Ryan Stoddard scored twice leading the Pictou County Weeks Crushers to a 5-2 victory over the Amherst Ramblers spoiling the team's home opener Saturday.
Amherst Ramblers president and deputy mayor George Baker and Amherst Mayor Jerry Hallee share the duties of dropping the puck in pre-game ceremonies Saturday at the Amherst Stdaium. Taking the draw is Amherst captain Andrew Oakley (right) and the Crusher' Scott Lavigne. Pictou handed the Ramblers a 5-2 defeat in their home opener Saturday night. Sam McNeish-Amherst Daily News
By Sam McNeish
Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - Ryan Stoddard scored twice leading the Pictou County Weeks Crushers to a 5-2 victory over the Amherst Ramblers spoiling the team's home opener Saturday.
The Crushers jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the 15:44 mark of the first period on goals by Devin McLellan, Stoddard and Scott Lavigne before the Ramblers got untracked.
Adam Chipman scored at 19:08 from Andrew Shears and 28 seconds later, Shears potted a goal from Matt Squires and Derek Smith at 19:36.
Stoddard's second of the night was the lone goal of the middle period and Timmy Caines scored in the third period for the Crushers.
"I thought we battled reasonably well tonight, it was just our older guys are making the mistakes,' Corey Crocker, coach and GM of the Ramblers said.
"They have the experience to settle things down and they didn't do that, Maybe it's too much responsibility for them. That being said, we battled back from being down 3-0 and the mistakes we made are correctable mistakes, so those are positives,' he added.
Andrew Flemming stopped 25 of the 30 shots he faced in goal for Amherst while his counterpart Max Pelzner stopped 26 of 28 for the Crushers.
Amherst will be on the road Tuesday night to play the Halifax Wolverines, seeking their first win of the season following two losses to Pictou County.