Game 3 on Tuesday in New Glasgow
Brock Morrison had two goals as the Amherst Ramblers defeated the Weeks Crushers 4-1 in MHL playoff action on Saturday.
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Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers’ forward Zack MacEwan celebrates Brock Morrison’s second period goal in MHL playoff action against the Weeks Crushers on Saturday. Amherst won the game 4-1 to even the division semifinal at a game apiece.
AMHERST – Brock Morrison had a pair of second period goals as the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers grabbed some momentum with a 4-1 win over the Pictou County Weeks Crushers to even their best-of-seven Eastlink Division semifinal at a game apiece.
“We played a very smart game tonight. They’re biggest strength is their power play and we walked away from a lot of stuff,” Ramblers’ coach Jim Bottomley said after the win. “Once we got the first goal the guys got hungrier and kept coming. Defensively they did a great job and we didn’t give up a lot of scoring chances after the first period.”
After dropping a 5-2 decision in New Glasgow and facing a must-win at home, the Ramblers got on the board six minutes into the second when Morrison grabbed a rebound off a pad save by Brandon Thibeau and stuffed it home. Morrison then converted on a pass through the slot from Brett Shute to extend the lead to two goals with just under seven minutes to go in the middle period.
“This was a big win for us,” Morrison said. “We felt that the other night in Pictou that we carried the play when it was five-on-five. We were a little undisciplined and got into some penalty problems. We figured if we stuck to the plan tonight we’d win.”
He said key to maintaining the momentum heading into Game 3 is staying out of the penalty box.
Morrison credited Shute and Caswell for being outstanding.
“They’re two great linemates, they’re amazing to play on a line with. They play so hard and the chemistry they have is amazing,” he said.
Serge Boisvert extended the lead to 3-0 just 1:27 into the third period when his snap shot beat Thibeau in close with Robert Davis and Ben MacDonald adding assists.
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Daniel MacLeod got the Crushers on the board, breaking Richard Tingley’s shutout bid with 5:10 to go before Francis Alarie rounded out the scoring with a rocket by Thibeau with 1:56 to play.
Thibeau made 37 saves in the loss, while Tingley made 23 in the Ramblers win.
“I think in Game 1 we came out with something to prove, but in Game 2 I think we came out a little overconfident,” said Crushers captain Nick Parker. We stopped doing the little things we did in Game 1 like finishing our checks, chipping pucks out or getting bounces.”
Two of the Pictou County goals on Thursday at the Wellness Centre went off Ramblers skates or sticks, which Parker referred to as some of the “bounces” they didn’t get in Game 2. He said some of those are luck, but some come from doing the little things and putting in the necessary effort.
“The bounces come from doing the little things right and working hard,” he said. “We didn’t do that yesterday, so that’s what happened was we didn’t get the bounces.”
Game 3 in the series is tomorrow night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
“We’re definitely not going to have any trouble brining the effort we need to,” said Parker. “We got that game out of our system. Every game from now on is going to be like Game 1, playing 100 per cent. I don’t think we’ll have another game like that the rest of the series.
“Hopefully we get some fans out Tuesday night to keep it loud and keep everyone into it.”
With files from Christopher Cameron