Ramblers split weekend games

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - The Ramblers are still clinging to fourth place in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League's Bent Division following weekend action.
Amherst managed a 4-3 win Saturday over the Dieppe Commandos in front of 610 fans at the Stadium on Saturday, but couldn't follow it up after travelling across the province to face the Yarmouth Mariners last night, losing 3-1.
"I thought we played well at times this weekend," Ramblers head coach and general manager Corey Crocker said. "We had our chances to win tonight, but their goaltender was solid. Overall, we had a good work ethic in both games, but there's a difference between working hard and working smart, and some guys didn't do that."
The Ramblers finish November with an 11-13-0-1 record, two points ahead of fifth-place Yarmouth and five ahead of the Halifax Lions. Amherst went 3-7 this month, beating Dieppe twice and the Truro Bearcats once.
Last night, the Ramblers were stymied by Mariners goaltender Justin Collier, who stopped 32 shots. Amherst outshot the hosts 21-9 over the final 40 minutes.
Shane O'Byrne scored for the visitors with 4:05 left in the second period and his team on a power play. Devon Cudmore made 22 saves in the Ramblers net.
On Saturday, Simon Bissonnette netted the game-winning goal with 5:10 left in the third period. Ryan Matheson, with his first goal of the season, Adam Chipman and Josh Coleman also scored. Jon Waye was solid between the pipes, stopping 37 shots.
It doesn't get any easier for the bordertowners in December, with five of their seven games against teams with winning records, beginning with a home-and-home versus the powerhouse Woodstock Slammers.
Amherst heads to Woodstock on Wednesday. The Slammers are at the Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Ramblers roster has to be pared down to 25 players by Tuesday at midnight. Amherst is carrying 21 bodies, and a 22nd, Jonathan Pardy, remains on the injured list, so there's room to make some moves.
"I don't think anyone's job is safe," Crocker said. "But there are very few players available right now with so much parity in the league.
"We have several roster spots open, and we'll take the next 48 hours to assess the situation and see if we can improve our team."

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Halifax Lions

Geographic location: Yarmouth

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