Ramblers double Mariners 8-4

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Another loss for the Mariners is widening the gap of the top four teams in the Eastlink Division.

Despite outshooting the Amherst 44 to 39, the Mariners were doubled 8-4 by the Ramblers at home on Friday night, Jan. 31.

The Ramblers took an early 2-0 lead in the first period but the Mariners answered back with three goals and were leading 3-2 at the end of the first.

The first period scoring broke down this way:

Daniel Walsh opened the scoring at 1:18 to give the Ramblers a very early 1-0 lead. Shane MacDonald scored at 6:53 to extend the lead to 2-0. Braden Mercier (Connor Donaghey, Zack Henry) scored at 10:27 to get the Mariners on the scoreboard at 2-1. Shawn Boudreau (Morgan Messenger, Danny Wicks) scored at 13:02 to tie the game at 2-2. Colin Campbell (powerplay) tipped the puck in the net from Kyle Campbell and Donaghey at 14:19 to give the Mariners a 3-2 lead after the first period.

Things got a little chippy as the buzzer sounded but the second period opened without any penalties for either team.

The second period scoring belonged solely to Amherst, which scored four unanswered goals by Travis Howe, Justin Thomas, Nick Cass and Jamie Bishop to take a 6-3 lead after the second.

Francis Alarie scored at 3:27 in the third period to widen the Amherst lead to 7-3. But before the Amherst goal could be announced Kyle Campbell (C. Campbell, Justin Rasmussen) scored for the Mariners at 3:36 to cut the lead to 7-4. Walsh (on the Amherst powerplay, second goal of game) rounded out the scoring at 11:08 for Amherst’s 8-4 win.

Amherst went 1 for 3 on the powerplay while Yarmouth went 1 for 5.

In net for the Ramblers Billy Clarke stopped 40 of 44 shots for the win while Anderson Snair (57:32) stopped 27 of 35 shots in the loss. Affiliate player Mike MacDonald played the remaining 2:28 of the game. MacDonald, of Yarmouth, stopped all 4 shots he faced the rest of the game before a supportive crowd.

The Mariners sit in fourth place in the Eastlink Division with 49 points, four points behind Amherst who sit in third with 53 points. Pictou remains in first place with 57 points, one ahead of Truro.

Just two weeks ago only two points had separated these top four teams.

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Mariners host the Campbellton Tigers, who sit in last place in the Roger Meek Division with 20 points.


Organizations: Mariners, Eastlink Division, Campbellton Tigers

Geographic location: Yarmouth

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