Bordertowners latest victim of MJAHLs hottest team
AMHERST - The Woodstock Slammers increased their winning streak to 17 games with a 5-2 victory over the Ramblers last night in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action at the Carleton Civic Centre.
Woodstock raises its record to a phenominal 21-0-0-1, with the lone shootout loss coming two months ago to Pictou County at the showcase weekend in Summerside.
Amherst falls to 11-14-0-1, and has been outscored 15-4 in three meetings with the Slammers this season.
"We're actually pretty happy with how our guys played,"?Ramblers head coach and general manager Corey Crocker said.
"We had some golden chances. We hit a post on one, and their goalie made a couple great saves on some tap-ins, which has been our story all season, but it was a back-and-forth game and Woodstock is a great hockey team that is playing very well right now."
The Ramblers have dropped eight of their last 11 games and 14 of 20 since a 5-0-0-1 start to the season. Amherst hasn't won on the road since a 3-1 victory over the Campbellton Tigers on Oct. 23, a span of eight games, and is 4-10 away from home this season.
The Slammers converted their only two power-play opportunities in the first period, sandwiched around Ryan Matheson's second goal of the season, to take a 2-1 lead through 20 minutes.
Woodstock salted it away with a goal 28 seconds before the end of the second period, and two more in the first 4:30 of the third.
Derek Smith rounded out scoring with 10:36 left in regulation with his sixth goal of the year. Scott Bragg, playing his first game against his former team, drew an assist on the play, giving him eight points in in his last eight games.
Devon Cudmore, making his second straight start, stopped 34 shots in the Amherst net. The Ramblers sent 33 shots at Slammers goalie Andre Guay.
"We wanted to get Devon some minutes because Jon (Waye) has played a lot lately and we don't want to burn him out," Crocker said. "And Devon made some great saves tonight against a team that scores lots of goals."
The Slammers visit the Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Ramblers then head to Dieppe the next day for a 2:30 p.m., date with the Commandos.