Ramblers start road trip with win

Jody Jewers
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YARMOUTH - One down, two to go.
The Ramblers kicked off their three-games-in-three-nights swing in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League in fine fashion last night, outscoring host Yarmouth Mariners 4-1 in the second period en route to a 6-3 victory in front of 753 onlookers.
The Ramblers improve to 3-0-0-1 on the season and get a little payback from the Mariners, having lost their home opener 6-5 to Yarmouth in a shootout on Sept. 12. The Mariners were handed their first loss of the year.
It was a chippy affair between the Bent Division rivals, as referee Jason Blanchard handed out 106 minutes in penalties, 57 to Amherst. The Mariners were one-for-10 with the man advantage, while the Ramblers were scoreless in five power-play chances.
"It was a gutsy win," Ramblers head coach and general manager Corey Crocker said.
"We took a few too many penalties in the third period, but other than that it was a solid effort all around."
Jeremy Barron continued his torrid scoring pace, leading the Ramblers with a goal and three assists, giving him nine points in four contests.
Derek Smith netted a pair of goals for Amherst, and Kody Orr, Simon Bissonnette and Josh Coleman supplied singles.
Jon Waye made 27 saves to pick up the win in goal and was flawless in the final 20 minutes as the visitors were outshot 12-2.
Crocker said backup Devon Cudmore would get the start when the teams square off again tonight in Yarmouth at 7:30 p.m. It will be Cudmore's first appearance of the season.
Ramblers' designated agitator Scott Bragg was kicked out for the second straight game. He was ejected for spearing midway through the second period.
NOTES - Forward Mitchell O'Neill and defenceman Yohann Mathieu were healthy scratches for Amherst last night ... In other league action, the Truro Bearcats edged the Halifax Lions 3-2, and the Pictou County Weeks Crushers needed overtime to nip the Bridgewater Lumberjacks 3-2.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Mariners, Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Bent Division

Geographic location: YARMOUTH, Pictou County

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  • Vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Nice to see the coach getting good results from the team. His method of fine tuning is really telling the story.
    Keep up the winning ways again tonight and we will see you all back in Amherst come Saturday night.

    GO9 RAMBLERS GO