Collier stymies Ramblers again

Jody Jewers
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NEW GLASGOW - Justin Collier continues to be a thorn in the Ramblers' side.
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers goaltender made 34 saves to lead his team to a 3-1 victory over visiting Amherst in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action Thursday night at John (Brother) MacDonald Stadium.
Collier was facing the bordertowners for the sixth time this season, but the first as a Crusher, having been acquired Dec. 1 from the Yarmouth Mariners.
He lost his first two starts against Amherst, giving up nine goals, but has been super stingy since, stopping 137 of 140 shots.
"He was very good tonight," said Ramblers head coach and general manager Corey Crocker. "But we made him work for it. We outshot them and generated a lot of scoring chances, which was good to see."
The Ramblers opened scoring on the power play 13:55 into the second frame, with Jeremy Barron netting his team-leading 13th goal of the season.
Barron moved into a tie for third in the league in power-play goals scored this year, with seven. Brandon Street, making his Rambler debut, and Ryan Matheson drew the assists.
"Brandon looked good," Crocker said. "He's very patient with the puck and has great vision and great hands. He played a bit on the point on the power play tonight and did a good job there, and can only get more comfortable with more games under his belt."
Mitchell Maynard tied it up just 19 seconds later, and Trent MacDonald netted the game-winner with 9:08 to go in the third period. Ryan Fortune added an insurance marker with 1:50 remaining in regulation.
Ramblers goalie Jon Waye, making his eighth straight start, steered aside 30 shots and was named the game's second star.
Amherst remains tied with the Halifax Lions for last in the Bent Division. The Miramichi Timberwolves did the Ramblers a favour by edging the Lions 4-3 in Halifax last night. Halifax dressed just 13 skaters for that game.
The Lions, who have won all four meetings with Amherst this season, visit the Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m.
OVERTIME - MJAHL president Derryl Smith said yesterday that a review is being conducted of an incident involving Bridgewater Lumberjacks forward Taite Paul during Tuesday's 8-4 loss in Amherst. After taking a hit from Ramblers forward Scott Bragg late in the third period, Paul charged across the ice and punched a linesman in the head while attempting to get back at Bragg, who was penalized for boarding on the play. Paul was assessed a match penalty, and both players received fighting majors.
Smith said the review is being conducted by junior reps from Hockey Nova Scotia, Hockey New Brunswick and Hockey P.E.I., since it involves abuse of an official.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Halifax Lions, Bent Division

Geographic location: Amherst, NEW GLASGOW, Pictou County MacDonald Stadium Halifax Brandon Street

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  • Vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Hope to see you all at the Stadium Saturday cheering on this fine team of young players.

    GO RAMBLERS GO