Ramblers rally for victory in Dieppe

Jody Jewers
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DIEPPE, N.B. - If ever the Ramblers needed a character-building win, Tuesday's performance was just what the doctor ordered.
Having surrendered four goals in a span of two minutes and 17 seconds late in the middle period to fall behind 5-1 to the host Commandos, the bordertowners, a little more than 48 hours removed from trading two of their leaders, got up off the mat and fought back to win 6-5 in a shootout in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action.
"I can't remember us having a character-building game like that in years," Ramblers head coach and general manager Corey Crocker said.
"We didn't blast the team in the dressing room after the second period. We had a good discussion about what we needed to do better, and our kids knew we could come back."
It's Amherst first road victory since Oct. 23, ending a 13-game winless drought away from the Stadium.
Rookies carried the load in the comeback. Mitchell O'Neill got it started at 5:15, and Kodi Estey made it 5-3 just 45 seconds later. Wes Herrett pulled the Ramblers within one at 12:37 with his first goal of the season, and O'Neill evened it up 36 seconds after that.
Brandon Street, in just his fourth game with Amherst after leaving the Quebec major junior league's Victoriaville Tigres last month, gave the visitors an early lead on the power play 7:39 after the opening faceoff, and netted the shootout winner. Jeremy Barron added a pair of assists and also scored in the shootout. Justin Matthews assisted on Street's goal, giving him eight points in his last five games.
"All four lines contributed," Crocker said. "Street is getting better every game and our guys really came together as a team, but the best thing was just to see our kids excited and smiling after the game. They worked hard and they deserved to win tonight."
The Ramblers pulled into a three-way tie with Yarmouth and Halifax for fourth in the Bent Division. Halifax lost 3-2 at home to Pictou County in overtime last night, with former Amherst captain Adam Chipman picking up an assist for Pictou. Yarmouth had the night off.
OVERTIME - Tuesday's other game saw Truro shut out visiting Campbellton 6-0 ... Ramblers forward Simon Bissonnette was scratched with a groin injury. Crocker said Bissonnette was held out for precautionary reasons and shouldn't miss an extended period of time ... Amherst visits Bridgewater on Friday, then returns home to take on powerhouse Woodstock the next day at the Stadium at 7 p.m.


Organizations: Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Bent Division

Geographic location: Dieppe, Yarmouth, Brandon Street Quebec Pictou County

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Recent comments

  • jimmy
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    i agree me but id rather go to spring hill no infighting or backstabbers there and u can say what you want there as long as there is no swearing in amherst god for bid you say anything to the coaches or players they kick you out i was a season ticket holder for almost 20 years an this is the worst team i seen in a long time. now i will go to spring hill and enjoy the games hope to see you all there

  • me
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    This team is horrible, the league is horrible pay an extra 4 bucks and go see the wildcats real hockey with players actually going somewhere.

  • If you don't have
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    WOW, even when they win they get kicked with negative comments.

    Maybe the League should look at moving the team to a town that will appreciate them.

    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    To me -you go to the wildcat games and RAM fans will go to the RAM games and keep our $4.00 and the gas money to go. You have a great day!

  • vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Great comeback win team, this will give your coach a more confident approach to how you can come back and win. Although you are tied in points with Halifax and Yarmouth, you have a big game coming up Friday in Bridgewater. You are just 4 pts behind B'Water and a win will build up your already solid confidence. Grant it you have played more games than the others, however they have to win their games to stay ahead.

  • Shawanoswe
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    jfm, ns

    This Friday you do not need to go to Springhill to watch the Blues. 8:30 pm in Amherst, Cumberland Blues vs. Cape Breton!

  • Doug
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Good for the ramblers in their rebuilding its the only way to do things and nice comeback,,and to the fans in Amherst the team has been good in years and bad in other it takes time to rebuild so don`t be poor sports about you teams failures on the ice it will come back maybe not next year but the next it will do better go support your team.Its the best way to have a winning team is to have the fan support its like a extra player out there.So go Rams go and Go Blues go now they are having a great year.

  • RamFamily
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Congrats guys on the win last night.

    It`s sad that people are so negative, but I feel sorry for the negative people because they obviously have got their own issues to deal with.

    We go to every home game (and some away) win or lose because that is what a FAN does!