Flemming earns fifth shutout of season
ANTIGONISH - Andrew Flemming picked up his fifth shutout of the season and the Amherst Ramblers moved past last Sunday's incident in Truro with a 5-0 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action last night.
Travis Turner, who escaped without a suspension following an altercation in the penalty box with public address announcer Harold Barkhouse, scored one goal and assisted on two others for the Ramblers, who led 1-0 after one period and 4-0 after two.
Jordan Escott also had a goal and assisted on three others while Matt Squires and Andrew Oakley each had a goal and an assist with Eric Boudreau scoring one goal.
Adam Chipman had two assists.
Amherst outshot the Bulldogs 28-19.
"It's a huge win for us. The big thing we wanted to do tonight was cut down on penalty minutes and we did that," Rambler coach Corey Crocker said following the game.
For Crocker, the game was an opportunity to put Sunday's incident in the past and prepare for the regular season stretch drive.
"We addressed it internally and now we just want to move on. Every team has a breakdown during the season. We had one and we recognized it. We want to move forward," Crocker said.
With the win, the Ramblers move to within two points of the third-place Weeks Crushers and can move into a tie with a win tonight in New Glasgow.
"It's a tough place to play, there's no doubt about that, but we just have to stick to our game plan. We're looking to improve as a team so we're going to go down there and work our hardest," Crocker said. "One of our goals as a team is to be as consistent on the road as we have been at home. At this time of the year, you have to be able to play on the road."