Ramblers cant tame Lions

Jody Jewers
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HALIFAX - The Halifax Lions continue to have the Ramblers number.
Halifax, which routed Amherst 6-0 earlier this month, scored twice in the first 10:41 of last night's Maritime Junior A Hockey Legue contest at the Forum and added an empty-netter with 15 seconds to go to skate away with a 3-1 decision.
The Ramblers have lost five of their last seven games, and their last four on the road. Amherst's record drops to 10-10-0-1.
"They grabbed the momentum right off the bat and we were trying to get it back the whole game," said Ramblers captain Adam Chipman.
"We had a good second and third period, we just didn't get off to a good start."
The Ramblers, playing their first of four straight away games against divisional opponents, slipped to fourth in the Bent with Pictou County's 5-2 victory over the Campbellton Tigers last night.
Amherst was playing catch-up just 27 seconds after the opening whistle on Robbie Veriker's unassisted goal. Chris Riguse made it 2-0.
Justin Matthews put the Ramblers on the board with 5:04 left in the middle frame, with Scott Bragg drawing the assist for his fourth point in his last three games.
Stuart Lenehan scored with Amherst's Jon Waye on the bench for an extra attacker. Waye made 53 saves. The Ramblers sent 51 shots at Halifax goalie Kody Blois.
Amherst travels to Truro on Saturday for a 7:30 p.m., start.
The Ramblers used junior B callup Jesse Colborne at forward for the second straight game, replacing Trevor Layton, who is nursing a high ankle sprain. Defenceman Ryan Matheson returned to Amherst's lineup after missing three games with a concussion.
Assistant coaches John Carter and Tim Ripley ran the bench for the Ramblers last night, with head coach and general manager Corey Crocker scouting talent at the Monctonian midget tournament.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: HALIFAX, Campbellton Tigers

Geographic location: Pictou County, Truro

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