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Members of the Amherst Ramblers and Yarmouth Mariners battle for a loose puck during Tuesday night’s Maritime Junior Hockey League playoff game in Yarmouth. Tina Comeau – TC Media

 

By Darrell Cole

Amherst Daily News

YARMOUTH  - The Yarmouth Mariners have life.

Andrew Wigg scored off a Rambler turnover just 10 seconds into overtime to lift the Mariners to a 2-1 win over  the Amherst Ramblers in Maritime Junior Hockey League Bent Division final series action here tonight.

The Ramblers lead the series 3-2 heading back to Amherst for Game 6 on Thursday night. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Just as the overtime was beginning, a Rambler defenceman tried to move the puck up the ice, but his clearing pass was intercepted by Jared Hicks who broke in the left side and threw the puck at the slot with Wigg scoring his first of the series.

Amherst was first on the board when Andrew Smith scored on the power play at 19:02 of the first period when he deflected Jamie Bishop’s blast from the point by Mariners’ goalie Charles Grant.  Brandon Street added an assist on the power play goal.

The teams were scoreless in the second period, although the Mariners dominated outshooting Amherst 15-8. Kody Blois made several huge saves to preserve the lead while Grant stopped Smith on a breakaway in the final stages of the second period.

The Ramblers came close to extending the lead early in the third as Cole MacMillan and Justin Matthews both missed great scoring opportunities.

The Mariners finally tied the game with just over 10 minutes to play when Nick Zern’s shot from the point was stopped by Blois. Ryan Nickerson pounced on the rebound to the tie score with Sean Spero adding an assist on the goal.

Jordan Escott will return to the lineup for the Ramblers on Thursday after sitting out a two-game suspension while Mariners’ forward Matt Tomah will be back after serving a three-game ban.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Mariners, Daily News, Maritime Junior Hockey League Bent Division

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Brandon Street

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  • Ramfan
    March 28, 2012 - 11:16

    Let me guess. Bishop was the defenceman and fired the puck cross ice like usual

  • Vince Kennie
    March 27, 2012 - 21:05

    A win would have been good, however to lose to the Mariners in their home rink in overtime is not all that bad. The Ramblers will have leading scorer Escott back for Thursday night's game, one that they should wi, they have the best goaltending tandrem in the entire league. Hope the JUNGLE is full to the rafters with the many supportive fans. "GO RAMBLERS GO"