Ramblers season ends

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Tina Comeau/Yarmouth Vanguard

YARMOUTH – It’s over. The Amherst Ramblers lost tonight in Yarmouth. The Mariners took the win 2-0. It was Game 7, giving Yarmouth’s team the Bent Division title, and the chance to play the Woodstock Slammers.

No goals for either team in the first or third periods. But two for Yarmouth in the second. Shots on net were almost identical, with Amherst’s goalie Kody Blois stopping 20 of 22, and the Mariners’ Charles Grant stopping all 23 – earning him the first star for the game.

The Mariners Centre had 1,501 spectators.

Look for complete coverage in Monday’s paper.

Organizations: Mariners Centre

Geographic location: YARMOUTH

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  • Vince Kennie
    April 03, 2012 - 07:20

    After all is said and done, I sure hope that Mr Jim Bottomley will stay on as coach of the Amherst Rambler Junior A hockey team for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. After all the negative ctiticism about the team's playoff run it is obvious that some people believe that that may have done a better job, I think not and I also join the group reigning praise on the players and coaching staff for providing entertainment at the JUNGLE. Hoping for the same if not better results in the coming season./ GO RAMBLERS GO.

  • bugs
    April 02, 2012 - 16:01

    what i found hard to believe is that Amherst did not have a power play in the playoffs whatsoever, when something is broken you fix it, we have enough skilled players to have a successful power play but nothing changed same ole same ole and another reason why we lost

  • Susie Q
    April 02, 2012 - 15:52

    I think the Dawg is on to something. Team chemistry is an important part of the game and to change the lineup after beating Truro 4-1 and being up 3-1 vs Yarmouth leaves me bewildered. So the starting goalie lets 2 goals in at the start of game 4, one on a re-direction by a defenceman, is not enough of a reason to leave the player on the bench the rest of the series. Tingley had 2 shutouts, including one vs Yarmouth, and therefore, was capable of playing and having another 20 year old in the lineup. Who does the coach think got the team into the playoffs and into the semi-finals??? I believe Bottomley was out coached by Barron in the series.

  • RAM FAN
    April 02, 2012 - 13:30

    No need to point fingers now. These boys and their coach need a BIG pat on the back. These boys performed week after week for us fans. Some of these players played with injuries that they will have for time to come. We need to be proud of each and everyone of them. I know I am. To the graduating 20 year old players, it has been a pleasure watching and cheering you on game after game. All the best to each of you..

  • Vince Kennie
    April 02, 2012 - 12:43

    Great advice from the professionals who give their opinion(s) on this means. I recommend that you apply immediately for the coaching job, send your application(s) directly to the Team President so that the executive can go over your qualifications and put in place the coaching staff for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. With the upcoming draft soon to be announced, I would not wait too long to send in your requests. Looking forward to another progressive season for the Ramblers.

  • Doug
    April 02, 2012 - 12:04

    Now that Ramblers have the right coach in place they need to find a leader on the ice and they also have to get bigger, too many small soft players on this year's team that were afraid to go to the corners.

  • Realistic
    April 02, 2012 - 11:20

    Dawg, I don't think it all rests on the coach. He wasn't the one turning the puck over & taking penalties. Hope they can take from this and make a run next year too.

  • Dawg
    April 01, 2012 - 07:54

    Slip, Sliding Away...GONE...Bottoms-Up! ...The crushing defeat to Yarmouth rests solely on the coach's shoulders. Changing the lineup that defeated Truro 4 games to 1 and ahead of Yarmouth 3-1 affected the team's chemistry and broke the solidarity that had been built. Players who got you Amherst to the semi finals were rewarded with splinters from sitting on the pines. Shame!

    • MJ Network
      April 02, 2012 - 10:11

      Sorry, Dawg - but the coach cannot score you any goals. We played 12 playoff games. Brandon Street scored 6 goals, Cole MacMillan and Mathieu Richard scored 4 each - and Justin Matthews scored 3. No other Rambler players scored more than 2 goals in those 12 games. The coach went with the lineup that beat Truro but had to change goalies when our goalie versus Truro allowed 2 goals on 2 shots to start a game that we eventually won. IMO - the coach had no other alternative than to make a few changes once the 20 year old goalie was played - and that began the rotation of sitting out another 20 year old at other positions. Those moves were forced - not done just for the sake of changing the lineup. Shame on the coach? On the contrary. The Ramblers had a good team but came up just short of making the league final. For the first time in many years, the team played hockey right up until April. Jim Bottomley brought excitement back to the rink - and to the town. He also brought back hundreds of paying customers who had given up on the team over the past few seasons. The exaggerated attendance numbers of the past few seasons were hugely inflated by hundreds and hundreds of free tickets handed out at every game last season. This year - the numbers are real. For any Rambler fan who knows a bit about hockey and the way it works - there is only one hope for next year - and that is that Jim Bottomley can be persuaded to return behind the bench. No - we did not win it all - but nobody is going to beat a stacked Woodstock Slammer team who finished with the second best record in MHL history - 1 point behind the very best team ever. Two more home games for the Ramblers would have been great - but - to have that perfect of a season - all the planets would have had to be in line - and all the bounces would have had to go our way. As far as I am concerned - all of the bounces pretty well went against us this year - but the team dug deep - and despite much adversity - they came within a couple of goals of making the league final. Congratulations to Jim Bottomley, Jim Henwood, Jamie Matthews and the rest of the team, the coaches and the executive for a job well done. Most of all - thank you for bringing the Ramblers name back to respectability around the league from the laughingstock it had become under the former regime. If only we could "Slip and Slide" this much every year!

  • Vince Kennie
    April 01, 2012 - 01:45

    Great run towards the championship this year. The Ramblers fell a bit short but I for one am proud of how far they came in comparision to the past few years. Now a rebuilding process will take place for the next season, as the team will be losing quite a few of their players who have graduated from Junior Hockey. Now I have to cheer for Yarmouth in their quest to beat Woodstock in the League Final. See you all next season in the JUNGLE.