Strong third period key to Ramblers victory as they start March off like a lion
© Jamie Heap-Cumberlandnewsnow.com
A crowd gathers in front of the Summerside Western Capitals during the third period while the Ramblers were on the powerplay. Final score: Ramblers 5-Capitals 2.
AMHERST-The Amherst Ramblers redeemed themselves Saturday night against the Summerside Western Capitals, winning 5 to 2 on Donate to Skate Night.
“We started well tonight, before we started running around again, chasing pucks,” said Ramblers general manager and head coach Jim Bottomley. “We came on strong on in the third period, completing our checks. Good, hard work pays off.”
Brock Morrison opened the Ramblers scoring at 1:13 of the first period on a shot assisted by Ben MacDonald and Willie MacDonald. Ryan Caswell a goal at 7:08 of the first period. His goal was assisted by Brock Morrison and Cam McDonald.
The Western Capitals answered with two goals of their own, one in the first, and one in the second, before Ramblers forward Robert Davis put the Ramblers ahead for good late in the third on a shot assisted by Ross Martin and Shane MacDonald.
“I just got a pass from Ross (Martin), broke in wide and scored,” said Davis modestly. “I saw an opening, cheated a little bit and just shot the puck at the net.”
Ryan Caswell added an unassisted goal late in the third while Brett Shute scored an empty netter on a pass from Brock Morrison to give the Ramblers a 5 to 2 victory.
On Friday night, the Ramblers travelled to Woodstock where they shut the door on the Woodstock Slammers, beating them 3 to 1. Ramblers net minder Richard Tingley turned away 35 of the 36 pucks that he faced while Cam McDonald led the way for Amherst with three assists. Brett Shute, Brock Morrison and Bruce Hornbrook scored for Amherst while Ryan Caswell and Tingley also added assists.
“We got five out of possible six points this weekend,” said Bottomley. “It’s sweet to come back and win this one following a shoot-out loss to them Thursday (in Summerside). We were ahead 3-1, but we let them get back into it. It was good to get the fans involved. The players are looking forward to their last home game.”
Prior to hosting the Miramichi Timberwolves next Saturday, the Ramblers will travel to Pictou Thursday night to tangle with the Pictou County Weeks Crushers.
“We’ll take all four points this week to secure our playoff spot,” said Bottomley.
At the conclusion of play on Saturday, the Amherst Ramblers and Yarmouth Mariners found themselves tied with 65 points for third in the Eastlink Division.
“It’s unfortunate that two really good teams will be gone after the first round of the playoffs,” said Bottomley. “The trades we made (at the deadline) were important because they gave us a chance for everyone to get healthy for the playoffs.”
The Truro Bearcats and the Pictou County Weeks Crushers sit atop the division.
After the game, fans who donated boxes of Kraft Dinner to the food bank were allowed on the ice to skate with their hockey heroes before fans, players and Town of Amherst employees alike spelled out "Amherst" with boxes of Kraft Dinner.
The sixteen Kraft Hockeyville finalists will be announced Saturday, March 8 by Don Cherry on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada at 7:30 pm.