AMHERST – The Ramblers took a concentrated beating in front of a hometown crowd this Saturday night. The Yarmouth Mariners made the drive up, despite ominous weather warnings, and it was worth the trip for them. They trounced Amherst 8-2.
“Very disappointing,” said Coach Jim Bottomley, from the Ramblers.
“Lots of chances...skating well, moving the puck,” he said. “We’re just not burying the puck.”
It was the team’s third game in three nights. He said the lads had jump in the first period. But they have to work for 60 minutes.
“It’s in our hands,” he said.
Mariners coach Laurie Barron said he doesn’t think his squad is six goals better than Amherst – the Ramblers just had a rough night at the office.
“We got every bounce, every break,” he said. He said his offense was very good.
“(We) drove the net well.”
The first period was even. Neither team scored until late in the period, and it was Brandon MacLean who put in the first one, at 17:13. The Mariners scored a minute later, at 18:21.
The second period, however, was a different story. Mathieu Pompei was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring three of his team’s goals, two of them short-handed. And the Mariners got two more, besides – all by 11:30 in the period. Jordan Escott tried to salvage things with a power play goal at 14:50.
The Ramblers worked hard – tempers wore thin in the third – but it was no use. The Mariners scored two more times in the final period, the last on a power play at 19:25.
Attendance at the Amherst Stadium game was 933.