Ramblers handed first loss of season

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - "When we started the season, I didn't think we would go 5-0."
Coach Corey Crocker was as pleasantly surprised as Ramblers fans about how their team began the Maritime Junior A Hockey League season.
But the Ramblers suffered their first loss of the season last night against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers at Amherst Stadium.
They lost a close-fought battle by a score of 3-2.
"It was a tough game against Truro on Saturday night, then to come back at 4 o'clock on Sunday and play another great game against Pictou," Crocker said. "I think we worked hard this weekend."
The Ramblers beat the Truro Bearcats 3-2 on Saturday.
Crocker said the early season is a learning process and that, "every team in our division is tough and it's going to be a battle all season long."
Crocker was especially impressed with the Ramblers goaltending.
Last night, Jonathon Waye stopped 27 of the 30 shots fired his way and on Saturday, Andrew Flemming stopped 39 of 41 shots.
"Andrew was outstanding," Crocker said. "And as a young goalie with his first start on our hockey team, Jon had an outstanding game."
The latest Ramblers acquisition, Paul Roebothan, also had an outstanding first two games with the Ramblers.
On Saturday, he had two goals and one assist, and last night he was a burr in the Weeks Crushers' side for the entire three periods.
"He's a great personality and a great kid and he works hard," Crocker said. "I thought he was a little tired on Sunday, but that's what happens when you're on the bus for 16 hours from Ottawa."
Roebothan was playing with Carleton University but decided to return to junior A hockey with the Ramblers. He spent last season with the Woodstock Slammers.
Next weekend, the Ramblers play three games in three nights.
"Three games in three nights is new for a lot of players," Crocker said. "We're on the road for two of those games so the players will be putting a lot of kilometers on their bodies."
On Friday they travel to Restigouche to face off against the Tigers at 7 p.m. On Saturday, they return home to Amherst Stadium where they will play the Truro Bearcats. Game time is 7 p.m. Then on Sunday they travel to Halifax where the puck will be dropped against the Lions. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


Ramblers goals Sunday against the Weeks Crushers:
- Adam Chipman.
Unassisted at 17:21 into the first period.
- Richard Belliveau
Unassited power play goal at 11:03 into the second Period.
- Andrew Flemming stopped 39 of 41 shots

Ramblers goals Saturday against the Bearcats:
Matthew Squires with assists from Eric Boudreau and Paul Roebothan at 15:05 into the first period.
Paul Roebothan with assists from Matthew Squires and and Justin Matthews at 17:31 into the the first period.
Paul Roebothan with assists from Matthew Squires and Kody Orr at 11:29 into the third period.
- Jonathon Waye stopped 27 of 30 shots

Organizations: Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Carleton University, Tigers

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Pictou County, Ottawa Restigouche Halifax

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