AMHERST – Some wins are sweeter than others. Dominating the Weeks Crushers 6-0 last Thursday was sweet. But beating the top-ranked team in the league 6-3, in front of a hometown crowd, might be even sweeter. And the big story of tonight had to be the performance of Rambler Mathieu Boudreau, who scored four goals – more than the Woodstock Slammers managed with their entire lineup.
The Slammers scored first, on a powerplay. It was 8:27 in the first period. Then Mathieu Boudreau went to work, scoring twice, at 13:26 – on a powerplay – and 14:51. Both times he was assisted by Brandon MacLean and Jordan Escott. 2-1 for the Ramblers at the end of the first.
Woodstock fought back in the second, scoring twice in the first half. Then their nemesis, Boudreau, evened up the score 3-3 at 14:40, with an assist from MacLean. MacLean got a goal of his own, assisted by Escott and Cole MacMillan, two minutes later to give the Ramblers a one point lead starting the third.
Boudreau wasn’t done quite yet, though. On a powerplay, just after six minutes, he scored again, assisted by Jamie Bishop and Escott. Another seven minutes passed and Trevor Layton posted a goal, the final.