AMHERST – After welcoming the 1968 Ramblers team to the ice to honour the team’s 45th anniversary, the Amherst Ramblers took to the ice to battle it out against the Weeks Crushers.
The Ramblers played hard in the first half, taking in the period’s only goal.
Coach Jim Bottomley said it was one of the team’s better games.
“We came out hard in the beginning and took the body to them, played really physical. That first period was totally dominated by us,” said Bottomley. “We slacked off a bit in the second. It was a tied period but we scored some goals. In the third, the boys picked it up a bit more and played a good, sound hockey game.”
Bottomley said the five-on-three power play could have easily worked against the Ramblers.
“I have got to be thankful to the boys and how they played,” he said. “They pulled it off out there. They worked their butts off and we got a win out of it.”
Althought the Crushers lost, they still gave the Ramblers a hard run for the win.
The first goal for the Ramblers was scored by Brock Morrison, assisted by Mitchell O’Neil and Danny Harquail, leaving the first period with a score of 1-0 in their favour.
Bob Davis, assisted by Jesse MacInnis and Jamie Bishop, brought in the Ramblers second goal of the night at 9:37. The Crushers brought in their first goal, scored by Tyler Doyle and assisted by Cody Squires and Michell Shewfelt, at 13:40, bringing the score to 2-1 for the Ramblers. Jeff MacPherson, assisted by Jamie Bishop and Kody Orr, brought in the team’s third goal at 16:33. Evan MacEachern of the Crushers scored a second goal for his team on the power play at 19:24, assisted by John Mullally. The Ramblers held their lead in the second period, heading into the third with a score of 3-2.
The Ramblers started the third period out strong taking in their fourth goal of the night, scored by Cam McDonald, only 50 seconds into the period. Kody Orr and Patrick Harrison earned assists. Brennan Bailey of the Crushers took in the team’s final goal at 13:41, assisted by Brennan Saulnier and Evan MacEachern. Brett Shute, assisted by Richard Tingley, brought in the Ramblers final goal on the power play at 19:24, bringing the final score to 5-3.
The Ramblers host another home game tomorrow night (Sunday) at 4 p.m. at the Amherst Stadium against the Miramichi Timberwolves.