BOUCTOUCHE, N.B. – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers scored a trio of third period goals to open the exhibition schedule with a 5-3 win over the South Shore Lumberjacks in Maritime Junior Hockey League action on Thursday at the J.K. Irving Centre.
Jacob Myra had a goal and two assists for the Ramblers, who were tied 1-1 after one period and 2-2 after two, while Greg Stoyles and Cole Darrach each had a goal and an assist.
“It was a good game, a little chippy at times, but the boys played well,” Ramblers coach and GM Jeff LeBlanc said. “They had a good lineup in and the rookies played hard. It’s going to make for some tough decisions.”
LeBlanc said Myra looked really strong for the Ramblers, showing a lot of grit and mixing it up with the Lumberjacks while Joel Goguen was very strong in the first period.
Julien Hebert and Mack Campbell also scored for Amherst with Nathaniel Fuller and Adam Wilson adding assists.
Matt Ormon had a goal and an assist for South Shore with Blake Chasse and Lucas Roy also scoring. Ryan Semple and Matt Sabean added assists.
Goguen and Oliver Troop shared the goaltending duties for Amherst, facing 41 shots. Both will play Saturday at home against the Miramichi Timberwolves while Matt Williams, acquired from Summerside earlier this week, will play Sunday in Miramichi.
Several veterans, including Myra, Thomas Ashe, Caleb Rich and Brock McEwen, all saw action on Thursday while several others will play Saturday.
“The plan is for each of the veterans to play four of the five exhibition games,” LeBlanc said.
LeBlanc expects to begin reassigning players on Friday morning.