Colts split weekend home series with Sea Star Ice Dogs

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Colts lose 3-2 Saturday, win 10-0 Sunday

Amherst Colts' players crash the Saturday in NSJCHL action at home against the Barrington Sea Star Ice Dogs. Barrington goolie Tyler Brannen shut the door with a great save on this play late in the third period to preserve a 3-2 win over Amherst. Amherst exacted a measure of revenge Sunday, winning 10-0.

AMHERST-The Amherst Junior ‘C’ Colts are in third place in the Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League (NSJRCHL) standings following a two-game spilt with the visiting Barrington Sea Star Ice Dogs this past weekend at Amherst Stadium.

On Saturday, the Colts were nipped by the Sea Star Ice Dogs by a score of 3 to 2.

“We didn’t play that well in the first,” said Colts president Kevin St. Peter. “We came out a little sluggish. We seemed to outplay them in the second and third.”

Barrington poured on the pressure early, scoring all three of their goals in the first period. Brent Symonds opened the scoring for Barrington before Brydon Ryerson added two goals, one of which was assisted on by Symonds, who had three points.

Amherst’s Bruce Burdock scored a short-handed goal at 6:19 of the second period. Andrew Barron assisted on the play. Matt Richards, who was assisted by Ryan Horseman, scored at 15:21 of the second to close the gap to one before Barrington goalie Tyler Brannen slammed the door. “Both goalies played very well,” stated St. Peter. “Their goalie made a great save in the dying seconds. All in all, I thought we played well. It should be a different game Sunday if we play a full 60 minutes.”

On, Amherst brought their ‘A’ game, scoring twice in the first, six times in the second and two more times in third en route to a 10 to 0 trouncing of Barrington.

Ryan Horseman led the charge for Amherst with five points, four of which were goals. Andrew Barron added three goals and assist while Devin Depres scored twice. Rounding out the goal scoring for Amherst was Aaron Crocker.

Matt Beal and Noah Perrin added two assists each while Harrison Van Meekeren, David Lockerby and Spencer Maskill each chipped in with an assist apiece.      

Goalie Matt Caron turned back all twenty-six shots that he faced for the shutout.

“The coaching staff is working well,” said St. Peter. “The kids come out and work hard. My coaching staff feels that they are playing the best they can every game.”

With the split, Amherst sits just one point back of Barrington for second in the NSJRCHL. The undefeated Spryfield Silver and Black Attack lead with 18 points.

Organizations: NSJRCHL, Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium

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