Ramblers lose in shootout to Crushers

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NEW GLASGOW – After the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers beat them 5-4 in Amherst on Saturday, the Weeks Crushers repaid the favour Thursday night in New Glasgow, by beating the Ramblers 4-3 in a shootout.

The Ramblers Bruce Hornbrook scored the first goal of the game, and the only goal in first period. The goal was unassisted.

The Weeks Crushers scored the only goals in the second, one by Mitchell Deruelle and one from Nick Parker.

The Crushers went up 3-1 just over a minute into the third period but the Ramblers John Deacon made it a 3-2 game a little over two minutes later.

Hornbrook tied the game 3-3 with 45 seconds left in the game, forcing overtime. Cam McDonald and Brock Morrison assisted on the goal.

Nobody scored in over time and the game went to a shootout, which was won by Pictou.

Richard Tingley faced 34 shots in the Rambler net, and his teammates fired 44 shots at Crushers goaltender Brandon Thibeau.

787 people attended the game.

The Ramblers wracked up a lot of wins in November, going 8-3, and, although they lost Thursday night, they hope December is no different than November.

“We’re playing the best hockey we’ve played all season right now. Everybody is committed to working hard, not only at games but at practice as well,” said Jim Bottomley, Ramblers coach and general manager before last night’s game.

With last night’s win, the Ramblers have 31 points to the Crushers league leading 40 points..

“The league is very tight. If we could take back some of the losses we had right at the start of the year we’d certainly be in the thick of things up and around first place right now,” said Bottomley. “Those losses are coming back to haunt us but we’re chipping away. Every game is important.”

Bottomley attributes the Ramblers recent success to a hard work ethic.

“Every shift they play, they play hard,” he said. “If they’re consistent, we’ll be a tough team to beat down the road.”

Bottomley says the team continues to work hard on improving special teams, especially their power play.

“The power play is improving but we’ll continue to work on that,”

The Ramblers are home against the Truro Bearcats on Saturday.

Truro sits in second place in the Eastlink Division, with 34 points.

The last time they played Truro was on Remembrance Day in Amherst. The Ramblers won that game 6-2.

The only other time they met this season was in Truro on Sept. 21, a game the Ramblers lost 5-3.

Saturday’s game starts at 7 p.m., and goaltending is a game-day decision.

“We have another good goaltender in (Billy) Clarke and we won’t hesitate to put him in sometime soon,” said Bottomley.

Bottomley says the Ramblers are still looking for billets for their players.

“There’s a deadline coming up and we’re looking for some players, and it would be nice to have some billets in place before we make those moves,”

Anybody interested in billeting a player can contact Bottomley or any of the Ramblers executive.

 

 

 

Organizations: Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers, Eastlink Division

Geographic location: NEW GLASGOW, Amherst, Pictou County

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  • Vince Kennie
    December 06, 2013 - 06:49

    Could of and should of comes to mind after watching the Ramblers play in New Glasgow last night, after the 10 minute mark of the 1st period the team were the better of the 2, however, they were unable to solve the strong goaltending of Thibeau, they did manage to tie the score prior to regulation time, but were unable to score in overtime and/or shoot out. The Ramblers are now becoming real contenders and could/should do well in the playoffs as the season winds down.