Ramblers free-fall continues

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - The Ramblers are heading closer to the bottom of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League's Bent Division.
The Halifax Lions, who hold that spot, are closer to digging themselves out with a 5-2 decision over the bordertowners last night at the Halifax Forum. Three of the Lions' seven wins this season have come against the Ramblers by a combined margin of 14-3.
Amherst has lost six of its last seven, and five straight on the road against divisional opponents. Halifax moved to within five points of fourth-place Amherst and two of the fifth-place Yarmouth Mariners. The Lions have played four fewer games than the Ramblers.
As was the case in the last matchup between these teams a week ago, a 3-1 Lions victory in Halifax, Amherst dug itself into an early hole and couldn't recover.
The Lions scored twice in the opening 10:41 in that win, and Halifax's Kyle Dilosa opened scoring at 3:01 last night with Amherst penalized for having too many men on the ice. Stuart Lenehan made it 2-0 4:02 in the second - 11 seconds into a Ramblers power play.
Rookie forward Kodi Estey cut the deficit in half at the eight-minute mark on the power play. Zach Carson and Eric Boudreau drew the assists. It was Estey's first goal and Carson's first point since Sept. 25.
Wayne Bedecki restored the two-goal cushion on another power-play marker, at 14:49. Josh Coleman brought the Ramblers within one once more at 18:55, with rookie Mitchell O'Neill getting his first point since Sept. 13 with the assist, but Dilosa struck again just 19 seconds later.
Andrew Wigginton rounded out scoring for Halifax with 3:13 left in regulation. Jon Waye took the loss in goal.
The Ramblers are home to the Dieppe Commandos on Saturday at 7 p.m., then finish off the month in Yarmouth on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Amherst head coach and general manager Corey Crocker is on a scouting trip in Ontario and the U.S., this week. Assistant coach Jeff Lewis did not return a message left on his cellphone last night.
OVERTIME - Ramblers defenceman Wes Herrett of Springhill dressed for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in their 2-1 loss to the Quebec Remparts in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action last night in Sydney. Herrett did not factor in the scoring.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Halifax, Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Carson's Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Ontario, U.S. Sydney

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