AMHERST – It begins.
The Amherst Ramblers defeated the Truro Bearcats in a 3-2 over time victory Saturday night. It was the first in a best-of-seven Bent Division semi-final series.
More than 1,100 spectators filled the Amherst Stadium to watch their team take on its Truro rival. The Bearcats posted the first goal at 4:56 in the first period. Shane O’Byrne, assisted by Ryan Matheson, answered at 9:35. Trevor Layton served a minor penalty for hooking.
The second period was scoreless, although Truro received three minor penalties.
In the third period, however, Maxime Richard made a statement – assisted by Layton and Brandon Street – dropping the puck in the net just 56 seconds in. The score was 2-1 and there it sat for 18 minutes. Victory was a breath away when Truro scored at 19:07. Each team received a minor penalty that period.
The Ramblers didn’t keep the crowd on the edges of their seats for long. Just 1:26 into OT, Maxime Richard again paid a visit to Spencer Scott, with help from Layton and Mathieu Boudreau. End of game, 3-2.
Game 2 is Tuesday night, 7:30 p.m., at the Colchester Legion Stadium.