Ramblers domesticate Wildcats 6-1
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Ramblers captain Cam McDonald and forward Robert Davis look to pounce on the puck Saturday night at Amherst Stadium against the visiting Campbellton Tigers. The Ramblers tamed the Tigers by a score of 3-0. On Friday night, the Ramblers domesticated the Valley Wildcats on the road by a score of 6-1. No word yet on the status of Sunday night's home game against the Yarmouth Mariners as the region braces for its first major storm of the winter season.
AMHERST-The Amherst Ramblers rebounded in a big way this past weekend following an embarrassing 7-1 loss last Saturday on home-ice against Truro.
Friday night on the road, the Amherst Ramblers won in convincing fashion over the Valley Wildcats, defeating them 6-1. Leading the scoring attack for the Ramblers was Jamie Bishop and Daniel Walsh, each notching a goal and an assist. Bruce Hornbrook and Ross Martin had two assists each while Cam McDonald, Zack MacEwen, Brett Shute and Serge Boisvert each scored once. Single assists were added by Brock Morrison, Shawn Wright, Ben MacDonald and Robert Davis.
Goaltender Richard Tingley was solid in net, turning aside 32 of 33 shots on goal.
“We got off to a good start after last week’s game against Truro; it was important to respond the way that we did.” stated Ramblers head coach/general manager Jim Bottomley. “I have to give our penalty killers a lot of credit. Tingley had another good game again tonight.” On Saturday, Tingley stopped all 32 shots that he faced as the Ramblers shutout the Campbellton Tigers 3-0 in front of their home fans.
“The defence deserves all of the credit,” said Tingley modestly. “They helped me out at my end, playing solidly. When we’re on the PK (penalty kill), I play the same, just trying to the slow the pace down and stop the puck for the boys.”
Ramblers defenseman Ben MacDonald echoed his goaltender’s remarks. “We just try to do the little things on the PK,” said MacDonald. “Mostly just wait for an opportunity for them to the bobble the puck, no allowing a lane for them to shoot.”
“We’re playing a better, well-rounded defensive game, not running around in our own end on the penalty kill like we were early in the season,” said Bottomley.
While Tingley and the Ramblers’ defence did their part in shutting down the Campbellton Tigers, the Ramblers offence did their part as well. Leading the way for the Ramblers on Saturday was Bruce Hornbrook with two goals. Brock Morrison added a goal and an assist while Cam McDonald also had two points, both assists. Ben McDonald, Daniel Walsh and Ryan Caswell each added an assist.
The Ramblers travel to Summerside on Wednesday to face the Western Capitals. They travel to Bridgewater on December 20 to play the Lumberjacks before returning home against the Truro Bearcats on Saturday, December 21 at 7:00 pm.