Ramblers split weekend road trip

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - The Ramblers managed a win in two tries in their first visit of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League season to northern New Brunswick.
On Friday, Amherst scored two third-period goals to pull away from the Campbellton Tigers in a 3-1 victory. The next night, the Ramblers were even with the Miramichi Timberwolves through two periods before the hosts scored with 5:06 remaining in regulation to claim a 3-2 decision.
The Ramblers were battling a flu bug in addition to their opposition. Forward Shane O'Byrne missed both games, and forward Mitchell O'Neill and defenceman Brandon Mercer sat out Friday.
"We had a bunch of guys playing that probably shouldn't have," Ramblers head coach and general manager Corey Crocker said.
"Given the circumstances, I thought we played a very solid defensive game both nights, and if not for a small boo-boo in the last five minutes (against Miramichi), we could've won both games."
Eric Boudreau opened scoring against Campbellton 6:48 into the second period. The Tigers tied it in the final minute of the frame.
Justin Matthews netted what proved to be the game-winner on the power play at 7:16 of the third, and Boudreau added another power-play marker with 3:40 to go. Jon Waye made 33 saves to earn the victory in goal. Boudreau, Matthews and Waye swept the three-star selections.
A couple of Ramblers snapped some lengthy scoring streaks Saturday. Josh Coleman scored his first goal in a month, and Simon Bissonnette picked up his first points since Sept. 26, notching a pair of assists en route to being named the game's third star.
"It's an improvement," said Coleman. "I felt pretty relieved, because I think I've been working hard, so it was good to see the puck go in for me. But there's still lots more room for improvement."
Matthews had the other goal against Miramichi. Waye stopped 26 shots.
The Ramblers' road game against Pictou County on Thursday has been tentatively rescheduled to Jan. 3 because of the Maritime league all-star team's exhibition game against Canada East on Thursday in Truro. The Maritime all-stars, which include Matthews, Boudreau and Ramblers defenceman Derek Smith, and Crocker behind the bench as assistant coach, will play Belarus in Amherst this Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Ramblers host Miramichi on Halloween night at 8 p.m.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Campbellton Tigers

Geographic location: AMHERST, Miramichi, New Brunswick Pictou County Canada East Truro Belarus

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  • Vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Can't wait for the next home game on 31st October, I predict that the Ramblers will have a good game and win by at least 2 goals.

    GO RAMBLERS GO