled due to concerns over weather conditions with post-tropical storm Noel and how the weather would impact the stadium, which is undergoing renovations.

Crocker said the unexpected layout may have had an impact in how the players prepared themselves for Sunday but he isn't willing to make excuses.

"There were times we battled and times we didn't battle. A bounce here and a bounce there and we lost control of the game," Crocker said. "Those things happen with younger hockey teams and we had a good talk about it in the dressing room after. We'll have a good week practice and be ready to go against Pictou next Saturday."

Patrick Lockyer and Antonio Mekary each had a goal and two assists for Moncton, who led 3-1 after one period and 6-2 after two, while Luc LeBlanc had a goal and an assist. Pier-Alexandre Poulin and Chuckie Schembri each had single goals.

Travis Turner continued his torrid scoring pace with two goals for Amherst while Andrew Oakley had a goal and two assists. Matt Squires had a goal and an assist with Brent Lynch and Jordan Escott each picking up two assists and Eric Boudreau chipping in a single helper in his first game with the Ramblers.

"It wasn't all negative. We still scored four goals against a pretty good defensive team," Crocker added.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Junior A Hockey League

Geographic location: Moncton, Amherst

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