YARMOUTH – This weekend’s road trip wasn’t kind to the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers.
Playing against division rivals, they tumbled out of the gate with a 5-2 loss to the South Shore Lumberjacks on Thursday, then lost two close games the following two nights to the Yarmouth Mariners.
Ramblers vs. Lumberjacks
Down 2-0 near the midway mark of the second period in Bridgewater, Cole Waugh cut the Lumberjacks lead in half with a power play goal off passes from Liam Conrad and Layton Parsons.
The Lumberjacks went up 3-1 at 6:39 into the third period, when Parsons made it a 3-2 game two minutes later with assists from Will Bower and Matt Sartoris.
The Lumberjack scored two more in the third, winning 5-2.
Joel Goguen played in net for the Ramblers. His teammates outshot the Lumberjacks 38-34.
Game attendance at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre was 513.
Ramblers vs. Yarmouth (Game 1)
On Friday, the Ramblers lost 2-1 in overtime to the Mariners.
The Ramblers took a 1-0 lead with one minute remaining in the first period when Bradley Dawe score on the power play off feeds from Parsons and Waugh.
Yarmouth’s Luc Poirier tied the game at 12:36 into the second period, tying the game 1-1.
There was no scoring in the third period, forcing overtime.
Patrick Daley scored at 3:10 into the overtime frame.
Goguen played in net, and the Mariners outshot the Ramblers 35-28.
Attendance at Mariners Centre was 1,239.
Ramblers vs. Yarmouth (Game 2)
On Saturday, the Ramblers lost another 2-1 battle to the Mariners, this time it was decided in regulation time.
The Ramblers went into the third period down 2-0 after the Mariners scored one goal in the first period, Daley, and one goal in the second, Aaron Maillet.
Brady Griffin-Hefford scored with four minutes left in the game but the Ramblers were unable to get another puck past Mariners goaltender Leif Hertz.
Oliver Troop played in net for the Ramblers, stopping 30 of 32 shots, while his teammates had 28 shots on Hertz.
Game attendance was 1,331.
The Mariners remain atop the Eastlink South Division standings with 61-points, followed by the Lumberjacks with 56, and the Ramblers with 51. The Truro Bearcats are in fourth place in the division with 45 points.
The Ramblers are on the road to Truro on Friday, and return home Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest against the Woodstock Slammers. They also play at home next Monday, on Nova Scotia Heritage Day, at 2 p.m. against the Miramichi Timberwolves.