By Rose Willigar
AMHERST - Euphoria turned to heartbreak in less than a minute for home fans here Sunday as Dylan Riley scored with just 23 seconds left in regulation helping his West Hants team to a provincial championship win over the host Amherst Jungle Jim's PeeWee Ramblers.
Riley's marker was the difference maker in the Bell Aliant Cup PeeWee AA final at the Amherst Stadium Sunday.
"I'm very proud of our team, they worked hard all weekend and never gave up," Ramblers coach Wayne MacKenzie said after the final game in which his team lost 4-3.
"We were down 3-0 when our first goal was scored late in the second period," MacKenzie said.
It was Jesse Gouchie who put the Ramblers on the board at 11:20 of the middle frame.
Maddison Colford scored the second goal for the Ramblers in the third period, with Joel St. Peters tying up the match with 52 seconds left in regulation, but with Riley's marker 29 seconds later, it wasn't enough.
"It was an honour hosting the provincials," MacKenzie said, adding that it wouldn't have been possible without the strong support within the community.
"Overall the Ramblers played strong," MacKenzie said.
Their first game was a 3-2 win against Brookfield in overtime. Springhill's Doug Barton scored the winner with 8.9 seconds on the clock. They won their second game 5-4 against Antigonish. The third game for the Ramblers was a 2-1 loss against West Hants. The Ramblers tied their fourth game against Cole Harbour 1-1 with overtime solving nothing.
It was the first time Amherst has hosted the PeeWee AA provincials.
Carly Jackson replaced Evan MacKenzie in the Ramblers net midway through the second period.
By Rose Willigar
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