Sweep weekend over Caps, Abbies
Ramblers continue winning ways
CHARLOTTETOWN -The Amherst Ramblers are on a tear.
The Ramblers reeled off their fourth consecutive win and fifth win in six games here last night with an impressive 8-5 win over the Charlottetown Abbies in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action.
Matthew Squires scored two goals and added two assists to earn first star honours and continue his hot streak as the Ramblers overcame a 2-1 first period deficit to score three times in the second period and four in the third.
"We showed lots of poise and dedication out there tonight. We wanted to end the weekend on a winning note and that's what the guys went out there and did," Rambler coach Corey Crocker said following the game. "It was a scrappy game of hockey and little more high scoring than what we're used to, but on a positive note we did score eight goals."
Doug Doyle and Jordan Escott also scored two goals each for the Ramblers while Travis Turner had a goal and an assist and Lee Denny also scored.
Brent Lynch and Derek Smith each had three assists while Andrew Oakley chipped in with two assists. Single helpers came from Adam Chipman and Zach Carson.
Nathan Snowie had two goals and an assist for Charlottetown while Adam Vermette had a goal and an assist with Mike Ford and Willie Harvey also scoring.
Amherst outshot the Abbies 36-17 as Patrick O'Brien picked up his first win between the pipes for the Ramblers.
On Saturday, the Ramblers rode a solid third period to a 4-2 win over the Summerside Western Capitals in Amherst.
"We're playing simple hockey," he said. "I can't say enough about the teamwork. We have 22 players on the same page. They're having fun and they're working hard."
Denny scored what proved to be the winner just over a minute into the final period and Oakley scored an empty net goal as the Ramblers fought back from a 2-0 deficit after one period.
Escott and Doyle also scored for Amherst, who got assists from Turner, Chipman, Squires, Lynch and Eric Boudreau.
Jordan Knox and Mike MacIsaac scored for Summerside, who were out shot 35-31.
Rambler goalie Andrew Flemming picked up the first star of the game stopping a pair of breakaways late in the third and another save while lying on his stomach with his back to the play.
The Ramblers face a busy stretch next weekend travelling to Yarmouth on Friday to face the Mariner, hosting Charlottetown on Saturday and meeting the Bearcats in Truro on Sunday.