Ramblers drop preseason opener

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - The rookie Ramblers got a nasty initiation in their first taste of Maritime Junior A Hockey League preseason action, as they were walloped 8-3 by the Dieppe Commandos at the Stadium last night.
Head coach and general manager Corey Crocker iced a lineup with no returning players, opting to use the contest as the first real chance to evaluate prospects in a game situation.
It was 8-0 before the home side got on the scoreboard, with Anthony Cummiskey netting an unassisted power-play marker with 1:29 left in the second period.
The Ramblers were the better team in the final 20 minutes, with second-round pick Mitchell O'Neill and Corbyn Gallagher scoring. Garrett Bell assisted on both goals, and Jordie Shaw and Wes Herrett added single helpers.
"We had a bad first couple periods but won the third," said Herrett, a Springhill resident. "A lot of the boys were nervous, it being the first night in a real game, but we settled in as the game went on."
Devon Cudmore got the start in goal and stopped nine of 12 shots. Julien Daigle played the middle frame and made eight saves on 13 attempts. Spencer Scott finished up and steered aside all 10 shots he faced.
Josh LeBlanc led the way for the Commandos with two goals and two assists, and Joslin Gallant and Matt LeBlanc chipped in with a goal and an assist apiece. Gregoire Arsenault, Josh Carter, Justin Norris and Paul Comeau rounded out scoring.
Brandon Thibeau started in goal for Dieppe and played 29:38, stopping all 14 shots he saw. Robert Steeves played the rest of the contest and made 13 saves.
The first round of cuts is expected today.
Amherst visits Dieppe tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., and the teams will play another home-and-home this weekend, going Saturday at the Stadium at 7 p.m., and Sunday in Dieppe at 2 p.m.
• Simon Bissonnette did not dress for the Lewiston Maineiacs in an 8-4 loss to the Saint John Sea Dogs in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League preseason action last night at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B.
Bissonnette, whom the Ramblers acquired in a draft-day trade in June, has one assist and 16 penalty minutes in three exhibition games with Lewiston.
• Amherst's Chris Morehouse, a former Rambler, is getting a shot at the NHL.
The 22-year-old winger, who amassed 43 points and 163 penalty minutes in 2004-05 with the Ramblers before moving on to a three-year career with the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats, is trying out for the St. Louis Blues at their eight-team prospects tournament, which opens Sunday in Traverse City, Mich.
Morehouse spent last season as a rookie with the Saint Mary's Huskies in Atlantic University Sport, totalling five goals and eight assists in 27 regular-season games as the Huskies won the AUS championship.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Atlantic University Sport Harbour Station NHL St. Louis Blues

Geographic location: AMHERST, Dieppe, Springhill Saint John Traverse City Saint Mary

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  • know it all
    January 18, 2010 - 10:35

    Terrible fist two periods but a better third - most Ram's skaters are bady out of shape , power play is and will be the same as last year - no shot- no one screeming - time to forget about last year's ideas and come up with something new -