Ramblers shutout Wildcats in Bottomley's return to the bench
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The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers skate off the ice following their 3-0 shutout victory over the visiting Valley Wildcats Saturday night in front of 670 fans at the Amherst Stadium in Jim Bottomley's return to the bench. The Ramblers will travel to Lunenburg on Friday night to play to the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks before hosting a pair of home games: Saturday night at 7:00 pm against the Yarmouth Mariners and Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm against these same Wildcats.
AMHERST-The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Jr. A Ramblers were all smiles Saturday night following their 3-0 shutout of the Valley Jr. A Wildcats in Jim Bottomley's return to the bench.
"It was tough sitting out for all those games, but it was easy when you have guys like Jamie Matthews and Tim Ripley (assistant coaches) behind the bench," stated Bottomley Saturday night following the Ramblers bounce back 3-0 victory. "It was nice to see the boys put in the effort for sixty minutes as a team," he added. "None of that playing for themselves like last night. They did the little things, like creating traffic in front of the net and keeping out of the box," said Bottomley.
The Ramblers, who lost 7-0 loss Friday night in Woodstock against the Slammers, scored three unanswered goals following a scoreless first period which saw both goalies put up zeroes.
"It may have taken awhile to get the first goal, but it was a nice win for the guys," stated Ramblers player Daniel Walsh, who scored unassisted at 18:33 of the second. The opening goal, which, as chance would have it, turned out to be the game winner, was scored by Brock Morrison on the power play at 14:23 of the second. Zack MacEwen scored at the 11:30 mark of the third to extend Amherst's lead to 3-0 over the Valley Wildcats who sit two points ahead in the Eastlink Division.
Jamie Bishop added two assists while John Deacon and Willie MacDonald had one assist each.
Ramblers' goalie Richard Tingley, who allowed five goals on 20 shots Friday, stopped all 39 shots that he faced on Saturday for the shutout. "Last night was a bit of a shakey game for me," stated Tingley on Saturday night. "Tonight was a totally different game from last night," he added.
WIth Saturday night's win, the Ramblers, who have posted an Eastlink Division best 85% penalty kill this season, snapped a short two-game slide to move to 7 wins and 6 losses on the season.
Next weekend, the Ramblers play three games: Friday, November 1 at the Lumberjacks; Saturday, November 2 at 7:00 pm in Amherst versus the Yarmouth Mariners and Sunday, November 3 in Amherst at 4:00 pm in a rematch of Saturday's game against the Valley Wildcats.
"We'll be looking to get six points next weekend," stated Tingley.