Ramblers squeak out OT win
AMHERST- It was a nailbiter here Saturday as the Amherst Ramblers had the hometown crowd on the edge of their seats looking for the win that could bring the team out of its losing streak.
It was a rocky start as the Antigonish Bulldogs climbed up the board three over the Ramblers in the first but halfway through the period Ramblers Matthew Squires gave a glimpse of things to come as he moved in with an unassisted goal.
Just eleven seconds into the second the Bulldogs pulled ahead once more but the challenge was soon answered by Travis Turner as he pushed a pass from Adam Chipman off Jordan Escott into the Bulldogs net.
Then Brent Lynch moved in and taking the puck off of Richard Belliveau and brought the Ramblers up another goal.
It Andrew Oakley scoring off the assists of Zach Carson and Squires on the power play, however, that brought the crowd hope the Ramblers were about to change their recent bout of losing as the second period ended tied at 4-4.
It was a fierce and scoreless third period before the Ramblers and the Bulldogs moved into overtime.
With four minutes melting off the clock in overtime, Ramblers Derek Smith moved in with a pass to Squires who sent it to Oakley and Oakley delivered, giving the Ramblers the overtime winner, 5-4.
We played good for 60 minutes straight, coach Corey Crocker said after the game. After being on a losing streak for three games in a row theres no better way to get out of it than in an overtime game.
The Ramblers next match will take the team away on Dec. 13, when they face-off against the Halifax Jr. A Wolverines.