AMHERST – A 2-1 win over the South Shore Lumberjacks Saturday night at Amherst Stadium pushed the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers to within two points of second place in the Maritime Hockey League’s Eastlink South Division.
There was no scoring in the first period, but Layton Parsons put the Ramblers up 1-0 at 4:25 into the second period, and then Brady Griffin-Hefford put the Ramblers up 2-0 near the midway mark of the third period after scoring on a breakaway.
Griffin-Hefford and Will Bower assisted on Parsons goal and Griffin-Hefford’s goal was unassisted.
South Shore captain Matthew Paul scored at 11:22 into the third period but the Ramblers were able to hold off the surging Lumberjacks for the rest of the game.
Cody Porter played for 53:44 in the game but left with an injury.
He faced 41 shots, allowing one goal, and then Joel Goguen came in and stopped all 10 shots he faced.
The Ramblers had 39 shots on South Shore’s net.
Ramblers vs. Slammers
The Ramblers beat the Woodstock Slammers Friday night in Woodstock.
Woodstock took a 2-1 lead in the first period, with Bower scoring for the Ramblers off feeds from Jordan King and Jake Barter.
The second period was all Ramblers with Griffin-Hefford scoring two goals to give the Ramblers a 3-2 lead. Bower and King assisted on his first goal and Liam Conrad and Parsons on his second goal.
Will Lafford scored the only goal of the third period, giving the Ramblers the 4-2 win. Barter and King assisted on the goal.
Goguen played in net, stopping 31 of the 33 shots he faced. His teammates had 30 shots on the Slammers net.
The win gives the Ramblers 39 points in the Eastlink South Division. The Lumberjacks are second with 41 points, while the Yarmouth Mariners lead the division with 45 points.
Up next for the Ramblers are two division rivals. On Thursday they travel to New Glasgow to play the Pictou County Weeks Crushers, and then next Saturday they return to Amherst Stadium to host the Yarmouth Mariners.