Ram­blers end three-game los­ing skid

With 3-2 over­time win in Sum­mer­side

The Amherst News - - SPORTS - By Dar­rell Cole Amherst News dar­rell.cole@amher­st­news.ca Twit­ter: @ADN­dar­rell

Jake Barter’s power play goal early in over­time lifted the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ram­blers to a 3-2 win over the Sum­mer­side Western Cap­i­tals in Mar­itime Ju­nior Hockey League ac­tion on Wed­nes­day.

The win came a day af­ter a 2-0 loss to the St. Stephen Aces at the MHL Show­case in Sum­mer­side, P.E.I. It also snapped a three­game los­ing streak that in­cluded an over­time loss in Ed­mund­ston, N.B., a shootout loss in St. Stephen, N.B. and an 8-6 loss to Sum­mer­side in Amherst last Satur­day.

“I thought we played a lot bet­ter tonight,” Ram­blers coach Jeff LeBlanc said. “Hon­estly I think we played our best game of the sea­son. The guys were start­ing to grip their sticks a lit­tle too tight and things weren’t go­ing right for them, but tonight I told them to ex­hale and not to panic. I asked them to play the way they can and I felt they did that tonight.”

Liam Con­rad, on the power play, and Will Laf­ford scored early as the Ram­blers took a 2-0 lead in the game that fea­tured two 25-minute halves. Daw­son Gre­nier, Brady Grif­fin-Hef­ford, Lay­ton Par­sons and Matt Sar­toris added as­sists.

Josh MacDon­ald and Jesse An­n­ear scored to tie the game in the fi­nal pe­riod be­fore Barter fired a shot by Sum­mer­side goalie Rett Rook to give the Ram­blers a split in the two-day MHL Show­case.

The Ram­blers re­turn to ac­tion on Satur­day when they host the Camp­bell­ton Tigers at the Amherst Sta­dium at 7 p.m.

Amherst will be with­out goalie Ju­lian Gal­loway for a cou­ple of weeks. Gal­loway suf­fered an up­per body in­jury mak­ing a save against St. Stephen. He was re­lieved by Joel Goguen, who made sev­eral key saves against Sum­mer­side on Wed­nes­day and will get the start at home on Satur­day.

“If there’s one thing we learned dur­ing that stretch is be­ing ready when the puck drops. That’s one of the good things about go­ing through that when the sea­son is still early. I think we learned re­ally quickly that we can’t show up and ex­pect our tal­ent to take over,” he said. “It’s bet­ter that we go through that now in­stead of later in the sea­son when it’s harder to cor­rect.”

In Tues­day’s 2-0 loss, Tris­tan Bowlby and Pa­trick Da­ley scored goals in the first half of the game and Jack Grant made a num­ber of key saves to pre­serve the win for the Aces – their sec­ond over the Ram­blers this sea­son.

LeBlanc said the team’s quick start in the ex­hi­bi­tion sea­son and the first three games led to some com­pla­cency in the dress­ing room and it showed in the work ethic dur­ing the swing through north­ern New Brunswick and back at home last Satur­day.

“Teams know we have a good team this year and they’re get­ting up for us,” LeBlanc said. “I think it was just a case of them get­ting up for us and us not get­ting up for them. We were get­ting off to slow starts and weren’t ready, but I think we’re start­ing to turn the cor­ner now.”

The guys were start­ing to grip their sticks a lit­tle too tight and things weren’t go­ing right for them, but tonight I told them to ex­hale and not to panic.

- Head coach Jeff LeBlanc

Ja­son Sim­monds – Sum­mer­side Jour­nal-Pi­o­neer

Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ram­blers cap­tain Jor­dan King cel­e­brates as Jake Barter’s shot eludes Sum­mer­side Western Cap­i­tals goalie Rett Rook in MHL Show­case ac­tion on Wed­nes­day in Sum­mer­side.

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